5 07, 2013

ShopBot Introduces 3D-Cutter: Handibot Smart Power Tool, Driven by Crowdsourced Apps

By | 2018-06-14T06:47:00+00:00 Juli 5th, 2013|Cases-Industrial, Crowdsourcing, Technologies & Enablers|

Information below originating from ShopBot Tools press realease of Thursday, June 27, 2013.

ShopBot Tools, Inc., has recently launched a
Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to support development
and distribution of its latest hardware innovation, the Handibot smart power

The Handibot Smart Power Tool is a portable robotic power tool designed to enhance creativity
and productivity at construction and remodeling jobsites, in rapid prototyping,
and in countless DIY projects. The Handibot tool features an App-Driven,
one-button “Start;" it can be run from a smartphone or tablet, as well as
from PC's
.  If you've heard of 3D
printers, then think of the Handibot as a '3D Cutter' — you can use the
Handibot to cut, drill, and carve in wood, plastic, and aluminum with
computer-controlled precision.

ShopBot President Ted Hall explained, "The Handibot
tool delivers precision cutting, drilling, machining, and carving. That's
because full-up CNC (computer-numerically-controlled) technology is operating
'behind the scenes.' The Handibot tool features uncompromised components for
open development and expansion of functionality
(6-axis control, I/O, power,
configurability)." ShopBot developer David Bryan emphasized, "CNC
tools are not usually thought of as job-site friendly. With traditional
industrial CNC, you have to take your material to the CNC tool. With the
Handibot, you can bring the tool to the material, wherever you need to

The Kickstarter campaign will fund an initial production
run of Handibot power tools by ShopBot, and also enable development of a
web-based eco-system where anyone with ideas for apps can collaborate with app
developers in an open source software and hardware environment.
"One company
can't possibly come up with all the interesting job apps that can be put to
work with a Handibot tool," Ted Hall explains. "So we look to the
crowd to think of apps for the tool and work together in developing them.
See the campaign at handibot.com/fund.

Here is the kickstarter promotion video on Handibot.


More about the Handibot at www.handibot.com.

29 04, 2013

[Participate] Call for Papers for 3rd Quebec Seeks Solutions Conference Released

By | 2018-06-14T06:47:34+00:00 April 29th, 2013|Crowdsourcing|

EnmodeThe 3rd Quebec Seeks Solutions Conference will be held in Québec, Canada on 5-6 November 2013. As we have already posted about, this conference is a place where concrete problems of small, medium, and large companies will be discussed to deepen the understanding of the issue and to seek potential solutions.

The conference hosts have now published their call for papers to those who wish to submit to this event as an academic or a practitioner.  Deadline for abstracts is June 28th so if you are interested, get the full call here (
Download Call for Paper – Seeking solutions summit).

More information also on the official homepage.

23 04, 2013

[Interview] Don’t Tell Stories, Seek Solutions: The Story of the Problem Solution Conferences

By | 2018-06-14T06:47:43+00:00 April 23rd, 2013|Co-creation, Crowdsourcing, Events, Interview, Open/User Innovation|

En-mode-solutionsWe have been reporting on the format of teh "Seeks Solution" conferences before. The idea is both simple and surprisingly effective: turn a scientific conference upside down: Skip the presentation of successful research and undertakings and focus, together, on what is really interesting for everybody: challenges yet unsolved.

The event in question is, of course, the by now fairly popular series of "Seek Solutions" conferences.

Deutsch-cSince the first conference in Quebec, things have evolved and been refined. Christophe Deutsch of En Mode Solutions, the organization now planning and executing solution-seeking conferences in innovative hubs around the world, has kindly agreed to answer some of our questions on the concept, its evolution and the future – and how you can be part of it.


FTP: Christophe, your
"seek solutions" program takes a slightly different approach to
problem solving than usual. Can you explain in some brief words how it works
and what makes it special?

CD: We have developed a 4-Step Process that has given,
over the years, great results!

