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Open Innovation Lab

FI-WARE project is building the Future Internet Core Platform, grounded upon elements which offer reusable and commonly shared functions making it easier to develop F.I. Apps in multiple sectors. An Open Innovation Lab will be set up around it.

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The major goal of the FI-WARE project is to build the Core Platform of the Future Internet.

This Core Platform will deliver a novel service infrastructure, building upon elements (called Generic Enablers - GEs) which offer reusable and commonly shared functions making it easier to develop Future Internet Applications in multiple sectors. FI-WARE aims to provide a framework for development of Future Internet applications, making use of advanced solutions in the following technology areas:

· Cloud Hosting

· Data/Context Management

· Internet of Things (IoT) Services Enablement

· Applications/Services Ecosystem and Delivery Framework

· Security

· Interface to Networks and Devices (I2ND)

The open innovation lab will be available for SMEs that will have the opportunity of experimenting with these Generic Enablers. This is a unique opportunity for SMEs and start-ups, due to the fact that they could test cutting edge technology, without any need for investment.

FI-WARE Open Innovation Lab will comprise all what is needed to stimulate awareness among target application providers and users so that they feel attracted to participate and build a community. It will also bring tools helping members of the community to share their experiences, needs, etc. Activities to foster the Open Innovation Lab such as Dissemination, Individual SMEs and developers / Competitions / Hackthons / will be carried out.


How will your concept support web entrepreneurship?

The open innovation lab provides technology that is not available for SMEs and Start-ups nowadays. The experimentation capacities provided by the Open innovation lab are out of reach for many small and medium-size businesses. So, the Open innovation lab opens a market that is currently limited to a few strong players. The High quality applications provided by FI-WARE were born from relevant European research projects; this is a great opportunity to transfer research results into the market. In other words the Open Innovation lab should help to pass across the "valley of death".

What kinds of resources will be needed to get this concept off the ground and scale it?

The FI-WARE project is going to develop the technical infrastructure, but great added value could be generated through the following additional elements: • Funding to replicate the test-bed infrastructure in other European locations to ensure application scalability • Stakeholders in order to build an initial community that acts as validator of the concept from a business point of view and encourage others to follow • Business angels • Organizations with business knowledge • Policy initiatives that promote and support the use of the Open Innovation lab

How could we get started?

o Involve the main industrial actors in different sectors, government (cities) eager to use a new generation of Internet-based applications to increase efficiency and address market demands in the new digital era o Attract potential application developers (development communities, Universities, SME associations, etc) that give answer to the needs described above o Support the deployment and replication of the test bed in several EU countries through: - Setting up the right partnerships to host and operate the technical infrastructure - Making available financial support (this could happen by means of private or public funds) to extend and replicate the test bed o Engage organizations with business skills that could guide entrepreneurs in the use of these resources in a sustainable way and help in the creation of new companies

Evaluation results

10 evaluations so far

1. How well does this concept address a significant pain point felt by European web start-ups?

This is a major pain point for European start-ups - 50%

This is a "nice to have" but not a serious pain point - 30%

I really don't know - 20%

2. How novel do you think the concept is?

Never seen it before - very novel! - 40%

This is common in some places but not in many parts of Europe - 0%

This is not novel but a good iteration - 10%

There are already other solutions out there that address this problem - 50%

3. How easy is this concept to implement and maintain?

It could be implemented quickly and easily maintained - 0%

It could be implemented quickly but will require regular updates to ensure it is accurate and relevant - 20%

It is a big undertaking and would need a lot of support and cooperation from people and organisations to make it happen and to maintain it - 80%

4. What type of organisation is best placed to take this forward?

The European Commission should own this one - 10%

This belongs with member state governments (e.g., the UK, Belgium, etc) - 0%

This is best being owned by a private company - 40%

This feels like a non-profit - 10%

This is a start-up itself! - 40%

5. Overall, how do you feel about this concept?

It rocked my world! - 40%

I liked it but preferred others - 0%

It didn’t get me overly excited - 60%

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Hey Nuria, 

How did your project end up? If you're still around, could you please give me some understanding of the content you populated the outer circle with? What does it mean and do? Thanks, Mitch.

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DeletedUser

I really like the openess of this idea to everyone equally in a way that the best ideas will benefit everyone. It would be important to host this idea with an organization that has a "neutrality" or "credibility" that makes people trust it as a "location" for their creative conversations.

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DeletedUser

Very important point. It should be ensured that no one can steal each others work.

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DeletedUser

May be you also add a component like croud sourcing. If it could be possible to bring developer all over europe together at one digital workplace at the same time, they could help each other in no time. How about a social media component like IBM is doing it, using a social network similar to facebook. There everyone works on one problem exchanging all of their ideas at the same time, changing the problem to a solution. Its like a big market place of workspaces for problems/issues etc.

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DeletedUser

Awesome concept. Would use right right away. But the lab should also include tutoring lessons for the ones less geeky but who are still interested in web entrepreneurship. Having explanation videos and guide books on how certain programmes work, how they are being implemented etc would be very helpful. I

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DeletedUser

thank you It is a good idea

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DeletedUser

Also from me, I think thats a good thing with the guides etc.

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DeletedUser

From reading about the open innovation lab, I am envisioning making the tools for development readily available and easy to play with. I see capturing the SME audience as a potential challenge. My target audience would be the younger generation of aspiring experts. I think this concept would also be viable in areas outside of Europe.

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DeletedUser

It really sounds interesting, gathering technology developers with their needs in an open environment.

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DeletedUser

I strongly support this idea. Well done!!!

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DeletedUser

Very interesting, specially if the entry cost for people is 0. This mean that deploy a solution with a limited expenses CPU/Bandwith in order to lower the entry barrier.

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DeletedUser

This is a great idea!