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100%Open hosts OpenCo!

"Somerset House". Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Last year, 938 people, 55 companies, including 100%Open, took part in OpenCo’s new type of conference model: a mash-up of tech conference, artist’s open studio with ...

The Internet of Things – buzzword or bandwagon?

“The most over-hyped technology in development today” is how technology analysts Gartner recently described the “Internet of Things” (IoT). Even though the phrase itself was coined in 1999, the Internet of Things is currently an innovation buzzword. It is claimed 20-40 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by ...

Crossing the Chasm of Complexity

We've said it before but we'll say it again, innovation really is a U-shaped process. In other words it's fun at the start when you are having ideas and meeting new people. And it's fun at the end when you are ...

The pair is the primary creative unit

"The pair is the primary creative unit… At its heart, the creative process itself is about a push and pull between two entities,two cultures or traditions, or two people, or even a single person and the voice inside her head.” Joshua Wolf Shenk “The End of Genius” is certainly an eye catching ...

The Top 20 Open Innovation Countries

We were recently asked to contribute to an open innovation benchmark study by A D Little and Bluenove on our view on the top 5 open innovation countries. I quickly compiled my own thoughts (which for the record were i. Denmark ii.UK iii. USA iv. Canada v. Colombia/France) but then ...

Enlightened Tesla Liberates IP

Ownership isn't Everything I was heartened to read this today. It's Tesla the electric car company giving away its intellectual property to anyone who wants to use it. Given that the automotive market is fiercely competitive and not given to bouts of altruism this is a remarkable story. ...

The five behaviours of successful collaborators

Can you think of the best or worst project you ever worked on? The chances are it was some kind of collaboration with another partner. If it was, then what were the specific ingredients that made it work or didn’t work? We believe that successful collaboration is both an art and ...

Local communities innovating for themselves

Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN) is a community co-operative created to bring 1 gigabit superfast broadband to properties, regardless of how remote they are.  Once installed, this broadband will be the fastest in the UK and will help to ...

Unleashing Customer Innovation with LEGO Ideas

We are excited to see the launch of LEGO Ideas today, a new customer-led open innovation platform which enables anybody to suggest and launch new ideas for LEGO products and services. As a company they have come a long way since being reluctant open innovation pioneers, to now ...

Exploring the Power of Creative Collaboration

At 100%Open, we like to get out and about. And what could be more relevant than an event described as “a discussion, demonstration and performance on the power of collaboration” titled Creativity and Collaboration. So following a generous serving of burritos on the Southbank, our motley crew headed ...