1 -Call for Problems: The promoter of the event asks his community to
submit complex problems that defy the standard analyses of his experts in the

2 – Formulate Selected Problems: We help the promoter to select the problems most
likely to garner interest at the event and to formulate them so that they can
be more easily shared. An expert of the problem’s domain, called an ambassador
in our case, is put in contact with the solution seeker. Just by asking some
basic questions, the ambassador is able to help the solution seeker further
define the problem and ensure that the description that will ultimately be
posted on a web-based platform is sufficiently clear and broad.

3 – Disseminate to a wider community – Problem broadcast: We disseminate the problems to be addressed to a
vast range of specialists in a variety of fields. They can provide a different
outlook on the problems raised, ask preparatory questions and participate in
the event. Broadcast is done through a web-based platform including as much
information as possible, such as figures, references, or details of failed

Two strategies are employed during the
problem-broadcast step. A general broadcasting approach ensures that everyone
who thinks they could help has the opportunity to participate. A targeted
broadcast to specialists based on expectations about what type of expertise
might be relevant to a particular problem is also used in parallel.

4 – Seeking Solutions Events: The last step is what differentiates the Seeking
Solutions approach from other open innovation techniques, because it involves a
real event where non-virtual collaboration arises. Solution seekers and problem
solvers come together during a full-day session to focus on the selected
problems. Careful preparation is required to ensure maximum output from the
event. The collaboration process is divided into three phases: i) divergence,
ii) exploration, and iii) convergence. Our facilitation methods allow for
significant and creative interaction with experts who are normally not part of
the same networks, and take full advantage of the “cross-pollination” of
brainpower effect.

You’ll be surprised to see that creative solutions
have been found to your complex problems in environments completely different
from your own.

FTP: From your website
one can tell that you have been organizing a number of solution seeking
conferences in the past. What did you learn from these? (How) did the concept
evolve over time?

CD: The call for problems for the
first event – Quebec Seeks Solutions (QSS) – was launched in June 2010. Ten
problems were submitted by nine industrial companies from the Quebec City area.
The problems were broadcasted online in early November 2010. On December 14,
2010, 175 people gathered at the Convention Centre in Quebec City to attend the
first problem-solving conference (Quebec Seeks Solutions).

For this first event, the largest
perceived gain was:

  • Networking outside the
    "normal" network,
  • The generation of new ideas for
  • A better understanding of the
  • Initiation of research contracts
    with real benefits and return on investment for the companies

A second edition of Quebec Seeks
Solutions took place in May 2012. Nine solution-seeking companies and 162
problem solvers participated in the two-day event. The outcomes were as good as
the first edition with some very nice success stories as a bonus.

In June 2012, we conducted a
workshop on the same basis at the ISPIM Conference in Barcelona, Spain. The
process was slightly adapted to the duration of the event and the context of
the conference. The workshop lasted less than two hours and the call for
problems was for innovation management issues only. Thirteen problems were
submitted and 5 were selected for the workshop. The solution seekers
appreciated the experience even though it only gave them a preview of what
could be achieved in a full-day event.

What we first learned so far is
that the intellectual-property issues that our detractors raise are not a
, mainly because the event in itself is an exploration where everybody
feels free to contribute. Intellectual-property challenges typically arise
"downstream" from this initial exploration.

Secondly, there is a real value
in local open innovation. Some
people say “Why connect locally when you can connect easily to the world
nowadays?” The answer is simple. Because a combination of open innovation and
collaboration on a local scale brings most of the benefits… without the
potential inconvenience of cultural differences!
Often the seeker and the
solver need to engage in collaborative research activities to achieve the
solution. Here, a regional conference offers much better opportunities than a
worldwide web platform.

Finally, it’s the importance of
the collaboration process in itself. The animation of such a conference cannot
be done in a conventional manner. The animators have to be experimented with
large groups and able to adapt depending on what happens.

Our approach is in constant
evolution and we still experiment during each event. For example at some point
in 2012
, we tried a two days event in order to see if the evening could bring
some special collaborations or new ideas. And in November this year, we will
introduce a technology push through a technology platform that local R&D
centers possess in our Quebec Seeks Solutions event. This may give ideas for
new problems or technology transfer and generate even more results!

