Archive for June, 2015

The 3 Keys To Successful Open Innovation

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Much has been written about open innovation as if it were a new idea, or that tech startups are the secret to its success. It’s a lot more complicated than that, and organizations that do it well — like Bayer, Campbell Soup, and the U.S. Agency for International Development — share at least three key approaches, as well as embrace the importance of effective communications.


Smithsonian Museum to Open Innovation Wing in July 2015

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

he history of business is often overlooked, even in America. But this summer, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History will dedicate 40,000 square feet to the story of how innovation shaped the country.

NASA Uses Crowdsourcing for Open Innovation Contracts

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

NASA is turning to the public and crowdsourcing for outside-the-box thinking about human space exploration challenges with a series of 10 new NASA Open Innovation Service (NOIS) Contracts.

The first challenges to be launched under the new contract will seek new algorithms to improve Robonaut’s tool use in novel ways that could take advantage of materials found on asteroids, the moon or Mars for both space and Earth applications. Future challenges will seek help in developing improved textiles for planetary exploration spacesuits and other useful technologies as NASA continues its evolvable Journey to Mars strategy.

The total value of all contracts combined is $20 million over five years.

First Product From Sony’s New Innovation Program Is Coming Next Month

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Sony Corp. is set to unveil the first device from an internal venture-capital competition aimed at fostering more innovation, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The device is a hub for smart home automation, which could control temperature and appliances remotely, said the person, asking not to be named because the details are private. The device will go on sale next month with an online campaign seeking pre-orders and financing, the person said.