The innovation dayorganized by the Living Lab Lanaudiere (LLL), was a resounding success on June 2, when the event was sold out, at Chateau Joliette.
Coming from businesses, economic development organizations, research centers or other entities supporting innovation, participants were able to hear from inspiring leaders.
Under the theme of Innovation doesn’t hurtthe participants also had the chance to take part in technology showcases where six startups were able to present their technological innovations and have them tested.
Augmented virtual reality, smart home automation for seniors’ residences, smart server robots, digital application for HR well-being or even an application to maximize asset management within municipalities, participants were able to get a glimpse of what was today. possible thanks to technological and digital innovations.
“Our objective was to demonstrate that technological innovation is
possible, it’s not that complicated and it’s easier than you think”explains Ginette Mailhot, president of the Economic Development Corporation of the MRC de Joliette (CDÉJ), which oversees the LLL.
Celebrate the Living Lab Lanaudiere
The LLL also took advantage of this platform to mark its anniversary and to share its accomplishments in Lanaudière over the past two years.
“The Living Lab Lanaudière has positioned itself at the very heart of the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem, by orchestrating win-win pairings. In short, startups have access to a real environment to test their technologies and, if successful, potentially a first customer. For their part, our Lanaudière businesses can discover, without obligation to purchase, test and help improve them while continuing to focus on their daily operations.mentions Geneviève Michaud, operational director of the Living Lab Lanaudiere.
The event was also an opportunity to award the distinction Proud Ambassador of Living Lab Lanaudiere to Sébastien Buisson, Deputy Managing Director of Bordeaux Homes.
Always ready to test new technologies and to work with start-ups, he was one of the first users of the LLL while being at the origin of a broader process of reflection to add to the LLL, a more specialized branch to develop the tomorrow’s technologies responding to the problem of the aging of the population, a project for which good news was announced during the day.
Regional deployment of the Living Lab Lanaudière and gerontechnology
Thanks to the support of the Table of prefects of Lanaudière and MAMH, the LLL has announced that its services will now be available to all businesses in Lanaudière until March 2024.
During the day, a project submitted in collaboration with UQTR concerning the deployment of a living-lab in aging in the region was accepted for three years.
Among those present were Luc Sirois, Chief Innovator of Quebec, Isabelle Hudon, President and CEO of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Dominic Gagnon, serial entrepreneur, co-founder of Connect&Go and serial blogger for Deals or Richard Chesnier, general manager of the ETS incubator, the Centech.
On the photo: Pierre-Luc Bellerose, Vice-prefect of the MRC de Joliette and mayor of the city of Joliette, Marie-Annick Gariépy, Community Relations Advisor at Hydro-Québec, Ginette Mailhot, President of the CDÉJ which oversees the LLL, Déborah Cherenfant, host of the event and Luc Sirois, Chief Innovator of Quebec and Director General of the Quebec Innovation Council.