Open Innovation Workshops

What are Open Innovation Workshops?

We regularly bring together our academics, industry representatives and colleagues from public and third sector organisations to explore some of the ‘Grand Challenges’ facing society at Open Innovation Workshop events.

Through Open Innovation (a process involving the sharing of ideas, experience and expertise) we develop and support the exploration of new research ideas supported by our academic expertise.

Ideas are further developed by collaborative working groups supported by an initial seed-corn investment, leading to 3-6 month exploratory projects with the intention of securing more substantial ongoing funding with external collaborative partners.

Why are these ideas of benefit to industry?

These events are an opportunity for industry colleagues to meet a wide range of our academics from all faculties and discuss and develop innovative solutions and research ideas. It is also a great way of forming focused project teams to develop funding bids and longer term collaborative opportunities.

What kind of challenges do these events focus on?

Previous topics for workshops include:

  • Ageing in Urban Communities
  • Wellbeing at Work
  • Community Resilience
  • Modal Shift in New Garden Towns
  • Hospitals as Anchor Institutions
  • How Digital Services Can Improve Outcomes for Third Sector Organisations
  • Addressing Inappropriate Behaviour in the Armed Forces

A wide range of collaborative projects have been developed and delivered as a result of these. Project partners include private sector companies, Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Trusts, Local Authorities, police forces, Ambulance Trusts, fire services and Third Sector organisations.

How can we get involved?

We are always looking for new organisations from all sectors to take part in Open Innovation Workshops. If you or your organisation would like to find out more about the events or how to get involved, please email david.rutt@aru.ac.uk to arrange a call or meeting.