9 Open Innovation Tools

INCREASING YOUR ORGANIZATION'S INNOVATIVE CAPACITY

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Open I.O. Tools

“(Open innovation) is a more distributed, more participatory, more decentralized approach to innovation, based on the observed fact that useful knowledge today is widely distributed, and no company, no matter how capable or how big, could innovate effectively on its own.”

Henry Chesbrough, author of Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology

9 Tools (see below for explanations)
  1. Ideation
  2. Toolkit
  3. User Innovation
  4. Creative Commons
  5. Crowdsourcing
  6. Crowdfunding
  7. Easy Access
  8. Open Access
  9. Open Data

Ideation

OPTIMAL FOR THE FOLLOWING SCENARIOS

  • To provide support to others and receive recognition as an expert within the field
  • To provide tangible inspiration for product or service development
  • To provides tangible focus for generating product or service ideas; often used in idea competitions

EXAMPLES

  1. Lego® Mindstorms® NXT 2.0 – Features everything you needs to create your first robot in 30 minutes.
  2. LabVIEW Toolkit for Lego Mindstorms – Allows you to control and program the Lego Mindstorms.

Toolkit

OPTIMAL FOR THE FOLLOWING SCENARIOS

  • As an internal first approach or to accelerate idea generation around a framed challenge statement
  • To open the focused idea generation up to a talent pool beyond an organization’s internal experts by engaging with people outside of the R&D team and/or possibly with professionals outside your organization

EXAMPLES

  1. Open IDEO – A platform to harness collaboration for social good.
  2. Idea Storm by Dell – Originally just an “idea box” online in 2007, Dell reinvigorated years later by hiring the community’s most vocal member, engaging he whole company from leadership down, with scheduled storm sessions online and gamification with awards.

User Innovation

OPTIMAL FOR THE FOLLOWING SCENARIOS

  • To take advantage of the knowledge and creativity of the most enthusiastic users of products and services which are termed “Lead Users“; these people tend to be at the leading edge of important market trends.
  • To take advantage of the knowledge obtained by Lead Users who took it upon themselves to innovate on their own, ahead of the market; these are a subset of Lead Users are considered user-innovators.

EXAMPLES

  • Auto* – Nascar drivers and high performance motor oil
  • Sporting Goods* – PGA Tour golfers seek new age materials in golf clubs and golf balls (many developed by NASA technologists)

* These examples and others are discussed in a video on YouTube called How Lead Users Foster Innovation

Creative Commons

OPTIMAL FOR THE FOLLOWING SCENARIOS

  • To share media of any kind – from photos to videos to articles, etc – for other individual use but not for company profit, however still receive credit

Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to make a simple and standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work–on conditions of your choice.

Crowdsourcing

OPTIMAL FOR THE FOLLOWING SCENARIOS

  • Get financial help from many people
  • Help solve a problem and possibly receive money for the effort
  • Enroll many into experimenting
  • Interact with others who will help you by fostering and elaborating in conversation around your common goal
  • Involve others in realizing change

EXAMPLES

  1. MIT Climate Colab – Housed at MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence, brought more than 10,000 users to its crowdsourcing platform to devise solutions to climate change
  2. Fix My Street – a place where people can help the authorities pay attention to things that are in need of fixing

Crowdfunding

OPTIMAL FOR THE FOLLOWING SCENARIOS

  • Money for doing research, verification or prototyping
  • To get involved with communities of people interested in your work
  • To learn more about how to reveal the right level of detail about your inventions in order to get funding but keep control of your intellectual assets

EXAMPLES

  1. Kickstarter.com
  2. Fundedbyme.com

Easy Access

OPTIMAL FOR THE FOLLOWING SCENARIOS

  • Allowing your patent to be used freely because you want to make sure that your knowledge comes of use
  • Drive transparency and access to university developed innovations such that they are made available directly to the public and subject matter experts, with the intention of sharing ideas and information

EXAMPLES

  1. Easy Access IP – Valuable research discoveries, inventions and intellectual property that is free.
  2. iBridge Network – Accelerates innovation by allowing you to discover and connect to game-changing technologies an technology professionals in the world’s most comprehensive technology network.

Open Access

OPTIMAL FOR THE FOLLOWING SCENARIOS

  • Authors want to give their literature to the world without expectation of payment
  • In the case of publicly funded research, research that is not military classified or research that results in patentable discoveries, or research that authors publish in some royalty-producing form, such as books

EXAMPLES

  1. Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Private foundation that allows open access to its research
  2. The Policy of US National Institutes of Health – Research that is royalty free and publicly funded

Open Data

OPTIMAL FOR THE FOLLOWING SCENARIOS

  • Where scientific information that can benefit a person’s health is publicly accessible
  • Where information that is collected using government tax is publicly accessible
  • Where information that is publicly collected, when combined with other innovation tools can create products and/or services that help unmet needs in communities

EXAMPLES

  1. Big Apps – Led by the New York Economic Development Corporation, developers are encouraged to create applications based on Open Data that benefit citizens of the Big Apple.
  2. World Intellectual Property Organization’s Research Initiative – Where information about neglected tropical diseases is gathered and distributed.

Is your organization ready?

Reach out to me is you are interested in help with either Ideation or User Innovation, listed above.