Orchestrating Regional Innovation Ecosystems

Orchestrating regional innovation ecosystemsThe book published by Aalto University, Laurea University of Applied Science and Built Environment RYM Oy, gives a snapshot of developments in Espoo Innovation Garden in Finland. It shows in 27 articles what’s happening at this moment —through the work of the authors—but also points to the future, as their work continues within the Energizing Urban Ecosystems re­search program.

Espoo Innovation Garden is one of the European forerunners in innovation. The heart of the Innovation Garden is in the Keilaniemi-Otaniemi-Tapiola area, which is the home of Aalto University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, and the headquarters of companies like Kone, Fortum, Neste Oil, Rovio and Nixu, among many others. It has the hottest Startup Sauna on the planet, inspiring cultural and sports activities, as well as a renowned community of scientists and researchers. The area has a strong international character, thanks to more than 100 different nationalities that are working, studying or living there.

Innovation Garden is an open network of residents, companies and communities. One does not even have to live or work in Espoo to join this initiative as an innovation gardener. Anyone can become a gardener—science and research organizations, companies, cultural and sports organizations, city employees, students and residents. Bringing the mindset of collaboration, co-creation and open innovation is a must. The youth, with their slushes and entrepreneurship societies, are staying ahead of the game, transforming the change in mentality into difference-making, concrete action.

Espoo’s success in the European Commission’s first call for the European Capital of Innovation in 2014 inspired the gardeners to continue cultivating the soil to make it an even more fertile ground for growth and innovation. Encounters—planned or serendipitous—between people and ideas are a continuing source of inspiration and new experiences.

The book is structured in the following five parts:
orie book parts
The following table presents the articles in each section:

PART I FRAMING THE REGIONAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE

  • 1. From Research to Reality
  • 2. Energizing Urban Ecosystems EUE Research Program 2012–2016
  • 3. Helsinki Regional Development: RIS3 as the Process Instrument
  • 4. Towards Smart Regions: Highlighting the Role of Universities

PART II THE HUMAN PERSPECTIVE ON INNOVATION ECOSYSTEMS

  • 5. Governance Solutions to Wicked Problems: Cities and Sustainable Well-Being
  • 6. Sustainable Innovation: Competitive Advantage for Knowledge Hubs
  • 7. The Promise of RCEs: Collaborative Models for Innovation, Sustainability, and Well-Being
  • 8. Nurturing Multidisciplinarity to Promote Espoo Innovation Garden
  • 9. Aalto Camp for Societal Innovations ACSI
  • 10. Entrepreneurial Discovery: we.learn.it

PART III INCREASING INNOVATION CAPITAL

  • 11. Cities as Labs: Towards Collaborative Innovation in Cities
  • 12. Aalto University’s Open Innovation Ecosystem in a European Context
  • 13. Experiences of a Professor of Practice at Aalto University
  • 14. Determinants for Orchestrating Open Innovation Networks
  • 15. Co-Creating Synergy: Learning-Driven Regional Development
  • 16. Educational Organizations as Co-Developers in the Helsinki Region
  • 17. InnoEspoo: Integrating Entrepreneurship and Education
  • 18. Budapest BME: Developing a Student Innovation Ecosystem

PART IV OTANIEMI IN TRANSITION

  • 19. Participant Interests in Developing Aalto’s Otaniemi Campus
  • 20. From Statutory Urban Planning to Living Labs
  • 21. Scaling Business Opportunities to Facilitate Mobile Knowledge Work
  • 22. Sustainable Campus Founded on Social-Ecological Synergies

PART V DIGITALISING CITY DEVELOPMENT PROCESSES

  • 23. Cities as Open Innovation Platforms for Business Ecosystems
  • 24. AppCampus: Faster Business Acceleration through Vertical Focus
  • 25. Multiple Facilitation Roles by the City: Emerging Electric Vehicle Platform
  • 26. Regional Information Modeling and Virtual Reality Tools
  • 27. Experimenting with the Future Internet for Smarter Cities
  • Moving Forward
  • Visualised Future of Keilaniemi A Global Startup Village

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