FTP: You have three new
conferences planned for 2013, in June, September and November. Can you tell us
a bit about these? What to expect? Any big

CD: Yes, indeed, the Seeks Solutions approach is spreading around!

  • 2nd
    ISPIM Seeks Solutions, June 18, 2013 – Helsinki, Finland.
    A large conference is a great place to explore problems
    because you have experts from all around the world that can participate. I
    predict that you should see a lot more of these workshops in the future in
    numerous conferences because they offer a great way to collaborate and network!
  • Polymères en mode
    , September 26, 2013 – St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada.
     Sponsored by the
    Quebec Plastic Industry Consortium tihis one day event will focus on this
    industrial sector only. Plastic companies will submit problems they experiment
    but we may also have other industrial companies that submit problems which
    could be solved by the plastic industry.
  • 3rd
    Quebec Seeks Solutions, November 5-6, 2013

    This is where it all started! And in addition this year is the Seeking Solutions Summit – Methods and
    Policies Creating a Local Ecosystem for Technology Transfer, Collaboration, and
    Local Innovation
    . This is where we hope the open innovation world community
    will meet this fall!

Several other events are in the
midst for Canadian cities, industries and conferences! Stay tuned!

FTP: Pretending I was a
company with a problem I would like to have solved. What do I do to profit from
"seek solutions"?

CD: It’s very easy. You submit your
problem to any upcoming event we have on our calendar at www.enmodesolutions.com/en or contact Yahya Baby (yb@enmodesolutions.com) to
discuss about holding your own event in your area.

FTP: In my understanding
you are offering to organize problem solving conferences internationally, not
only in Canada. How can communities or administrations contact you for talks
about hosting a conference? How does the organizational process work?

CD: Yes
our team is ready and eager to work a lot more overseas even though we are very
busy as it is. The best way to engage into this process is to contact Yahya
Baby via email yb@enmodesolutions.com or by phone at 581-996-6778. Once we become
involved, we help the promoters organizing a successful event every step of the

FPT: From your
experiences so far, do you think that this and other forms of open problem
solution concepts are already well-accepted? Do they work? Or: what needs still
to be done to unleash their full potential?

CD: Open innovation and open problem solving approaches
require a change of mindset to reach full potential. A change of mindset most
often requires a pain or an enormous challenge to work it’s way. The current
economical context in Europe and North America is a good enabler I would think!
Because status quo is not an answer for anyone, in any type of industry and in
any country right now!

Many problems that the companies are facing today are
complex because they mix technical, environmental, social, and political
issues. To face this growing complexity, classical problem-solving
methodologies are no longer appropriate. The Seeking Solutions approach has the
potential to address the complex challenges of the next decade and we believe
that it can help us to migrate from a collection of intelligences to a real
collective intelligence. The next step is to encourage more and more companies
to try local open innovation and to convince local governments to support this

FTP: Christophe, many thanks for these extensive insights into your visions. It will certainly be a plasure to be part of a future solution seeking event again and I wish you all the best for this venture!

If you are interested in more information about En Mode Solutions and the conference format – or want to get in touch about hosting a conference yourself – please see the official website.

20 04, 2013

Open Co-Creation Dinner in the ELAT Region – 14 May 2013

By | 2018-06-14T06:47:46+00:00 April 20th, 2013|Co-creation, Crowdsourcing, Events, Open/User Innovation|

Creating an open mindset for collaborative innovation:
Dinner Networking & Co-Creation Event – 14 May 2013

ImportAOLENewsv41553575The Eindhoven-Leuven-Aken (ELAT) region is one of the most powerful innovative and high tech regions in the world. Enlarge your network and get to know CEOs and Innovation Directors of this ELAT-region by learning about co-creation in an interactive way!

In a joint dinner-workshop event between several industry associations in the ELAT region, we will discuss different approaches to co-create with customers and users.

But beyond implementing some tools, successful co-creation demands a set of internal capabilities of your organization to transfer the external input into successful innovation.

