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Nagykovácsi Wellbeing Living Lab

About the Living Lab

  • Year of Establishment: 2011
  • Nagykovácsi, Hungary
  • Governance: TREBAG LTD
  • Type of Living Lab
    • Urban & Rural Living Lab (Rural areas)
    • Living Lab as a service (Company)
    • Research Living Lab (Vocational training)
Online Presence

One of the greatest challenges today is the assurance of our well-being in this world influenced by new technologies and science. How can we increase our well-being on the long run rationally using the latest technologies and scientific knowledge without becoming their slaves?

It is also interesting to ask how we can develop the technologies, products, services and methodologies in a way that their primary goal is not a technical bravoure or an unlimited money making opportunity. We have to find a way to use these new technologies to help us assure and increase our well-being. Even though increasing our well-being is important for all of us, as far as we know, there are relatively few research & development (R&D) and innovation activities that focus on this priority.

This discovery led TREBAG Intellectual Property & Project Management and Net-MEX Innovation and Education Ltd. to establish the Nagykovácsi Innovation Lodge and operate the Well-being Living Lab in it.” The Living Lab closely cooperates with local stakeholders including the local sport clubs, the Municipality and the Rákospalota Elderly Club. We have an extended network in Europe, too.


The Living Lab is active in initiating and encouraging programmes which contribute to the wellbeing of people with special focus on older adults as well as promoting ways for innovation and innovative solutions in the business sector. It is engaged in developing solutions and training materials involving the end-users and relevant stakeholders, and exchanging practices in the topic with partners throughout Europe.

Goals & Vision

Unique/special characteristics of Nagykovácsi Wellbeing Living Lab:

  • Human-centricity: people are in the main focus and the maintenance of their well-being, so the importance of maternal issues such as economic growth and state-of the art infrastructure are only secondary.
  • The vast majority of the programs and services have been developed in international collaborations. It is natural for us to offer our programs and services supplied by our Well-being Lining Lab to all our previous and present collaborators, therefore they can benefit from them. In addition, the multilingual nature of these projects is an additional bonus to everyone.
  • Our countryside/village habitat (but still just 15 minutes from the busy Budapest) offers a great environment to our end-users and stakeholders to drop-in and share their views and comments about our running projects. Our policy is to make our Living Lab as open as possible.
  • One of the main priorities of our LL is the maintenance of well-being and health of the older generation, which is supported by a range of programs and services specially tailored for elderly people.

Previous Projects:

  • MENTA50+ Learning to take actions for mental fitness and wellbeing in older age: MENTA project undertakes to respond to the challenges of an ageing society by providing guidelines and concrete training material on mental fitness for people 50+ and providers by:
    • raising awareness for the importance of mental fitness and wellbeing
    • giving guidelines on how to promote them
    • developing innovative learning material
  • KIFLI- Keeping Fit in Later Life: Keeping Fit in Later Life- KIFLI provides an online interactive training material for people 50+ to gain knowledge and guidance on how to improve their physical activity and fitness. It is a project but also a programme offering various opportunities to practice exercises, to try new ways and to get motivated.
  • INNOME The main goal of the project is to develop educational materials based on Innovaton Management Standard CEN/TS 16555-1 for senior and middle managers of corporations or HR responsibles, to enable them to establish and manage a process – controlling system.


The Innovation Lodge, being a physical entity, provides great infrastructure such as a state of the art info-communication system, several well equipped meeting rooms and a kitchen, in addition to car parking facilities and a nice garden.

Area(s) of work

Areas of work: Health & Wellbeing, Social Innovation, Rural, Culture and Creativity.



Staff Expertise

Pedagogues, psychologists, designers, engineers, innovation managers, youth workers, project managers, financial managers.

Stakeholders Population

Stakeholders Population Age Social and Health condition Max nr. of subjects that can be enrolled for TA Other info
Older adults 60+ healthy 15 This group might not speak languages, only Hungarian


Nagykovácsi Wellbeing Living Lab offers the following services:

Networking and capacity building: Capacity building; Equipment and facility rental service; Expert opinion, and advisory services; Grant writing and funding application support service; Temporary research funding; Innovation network orchestration; Stakeholder (and partner) analysis and mapping.

Project planning and management: Expert opinion, and advisory services; Temporary research funding. Planning to offer: Intake and matching; Living lab project planning and management.

Market and competitor intelligence services: Expert opinion, and advisory services; Legal, regulation and safety standard support.

Co-creation: Stakeholder (and partner) analysis and mapping. Planning to offer: Co-creation session; Expert opinion, and advisory services.

Testing and validation: Expert opinion, and advisory services; Idea selection and testing. Planning to offer: Impact assessment and validation test; Small-scale real-life testing and experimentation; Usability testing.

Advisory services: Expert opinion, and advisory services; Legal, regulation and safety standard support.

Visit our Living Lab Harmonisation Wiki Page for detailed descriptions of the Research & Development services that Living Labs offer.


The following technologies and devices are available for research purposes at Nagykovácsi Wellbeing Living Lab:

Activity Tracking/Monitoring

  • Body Position (Fitbit Flex)
  • Physical activity (Fitbit Flex)
  • Physical performance (Fitbit Flex, BMI index, Rickli and Jones test)
  • Sleep (Fitbit Flex)
  • Steps (Fitbit Flex)
  • Well-being evaluation (Questionnaire)

Assisting Technology: Engaged Users (Motivation tests)

Biometrics: heart rate (Fitbit Flex)

Cognitive function: Cognitive training (Online platform (Menta, Mindwellness))

Physiological monitoring: Weight BMI (HealthForYOu scales)

Other: blood- grease%, Muscle weight, bone weight, body water% (HealthForYOu scales)

Visit our Living Lab Harmonisation Wiki Page for more details regarding Living Lab technologies and devices.

Use Cases based on Researchers Expertise

Researchers from the following domains have been identified as the most suitable for Transnational Access to Nagykovácsi Wellbeing Living Lab (the list is non-exhaustive):

Experts in communication studies: Defining written, oral, visual and digital communication within a certain workplace. Evaluating (multi professional) healthcare team collaboration, communication and debriefing in various healthcare situations in simulated environments (especially in Simulation lab)

Social workers/researchers: Conducting an investigation in accordance with the scientific methods and tools, studying the impact of new care models and/or care innovations on society, developing models for a caring and inclusive society

Experts in sport science: Experimenting novel training methods, and their effectiveness in various dimensions such as safety, engagement, and physical capabilities. Studying the impact of physical movements in various functions and wellbeing features

Experts in performing arts: Creative health improvement (e.g., for cognitive decline) through music and dance (example: redesigning public spaces into healthy spaces: test and validate Smart methodologies, products and services through folk dance)

Pedagogues/educators: Evaluating different pedagogical approaches and their impact learning performance (especially in Simulation lab)

Innovation and design management researchers: Ecosystem and innovation management research, social network analysis. Evaluating how health and wellbeing ecosystem operates between different actors at local, regional, national and international level, including also scaling and commercialization