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Editor's Note: The following post comes to Crowdsourcing.org from Frank T. Piller of RWTH Aachen University, Germany and the MIT Smart Customization Group at the MIT Design Lab. He originally posted this conference review at his blog, Mass Customization and Open Innovation News -- it is re-posted here with his permission.
I spoke about our "market for open innovation" study at the European Open Innovation Summit in Brussels last month.This was a new conference for me, but it was a good platform for exchange and discussion, and many of the usual suspects from the field were there.
Here are a few observations from the presentations at this event I liked most.
Presentation by Todd Boone, Director, Open Innovation.
PSION is a Toronto-based company producing special-purpose handheld computers (inventory taking, logistics, etc.). After feeling stronger and stronger competition, they changed their business model from an internal closed R&D process to a modular open innovation approach.
And they are utilizing a toolkit for user innovation as their open innovation tool. Indeed, PSION is one of the very few companies that really out this method of OI into practice.
The present toolkit allows anyone to build new hardware products by combining pre-existing modules into new applications. Anyone in the community can get the CAD files of all products and components. It also allows external people to integrate PSION's hardware components with external components.
The outcome for PSION: Allowing creation of new business opportunities very flexibly, especially in fields where the company had no previous experience. Take the medical device industry. Here, their open plattform allowed fast cooperation with medical companies that brought industry knowledge and customer needs, and could use the toolkit to easily develop a new device which now is co-marketed. Psion alone never could have entered this market easily.
Presentation by Erik Hansen, Senior Director, Technology Innovation. LEGO is known as one of the companies that really take user innovation and lead user ideas seriously. With their new OI initiative, they want to expand this perspective from user innovation to technical and process innovation, too.
4 Value pools shall be tapped into by formal OI initiative
4 pilot products
Presentation by Pia Erkinheimo, Head of Crowdsourcing.
NOKIA's ideaproject.com, an online idea contest originating from this hypethesis: Who provides more value? A bored professional or an enthusiastic amateur?
Structured around different contests, e.g. ideas for a mobile micro-task platform, which got 900+ ideas.
In total Nokia got:
Presentation by Jason Berns , Director of Innovation.
Under Armour gave a very good presentation on the need of the US sports brand to build trust and be a good partner in open innovation. Jason shared great insight into how the spirit of "sportsmanship" at UA is driving their open inovation initiative with smaller companies and individuals.
While it was inisghtful for me at this conference that managers in OI today are not (just) talking any longer about the "why" and "how" of open innovation, but much more about open innovation readiness, internal structures, policies, capabilities etc., it was Jason's presentation that really reminded us that in the end the core success factor of OI will be to create a win-win partnership.