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Enter your projects for the International Design for All Foundation Awards 2013.
The deadline for submitting entries to the awards is 17th February 2013. Entering is easy – all the details are available on the Awards website.
The Awards offer an opportunity for public bodies, private companies and not-for-profit organisations to gain international recognition for the projects they have undertaken in the field of Design for All. In addition, any individual or organisation can send their ideas for user-centred design projects in Living Labs, in order to find the best design solutions for everyday problems through the involvement of real-life end-users.
The Award ceremony will take place on 20th March 2013 during the International Design Biennial in Saint-Étienne, France.
The Founder and President of the Design for All Foundation is Francesc Aragall, who is co-author of the Gower book Universal Design.
A recording of Donal O’Connel”s presentation in 2012 on “Open Innovation: The challenges and solutions” at a British Library event in London is available on YouTube.
The audience was a mix of people from universities, industry and legal, and intellectual property firms.
The recording is available at …
If this subject of open or collaborative innovation is of interest to you, then we hope Donal’s presentation is of value to you.
Donal is particularly interested in any thoughts you may have on how to dissect open innovation which he may have missed in his presentation and in any ideas you may have on how best to handle intellectual property issues in such collaborations.
In a lecture on Innovation in Belgium last week, Gijs van Wulfen put together a 66-point innovation checklist that summarised the benefits of his FORTH method which connects creativity and business reality in five steps: Full Steam Ahead, Observe and Learn, Raise Ideas, Test Ideas and Homecoming. His checklist can be found here.
Gijs book, Creating Innovative Products and Services: The FORTH Innovation Method is out now.
Author, Francesc Aragall will be speaking at a variety of events focusing on the HUMBLES method demonstrated in his book, Universal Design. HUMBLES is a seven phase model enabling you to assess your current business strategy and design practices, and make your product or service appealing to all your potential customers.
11/05/2012 – Moscow 4th International Conference – Equal rights, equal opportunities
22/05/2012 – Salamanca University Congress about Ageing
24/05/2012 – Helsinki Cities for All Conference www.ornamo.fi/citiesforallhelsinki
01/06/2012 – Saint Etienne Conference at Ville en Partage
08/06/2012 – Madrid Presentation of the book at CEAPAT Ministry for welfare
15/06/2012 – Paris 5émes assises nationales de l’accessibilité
18/06/2012 – Munich ICE 2012: International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation http://www.ice-conference.org/
If you are attending any of these events and would like to contact Francesc Aragall do say so in the comments, we will help you get in touch.
Uly Ma has received fantastic recognition for his NoWaste project within the Olympics construction, winning two awards. The project has also been selected as part of the London 2012 Learning Legacy. What a fantastic achievement!
Uly’s two awards are:
- Most Effective Training (2009) from the Safety, Health and Environment Leadership Team (SHELT)
- Special Achievements Award (2011) from National Skills Academy for Construction- London 2012 Construction (NSAfC- London 2012).
Uly’s NoWaste project is currently on-going at the Olympic Park and Village and is based on his book.
Generating and developing innovative ideas is a difficult process. How do you confidently kick-start the ideation phase of any innovative process to create new ideas and concepts effortlessly and without pulling your hair out? Gijs van Wulfen, author of Gower’s Creating Innovative Products and Services, has put together 20 step by step tips to guide you to ideation excellence.
Gower author, Dr Anna Meroni, will be one of the experts giving a first class presentation at the Service Design: Dialogue on Approaches on 22nd November in Helsinki, Finland. Service Design will bring together researchers and practitioners of design with a wide variety of backgrounds, ontologies and approaches.
Join Anna at the event to hear about the amazing design work she has been carrying out in Italy, along with further information about her new book Design for Services, co-written with Dr Daniela Sangiorgi.
Ed Schoonveld’s article Think Like a Payer explains very succinctly exactly why it is imperative to build a payer perspective into your product development and pricing strategies. I heard Ed expand on the topic at an event hosted by Chartered Institute of Marketing yesterday and he does have a knack of making even the most complex ideas engaging and easy to understand (I do recommend the CIM medical Marketing Group to anyone involved in pharma or medical device marketing; they have some first rate events). Ed Schoonveld is author of Gower Publishing’s The Price of Global Health.
People are creatures of habit, so it is not easy introducing them to new products which will inevitably mean change. How do you create innovative ideas that will really stand out from the crowd and make people want to embrace them? Gower author Gijs van Wulfen, author of Creating Innovative Products and Services explains how in his interview with Idea Connection.