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Open Innovation 2.0 Conference in Amsterdam

The 4th international OPEN INNOVATION 2.0 CONFERENCE 2016 will take place on 23-24 May 2016 in Amsterdam. This event welcomes innovation experts, policy-makers, people from academia and citizens to deal with diverse action-oriented themes.

The Conference will take place immediately after the Amsterdam Action Camp.  For more information and registration for this Conference, see:

Amsterdam Action Camp – an ACSI experience in Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Action Camp is an instrument for addressing societal challenges in an open innovation context. It provides a concrete program for developing breakthrough ideas and insights, combined with an entrepreneurial discovery process aimed at producing real-world impact after the Camp. It is organized with the support of Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Committee of the Regions, the European Commission’s DG Connect, International Initiatives for Societal Innovation (I2SI), the New Club of Paris, and the Open Innovation Strategy & Policy Group (OISPG).

This ACSI Camp – Aalto Camp for Societal Innovation – brings people from different countries, backgrounds and diverse expertise areas together to work in dedicated teams for 3 days, to address real world challenges brought by the European Commission’s DG Connect, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, and the European Committee of the Regions.

These are the challenges for the Camp in Amsterdam:

  1. e-Platforms as business model innovation enablers: open engagement platform are a tool to transform the business landscape, and to enable all stakeholders to co-create value. How can we develop an operational strategy to capture value in the platform economy in Europe, and contribute to making the Digital Single Market operational?
  1. How to measure and model the impact of open innovation 2.0: Proper indicators help to focus research and innovation investments and indicate areas with real potential for long-term impact on wellbeing, jobs, growth and sustainable competiveness. What new kinds of indicators do we need to measure open innovation impact? How can we use OI 2.0 to enhance value creation in the creative commons?
  1. Role of creativity & design in industry: How can design bring business, citizens, academia and the public sector together to develop the city of the future? How can creativity drive new business opportunities, breakthrough products and innovative services?
  1. Societal Innovation Camps for regional challenges: How to design a series of innovation camps across Europe to deal effectively with societal challenges and trans-regional innovation in Europe? How can we provide a systemic infrastructure for supporting societal innovation in an effective and affordable way?
  2. Citizen Dialogue and Engagement: How can cities and regions work together on innovative ways of engaging citizens through ‘citizen dialogues’ and other bottom-up activities, in order to provide fresh ideas and insights for implementing Europe’s Urban Agenda?

Amsterdam Action Camp is open for people with relevant expertise and the desire to pursue innovation in practice. We welcome applications from everyone passionate about addressing societal challenges through open innovation, practical wisdom and innovation-ecosystem thinking.

Amsterdam Action Camp Announcement

For more information about the Camp, see

The Amsterdam Action Camp flyer is here:

To register for taking part, please contact the AAC information point at



ACSI 2015 Espoo will focus on CONNECTING SMART CITIZENS IN OPEN INNOVATION PRACTICE. Challenges posed by the European Commission, the Helsinki-Uusimaa region and the city of Espoo invite you to re-think the impact of innovation systems, strategies and practice, while working on actual real world challenges.

Dates: 5-7th June 2015

Place: Siikaranta, Espoo, Finland


There will be three challenges, each addressed by two different working groups:


Espoo Innovation Garden as an Innovation Implementation Zone

How to develop Espoo Innovation Garden as a European Forerunner region with a special focus on implementing the City’s policy programmes Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development?

Specific Focus:

The Western Metro Corridor as a development zone for innovative urban solutions

• How can this Corridor be used to develop and test innovative solutions for energy, health-care, and citizen services?

Espoo Innovation Garden: What opportunities, roles, and responsibilities exist in innovation gardening? How to translate this ‘gardening’ metaphor into tomorrow’s innovation practice:

• What does it mean for the city government as gardener, the citizen as gardener, the researcher as gardener, the business start-up as gardener?

• How does this translate to sustainability and livability issues?


From Strategy to Practice – How to create world-class (social) innovations for an era of Smart Citizens?

How to implement the regional innovation strategy (RIS3), with a special focus on the spearhead “Smart Citizen”, working from strategy to practice in sustainable European Partnerships?

Specific Focus:

The role of citizens in a pioneering society for well-being: What will the identity, aspirations and needs of smart citizens be in 2020-2030? What opportunities can be identified to implement these?

Helsinki Region is building its future on digitalization: How will trends and opportunities based strongly on open data, open processes, and open digital platforms impact societal service systems?


Putting European Policy into Local Practice

Translating the EU High Level Group’s Blueprint on Innovation Ecosystems into actual practice. Realizing the Dublin Declaration’s 11 points in diverse experiments and pilots across Europe.

Specific Focus:


How to build functioning Open Innovation Ecosystems in Europe based on the instruments already existing? What is to be reinforced? How to scale up Open Innovation 2.0?

What kind of governance is needed to align goals on innovation policy and actions in the European Commission?

More information is available at: