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the lab


Innovate with public and private stakeholders 
to solve complex urban issues on the field


It's not enough just to imagine sustainable innovations for tomorrow, they have to be tested in real conditions with the stakeholders and users who will provide them with the means to be scaled up.

The Lab is a third place connecting businesses, local and regional authorities, entrepreneurs and citizens around complex urban issues related to mobility, food and quality of life.


The Lab's activities revolve around four pillars:

1/ it identifies innovative and disruptive projects in line with thecamp's value, as well as strategic and funding opportunities

2/ it federates energies by bringing together a variety of stakeholders, facilitating multi-partner collaboration between major groups, local authorities and startups

3/ it sets up and provides access to public and private playgrounds in order to conduct experimentations, thus trialling pilot projects within the region, its cities and thecamp

4/ it promotes a systemic approach to research and innovation centered on the users and gives visibility to different initiatives


Among its public and private-sector founding partners, thecamp has major players who provide access to playgrounds on which experiments can be carried out in real conditions with real users. 

- thecamp
- Port of Marseille-Fos
- Aix-TGV station and the road linking it with the campus
- Aix-en-Provence city centre
- Euromed urban district


thecamp and its experiment partners have chosen projects focusing on three key themes related to the major societal challenges of today. 

- Feeding the cities
- Improving quality of life
Exploring urban mobility

Current projects


Mobility: Aix-TGV – Station of the Future

Following on from the partnership between SNCF Gares & Connexions and thecamp, Aix-TGV has been designated an "Innovation showroom". The aim is to make it a "model" station and more attractive to users by using it over the next two years as a testbed for a series of innovative services: robot guides / accessories that analyse travellers' emotions / digital display / digital model / LED lighting / smart parking / video analysis data / multimodal transport services / co-working spaces / mobile dustbins… The station will also be aiming to become self-sufficient in energy thanks to photovoltaics.
DIAMS : qualité de l'air aix marseille développement durable

Living cities: Digital Alliance for Aix-Marseille Sustainability

DIAMS is a structural project that fits in with the digital transformation of environmental policies, aiming for better efficiency regarding local action plans. The project is based on a plateform for exchanging “air” data and digital services (“air as a service”), which will be developed in an agile way through an engagement program involving all kinds of local players (citizens, institutional players, innovative companies…).
Launched in November 2018, the project is supported by the the European UIA fund (Urban Innovative Action) through 2021.