Open Innovation

Introduction

Crowdpolicy has an integrated approach to boosting innovation in businesses, organizations and bodies in the public and private sector. Our approach aims to enhance the competitiveness and extroversion of these bodies, the transition to quality entrepreneurship based on innovation, the integrated digital transition and the creation of added value with the engagement of the crowd. The methodology we follow is based on the gradual implementation of the proposed solutions, the continuous assessment of the pilot applications and the multiple repetitions until the result is achieved.

The approach of Crowdpolicy to boosting innovation consists of the following:

Crowdpolicy open innovation 2015-2019 (17.01.2020 from Crowdpolicy

Bootcamps

Bootcamps are workshops during which the participants (e.g. executives of a bank, candidate teams for an accelerator etc.) are invited to solve a problem in a structured way with the use of modern development methodologies such as lean, design thinking, agile etc.

The goal is to organize the participants in groups other than those within an organization, enable them to familiarise with new technologies and ideas and learn how to work using new collaborative lean methodologies. This is the first step in order for an organization’s executives to come together and grasp modern methodologies for developing business models and products, thus promoting innovation.

During the bootcamp, the participants follow a specific way of dealing with the problem they wish to solve. Based on criteria such as human needs, a technologically feasible implementation and business sustainability, they find out what features and attributes their product or service should have in order to deal with the problem in an efficient and effective way.

The main principles of the methodological approach are:

  1. Understanding the problem
  2. Observing the users
  3. Understanding the findings – results
  4. Generating new ideas
  5. Creating a prototype – experimenting
  6. Testing, implementing, improving

Bootcamps are addressed to executives from private and public organizations as a first step towards enabling the organization’s strategy to be more agile, aiming at promoting innovation and effectiveness through sustainable models.

You can see the presentation of a be finnovative bootcamp program here.

Crowdhackathons 

Crowdpolicy organizes the innovation competitions Crowdhackathon aiming at the creation of prototype applications and business models.

These actions are “marathons for the development of applications” on various sectors of economy. The marathons are attended by young people, developers, designers, analysts and anyone who has ideas and suggestions to address practical problems or create a pilot innovative product or service while public and private sector bodies are engaged by providing the participants with open data they can use.

During a crowdhackathon, the participants discuss ideas to be implemented with special mentors involved in the process. The proposals are evaluated and the most popular ones are selected to be implemented as web and smartphone applications that can be further developed. The applications that result from the competition are available as opensource so that they can be used by any interested individual or public body.

The crowd plays a vital role in all the processes of the marathon; this is why it is called crowdhackathon.

The following data from the first two crowdhackathons that were held prove the engagement of society in these actions:

Each crowdhackathon has a leader partner that is experienced and has a great deal of knowledge on the hackathon topic. We define the strategic goals on which we will work and we shape the technical specifications of the issues we wish to address in collaboration with the leader partner and the sponsors that support every crowdhackathon. A public consultation is held to co-shape the specifications of the crowdhackathon.

Everyone can participate for free. 

The expenses of the crowdhackathons and the prizes awarded to the winners are provided by the sponsors, while the supporters undertake the dissemination of the action. Every time, remarkable cash prizes are awarded, about €10,000 to the first 3 winners, and sponsors provide the winners with advisory services to support business schemes, postgraduate scholarships etc.

Crowdhackathons constitute a pleasant experience for everyone, we offer food and soft drinks, and at the end of the competition there is a party. You can find more information at www.crowdhackathon.com .

So far, Crowdpolicy has organized a series of Crowdhackathons both in Greece and Cyprus, with the first one, Crowdhackathon #Apodeiksi focused on applications against tax evasion, having taken place in June 2015. A variety of crowdhackathons came after the following years and so far, our company has reached the point of being in the position to demonstrate an abundance of crowdhackathons on a wide range of fields, such as tourism, economy, insurance, transport, open data, industry and environment. The most recent innovation marathon was organized by the Ministry of Environment and Energy in December 2019. Its aim was to highlight green innovation applications and constitutes the first major step in creating a Greek ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship in environment and energy sectors. 

For more information and details about all the crowdhackathons and the winners you can visit the following link: https://www.crowdhackathon.com/?en

Innovation Labs 

The Innovation Lab is an initiative that promotes innovation and sustainable development. The goal is to develop innovative business ideas and transform them into profitable outward-looking businesses. At the same time, it enables the development of the ecosystem of youth entrepreneurship through various actions so that young people are encouraged to acquire skills and evolve ideas that can transform new businesses. 

The lab brings together new businesses, young people with ideas and vision, experienced business executives, and networks the market with fresh and innovative ideas. 

During the labs, the participants follow a specific methodological approach in order to deal with the  problem they wish to solve and ensure the best of results.

The main principles of the methodological approach are:

  1. Understanding the problem
  2.  Observing the users 
  3. Understanding the findings – results 
  4. Generating new ideas
  5. Creating a prototype – experimenting
  6. Testing, implementing, improving

The participants enjoy certain services that guarantee the success of the enterprise. More specifically, there is 

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