We will hence also discuss how to create an open mindset for collaborative innovation yourself.
Tuesday ,14 May 2013, 17:00 – 22:00 at C-Mine 10 bus 2, 3600 Genk, Belgium
More: Official Website and Registration Form


17.00 Registration and reception
17.20 Welcome
Wim Dries, Mayor, City of Genk
17.30 Find your personal innovation challenge
Guided by Prof. Dr. Frank T. Piller
18.30 3 way dinner
18.50 Strategic partnerships, the future of innovation
Jos Pinte, Director Innovation, Agoria
19.00 BiELAT, who are we ?
Rob Janssen, chairman, Foundation BiELAT
19.30 Success story of Future Sketching with ELAT partners
Stephane Berghmans, R&D Manager, TE Connectivity
20.00 Co-creation, it is more than you think
Prof. Dr. Frank T. Piller
21.00 Co-creation design challenge, All participants, guided by Prof. Dr. Frank T. Piller
22.00     End
4 02, 2013

Lego CUUSOO: How Lego Turns Your Ideas Into Cubic Reality

By | 2018-05-07T15:19:22+00:00 Februar 4th, 2013|Cases-Consumer, Co-creation, Crowdsourcing, Design, MC Alternatives, Open/User Innovation, Technologies & Enablers|

LEGO's Factory (later called "LEGO Design by me") has been one of the pioneers of mass customization.However, times change and Lego closed this "build on demand site" about a year ago and focused entirely on customer co-creation in the innovation process.

For this, they are partnering with CUUSOO; the mother of all crowdsourcing sites for product development (we described them in our 2006 paper on Threadless already!).

The project is called Lego CUUSOO and wors fairly simple: Everybody can submit an idea of what he would deem a great Lego product. Customers get to vote online and if the proposal gets sufficient buyer pledges the company turns it into reality and produces the toy.

Noew, there is a nice video giving more detail on this idea, it makes you instantly grab a pen and paper and start drawing your own powertoy idea…


17 01, 2013

[Featured Research] Study Backs Long Term Claim with Hard Data: User-Generated Products Make More Profit

By | 2018-06-14T06:48:38+00:00 Januar 17th, 2013|Co-creation, Crowdsourcing, Featured Research, Furniture - Home, Open/User Innovation, Research Studies|

Since years we argue that customers / users not just have good ideas for new products & services, but that products with roots in user innovation are actually more profitable and superior to inhouse-developed products. There has been some anecdotal evidence to prove this claim, and lots of case studies, but not hard data. But now a study provides hard evidence:

Journal_of_marketingUser-generated versus designer-generated products: A performance assessment at Muji
, by: Hidehiko Nishikawa, Martin Schreier, Susumu Ogaw, in: International Journal of Research in Marketing (2013)

Our colleagues Hidehiko Nishikawa (Hosei University), Martin Schreier (WU Vienna University) and Susumu Ogawa (Kobe University) show that user-generated products perform better
on the market than their (professional) designer-generated counterparts. Their idea is to systematically compare actual market performance of user-generated products with firm (designer)-generated ones.

User innovation (red) vs firm innovationThe authors present a unique data set gathered from the Japanese consumer goods brand Muji, which has drawn on both sources of ideas in parallel in recent years. They demonstrate that user-generated products in the furniture category, which are found to generally contain higher novelty outperformed their designer-generated counterparts on key market performance metrics.

Specifically, in the first year after introduction, sales revenues from user-generated products were three times higher and gross margins were four times greater than those of designer-generated products.

These effects also increased over time: after three years, the aggregate sales revenues of user-generated products were, on average, 1.25 billion yen (approximately 16 million dollars) higher, or five times greater, than the sales of designer-generated products. The corresponding average margin was an impressive 619 million yen (approximately 8 million dollars) higher, or six times greater, than the margin for designer-generated products. Finally, user-generated products were more likely to survive the three-year observation period than designer-generated products (i.e., were still on the market three years after introduction).

