Event: Québec Seeks Solutions. On May 15-16, the Problem Conference goes into its second edition in Québec City

QEMS_site_webA while ago I posted about the second edition of "Québec seeks solutions", a unique problem solving conference hosted by Québec International and partners. Back then, companies were invited to turn in interesting challenges they are facing in their actual operations and which they did not find a satisfying solution for so far.When the deadline was reached, ten very interesting problems could be chosen to be the object of collaborative solution-finding during the conference.

Amongst them are challenges that every innovative company faces sooner or later, such as the question how to effectively and efficiently identify the individual knowledge of employees in large organizations or new ways to foster inter-company collaboration.

Now these Problems await their challengers. Everybody interested in solving real Problems for real Companies and  having the chance to network with innovation experts from around the world is invited to join the conference. The event will be hosted on the 15th and 16th of May, 2012 in the beautiful setting of Quebec City in Canada.

Just like in Dev 2010,we expect two days of very productive workshopping. Although it was hosted for the first time, the results of the 2010 edition have proven the concept. 

When surveyed about 4 months after the conference, 90% of the seeking companies have stayed in contact with people met during the event. Even after 10 months, 50%  were actively working on solutions suggested during the event and continued to collaborate with partners met there. All participating companies have expressed their interest to participate in another edition of the conference for both the high concentration of excellent innovators and the opportunities to connect to potential partners from all branches.

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            Exemplary company, rated perceived impact of their participation

Registration is open now, detailed information can be found here. I'm looking forward to meet you there in person!

Also: There will be a special workshop for everyone who would like to host a "Problem conference" in their own local community!

About the Author:

Frank T. Piller is a Co-Director of the MIT Smart Customization Group at the MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, and a chair professor of management at the Technology & Innovation Management Group of RWTH Aachen University, Germany, one of Europe’s leading institutes of technology. Before entering his recent position in Aachen, he worked at the MIT Sloan School of Management (2004-2007) and has been an associate professor of management at TUM Business School, Technische Universitaet Muenchen. Frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Economist, and Business Week, amongst others, Frank is regarded as one of the leading experts on strategies for customer-centric value creation, like mass customization, personalization, and innovation co-creation. His recent analysis of the crowdsourcing business model “Threadless” (co-authored with Susumu Ogawa), an innovative crowdsourcing business model in the fashion industry, has been elected as one of the Top-20 articles in MIT Sloan Management Review.