Creating smart regions throughopen societal innovation- Panel -26th Bled eConference, 11. June 2013www.bledconference.org
Creating smart regions throughopen societal innovation- Panel -IntroductionHans-Dieter Zimmermann
Goal of the Panel3 Continuing the discussion about eRegions which emerged from theBled eConference and Attempt to embed ...
Panelists4Julia Glidden,Managing Director, 21c Consultancy, UKGeert Mareels,Flemish eGovernment Manager,Flemish eGovernmen...
Introduction1. eRegion2. eSociety Bodensee 2020 Project –A smart region project
eRegionand the Bled eConference
Introduction7During the last 26 years the Bled eConference has addressed – and isstill addressing – the relationship and i...
The Notion of eRegion8Beyond the Bled eConference the term eRegion has not been appliedfrequently in the literature“As a c...
The Notion of eRegion9eRegion does not refer to political or administrative borders eRegion refers to a region rather bas...
eRegion - Two distinct streams10Activities are triggered by the intention to stimulate the adoption of ICTamong businesses...
Summary and Outlook11Regional issues have been addressed quite intense on different levelsand from different perspectives ...
(www.esocietybodensee2020.org)
The Bodensee (Lake Constance) Region13
The Bodensee (Lake Constance) Region14
The Bodensee (Lake Constance) Region15Common Language … with different but very similar Alemannic dialects(Lake Constance...
Languages – Cultures – Regions – … but Borders?16http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alemannic_German
eSociety Bodensee 202017How can Open Innovationcontribute to the solution ofsocietal challenges in the LakeConstance regio...
Main Steps of the Project19Common Understanding of Open Societal InnovationRequirements AnalysisGuide/ manual for open soc...
eSociety Bodensee 2020 - Summary20Utilization of Open Innovation approaches to cope with societalchallenges within the Bod...
But:Challenges for cross-country cooperation …21Different political systems: EU (Austria, Germany) EEA European Economic...
ContactDr. Hans-Dieter ZimmermannFHS St. Gallen University of Applied SciencesInstitute for Information and Process Manage...
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Creating smart regions through open societal innovation - Panel

  1. 1. Creating smart regions throughopen societal innovation- Panel -26th Bled eConference, 11. June 2013www.bledconference.org
  2. 2. Creating smart regions throughopen societal innovation- Panel -IntroductionHans-Dieter Zimmermann
  3. 3. Goal of the Panel3 Continuing the discussion about eRegions which emerged from theBled eConference and Attempt to embed the concept within a ‘Smart City’ and‘Open Innovation’ context Bringing together the different perspectives contributing to abroader understanding of smart regions: ICT focus Regional focus Open innovation focus: Open societal innovation approach
  4. 4. Panelists4Julia Glidden,Managing Director, 21c Consultancy, UKGeert Mareels,Flemish eGovernment Manager,Flemish eGovernment Coordination Unit (CORVE), BelgiumBror Salmelin,Advisor to the DG Information Society and Media,European Commission; Innovation Systems, Belgium
  5. 5. Introduction1. eRegion2. eSociety Bodensee 2020 Project –A smart region project
  6. 6. eRegionand the Bled eConference
  7. 7. Introduction7During the last 26 years the Bled eConference has addressed – and isstill addressing – the relationship and impact of ICT and business andsocietyOne special focus: Utilizing ICT and especially the Web in a geographical setting witha focus on the further development and support of definedgeographical areas or regions The Bled eConference quite often gets connectedto the notion of eRegion[Zimmermann 2012]
  8. 8. The Notion of eRegion8Beyond the Bled eConference the term eRegion has not been appliedfrequently in the literature“As a concept, eRegion denotes Information Technology (IT)-supportedinitiatives that transcend traditional borders and boundaries.”(Gricar et al. 2007)eRegion understood as “… an information and communicationtechnology (ICT) supported region. […]From a technological perspective, an eRegion integrates the issues ofregional development with the opportunities and challenges comingfrom the latest technologies” (Gricar 2007, 86).… adding additional perspectives on eRegion such as the political,academic, or organizational perspectives
