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Open Innovation and the contribution of non-experts

The re:innovate track highlights different perspectives on Open Innovation. This session presents a civil society view which contains insight into backgrounds and calls for contribution.

How and why do nonexperts contribute to innovation? – Beth Kolko

Beth Kolko will provide an insight into her work with hackers and makers to demonstrate the contributions of non-experts and the ways institutional structures generally forestall these kinds of contributions and how organizational boundaries exclude them from conversations that can lead to innovation. Her conclusions are based on over a decade of fieldwork in developing countries, and inadvertently seeing patterns of innovation among populations with little access to formal education, professional-grade tools, or any formal experts. Beth also teached and watched non technical students which solved old problems in new ways because they didn’t know enough to understand the boundaries of the domain space. None the less academic or industry labs are highly unlikely to ever recognize them as ‘experts’. As a result of this work she started writing a book about hackers and makers and non-expert-innovation with focus on the notion of disruptive technologies.

Open Cities Crowdsourcing Challenge

Make your city SMARTER! Do you have ideas that may improve city life? Do you want to contribute making your city more innovative and sustainable? The Crowdsourcing challenge is designed for cities to experiment with crowdsourcing and learn more about the interaction between cities and their inhabitants. In this Open Cities experiment we launch local user friendly crowdsourcing platforms in which Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris are inviting citizens, designers, students, companies to contribute with ideas.

Open Cities App Challenge – Prof. Dr. Ina Schieferdecker

Within the scope of the Pan-Europian “Open Cities”-project the Berlin Senate Administration for Economics, Technology and Research supports the open call for the Open Cities App Challenge. This call is directed to all developers and organizations with innovative products or services that uses open data (from the Open Cities open data platform or the Open Cities open sensor platform or any other open data source) and solves a real problem in citizens’ every day urban life. Prof. Dr. Ina Schieferdecker presents the challenge, informs about the terms and conditions and calls on to every interested developer to contribute. For further informations check here or the portal.