Is Open Innovation the Future of Academic Research?
The Dzone website posted an article which noted that organisations from a wide range of sectors are now opening up their innovation processes to people outside of their organization. GE for instance has EcoMagination and their recent partnership with Quirky. Lego has their Cuusoo platform. DARPA is using the crowd to design their latest tank, and so on. Arguably the most far reaching of these attempts at open innovation occured at Harvard however. Back in 2010 they began the Harvard Catalyst project, which hosted idea challenges in the medical field, and in particular on diabetes. The challenge saw 250,000 people produce 150 research ideas that were eventually narrowed down to 12 winners.
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