ISPM Seeks Solution: Problem Conference in Crowdsolving Innovation Management Challenges

Bild grossOne of the most innovative approaches to open innovation
is coming again this year: The Problem Conference.

Here: For Management Challenges!

The core idea: Turn a conference upside down. Instead
of presenting "solutions" and "best practices" to impress the other
participants with your successes, present your hardest challenge
Present what you could not solve, and ask openly for help! The
(beginning of the) solution then will be co-created with the

Due to the great success of the first problem conference in 2010 we are proud to announce to you the 2013 edition of the ISPIM Seeks Solutions Conference!

Taking place 16:00 – 17:30, June 18th, at the ISPIM conference in Helsinki (Room: 304 – 3rd floor). The ISPIM 2013 conference offers the unique opportunity to engage in this new form of "local open innovation".

Call for problems: What is your problem with managing innovation?

You have a problem related to innovation management and want to use the intelligence of experts from all around the world to solve it? Here’s how you can do it!

Submit your problem to ISPIM Seeks Solutions and if your problem is selected your problem will be treated during the one hour and a half workshop on June 18th at the ISPIM conference in Helsinki.

To submit a problem, describe it using here

The process is based on the open innovation problem broadcasting approach. Problems can be submitted until March 29th. The “best problems” will then be selected and broadcasted on the web few weeks prior the event. Problem seekers will also get some support from ISPIM experts to well define the problem prior to broadcasting it. During the workshop in itself, ISPIM delegates participating to the workshop will collaborate around the selected problems and help you in understanding it better.

If you need more information: contact conference staff at


By | 2018-06-14T06:48:18+00:00 Februar 25th, 2013|Co-creation, Events, Open/User Innovation|

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.