This cross-cutting theme aims to explore how ICT solutions can create opportunities for strengthening sustainable lifestyles. Both hardware, software and data innovations will be looked at as a basis for the transition towards more sustainable lifestyles.
To realise that, this cross-cutting theme will take a particular focus on "Making ICT deliver sustainability" within each of the 6 thematic clusters of the conference (agriculture, energy, circular economy, urbanisation, water, sustainable technology & development). Also, it will focus on the interaction between ICT solutions and end-users to help ensure that solutions make sense to their potential users.
Actively considering ICT solutions from a user perspective also brings a strong focus on the non-technological aspects of ICT innovation and the adoption of ICT solutions by users. Living Labs (operating as a full-scale urban laboratory and proving ground for inventing, prototyping and marketing new ICT technology applications) play a crucial role in this regard. They provide the means to test and experience innovations in real-life circumstances and to identify drivers and barriers to behaviour change.