I believe that the best innovation starts with an unmet need. In other words innovation works best when it is demand driven, not supply driven. And yet too much innovation effort is focussed at developing the supply of ideas or innovations in a vacuum without clarity around the route to market or unmet need it is addressing. By unmet need we mean something like the following:
We are working with Innovation Scout to create an Open Innovation Needs Network and/or Directory where people or organisations can 'start at the end'. In other words they can post unmet needs or offer solutions to them. We are aware of lots of innovation broker sites out there but they tend to be focussed around particular technology or sector niches. What we are seeking to achieve is a tool that will genuinely help find solutions to problems that arise from adjacent or completely unrelated fields.
We are populating the database at present with our immediate network through a low tech method (asking people to fill out cards as in the pic). However to help us in our quest we'd be really pleased if you can you assist by answering these 2 questions:
We will report back on this soon with a view to making it available as soon as we can. Thanks!