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We at MindCloud have worked with many of the most interesting global initiatives using the web to stimulate innovation and knowledge transfer. Our customers range from international knowledge transfer networks, to Businesses and Universities. Here a just a few examples, so that you can see the impact of our expertise:
The Institute of Knowledge Transfer
As a new professional body keen to use the most modern and effective forms of organisation, the Institute of Knowledge Transfer (IKT) was a perfect case study for us. With the goal of improving standards in the profession and increasing the connectivity of innovation players, the IKT was an ideal opportunity to showcase our expertise.
We started the project by designing an online presence and most importantly by designing an online application systems for the Institute. This was critical given the international nature of the IKT, its membership and the location of its international membership and standards panel. The developers of the system were Rippleffect.
But the most important innovation we introduced was to create a dedicated knowledge transfer social network - the Global Innovation Network - which the IKT and other bodies now use as a platform to communicate with their members, and which acts as their most important recruitment tool.
Manchester University - The Knowledge Vine
Created by University of Manchester IP Ltd (UMIP), this is one of the most exciting developments in online knowledge transfer. A simple but effective tool dreamt up by Mark Thompson is now growing virally round the world, and is a prime example of how web2.0 technology and knowledge transfer were made for each other. The simplicity of the tool is its strength: a global community of key players in the innovation chain who can pose online questions to targeted international groups in the innovation community.
Initially Mark set the group up using Google Groups but soon found that this didn't provide the full solution to the growing communities needs. We were able to work with Mark to not only re-create a Groups function, but to integrate a more accessible web front-end.
The community is delivering real benefits to it members and continues to grow. You might want to try it out for yourself - not just to check out our work but because its a pretty good community!
The Global Innovation Network
Innovation is increasingly social. And we believe that social networking is a natural tool for facilitating innovation and knowledge transfer. For that reason we helped the Association for University Research and Industry Links (AURIL), based in the UK and Ireland, to create a social network dedicated to the topic of Innovation. This is the only such network. But more importantly, the network is now playing a crucial role in helping people interested in aspects of KT connect with each other.
Other networks and organisations such as the UK Business Incubator Network (UKBI) and the Institute of Knowledge Transfer, have also adopted the GInnN platform as a base for their communities. Individual members continue to join and discover the benefits and the functionality of the network.
I-Tech Partner Network
Prior to creating the GInnN network we worked for The University of Liverpool Aimes centre to design a pan-European online network designed to connect SMEs, innovation experts and venture capitalists. This novel European project, based on 13 participating regions across the network, is a highly sophisticated online tool allowing thousands of SMEs to connect and meet.Again if you are a SME seeking technology, investment or collaboration, you might like to have a look at I-tech Partner.
These are just a few examples of how innovative web 2.0 approaches can be used to exploit the power of open innovation. If you want to start harnessing the benefits of increased connectivity for your organisation.