The first living lab in Torino, was launched in year 2016 in the Campidoglio district (Torino West) , thanks to the implementation of29 projects in different areas, such as: the environment, mobility and tourism, has become the first Torino urban space dedicated to innovation and smart city. With a second call, launched at the end of 2016, the City sought new partners to carry out the development, testing and promotion of mobile payment services that can be used at the Municipality Registry Office.
In April 2017, the experience of the City was further enriched by the "Living Lab IOT" notice, with a focus on testing "Internet of Things" and "Internet of Data" solutions for the smart city. After official selection 10 companies were admitted to the testing phase.
Circular and collaborative economy became the focus of the Living Lab in year 2018, which was launched as part of the AXTO Programme (Actions for Torino Suburbs) as circular and collaborative economy. Torino City Lab was officially born.
Edulab was activated in 2019, a new Educational Living Lab, which is part of the creation of an educational center in the School building “Drovetti” of via Bardonecchia 34, Torino. An innovation laboratory experience that was born within the framework of the UE project LEA - “Learning Technologies Accelerator” LEA project was a 2-year project carried out with other EU partners and founded by the EU Commission, in which the city of Torino fostered the idea of testing innovative solutions for teaching and for the organization of learning environments of new generation.
2020 for the City of Turin - as for the whole world - is a year marked by the Covid-19 pandemic. During the lockdown Torino City Lab was suddenly transformed into Torino City Love: a digital solidarity initiative that calls upon the city technological partners to offer resources. Actions and skills supported local citizens and businesses in one of the most difficult moment of isolation and concern for our society. The areas of action of Torino City Love concerned school and work, health, digital services and training, made accesible via website.
The City of Turin has promoted locally the candidacy for the construction of the House of Emerging Technologies (CTE NEXT) in close collaboration with the Torino universities and other strategic partners and local stakeholders. CTE NEXT, the first spin-off of Torino City lab is a project funded by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development with the aim of creating a widespread home of 5G technology transfer and emerging technologies in key sectors for Turin: Smart Mobility, Urban Air Mobility, Industry 4.0 and Services for the Smart City.
The City of Turin is officially recognised as one of the 100 European cities that have committed to reducing emissions by 2030, becoming a "Mission City", or rather a hub for experimentation and innovation in the climate field, a virtuous example for all other European cities. In this context, Torino City Lab relaunches its mission by making itself available to this challenge by promoting functional experiments for the ecological and digital transition and confirming itself as an open innovation laboratory for smart life.