Oi2Lab, an Open Innovation Marketplace during COVID-19
COVID – 19 has been a tremendous experience for most of us, with great implications in our every day-life, including the way we used to do business. Nevertheless, COVID- 19 became an enabler to substitute and bridge the physical collaboration gap with novel ICT services.
Oi2Lab architecture is designed in order to create a Digital Open innovation marketplace in the form of the OI2Lab platform. This marketplace brings together technology providers and seekers, advisors that are sophisticatedly matched to financial and collaboration opportunities. To further enhance the users experience, OI2Lab provides a gamified e-learning environment that supports synchronous and asynchronous learnings to increase their capacity building.
A virtual collaboration space is also integrated to support either group discussions or even a chat functionality that users can have one on one discussions. The online collaboration space allows the communication and the exchange of opinions, ideas, capabilities and expertise transcending the location of the participants. One of the biggest assets to expand your network during COVID-19 is to be able to connect to a new network, and OI2Lab supports an intelligent matchmaking mechanism, where users are matched with potential collaborators based on the skills of interest they have chosen.
OI2Lab is bridged to other Open Innovation platforms so as to fetch new opportunities so as to enhance the users Open Innovation capacity.
OI2Lab provides digital services to foster Open Innovation to SMEs that supports this “New Normal” that we all move to.
Short CV of the Author
Mrs. Despina Anastasopoulos
Research & Innovation Manager, INTRASOFT International
Despina Anastasopoulos’ professional experience is on implementing and managing innovative ICT projects. Her employment record involves R&D consulting in academic and public organizations, within the context of European funded projects. Mrs. Anastasopoulos joined INTRASOFT International as a Research and Innovation Manager with areas of expertise and focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, ICT tools to enhance innovation and competitiveness of SMEs. She has also been part of the Innovation Competition of INTRASOFT team. Her experience as a researcher on innovative policies for sustainable development such as smart specialization, pre-commercial procurement, clusters and open innovation contributes in the successful management and implementation of EU projects. Mrs. Anastasopoulos holds a Communication Informatics and Management Bachelor’s degree from the Technological Institute of Epirus, Greece. She also holds an MBA degree from Athens University of Economics and Business.