Step 1 : Call for problems As a call for papers in a more traditional conference 2,000$ to post a problem for this first year Step 2 : Broadcasting of problems Selection of the problems that would benefit most from the approach « Broadcast of search » approach as for other innovation accelerators Support by IDTEQ researchers to well define the problem (one « ambassador » per seeker) and to prepare the seeker for the conference day Step 3 : Finding and motivating solvers Finding the best potential solvers by specific broadcasts, Using IDTEQ’s networks (the power of the R&D organizations) Using social media for general broadcast Step 4 : Seeking for solution in a cocreation mode transfer from an exclusively online platform approach to a real collaboration between potential solvers Networking opportunities much larger than the classical one (many problems requiring multidisciplinary skills) 3
Highlights New ideas Ideas confirmed Networking Better understanding of the problems Feedback on the process Great experience No IP problem during the day (possible to have real business discussion in a very open approach) A very good convergence step Somehow destabilizing for some researcher (but in the end very positive) Outcomes Kruger: 2 new application ideas Labrie: came with a need for incremental innovation/ ended with a radical one Living Lab / DMR: merged during the day ! 6
DMR Solver profile during the day Found the problem interesting – Made it their first choice – before the conference before the conferenceParticipated in the first Participated in the second Participated in the thirdround: exploration round - emergence round - convergence 8
Fusion of the problem between Living lab & DMR Intelligent bike helmet & sensors network 9
1 problem with critical consequences Either they find a solution or the manufacturing plant closes down 8 questions out of the World cafe 5 ideas to explore 3 probable solutions 3 new products were proposed (paper tarpaulin to preserve soil humidity) 1 action to follow up Will the facility remain open ? To be continued…
100 hours already spent trying to find a solution Needed to « get out of the box » and far from their own paradigms No apparent solution, no end date estimated This event was a « make it or break it » case This event provides answers never imagined before
Success of the first edition Main goals: ▪ democratization of OI tools for SMEs, ▪ validation of the value creation of such a conference ▪ For the seekers ▪ For the solver Results: ▪ 10 industrial problems submitted (we targeted five), ▪ value creation for the seekers ▪ networking outside the « normal » network ▪ value from the ambassadors (better understanding of their own problem ▪ Visibility for the seekers ▪ Innovation acceleration (will be measured in the next months) ▪ Value for solvers ▪ Better visibility of the R&D centers and the value of working with them ▪ Contact with real industry problems and networking for students ▪ Value for the community ▪ Great laboratory for real open innovation ▪ Enhancing community innovation spirit 12
« Challenge Quebec » project team Baby Yahya (Québec International - CIQ) Bouchard Jean-Sébastien (Grisvert) Brosseau Jacques (CRIQ) Members Dancause Philippe (Grisvert) Dessureault Yves (CRIQ) Deutsch Christophe (INO) Fournier Francis (FPInnovations) Godbout Stéphane (IRDA) Lavallée Claire (COREM) Quirion Natalie (Parc Techno) Open Innovation expert Piller Frank (RWTH Aachen University) Delage Jean-Nicolas (Fasken Martineau) QSS original idea Christine Alain (INO) « Québec seeks solutions » conference team (QSS is a module of Challenge Quebec) _ QSS Ambassadors Belzile Martin (IRDA) Jedidi Rym (INO) _ Bouchard Michel (CRIQ) Ramirez Saileth (CRIQ) _ Brunet Gilles (FPInnovations) Thibault Marie-Claude (FPInnovations) _ Bergeron Pierre (INO) Tremblay Philippe (Grisvert) _ Coté Patrice (INO) Other Challenge Quebec contributors _ Jedidi Rym (INO) Étienne Nicolas (INO) _ Kaffel Hédi (CRIQ) Juttras Danielle (INO) _ Tremblay Marie-Louise (CRIQ) Meneghini Chiara (INO) _ Tremblay Philippe (grisvert) Paquet François (Québec International ) Ringuette Mélanie (Parc Techno) _ Vidal David (FPInnovations) 13
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