As the program is now well into it’s third year, it was a good time to invite neutral, external feedback on our progress. Ms. Martha G. Russell from Stanford University, and Mr. James Maynard, of Wavefront Wireless National Centre of Excellence visited the Digital Services program’s get-together in Kirkkonummi over two beautiful September days.
“The DIGILE SRA is an exceptional program in several ways. It’s unique and effective collaboration model brings multinational enterprises, national SME’s, scholars and research agency scientists together around the mission of creating, accessing and implementing complimentary platform and enabler assets to capture value in Internet services.” the report summarizes.
“Participating academic thought leaders in universities have created new knowledge that is now a continuing resource for the education and training of Finland’s next generation of engineers and innovators. Through employment, both established enterprises and new sector SME’s have embraced the first crop of this new talent through internships and employment.”
Evaluators also highlighted opportunities in areas for global first mover leadership opportunities. They found academic research and its ancillary conference and journal publications to be thriving among the project teams.
However, in the context of open and collaborative innovation, the report did not find evidence of new IPR being captured in the way of patents or other defensible technologies or competitive positions. This is due to the IPR model applied in Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovation (SHOK) where all the participating organizations share similar rights to apply the results in their business, therefore limiting the value of IPR protection.
The distinguished assessors also called for pushing more strongly on international pilots and showcasing on international venues, as well as benchmarking activities better on global scale.
“The opportunities for Finnish leadership that exist today are likely to change in the next year or two, and time to market may be as critical as the clever idea or the advanced technology.”
The report recommend that business model thinking be integrated with the conceptual and technological development in order to leverage the innovation on impact the Finnish economy within the timeframe of global competition. It continues to recommend that business model thinking include the export potential of the new concepts.
In summary, three key components need to be embraced in the time frame given:
- “Finland First” for technology strength
- “Global First” for business validation
- KPI Articulation
DIGILE is pleased with the feedback and will utilize the final year of the Digital Services program to address findings and recommendations from the evaluation.
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About the writer: Petra Söderling is the CEO of Mobile Brain Bank. In addition, she is responsible of PR activities for DIGILE Digital Services program.