Co-creation involves teaming up with all relevant parties, making the most of combined perspectives knowledge and experience. The core principal is all about giving a clear voice to our customers, end-users and other stakeholders throughout the development process to create truly successful smart cities.
The principles of co-creation are coming to life in Eindhoven, where Philips Lighting are launching an innovation project pilot in 2018. The proposition actively involves several parties: Philips Lighting, Heijmans, the Eindhoven University of Technology, municipal representatives and, crucially, the citizens of Eindhoven.
"It’s important to create an ecosystem where all parties are invited to bring their expertise, and also to benefit from this cooperation," explains Dr. Rianne Valkenburg of Eindhoven University of Technology. "In Eindhoven, we're creating an ecosystem – a living entity – involving parties like Philips Lighting and Heijmans, and smaller companies and startups – everyone is invited. The municipality is involved, as are we, and of course the citizens, because they are the experts on their own needs."