In a move designed to accelerate innovation in its manufacturing processes and boost product development, Electrolux is launching the Electrolux Innovation Factory.
The Swedish multinational home appliance manufacturer aims to provide an agile, open environment where ideas can flourish and be turned into marketable products.
Inspiration doesn’t always come in a flash or a thunderbolt. The right circumstances and environments are often required for the creative juices to flow. For some this can be in the bath or shower, while out walking the dog or during conversations with friends or colleagues.
There are no hard and fast rules. If you’re seeking inspiration right this moment let the words of these brilliant minds set you on the right road.
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
So, where do good ideas come from? Are they flashes of genius that come fully formed when you least expect them? Do they require hours with a pad of paper at the drawing board? Are they the result of accidents and surprising experimental results? And what environments breed them?
These are just some of the questions that are tackled in the following three videos that explore the sources of ideas.
When Boeing wanted fresh ideas on how to spend $100 million, which was the result of the benefits of tax reform legislation it turned to open innovation.
The American multinational corporation solicited ideas from its workforce via surveys and mobile “ideas stations”.
Glasgow City Council in Scotland is turning to open innovation for ideas on how to minimize waste and pollution through recycling and re-using materials.
The city’s chamber of commerce has launched an initiative on Circle Lab, an online platform that challenges citizens to improve sustainability.
One of the biggest pieces of open innovation news from this week was the announcement of the launch of the $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE by XPRIZE and All Nippon Airways (ANA).
It is a four-year global open innovation contest to develop real-life avatars.
Activewear brand Outdoor Voices is so convinced by the benefits of open innovation and co-creating with customers that from now on it is going to involve them in all future product designs.
The brand launched in 2014 and Running was its first collection to involve consumer input which it did via social media.
Indian Railways is embarking on an ambitious project and has turned to open innovation for help in achieving its goals.
India’s national railway system wants to revamp more than 600 major railway stations across the country to provide better amenities and greater comfort for its many passengers.
They’re the mollusk world’s ‘most wanted’ the mussels with a price on their gills. Invasive quagga and zebra mussels are a huge problem in parts of the United States and a solution is needed fast.
Scientists are stumped and so the US government is offering $100,000 prize for the best idea for how to stop their destructive spread.
As part of its efforts to innovate and maintain a leading position in its market Singapore Airlines (SIA) is ramping up its open innovation endeavors.
Through its Digital Innovation Blueprint, the carrier is forging key partnerships with the National University of Singapore and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore among many others. Also on its agenda is a strengthening of its internal open innovation culture.