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Open Innovation Design Jam


As part of the UK-wide ESRC Festival of Social Science, the University of Glasgow hosted an Open Innovation Design Jam on 10th November 2016. The purpose was to explore how open approaches to intellectual property could improve innovation in firms and organisations. Issues covered included creative commons licensing, open hardware, crowdsourcing, and new forms of patent pooling.

Design jams are short, intensive pitching competitions where teams work together to develop innovative solutions to challenges (more on these below). The event was organised by Dr. Kristofer Erickson and Natacha Esteves in CREATe at the University of Glasgow. It took place in the Sir Alwyn Williams building Level 5 [Map].

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Venue and Format:

The Design Jam took place on the top floor of the Sir Alwyn William Building at the University of Glasgow [map]. The event ran from 9:30am to 17:00pm on Thursday 10th November. The event was open to everyone, including designers, digital innovators, SMEs, creators software developers and students. To be eligible for prizes, participants had to be able to attend all activities during the day and agreed to adhere by the code of conduct (archived below).

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Following registration and welcome coffee at 9:30am, the day began with an expert panel on new research in open innovation.

Next, the organisers made presentations about four open innovation challenges available to teams (see slides above). A choice between four challenge topics was offered to participants. Each challenge was closely connected to the overall theme of openness, IP management and innovation.

Participants selected the challenge they wished to work on and organised themselves into teams with the assistance of the facilitators. Teams comprised at least 2 people, up to a maximum of 5. Over the following 4 hours, teams worked on their pitches. Mentors from the CREATe research team and the panel of visiting experts helped consult with teams as they developed their pitches/solutions.

The day closed with 8-minute long pitch presentations before an expert judging panel and award of prizes to the winners.


0930 – 1000 Introduction and Welcome from the Organisers
1000 – 1115 Expert keynote panel: Open innovative practices, examples from current research
Nari Lee, Hanken School of Economics
John Oliver, Bournemouth University
Jonathan Keller, University Paris Ouest La Defense
Natalia Lukaszewicz, Fraunhofer, LMU Munich
1115 – 1230 Facilitated team formation / selection of challenges
1230 – 1330 Lunch provided
1330 – 1500 Design Jam activities / teams work on pitches
Natacha, Kris and team mentors will guide teams through design activities and provide help in developing & refining ideas.
1500 – 1600 Pitch presentations
1630 – 1700 Winners announced & closing formalities


Rules and Eligibility:

Dates and times: In order to be eligible, all participants must be registered and must take part in all design jam activities. All team members must be present at the venue from 9:30am until 16:30pm on the day.

Team Composition: Participants may bring teammates or may join a team on the day. Event organisers will facilitate team formation for participants who do not have teams and may alter some of the pre-formed teams to accommodate everyone. Teams must consist of at least 2 people, up to a maximum of 5.

Selection of winners: Selection will be made by a judging panel consisting of management experts and researchers from the University of Glasgow (the organising institution). The first prize is £1000 (Amazon gift vouchers to be shared divided equally among members of the team to a max of 5) as well as a place on the CREATE IP summer school for each member of the winning team (subject to eligibility of participants). The runner-up team will receive £200 in Amazon gift vouchers to be divided equally among participating members.

Code of Conduct: All attendees, sponsors, partners, volunteers and staff at our design jam are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Our design jam is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, previous design jam attendance or experience (or lack of any of the aforementioned). We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at any venue, including jams, hacks, talks, workshops, parties, social media and other online media. Design jam participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the organisers. [Learn more about the hackathon/design jam code of conduct]

Photography and Video: A photographer from the University of Glasgow will take pictures of the proceedings as a record of the event. The organisers will record a video of pitch presentations. To opt out of being photographed or video recorded as part of this event, please contact the organisers.


Event Organisers:

Kris Erickson, School of Law, University of Glasgow (Contact)
Natacha Estèves, Sciences Po, Paris (Contact)

Expert Panel (Keynote):
Nari Lee, Professor of Intellectual Property, Hanken School of Economics
John Oliver, Associate Professor of Media Management, Bournemouth University
Jonathan Keller, IT Law Professional, PhD Candidate, University Paris Ouest La Defense
Natalia Lukaszewicz, IP & Patent Law, Fraunhofer, LMU Munich

Juding Panel:
Arlene McDaid, Legal Hackers Scotland
Philip Hannay, Cloch Solicitors
Giulia Dore, University of Glasgow
Veronica Ferguson, Enterprise Outreach Manager, Converge Challenge


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