Open Innovatiom Platform is a collaborative tool to implement a new policy model for regional innovation governance system.
Open Innovation platform has the ambition to provide an environment where citizens can play an active role alongside professionals, able to use competences, ideas and solutions in the whole life cycle of the regional research and innovation policy, from the definition of strategic goals to the monitoring and evaluation phase, with a strong focus shift from institutions and organisations to individuals.
Today the platform counts over 7000 participants, both from the R+I community and from the large public, lending substance to the principle of multi-actor, public engagement. The platform offers a broad range of tools to inform and engage, promote the competences of local actors, design and manage research and open innovation projects, for the dissemination and valorization of results.
The software framework powering the platform has been released recently under a free, open source license with the specific aim to facilitate its adoption in similar or complementary user scenarios and promote collaboration among them (other Regions, company networks, clusters, large collaborative projects etc.) and to maximize content sharing and interoperability. Thus valorisation, training and networking actions are necessary in order to promote the use of the tool at all level: locally, nationally and internationally.

Resources needed

Cost of the project implementation at the starting phase in 2013/2015:
ERDF € 1.072.701,15
National € 1.633.406,70
Total € 2.706.107,85

Evidence of success

Until today, the platform has offered 8,000 collaboration opportunities worldwide.
Presently, the platform connects over 7000 users and over 2000 organizations. The number of posted discussions has been about 1300, collaboration proposals 230 and the number of communities created is 125.

Difficulties encountered

Change of mindset about open innovation, both in the Regional government and among participants.
The new regional framework act (Law 29/2016) on innovation and research, based on RRI principles, helped to overcome this barrier.

Potential for learning or transfer

Permanent communication channel for all stakeholders to accelerate the innovation process in a quadruple-helix scenario, coordinated by the Regional Government
Establishing collaboration and creating networks with other regions and projects that go the same way

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Main institution
Lombardy region
Lombardia, Italy (Italia)
Start Date
September 2013
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