The Innostava project was a collaboratory project with the architectural department at University of Oulu. The computer science collaboration in the project was applied through an indoor positioning system, that assesses the location of the office employees, and their collaboration during the pilot and the research stages. The project involved many collaborators in the scope of research collaborators, target companies and their work environments, as well as businesses providing materials and other office facilities.

The aim of the project is to investigate and analyze, in a user-oriented way, how architectural, spatial and technological factors, such as lighting, space acoustics and indoor environments as a whole, support innovation and collaborative knowledge production in start-up business environments. In particular, the study will look at adaptive lighting solutions enabled by intelligent lighting technologies and sensing the presence of users as part of the appropriate diversity of work spaces. By examining the architecture and operation of facilities that support collaborative knowledge production and knowledge sharing from a user-oriented perspective, it is possible to influence the innovativeness of start-up companies. What is completely new in this project is the integration of architectural content and solutions for the work environment into the latest learning research. The study explores the challenges and opportunities posed by farms from a user-oriented perspective, and explores farm development and community-based knowledge production through concept design and piloting in startup companies. The project is mainly applied-research-by-design.

The innostava project ended in 6/2018.