Master Student in Innovation,

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Would you want to join this platform and help take part in solving global challenges?

I've taken part in creating a concept to solve global challenges, as part of a MSoc.Sc in Organizational Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. We think that it could gather many people to help solve these challenges, since whatever solution that may emerge is given free to the world and not bounded by corporate interests.

The first challenges we've set out to solve is the continuous non-invasive measurement of glucose level in blood to help the millions of people suffering from diabetes.

We received recognition for our work when it was presented to our professors alongside external business partners and have been asked to present it at Copenhagen Innovation Symposium (https://conference.cbs.dk/index.php/innovation/cis) and Innovation in Mind, Sweden (http://www.innovationinmind.se/).

Do you think it could work and would you want to take part?

You can see our video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cFuMezi34GY

  • Dec 10 2012: @Edward.

    Apparently there's a limit on the number of re-replies one can make, so I've made a new thread to answer your question.

    First of all, there are many buzz words to go around in this area: Co-creation, Co-development, Open-innovation, Open-collaboration etc. The point is the concept of working together on solving problems instead of trying to figure everything out by yourself or within a given company. Some approaches are more open (the degree to which everyone else can follow along) than others.

    Examples of successful cases could be the development of ceramic breaks for cars (Porsche); a specific type of coating without the use of volatile organic compounds (AkzoNobel); or a flexible packaging system (Sig Combibloc).

    Here's a link to the AkzoNobel case, if you want to read a bit more:
    http://www.tue.nl/en/university/departments/applied-physics/news/team-tue-wins-collaborative-university-competition/
  • Dec 10 2012: I really like your ideas, especially the challenge about non invasive meausrement of glucose level in blood, I think this can work, and I would lke to support it as much as I can :)
  • Dec 8 2012: Go for it ! Make it happen! There are so many worthwhile pursuits. Let's collaborate the visions and get started !
  • Dec 8 2012: @Madhavi: Thanks for the link. Hadn't seen that one. Will see if I can get in touch with him and ask about the challenge.

    @Fritzie: Actually didn't know about IDEO's, but there are many platforms of this type out there. The problem is, that the majority of them are based on selling the emerging ideas, thereby just using people as a resource for revenue.

    @Edward. It's integrated with University-Industry collaborations.
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      Dec 9 2012: Translation please: "It's integrated with University-Industry collaborations". I am not being facetious or recalcitrant, seriously, what does that mean? Thank you.
      • Dec 9 2012: Many companies host varieties of case-competitions for university students, in order to solve challenges that they're currently facing. This is an example of an University-Industry collaboration (Co-development/Co-creation to add on some buzz words).

        By combing University and industry research along with crowd sourcing, our theory suggests that new possible solutions can emerge.
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          Dec 9 2012: I hate to be a pest but I am ignorant of this tool called Co-Creation where research, development, manufacturing, distribution, training, and support is wholly funded by the creators. Will you mention a couple of successful University-Industry collaborations where a solution was implemented and a problem was solved? Thank you for explaining thus far!
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    Dec 8 2012: "Given free to the world"? Ain't nothin' free! Who pays?
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    Dec 8 2012: I think platforms of this kind are becoming increasingly interesting to people. I have participated in IDEO's version, OpenIdeo. You are probably familiar with it.

    I know I have seen mention of others as well.

    Congratulations on your success thus far!
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    Dec 7 2012: I really like your concept of a platform to solve global challenges without any corporate/material interests.
    Concerning your question "Do you think it could work?" , I feel the consequences are irrelevant...it is a challenge:-)
    The idea of a continuous non-invasive measurement of glucose level in blood sounds wonderful.
    This reminds me of a ted talk about the non-invasive test for anemia which uses the principle of photoplethysmography. http://www.ted.com/talks/myshkin_ingawale_a_blood_test_without_bleeding.html
    I wonder if the same/similar principle could be used for blood glucose testing.