Project REALISE: Open development/Innovation

Please note the category selected does not fit this workshop as open innovation is across all sectors

REALISE is funded by JISC and focuses on the application of open innovation principles to develop ground breaking and life changing accessibility and ease of use, technology solutions. Many commercial opportunities exist for personalised support for individuals through specialist products and services, or the expansion of existing markets. REALISE will identify routes to sustainable innovative solutions through engaging key researchers, businesses, developers and users in exploring open innovation through an on-line community marketplace and will combine experience of accessibility and open development in the key education, employment and health sectors.

Southampton’s Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) accessibility group, members of Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), OSSWatch, Devices for Dignity (D4D) and Full Measure and will combine their experience of accessibility and open development in the key education, employment and health sectors alongside leading companies and other collaborators.

There is a need for technology innovators to share their ideas with researchers and those who manufacture and sell products. Users of technical products also need to have an input into their design.

REALISE will build on Sheffield’s experience with the ATIB online Innovation Broker prototype developed by ScHARR and D4D to act as an intermediary between health professionals seeking innovations and those who innovate.

As identified by OSSWatch[1] increasingly the corporate sector is looking at open development as inspiration for their R&D and innovation policies and finding networking within appropriate communities can be a more important source of competitive advantage than jealously guarding trade secrets.  Encouraging the creation of publicly available innovations can bring higher benefits than just committing resources to get returns on investments or publicly subsidisation with non-rivalry and non-exclusivity agreements.

The workshop topics we hope will be discussed include:

· On-line community marketplace requirements

· Users of technical products need to have an input into their design

· Fostering collaboration between the health,

education and employment sectors for open development of suitable accessibility and assistive technology solutions.

· Identifying routes to sustainable innovative solutions through engaging key researchers, businesses, developers and users in exploring open innovation

· Business models in open development

· Networking within appropriate communities can be a more important source of competitive advantage than jealously guarding trade secrets.

· Open development is a proven model in other software domains and is applicable to the AT domain

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