These findings clearly favor the paradigm shift identified in marketing research and appeal to managers considering the integration of user ideas into the process of new product development. In their paper, the authors discuss the study’s limitations and identify important avenues for future research.

I find this study especially interesting as MUJI is world-wide admired for their great inhouse design team! Also, the study shows that this is more than a novelty effect: Customers did not know whether a product was user designed or not, they just liked (and purchased) the product!

10 01, 2013

Competivation Consulting Founded to Meet Innovation-, Technology- and Strategy Consulting Needs of Industry

By | 2018-06-14T06:48:44+00:00 Januar 10th, 2013|Co-creation, Co-Design Process, Crowdsourcing, Deutsch (in German), MC/OI on the Web, Offline Customization, Open/User Innovation, Personalization, Technologies & Enablers|

I frequently receive requests by companies for innovation counseling and consulting on open innovation, mass customizuation, and technology management.  While we do not perform any consulting for individual companies with our RWTH-TIM institute, there are a number of opportunities for consulting.

Competivation Consulting & EducationTo meet the needs of industry, together with an experienced executive consultant, Prof. Hans-Gerd Servatius,  we have founded Competivation Consulting, a dynamic innovation and strategy management consulting company from innovators for innovators. 

Combining decades of innovation research, teaching and consulting, COMPETIVATION's team of experts supports your company with

  • Management consulting in innovation and technologymanagement,
  • Strategy and innovation workshops,
  • Strategic and technology roadmapping,
  • Trend analysis and strategic foresight,
  • Technology, market and benchmarking analysis,
  • Implementation counseling,
  • Networking with intermediaries and IT-partners,
  • Executive education programs and corporate speaking

Special areas of expertise are open innovation, customer co-creation, mass customization, but also the development of comprehensive strategies for innovation and technology managememt.

ServatiusProf. Hans-Gerd Servatius has met our Editor in Chief for a brief interview, outlining the USPs of Competivation Consulting and what can be done especially for the open innovation strategist.

CG: Some of our readers will know you as the author of your latest book, touching a pressing matter of our times, Smart Energy. Can you tell a bit about yourself and your experience in technology and innovation management consulting?

GS: We created the term technology and innovation management in the early 1980s at Arthur D. Little, where I led the German TIM practice. For me this was a great opportunity, to put the concepts, which I had developed in my Ph.D. thesis on strategic management of technology into practical work. During the following decades I tried to anticipate the next TIM waves like corporate venture management (which has a lot in common with open innovation), process and business model innovation, knowledge management as well as sustainability, to mention some examples. Today I think technology and innovation management is more important than ever and looking back to its roots helps to better understand the future.

CG: You have over 30 years of experience as a professional consultant, having been anywhere from an entrance position to partner level and managing director in internationally reknown firms. What sets Competivation apart from the existing competition?

GS: I would like to mention three points. First: Competivation is a young firm with very experienced founders. This helps us to create a unique culture. Second: The founders have an excellent reputation as scientists and management consultants. We have a strong international network. Based on these competencies we can be more innovative in our field than many others. And third: Our combination of executive education with consulting offers possibilities for differentiation that satisfy the needs of many clients, who are looking for more sustainable results.

CG: Our readers are especially interested in open innovation. Do you see OI to be the method of choice to solve many of the (technical) problems that companies usually struggle with solving on their own? Why?

GS: Open innovation has proven that it can generate great ideas and solve many problems. Roughly ten years after the term has been created the experience of leading firms with different OI methods is growing. One of the reasons for this success is the increased connectivity potential of a company, its stakeholders and non-obvious others, who can play a role in the innovation processes. A challenge many companies are still facing today is the integration of open integration into an emerging enterprise 2.0 concept. This means that both internal and external innovation must become more cooperative.

CG: Do you think that corporate culture is key element in (remodeling) innovation management, as part of an integrated approach? If so, can you give some examples from your experience?

