The Association will be instrumental for strengthening ENoLLs opportunities to support its members with professional services and contractual commitments and being elected into key roles in the ENoLL Council and work groups, CDT continues as a key driver the continued ENoLL evolution. Related to process of forming the association, it became necessary to find a suitable legal entity for “Botnia Living Lab” - CDTs environment for user involvement. This was solved in a very feasible way by changing Botnia LLs legal host to Holdingbolaget vid Luleå tekniska universitet (“LTU Holding”).
A Living Lab who wants to become an ENoLL member, has to submit a membership application in context of an ENoLL expansion “Wave”. Each eligible membership application will be evaluated by three independent evaluators against 20 evaluation criteria grouped into five criteria categories (“Organisation”, “Openness”, “Resources”, “User centricism” and “Value”). During 2010, ENoLL launched its 4th wave of new members. During the 4th Wave, EnoLL received 117 applications and 78 new members passed evaluation. The 4th Wave process was coordinated by CDT - from the announcement July 2009 in Luleå Sweden to the launch May 2010 in Valencia, Spain. December 2010 in Ghent, Belgium, ENoLL announced (opened) the 5th Wave process which will terminate May 2011 in Budapest, Hungary.
Alltogether - during the 1st-4th Waves - ENoLL has evaluated more than 400 membership applications and qualified and welcomed totally 212 Living Labs.