The aim of this workshop was to agree upon launching the Smart Silver Lab (SSL) and discuss the roles and functions of each quadruple helix actor in the Silver Economy innovation ecosystem.
Variety of external stakeholders (16 in total) from Quadruple Helix sectors (Academia, Policy Makers, Business and Senior citizens) representing a senior citizens association “Bočiai”, Lithuanian Biotechnology Association, Lithuanian Innovation Center (LIC), Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA), Klaipeda City Municipality, Klaipeda University, Kaunas University of Technology, charity organization “Lithuanian Caritas“ attended the workshop.
All participants discussed the roles of each innovation actor in the SSL; their future tasks, what processes they need to implement, and how they will contribute to each task and process. Participants agreed that this ecosystem will help to create more innovations for the aging society, but it is very important to find the right institution in Lithuania which will take ownership of the regional Smart Silver Lab. There were many valuable inputs to the functionality of SSL and very relevant experiences and advice regarding the dynamic future of the SSL network, the activity of its elements, structure, regional direction of smart specialization and its participants, and the importance of cooperation among these participants in creating innovations in the context of Silver Economy.