GS: Corporate Culture is clearly a key element for innovation. It always was and new forms of innovation require cultural adaptations. The cultural challenge today is to find the right balance between closed and open innovation, individual talents and cooperative success as well as trust in others and securing intellectual property. The answer is not black or white. Success formulas are more complex and need to be tailored to specific situations. In our assignments we help organizations and their managers to improve the specific competencies needed to compete in this new era of innovation. An example is an international automotive company, which we support on its way to become a provider of mobility solutions. This requires new business models combining open and closed innovation as well as improved leadership skills as orchestrators of different partners.

CG: Can you give a little insight into your network? What is Competivation`s special competence mix?

GS:  Our network consists of partners in the academic world, complementary service providers and experienced practitioners, who work together in a trust-based way. One example is the Business Transformation Academy, which is sponsored by SAP. On their international conference in October in Budapest we presented our new study of a changing energy sector based on innovative IT enabled business models. If I have a special competence it perhaps is to put technology and innovation management not only into a strategic, organizational and cultural context but also to translate new findings from complexity theory into practical solution sets. In a volatile world this is what many clients are looking for.


GermanWhile Competivation Consulting´s core market is the DACH region (Germany, Austria, and
Switzerland), we are also open for assignments beyond these ountries. You will find more informationen on Competivation and our service portfolio at www.competivation.de (in German language only!) or contact us directly!

23 12, 2012

TIM in the MIX: Vote for Our Hack at the HBR M-Prize: Global solutions, local failure: Overcoming barriers in implementing open innovation

By | 2018-06-14T06:48:54+00:00 Dezember 23rd, 2012|Crowdsourcing, Featured Research, OI Market Study, Open/User Innovation|

Hbr-mck-mixOur group has been invited to participate at the HBR-McKinsey M-Prize . Now we need your support! If you want to see our proposal outlined below become a winning idea, please head over to the official website and "like" our idea: Global solutions, local failure – Overcoming barriers in implementing open innovation
For those not familiar with the M-Prize, here is a short summary from their official website:

The Management Innovation eXchange (MIX) is an open innovation project aimed at reinventing management for the 21st century. The MIX is based on the premise that management is nothing less than the technology of human accomplishment and that, after 100 years of incremental tweaks, it now needs to be reinvented for a new age.
The M-Prize is the MIX’s call to management innovators (and aspiring management innovators) around the world to make a real difference when it comes to improving management thinking and practice.

Here is a short summary of our submission:
Many companies today pilot open innovation (OI) and crowdsourcing, but only few are making it a permanent practice. A consortium of six German SMEs finds that OI can radically improve the productivity of technical problem solving, but demands strong internal promotors and dedicated processes to overcome resistance and barriers.
You can find the full proposal here! Thank you for your support!!

PS: The topic of implementing open innovation in an established firm also is the theme of our upcoming European Open Innovation Practicioner Program.

12 11, 2012

MIT Smart Customization Seminar 2012: Meet the Speakers: Kaustuv De Bisvas

By | 2018-06-14T06:49:44+00:00 November 12th, 2012|Crowdsourcing, Events, MIT SCG, Personalization|

Seminar-banner-2012-01 Continuing our little mini series on speakers ofthis year's MIT Smart Customization Seminar, here is some more information on who will be there on stage to share his expert knowledge with you.

DebiswasKaustuv De Bisvas

Co-Founder & CEO / Sunglass.io
TED Fellow

Personal Website

Kaustuv De Biswas is a TED Fellow (2011) and Co-founder/CEO at Sunglass.io, a cloud based 3D design platform to collect and deliver micro-innovations through a low barrier and ubiquitous channel for designers across the globe.

His core expertise is in design computation and his PhD dissertation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology investigates computational frameworks for large distributed systems and the economics of collaboration.

Leveraging his expertise in technology, Kaustuv has previously been a consultant/advisor to several international architectural practices, and has been a research associate at Bentley Systems.

Kaustuv has also taught numerous workshops and seminars in leading universities/schools such as MIT, Harvard, Architectural Association (London), Columbia, and Georgia Tech introducing advanced computational techniques.


You can download this year's Smart Customization Seminar's agenda here!

