Ilkka Kakko was invited to have an introductory speech in panel session “Open Engagement Platforms as Value Enabler” at Open Innovation 2.0 conference in Amsterdam. His novel approach comparing pipeline-thinking with platform-thinking gave the audience some new insights which were further elaborated in Challenge Cafe discussions on the following day.
The presentation can be viewed and downloaded here.

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The Open Innovation 2.0 Conference was held on 8th – 9th June in Otaniemi, Finland. It was the 3rd time when open innovation practitioners and researchers met in this context, the two previous events were organized in Dublin.

Karostech’s Founder and Partner Ilkka Kakko was invited to organize and chair a panel session especially dedicated to serendipity. This was the very first time when serendipity was taken into the agenda of any EU level conference, thanks to the organizers for this insightful decision.

Ilkka invited distinguished international experts to join the panel: Anabel Quan-Haase flew all the way from Canada, Andreas Krueger from Germany and Sebastian Olma from the Netherlands. They all gave 15 mins introductory talks from different perspectives. Anabel presented the academic perspective, Andreas explained some practical urban development cases from Berlin and Sebastian took the social and cultural perspective stating that the cultural roots of serendipity can be found in hippie movement and the science of cybernetics. “Making Love and War” – slogan was presented as the manifesto of that . The audience of 40-50 people participated actively into the discussion and one the final outcomes of the panel was the definition of serendipity in Open Innovation 2.0 context: “Serendipity is the art of benefiting from unexpected” .

The elaboration of the topic at EU-level and the plans for further actions in promoting serendipity research and piloting cases are now well under way, partly thanks to all participants of the panel session. We will meet again next year, this time again in jolly Dublin.

Cover photo: Sebastian Olma with his statement on stage

Side Photo: Preparation for the panel, left Sebastian Olma, center Andreas Krueger, right Anabel Quan-Haase.

 

Welcome to an interesting morning workshop at Zona Space in Saint Petersburg on Friday 15th of March.  ”OpenINNO” ENPI- project and Zona Space will sponsor an event where the hot topics of innovation frontier are presented. Co-working, serendipity and open innovation are introduced and discussed. This event is free of charge.

Friday 15th of March

10:00 – 10:45

Erik Raita, Karostech Ltd.

“Co-working: how it works” (in Russian)

10:45-11:15

Ilkka Kakko, Karostech Ltd.

“Understanding serendipity – your competitive edge” (in English)

11:15-11:45

Prof. Marko Torkkeli, Lappeenranta University of Technology

“Open Innovation – new paradigm for business”  (in English)

 

 The address is:  Zona Space premises, Ligovsky av. 74, Saint Petersburg

Our experts have participated in two different workshops at Innovation Forum in Saint Petersburg. Ilkka Kakko has made a presentation in ”ICT Demo-Center” workshop and Erik Raita in ”OpenINNO” workshop. The topics were related to Karostech’s key competence areas: building innovation communities and third generation science park development.

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Karostech is participating in a new ENPI project “Open Innovation Service for Emerging Business –OpenINNO”. The other partners are the Association of Centers for Engineering and Automation (St. Petersburg), Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Committee of the Economic Development, Industrial Policy and Trade (City of St. Petersburg), Committee on IT and Communications (City of St. Petersburg), Lappeenranta University of Technology, Kouvola Innovation Ltd, Saint-Petersburg Interregional Resource Center, and Tahto Media Ltd.
The Overall objective of the project is “to contribute to economical development of partners regions through fostering pre-incubating stage of innovation life-cycle by developing, piloting and testing the competitive open ecosystem for interregional cooperation with special focus on young entrepreneurs.” The Kick Off event of the two years project was held in St. Petersburg on 15th of March.
Karostech’s areas of expertise in the project are the creation and implementation of “Oasis-like” environment in St. Petersburg and the creation and facilitation of CNO methodologies in the project operations.

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