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Open Innovation 2.0 Conference 2017

Thanks for attending the 'Open Innovation 2.0: The Platform for Digital Innovation' Conference in the heart of Transylvania - Cluj-Napoca (13 - 14 June 2017)!

Martin Curley and Bror Salmelin

Martin Curley and Bror Salmelin

The International Conference on Open Innovation 2.0 was established 4 years ago and it has been held in Ireland, Finland and The Netherlands. The OI2 Conference has been attended by innovation experts, policy-makers, academic scholars, practitioners and individuals who are engaged in various aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The fifth edition of the Open Innovation 2.0 Conference conference took place in the picturesque city of Cluj-Napoca in the heart of the Romanian Transylvania region (13th -14th  June 2017). The city has developed as a strong IT and innovation ecosystem with 11 Universities and several innovation and technology parks.

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The event was co-organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General CONNECT in the shape of the Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) in partnership with the European Committee of the Regions, the Municipality of Cluj-Napoca, the Innovation Value Institute, ARIES Transylvania, Transilvania Clusters Consortium, MasterCard and Dublin City Council. For the first time the conference co-organizers decided on setting a series of interlinked OI2 events to be held across five full days (from June 10th to June 14th ).

The OI2 events ecosystem: as it happenned

Last week the Open Innovation 2.0-related events series 2017 drew to a close! During five intensive and exciting days of co-creation and open practices exchange, around 500 guests from 20 countries attended workshops and seminars, conducted by 70 speakers under the lead theme of Open Innovation 2.0: The Platform for Digital Innovation.

Openning session

For the 1st time, the Open Innovation 2.0 Conference team presents a busy line-up of interconnected events: Cluj Innovation Dialogue (10-11 June), followed by the OI2 Conference 2017 #OI2Conf17 (13-14June), Innovation Luminary Awards Gala Dinner between day 1 and day 2 of the conference, and a Cluj Town Hall Debate supported by the European Committee of the Regions in the afternoon of 13th June! June. stARTS was another part of the event series, happening in parallel, including also the Clusters Matchmaking event (12th June).

Animpressive innovation exhibition also took place offering visibility to OI-related projects and activities.

Cluj Innovation Dialogue (10-11 June 2017)

The Innovation Dialogue is an event instrument for addressing societal challenges through an open innovation context approach. Putting the entrepreneurial discovery methods in use, the Innovation Ddialogue aimed at developing breakthrough ideas and projects prototypes.

Four important policy and business- related challenges were brought up for discussion and solution seeking to international groups of experts from different filelds of expertise, referred as 'challenge solvers' in the context of the event..

In this year's edition challenges owners during the Innovation Dialogue were the European Commission  (DG CONNECT), The Committee of the Regions, The Municipality of Cluj and ARIES Transilvania.

The conclusions of the Innovation Dialogue workshops revealed similar solutions from the four different expert groups: the need for an infrastructure able to propel and support the citizen-originated solutions and ideas. These conclusions have also been further discussed in the Town Hall Debate in the afternoon of 13th June where the local municipality and the representatives of the CoR have provided a global point of view in a direct meeting with the citizens.

Markku markkula and Emil Boc Town hall debate

The OI2 Conference (13-14 June 2017)


During the events series days, video testimonials from participants (to be published soon), speakers and organizers were taken and it turned out that our guests were particularly impressed with the practical aspects showcased around Block-chain, the experiences of the VUCA (Volatility-Uncertainty-Complexity-Ambiguity) Times session, and stARTS (Science Technology and Arts) plenary session.  “The conference’s approach embraces multiple aspects of the society and the transformative power of digitalization. The talks and related debates triggered the participants to contribute and come up with solutions,” outlined Mr Bror Salmelin from the European Commission's DG CONNECT (co-organizer of the event) adding: “The twelve publicly presented Conference Conclusions propel OI2 as the platform for digital innovation, they encourage the Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) community to try and give feedback, while the mechanism of the Industry Commons OI2 enables safely building disruptive innovation on top of existing industry capabilities'. It has also been mentioned that Europe is called to create open bus architecture for DLT, to further work in maintaining a productive and result-oriented dialogue with Japan on societal change management. The Innovation Radar initiative of the European Commission was encouraged to continuously enhance social innovations detection. Speakers agreed that, while OI2.0 ecosystems should be seen and developed as a service in order to ensure rapid experimentation and prototyping in quadruple helix settings (collaboration between public sector, private sector, academia and citizens), enabling easy and fast access to co-creation spaces geographically and/or thematically.

Additionally, on the organizing side Mrs Emiliya Hubavenska – Policy & Communication Assistant at the European Commission's DGCONNECT referred to the upbeat mood of the whole series of events stating that the OI2 Conference in Cluj-Napoca was long-awaited and is already having a strong impact at regional and EU level .“The OI2 Events Ecosystem concept brought a new perspective and a lot of fresh ideas on the table. It generated synergies between different actors participating in the events and interlinked specific topics in open discussions and interactions”, she said.

Opening session

Innovation Luminary Awards Gala Dinner (13 June 2017)

The Innovation Luminary Award was founded in collaboration with the EU Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) and the Dublin City Council. The Innovation Luminary Academy and Awards celebrate and recognise outstanding innovation role models and aim to inspire the next generation of innovators.

During the Innovation Luminary Awards Ceremony five excelling OI2 pioneers and practitioners were given a beautiful bronze lighthouse trophy for their eminent contributions in the field  As an important highlight for the local community in Cluj-Napoca, during the Gala the Mayor of the city, Mr Emil Boc was awarded the prize in 'Creating a strong innovation landscape' category for fostering the creation of city structures and strategies that support an innovative ecosystem, and Dr. Bianca Muntean, Executive Director of ARIES Transilvania and iTech Transilvania Cluster was awarded as Young innovation Bridger and Curator for bringing the necessary cross-cutting innovation elements together, driving for a modern innovation ecosystem. The other Luminaries for 2017 are: 'Recreating Innovation Renaissance' - Prof. Piero Formica; 'Creation of a national open innovation strategy' - Mr Dermot Mulligan, 'Open and scalable hardware ecosystem' – Arduino open source, computer hardware and software company (Mr David Cuartielles, creator and co-founder of Arduino greeted the high-level gala dinner quests in a video address))

While receiving their Awards, the events hosting side shared the following with the audience:

It was an honor to host this event in Cluj-Napoca and we took this opportunity to show our commitment for developing a smart city and to offer to our citizens’ access to the newest information and solutions that are being developed in the world. It was a reassurance that we are on the right track with our vision for the long-term development of the city and the community” – stated Mayor Emil Boc.

The OI2 Events Series had a brilliant start at the Innovation Dialogue and the Welcome Night ceremony staged in the center of Cluj-Napoca with participation by Advisor for the European Commission, Directorate General for Communications, Network, content, and Technology (DG CONNECT) Mr, Bror Salmelin and Mayor of  Cluj-Napoca Emil Boc. An upbeat vibe was felt throughout entire conference days,” commented Dr. Bianca Muntean, ARIES Transilvania – co-organizer of the events.

Luminary Awards photo collage

The presentations given during the event will be soon available online.

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