Innovation contest for digital services for resource sharing and social inclusion in HSB Living Lab
|Coordinator||JOHANNEBERG SCIENCE PARK AB|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 492 585|
|Project duration||May 2017 - June 2018|
Purpose and goal
The goal was to organise an innovation competition to stimulate social interaction, sharing economy and to find more effective ways of utilising shared spaces. Following the end of the competition, having contained both workshops and a webinar, an American team won with their automated greenhouse. This is to be installed in a shared space in the testbed HSB Living Lab to enable neighbours to grow and share crops. An assessment will be carried out to investigate the greenhouse impact on the utilisation rate of the shared space.
Expected results and effects
The competition received 29 registrants from the whole world who wanted to compete to try and get their idea implemented into the ted bed environment at HSB Living Lab. Thanks to solid marketing campaigns a worthy winner was found. What proved to be challenging was to create an open, sharing climate amongst the competitants, something that was attempted despite the possibly contradictory idea of having an open innovation element in a competition.
Planned approach and implementation
To keep a competition as open as possible, both geographically and thematically, does not necessarily have to be optimal in order to maximise the amount of competition entries. Hosting more competitions with more specific categories or themes could possibly be more fruitful. To achieve feedback and sharing amongst participants for refinement purposes proved to be a challenge. One solution might be a workshop format where participants together generate new ideas that could act as a source of inspiration.