  9. 9. The Notion of eRegion9eRegion does not refer to political or administrative borders eRegion refers to a region rather based on similarities such as culturalor historical developments, e.g. based on historical trade relations orcommon language Transcending traditional borders is one of the major motivations as wellas challenges developing eRegion activities in Europe triggeringrespective discussions and projects Example: The initiative in the Bodensee area starting in 1994But:Cross-border attribute reflects a rather European viewpointFurther motivation: the competitiveness of rural regions Mainly strategic purposes of eRegion activities[Zimmermann 2012]
  10. 10. eRegion - Two distinct streams10Activities are triggered by the intention to stimulate the adoption of ICTamong businesses within a region Mostly economic focus Examples: Development and provision of a regional (B2B) portal Regional programs and activities to support the adoption of ICT in general orof eCommerce applications more specifically Mainly focused in the Research TrackActivities encourage inter-linkage among regional organisations andinstitutions in order to provide the basis for future competitive advantageswithin an eRegion Examples: ALADIN network, the ALpe ADria INitiative Universities’ Network Internationale Bodenseehochschule IBH Mainly focused in the Business Track[Zimmermann 2012]
  11. 11. Summary and Outlook11Regional issues have been addressed quite intense on different levelsand from different perspectives such as research, business, andgovernment and administrationAddressing of the transformation of regions, states including businessrelated, administrative and educational infrastructures Natural task of the Bled eConference conference … to be continued by our panel today
  12. 12. (www.esocietybodensee2020.org)
  13. 13. The Bodensee (Lake Constance) Region13
  14. 14. The Bodensee (Lake Constance) Region14
  15. 15. The Bodensee (Lake Constance) Region15Common Language … with different but very similar Alemannic dialects(Lake Constance Alemannic)Common Alemannic cultureSimilar industry structure … and similar structural challengesDisadvantages of missingcross-border infrastructuresThe lake – uniting and dividing the region
  16. 16. Languages – Cultures – Regions – … but Borders?16http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alemannic_German
  17. 17. eSociety Bodensee 202017How can Open Innovationcontribute to the solution ofsocietal challenges in the LakeConstance region?Open Societal Innovation(esocietybodensee2020.org)
  18. 18. Main Steps of the Project19Common Understanding of Open Societal InnovationRequirements AnalysisGuide/ manual for open societal innovationImplementation and coaching of pilotsEvaluation of pilotsKnowledge transfer of gained insightsDevelopment of an eSociety Bodensee 2020 strategy
  19. 19. eSociety Bodensee 2020 - Summary20Utilization of Open Innovation approaches to cope with societalchallenges within the Bodensee regionMain goals: Sustainable identification and release of the innovation power of allstakeholders Strategic utilization of the innovation power of the society as a whole Compilation of appropriate tool, format, and processes Leading role of the intl. Bodensee Region as a pioneer of opensocietal innovation
  20. 20. But:Challenges for cross-country cooperation …21Different political systems: EU (Austria, Germany) EEA European Economic Area (Liechtenstein) … and SwitzerlandDifferent legal systemsDifferent historyDifferent perception of direct democracy and participationDifferent understanding and implementation of federalismDifferent school and university systemsMost funding schemes do not support cross-country cooperation… and even if they do it’s a challenge …
  21. 21. ContactDr. Hans-Dieter ZimmermannFHS St. Gallen University of Applied SciencesInstitute for Information and Process Management IPM-FHSRosenbergstrasse 59, 9001 St. Gallen, SwitzerlandTel. +41 71 226 17 52hansdieter.zimmermann@fhsg.chwww.esociety.net , @FHS_eSocietywww.fhsg.ch/ipmwww.hdzimmermann.net, blog.hdzimmermann.net, @hdzimmermann

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