Starting points for creativity and innovation

I often hear questions like “How can I start my creativity?” or “How to earn money with my ideas?”. The best answer is always an advice to check few open innovation portals. It is always very useful to see examples and to be encouraged by creative products that are trying to conquer the market. First stop which everyone loves to see is surely, where you can submit T-shirt design and win cash, prizes & fame. One more site with similar content is cafepress. It looks so good, like the most of world’s designers are trying to create T-shirts. Starting site … Continue reading Starting points for creativity and innovation

Book: The Fuzzy Front End of Innovation


Book review: Oliver Gassmann, Fiona Schweitzer: Management of the Fuzzy Front End of Innovation (Springer, 2014)

Well, this was a surprise! This book really gives a wide range of topics with interesting examples and advices useful for work in creative industry. Continue reading “Book: The Fuzzy Front End of Innovation”

First (big) Entrance of Open Innovation to Croatia


With last month’s agreement between Agrokor and NineSigma, we have the first t(big) entrance of  Open Innovation strategy to Croatia. It’s coming from one of the biggest companies in this part of Europe, with cca. 40,000 employees and biggest retail chain in the country – Konzum. Agrokor operates in many areas of business including agriculture. Continue reading “First (big) Entrance of Open Innovation to Croatia”

your idea for japan

German innovation agency Hyve has started open innovation campaign for Japan: Your Idea for Japan Suggestion can be made according to following questions: How can we express solidary towards Japan? How can we collect money in an unconventional and encouraging manner? How can we help the homeless people having lost everything they possessed? How can we make their life in the emergency shelters more comfortable? How can we prevent an extensive radioactive contamination of food, water, ground and air? How can we successfully handle catastrophes like this one (especially in the future)? 2 euros are donated to every idea submission… … Continue reading your idea for japan

Siemens Smart Grid Innovation Contest

Siemens has started Open Innovation Initiative for Smart Grid. End of contest is 31st of May. here is how it’s described: “The world around us is changing. To lower CO2 emissions, we need to rely on renewable energy sources. For that, the current energy network needs to become more flexible and intelligent. A Smart Grid!” Continue reading Siemens Smart Grid Innovation Contest

Ideas for Good – Toyota

Toyota lauched Open Innovation Contest called “Ideas For Good”. Entrants can post ideas for 5 Toyota’s technologies: Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS) Hybrid Synergy Drive® (HSD) Solar Powered Ventilation System Touch Tracer Display Advanced Parking Guidance System (APGS) Ideas can be submitted here. Here is the video that describes the whole thing: Continue reading Ideas for Good – Toyota

first attempt of open innovation in croatia

First Open Innovation Initiative has started in Croatia. It’s started by political party HSLS (Croatian Social Liberal Party) and it’s focused for suggestions for Croatia’s Capital Zagreb. It is called: Suggest Zagreb! Suggestions can be sent by registrated users from following categories: Economy, Culture, Education, Science, Sport, Ecology, Tourism… Users can vote for suggestions and also special Committee is formed to judge about best ideas, which will be suggested to Zagreb’s City Parliament by HSLS. Not bad for first time, here is the link. Continue reading first attempt of open innovation in croatia

ireland announce winners in their open innovation contest

Open Innovation Contest in Ireland (your country your call) is over. They selected two winners: Neil Leyden with  “Irish Content Industry Association” (attract global content industries and make Ireland a global center for digital content) Cianán Clancy and Colm MacFhlannachadha with ‘The Data Island Strategy,’ (global digital services). Info about other finalists on Brightidea blog. Continue reading ireland announce winners in their open innovation contest

first workshop abroad

I have done my “Innovations & Creativity Workshop” first time outside Croatia. The pleasure was to be in Budapest for 2 days in front of creative people who was interested to listen to my stories. The reaction is almost the same as in Croatia, inventor stories about silly innovations, accidental inventions and success stories was best accepted. Open innovation chapter was also very interesting and I’m now sure that everyone could be convinced that open innovations are future in many companies. Next thing that is always interesting wherever I am, are inspirational internet sites mentioned in last post (creativity avalanche). … Continue reading first workshop abroad

idea challenge by nokia

The Growth Economy Venture Challenge by Nokia is the chance to win $1Million venture capital investment for realization of idea. They are looking for: “An idea that could truly change the way people use Nokia mobile devices. An idea that demonstrates how mobility can dramatically improve the lives of people who live in areas where the average income is under US$5/day. An idea that recognizes a good business opportunity can also contribute to “doing good.” Deadline is the end of July. Continue reading idea challenge by nokia

ireland starts new open innovation contest

Last year Ireland had interesting open innovation program which shown good results (ideascampaign). This year contest looks nicer 😉 and it has prizes, also they took Brightidea software to support it. I think that they learned from last year and this knowledge is keeping them on right track. Certanly, the right track is open innovation. You can find it on: These concept could be the example for other countries, specially to countries which have large diaspora(like my country – Croatia). Continue reading ireland starts new open innovation contest