Living Labs

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We Make New Things Happen.

Living Labs (LL) supports creative projects, social venture, and entrepreneurship driven by art and design.

We build projects and partnership models that use art and design as a mechanism for innovation and community building, and connect with organizations to develop adaptive design labs that create an experimental “third space”.

A living lab is a research concept. It is a user-centred, open innovation ecosystem, often operating in a location-based context, integrating concurrent research and innovation processes within a public-private-people partnership.

In 2018, we launched Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship to act as a hub for activities relating to entrepreneurship at Emily Carr University with the aim of establishing a place where creative practitioners can find community and knowledge, as well as a connection to the resources they need to launch, fund, and organize projects across the spectrum of contemporary art and design activities.

Past and current partners include HIGHLINE, GrowLab, Microsoft, the Beedie School of Business (SFU), Mozilla, the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), Bitlit (now Shelfie), Drive BI, Koho, Retsly, Spark CRM, Callings, Discovery Media House, Pressboard, Cognilab, Print2Peer, Control, Foodee, Silkstart, Farm at Hand, Wantoo, A & K Robotics, Curatio, Cassia Research, NearTuit, Kuu Call, Close Quickly, Downtown Prince George, Two Rivers Gallery, Citystudio, and the City of Vancouver.

Some Living Labs projects

Let's Do Something Together.


Research welcomes inquiries from industry and community groups who wish to partner. Contact livinglabs[at] regarding partnerships, collaborations, and how to initiate access to our subject matter experts, leading edge technologies, and next generation talent.


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Access Funding

Partnership with Emily Carr Research enables industry partners and collaborators to access government funding available for innovation and the advancement of research. Review your funding opportunities on the Research page.