For more up-to-date information and registration please head to http://scg.mit.edu or follow the conference twitter hashtag, #SCG12!

9 11, 2012

MIT Smart Customization Seminar 2012: Meet the Speakers: Jarmo Suominen

By | 2018-06-14T06:49:47+00:00 November 9th, 2012|Crowdsourcing, Events, MIT SCG, Personalization|

Seminar-banner-2012-01 Following up on our last preview post in which we already geve away details about the keynote speakers ofthis year's MIT Smart Customization Seminar, here is some more information on who will be there on stage to share his expert knowledge with you.

SuominenJarmo Suominen

Professor of Mass Customization / Aalto University Helsinki
Director of Future Home Institute  / Aalto University Helsink

Personal Website


Jarmo Suominen conducts Mass Customization
research at the Aalto University A! (the former University of Art &
Design), Helsinki, where he is a professor and the director of Future Home
Research Institute. 

He is studying the
engagement process and customer behavior within the interaction with
high-interest and high-involvements products and goods.  By addressing the existing research paradigm
from activity theory to behavioral sciences and product concept creation methodologies,
Professor Suominen also develops further current design paradigms in

In addition to his position at Aalto University, he is the owner
of Suominen Architect and has won numerous prizes in architectural competitions
in Finland an in Europe.

You can download this year's Smart Customization Seminar's agenda here!

For more up-to-date information and registration please head to http://scg.mit.edu or follow the conference twitter hashtag, #SCG12!

5 11, 2012

MIT Smart Customization Seminar 2012: Meet the Speakers: Eric von Hippel

By | 2018-06-14T06:49:50+00:00 November 5th, 2012|Crowdsourcing, Events, MIT SCG, Personalization|

Seminar-banner-2012-01 Following up on our last preview post in which we already geve away details about the keynote speakers ofthis year's MIT Smart Customization Seminar, here is some more information on who will be there on stage to share his expert knowledge with you.

VhippelEric von Hippel

Professor of Technological Innovation in the MIT Sloan School of Management, Professor in MIT's Engineering Systems Division.

Personal Website


Eric von Hippel is a Professor
of Management of Innovation and Engineering Systems at the MIT Sloan School of

His research discovers and explores patterns in the sources of
innovation and develops new processes to improve the “fuzzy front end” of the
innovation process—the end where ideas for breakthrough new products and
services are developed.

He is currently leading a major research project to
discover how these user innovation communities work, and how and whether the
same principles might extend to many areas of product and service development.

In addition, von Hippel is working with governmental and academic colleagues in
the Netherlands, Denmark, and the United Kingdom to develop new and modified
governmental policies appropriate to the newly emerging innovation paradigm of
user-centered innovation.

You can download this year's Smart Customization Seminar's agenda here!

For more up-to-date information and registration please head to http://scg.mit.edu or follow the conference twitter hashtag, #SCG12!

29 10, 2012

MIT Smart Customization Seminar 2012: Meet the Speakers: Edward S. Boyden

By | 2018-06-14T06:49:59+00:00 Oktober 29th, 2012|Crowdsourcing, Events, MIT SCG, Personalization|

Seminar-banner-2012-01 Following up on our last preview post in which we already geve away details about the keynote speakers ofthis year's MIT Smart Customization Seminar, here is some more information on who will be there on stage to share his expert knowledge with you.


Edward S. Boyden, Ph. D.

Benesse Career Development Professor of Research in Education

Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

MIT Media Lab



Ed Boyden is the Benesse Career Development Professor, and associate
professor of biological engineering and brain and cognitive sciences, at
the MIT Media Lab and the MIT McGovern Institute, respectively.

leads the Synthetic Neurobiology group, which develops tools for
controlling and observing the dynamic circuits of the brain, and uses
these neurotechnologies to understand how cognition and emotion arise
from brain network operation, as well as to enable systematic repair of
intractable brain disorders.

