The Innovationskraftwerk (Innovation Powerhouse)
The Innovationskraftwerk or ‘innovation powerhouse’ is the first Open Innovation Platform to address innovation and problem-solving processes in business and industry, as well as scientific, social and political issues.
The Innovationskraftwerk is a web-based open innovation platform that enables companies, research institutes, and other organisations to direct questions and problems to the general public. Whether it’s new product developments, innovative business models, or answers to scientific questions, creative minds from around the world can participate in the development of ideas and present their own solution approaches.
What is special about the Innovationskraftwerk is the idea of “open innovation”, or the opening of internal innovation processes: people do not come up with solutions to problems or new ideas behind closed doors; inspiration and new approaches can also be developed together with others, in an open space and in dialogue. As a result, the knowledge and creativity of many participants can be integrated into the process of idea development and provide valuable impetus.
The Innovationskraftwerk thrives on active exchange between the participants. Solution approaches, inventions, and flashes of inspiration are shared with other users; discussions, commentary, and mutual evaluation of the contributions are desired. Ideas can be advanced together with others giving rise to new innovations.
How does it work?
After registering for free on the Innovationskraftwerk platform, users become part of the community, can take part in ideas competitions, and can publish their contributions online. After the competition ends, the ideas are examined by a jury of experts. The best contributions win prizes and are implemented if possible. In that way good ideas become true innovations.
The “Germany – Land of ideas” place branding initiative and the innovation consultant inno-focus businessconsulting initiated the open innovation platform. Innovation managers from renowned companies and research institutes, including the Technical University Munich, Schott, Henkel, Otto Group, Deutsche Post, Evonik, Boehmert, and SGL Carbon, participated in the development of the Innovationskraftwerk.
The Innovationskraftwerk strengthens Germany as location for innovation; it promotes creative exchange in all areas of society and reflects the ingenuity and creativity of the entire populace in the Land of Ideas.