Karostech’s Founder and Partner Ilkka Kakko has participated in a traditional annual Innovation Forum in Zheleznogorsk, Russia, 29.-30. November.

On Thursday Ilkka has presented a two hour keynote  to the participants of Youth Forum. The topic was “Professional Communities as Part of Innovation Ecosystem” and the event was attended by about 60 people, students, start-ups, officials and university personal.

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On Friday Ilkka Kakko contributed as a member of panel discussion (picture above) on how cluster development can be improved by some new concepts and structures. Ilkka introduced some Finnish examples like Demola and Urban Mill, and the top experts from Russia, including Technopark Skolkovo, presented their viewpoints. The discussion was dynamic and the Finnish approach received  a warm response.

Ilkka’s Thursday presentation can be viewed here

The city of Zheleznogorsk hosts one of the most advanced research centres in Russia focusing on nuclear and space research. The two day Innovation Forum attended by the most important stakeholders from academia, business and regional development sectors was intended to support the innovation activities in the area .

This invitation highlights the strong position and reputation, which Karostech has achieved in Russian innovation sphere as an acknowledged expert organization. There will be further negotiations on how Karostech’s expertise can be utilized in order to build a sustainable innovation ecosystem in Krasnoyarsk Krai region.

 

Karostech’s Founder and Partner Ilkka Kakko participated as an invited expert in the International Training Workshop titled “R&BD 3.0: S&T Parks in the Creative Economy” on 24th – 27th September 2013 in Daejeon, Korea.

“The 2013 Workshop will extend WTA’s emphasis on research/business ecosystems, to encompass the rise of the creative economy. Games, video production, and product design are just a few of the creative industries that have made new connections with the more traditional high tech areas of information tech and software. All are shaped by trends to open innovation, the targeting of messages (including advertising) via social networks, and the movement of high-tech manufacturers into services. The new creative industries do not need large corporate campuses, and tend to employ younger people. They locate in urban areas, changing the geography of the technopolis, creating new links between suburbs and urban core, and potentially even revitalizing cities.” 

Ilkka Kakko’s paper and presentation was titled “The Fundamentals of Third Generation Science Park Concept” and it describes the 3GSP concept developed by Karostech Ltd  during the last few years. The content of the paper resonates very well with the challenges new STPs are facing, especially in the field of the Creative Economy.  The main topics in his paper are as following:

”The Rise of Research Clouds”  

3GSP (Third Generation Science Parks) concept                      UNESCO WTA Final Dinner

The Importance of Communities 

Serendipity  Management

Two Cases from Finland 

Ilkka Kakko’s  presentation can be viewed here.

 

The event offered  a great opportunity to elaborate the challenges, which STP world is facing, especially in developing countries. The invitation and active participation in the event did acknowledge also the global expertise of Karostech in the area of  science park management. It also enabled Karostech to extend its business relations to the policy makers, governmental officials and STP managers in the countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, Egypt, Taiwan, Mongolia, Colombia, Taiwan, Japan, Nigeria, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Philippines and Korea.

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Karostech’s Founder and Partner Ilkka Kakko was invited to Coworking Europe 2012 Conference as speaker and round table panelists. The conference gathered 280 participants from over 30 countries. Serendipity was overall one of the leading themes at the conference and it was especially elaborated in ”Harnessing serendipity” workshop organized and facilitated by Ilkka Kakko.

Ilkka also contributed to the round table discussion devoted to the building supportive ecosystems around free-lancer communities. The topic belongs to the core competence areas of Karostech.

Ilkka’s more detailed blog about the event can be found here.

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