He was named to the "Top 35 Innovators Under the Age of 35" by Technology Review in 2006, and to the "Top 20 Brains Under Age 40" by Discover
magazine in 2008. He has received the NIH Director's New Innovator
, the Society for Neuroscience Research Award for Innovation in
, the NSF CAREER Award, the Paul Allen Distinguished
Investigator Award
, and the New York Stem Cell Robertson Investigator
. In 2010, his work was recognized as the "Method of the Year" by
the journal Nature Methods, and in 2011 he delivered a lecture on his lab's work at TED.

Boyden received his PhD in neurosciences from Stanford University as a
Hertz Fellow, where he discovered that the molecular mechanisms used to
store a memory are determined by the content to be learned. Before
that, he received three degrees in electrical engineering and physics
from MIT. He has contributed to over 250 peer-reviewed papers, current
or pending patents, and articles, and has given over 140 invited talks
on his work.

You can download this year's Smart Customization Seminar's agenda here!

For more up-to-date information and registration please head to http://scg.mit.edu or follow the conference twitter hashtag, #SCG12!

23 10, 2012

MIT Smart Customization Seminar 2012: Keynote Speakers

By | 2018-06-14T06:50:02+00:00 Oktober 23rd, 2012|Crowdsourcing, Events, MIT SCG, Personalization|

Seminar-banner-2012-01 As promissed, here is some more information about this year's MIT Smart Customization Seminar. Today we can give details on  our esteemed keynote speakers, the well known Joseph B. Pine II and Alex Pentland.

B. Joseph Pine II, Strategic Horizons, LLP

Internationally acclaimed author, speaker and management adivser. A
visiting Scholar with the Design Lab at MIT, he co-founded Strategic
Horizons LLP to help businesses conceive and design new ways of adding
value to their economic offerings.

Alex "Sandy" Pentland, MIT Media Lab Human Dynamics Group

Professor Pentland is a pioneer in organizational engineering, mobile
information systems, and computational social science. Pentland's
research focus is on harnessing information flows and incentives within
social networks, the big data revolution, and converting this technology
into real-world ventures.

And of course there will be many more experts sharing their knowledge. Just stay tuned for more details over the next days!

You can download this year's Smart Customization Seminar's agenda here!

For more up-to-date information and registration please head to http://scg.mit.edu or follow the conference twitter hashtag, #SCG12!

19 10, 2012

MIT Smart Customization Seminar 2012: Full Agenda and Additional Information Released

By | 2018-06-14T06:50:18+00:00 Oktober 19th, 2012|Crowdsourcing, Customization Trends, Events, Personalization|

Seminar-banner-2012-01 Wrapping up our previous posts and adding a lot of extra information about this year's MIT Smart Customization Seminar, the full agenda has just been approved for release! 

You can download this year's Smart Customization Seminar's agenda here!

For more up-to-date information and registration please head to http://scg.mit.edu or follow the conference twitter hashtag, #SCG12!

16 10, 2012

MIT Smart Customization Seminar 2012: Session 4: Making, Open Hardware, User Entrepreneurship

By | 2018-06-14T06:50:21+00:00 Oktober 16th, 2012|Crowdsourcing, Customization Trends, Events, Personalization|

Seminar-banner-2012-01 Conitnuing our little mini series on year's MIT Smart Customization Seminar's agenda,  it's all about user design and making, and the tools to be successful at it:

Session 4: December 4th, 3:45pm – 5:00pm
Making, Open Hardware, User Entrepreneurship

Designing and making is no longer only done by experts with years of training.

Many of the digital design tools that were once available to professionals are now in the hands of consumers. Desktop 3D printers are popping up everywhere, sophisticated design software is freely available online, and the boundary between physical and digital is quickly blurring.

What is being made by these non-experts? How are they designing and making it? What new design processes are we finding with such easily accessible design tools? From the bottom up – including start-ups, DIY fabricators and at-home designers; and from the top down – software behemoths and construction giants, we are seeing dramatic transformations in design technologies and platforms that enable mass customized products like never before.

For more up-to-date information and registration please head to http://scg.mit.edu or follow the conference twitter hashtag, #SCG12!