Category: Solverboard World

Wondering about using innovation software? A few things to think about

Please note: in February 2018 Solverboard for Business became Solverboard Work, and Solverboard Open became Solverboard World. Find out more about these changes here. It’s a confusing old world out there sometimes. Innovation software, idea management platforms, crowdsourcing platforms, open innovation tools – it’s hard to know whether you need a tool and how it… Read more »

And the winner is……Team Sky challenge results

It’s official – there’s some serious creative thinkers out there. A staggering 317 ideas were submitted to Team Sky’s first open challenge on Solverboard, ranging from developing apps to filming races with helmet cams to fantasy cycling teams.  Following an intensive review process, the winning idea and two runners up have now been selected and… Read more »

Does size matter? Building your innovation community

building your innovation community - Solverboard blog

  Please note: in February 2018 Solverboard for Business became Solverboard Work, and Solverboard Open became Solverboard World. Find out more about these changes here. A question our customers often ask is ‘how many Solvers do I need on my Solverboard team to make it successful?’ The short and infuriating answer, of course, is ‘it… Read more »

We’re half way with Team Sky, and it’s looking good!

We’re at the half way mark of the Team Sky Open Innovation Challenge – and the ideas are flooding in! Over 230 ideas have been submitted on the Team Sky Solverboard site, and there are some excellent suggestions already – some technical, some digital, and some simple but potentially incredibly powerful. We tracked down David… Read more »

We’re helping Team Sky shift gears with their first open innovation challenge

  Please note: in February 2018 Solverboard for Business became Solverboard Work, and Solverboard Open became Solverboard World. Find out more about these changes here. It’s a whirlwind of lycra, pedals and helmets in the Solverboard offices today as we launch Team Sky’s first ever open innovation challenge – the first of a series designed… Read more »

We’re powering Social Media Week Bristol – come and join the discussion!

Social Media Week is coming to Bristol, Solverboard’s home city, from the 14th to the 18th November – and we’re really excited to be powering some of the discussions. Social Media Week is a great to learn, exchange ideas and stimulate discussions – and we’re using our Solverboard Open tool to start the discussions this week,… Read more »

Solverboard Social – first Challenge Themes now live

Please note: in February 2018 Solverboard for Business became Solverboard Work, and Solverboard Open became Solverboard World. Find out more about these changes here. We’re all really excited here at Solverboard today, as our first Solverboard Social Challenge Themes have gone live. Solverboard Social is all about harnessing the power of Solverboard Open to drum… Read more »

A new home for Solverboard Open – and introducing Solverboard for Business

Please note: in February 2018 Solverboard for Business became Solverboard Work, and Solverboard Open became Solverboard World. Find out more about these changes here. There’s been some very exciting changes here at Solverboard, which some of you might already have noticed. If you’re one of our customers or one of the thousands of registered Solvers… Read more »

Making open innovation work for large and small

As with many other approaches to innovation and management, it’s tempting to think that open innovation can provide an easy answer to organisational challenges. But we know that in practice, there are never any easy answers.As open innovation gathers momentum as an organisational approach, attention naturally turns from the initial ‘what is it’ question to the… Read more »

Bye Bye Beta

Please note: in February 2018 Solverboard for Business became Solverboard Work, and Solverboard Open became Solverboard World. Find out more about these changes here. Today is a REALLY exciting day for Solverboard, as we are proud to announce that we are officially out of Beta!We’ve fully tested the way Solverboard works and are confident that… Read more »

Are you in idea debt?

You know when you have a fantastic idea – for a project, or a blog post, or just a really well crafted tweet? Sometimes, you can spend so long thinking about the idea in question that it never actually happens, despite you having spent hours, even days, thinking about how you’re going to do it… Read more »

Profiting from Open Innovation

If you’re here, reading this blog, you’ve probably got an interest in Open Innovation, or innovation generally at the very least.But while reading about the concept is useful, we know that sometimes it would be useful to have something more practical, down-to-earth and focused on teaching you how to actually do it. That’s why we’re… Read more »

A fair day’s pay

We’ve always felt strongly about intellectual property (IP) here at Solverboard. Without strong controls in place to protect people’s creative innovation work, the risk with open networks is that the larger organisations are able to exploit or dominate smaller ones.As we discussed in an earlier post, Henry Chesbrough is very clear that Open Innovation should… Read more »

Engaging millennials with Open Innovation

You can’t move these days for talk of the entrepreneurial, socially conscious millennials, whether it’s grand sweeping statements about the entire generation, or more nuanced analysis of emerging trends in how people work. Whatever your view, it’s certainly true that there is a significant rise in the number and ambition of young entrepreneurs and that… Read more »

Solverboard – a step-by-step guide

At its heart, Solverboard is based on a simple concept – organisations set challenges for people to solve. But it’s also much more than that: we know that not everyone wants or is able to submit solutions and set challenges right now.So Solverboard is also a community of people interested in innovation, whether from a… Read more »

The benefits of Open Innovation

“No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else” Joy’s Law, attributed to Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy What if the next big idea in your industry is not in one of your employees’ heads, but in someone else’s? Maybe a small start-up, in a back bedroom somewhere, has the… Read more »

Understanding Open Innovation – Where To Start?

If you’re already a fan of Open Innovation, or you just want to know more about it, there’s a huge amount of material you could read out there, ranging from case studies to how to guides and lengthy discussions and critiques.Not a bad place to start, however, is Filiberto Amati’s useful overview of the academic… Read more »

Stakes In The Ground; Stop Talking About Innovation And Get On With It!

Bettina again, this time issuing a rallying cry to people and organisations wanting to know where to begin on the Open Innovation journey… Innovation.  Surely one of the most used and abused words of our times. Whether it is government, business, not-for-profit, the milkman on my doorstep, they all talk about it.  Someone starts painting… Read more »

How Can We Measure Success With Open Innovation?

Paul Sloane offers some metrics for measuring OI. Many organisations are adopting Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing as ways to generate new products or services. Opening up your innovation initiatives to outsiders is seen as more effective than relying solely on your internal R&D or marketing departments. However, because this approach is so new there is… Read more »

What Is Stopping Open Innovation?

Paul Sloane looks at why some big companies might be resisting open innovation.Open Innovation has come of age.  It has become a mainstream activity in most leading companies. It is now established as corporate best practice with many successes. Eminent examples include Procter and Gamble’s Connect and Develop programme Lego Ideas Reckitt Benckiser’s Idealink Innocentive… Read more »

A Manifesto For Open Innovation

Welcome to Solverboard.We’re starting something a bit different – a Solution Revolution, if you will. The way we work is changing. People want to work at different times. They want to be more fluid about where they work from and how they go about their daily business. Experience is at a premium and the workforce… Read more »