Safecast

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An excellent NHK documentary describing the Safecast project in which a volunteer community developed radiation sensors that could be used to quickly monitor the spread of radioactivity following the Fukushima Daichi accident. The film also describes…

Open Data Infrastructures

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The wide publication of information as open data allows innovators to build new applications using this data to provide novel services or carry out groundbreaking analysis. Around the World governments and private sector bodies are increasingly…

MAKLab, Glasgow

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By providing access to manufacturing equipment fab-labs enable small-scale designers and makers access to equipment to develop their ideas, rather than go down the more expensive and time-consuming route of contracting specialist firms to produce the…

Mundane Innovation: from stringers to block pallets

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Below is a link to a 17 minute podcast from NPR Planet money on the CHEP blue pallets. The podcast describes how CHEP developed a more expensive but easier-to-use pallet, and then developed an alternative business…

Ken Benoit: Massive non-expert coding of political texts

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The stand-out presentation at last month’s Digital Scholarship Day of Ideas at the University of Edinburgh was by Professor Ken Benoit of LSE. Professor Benoit describes how crowdsourcing is an effective and efficient alternative to employing…

#FLInnovation: Futurelearn

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The six-week Loughborough University MOOC on Innovation and Enterprise ended this week. The final session addressed developing a business plan and helpfully provided learners with an introduction to the key issues in business plan development. However,…

NYT Innovation Report: Disruptive Innovation

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Earlier this week Mashable published online a leaked internal report addressing innovation at the New York Times. This report is an excellent example of Christensen’s disruptive innovation in action, clearly defining the concept, demonstrating how disruptors…

#FLInnovation: Intellectual Property

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The third week of the Loughborough University MOOC on Innovation looks at intellectual property, including copyright, patents, trademarks and design protection. Just writing that sentence gives some indication of the breadth of this subject area, and…

#FLinnovation: C J Walker, Pyramid Pioneer

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The second week of the Loughborough University MOOC on Enterprise and Innovation focuses on the recognition of the opportunities for entrepreneurship. This includes a return to Stelios (is Loughborough University getting cheap air tickets for all…

Futurelearn: Innovation & Enterprise

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I encouraged our second year Innovation & Entrepreneurship students to sign up for the FutureLearn MOOC on Innovation and Enterprise which has been produced by Loughborough University, the English Midland’s premier university. I promised I would…