“No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else” said Bill Joy, founder of Sun Microsystems, to sharply highlight a unique challenge in the digital age. Joy’s law, as it is called nowadays, emphasizes the need for organizations to collaborate beyond their boundaries with other actors to successfully innovate, or rather innovate openly.
The EU has been built on the basis of collaboration and consensus. However, collaboration is not that commonly found across European firms, although American and Chinese counterparts have been successfully innovating openly for years and their phenomenal growth rates show the advantages of open innovation. For most European companies, innovation still is a proprietary activity conducted largely inside the organization in a series of closely managed steps. Why is that, and what needs to happen within the organizations, but also on a regulatory level, to support open innovation in Europe?
Important issues we would like to discuss with leading experts from across Europe, representing diverse sectors – from the European Commission, corporate leaders to startup entrepreneurs. Actionable steps that can help European business to leverage open innovation practices!
If you want to take part in the event, please register in advance for this meeting. The event is free of charge and open to all.
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If time permits, we will have a Q&A session at the end, where questions from the audience will be taken.
We are looking forward to a lively discussion.