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Connect Ideation and Open Source / Maker Communities

OpenIDEO connects to open source and maker communities, so top ideas can move into a collaborative "build" phase with these experts.

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Open innovation tends to be heavily focused on the front end of the problem: understanding the opportunities and needs, generating ideas, and starting to prototype to test the ideas. From that point, the work mostly turns back to the individual or team to drive the idea forward, in pretty traditional ways.

I'd love to see OpenIDEO invest in the "building" phase that follows ideation. There are great open source and maker communities all over the world. OpenIDEO could build connections with those communities so that top ideas coming from a challenge are then brought into these "implementation" communities. OpenIDEO could build a platform or (more likely) integrate with the existing platforms used by those communities to support the building process.

This would give the team that started an idea a wide set of expert resources to work with to build the concept to the point where it is a real (albeit nascent) initiative. It would address one of the biggest challenges in any entrepreneurial effort: getting access to the resources you need to make the idea happen.

Open source and maker communities share the same collaborative, open values as the OpenIDEO community. And they tend to be motivated by challenging questions worth solving. So it seems there could be a good match there.



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Resources to build ideas sounds great!  What are some examples of the communities you are referencing?  I would love to learn more! As it is set up here when it is an individual who posts and starts an idea an effective team may or may not form.  From what I have observed on this platform there are ideas posted that are generated from preexisting teams,  as well as ideas generated from individuals.  For ideas that are generated without full team support the possibility to move into another space where there is potential to further build a team, and develop an idea into something real and testable sounds great! 
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Thanks Bettina. I'll try to do some poking around and post a few examples, either attached here or in the Research posts. 

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Thanks Jim.   I had done a quick search and saw a few that were tech oriented communities.  

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