Archive for July, 2015

Can ‘technology engines’ power innovation at DHS?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security has introduced seven technology engines to power “open innovation” and help project managers across the department.  And those engines, while focused on specific technologies, are primarily made of people.

Reginald Brothers, DHS’ undersecretary for science and technology, previewed the technology engines last September in congressional testimony, explaining that they would “focus on technology foraging and the development of specific core capabilities and systems that cut across, and benefit, numerous programs and projects across S&T’s portfolio.”  John S. Verrico, a spokesman for the Science and Technology Directorate, told GCN that the technology engines debuted in June.


GE-Statoil Initiative Launches Second Open Innovation Challenge Focused on Water Reduction and Reuse

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

HOUSTON, Jul 07, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — GE and Statoil’s Sustainability Collaboration has launched the call for entries for its second Open Innovation Challenge focusing on water usage in the development of onshore unconventional oil and gas reservoirs. Through crowd sourcing, the Challenge seeks to find innovative solutions for both reducing fresh water usage and treating and reusing water from development activities—while maintaining or improving productivity.

Launch of World’s First Open Innovation Programme to Educate Scientists

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Scientists may apply online until September 22, 2015 at for the ‘Lab for Open Innovation in Science’ continuing studies programme taking place in Vienna.

Health sciences’ two greatest challenges are the lack of incentives for investigating new research questions and the complexity of current research findings, according to a recent survey of international researchers and scientists conducted by the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG). These findings provided the impetus for launching the LBG’s  Tell us! crowdsourcing project in their Open Innovation in Science initiative. This initiative invites patients, families, and professionals to actively contribute to the development of scientific research questions in the field of mental illness. Findings from this unique research approach will impact the world’s first educational programme for the application of Open Innovation in science, known as ‘Lab for Open Innovation in Science’ (LOIS).  (read more ….)