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Laurea team successfully ran Virtual Open Innovation Camp

During the Camp participants focused on evaluating and validating three circular economy business models.

Drawing by Alix Garin,

As a part of CIRC4Life project, Laurea arranged Open Innovation Camp to co-validate the developed Circular Economy Business Models and solutions and to identify future research and market opportunities in circular transition. The Camp was arranged virtually using Zoom and Howspace as collaboration platforms on 27th and 28th May 2021.

During the Camp participants focused on evaluating and validating three circular economy business models (CEBMs), including (A) co-creation of product and services, (B) sustainable consumption and (C) collaborative recycling and reuse. Insights from CIRC4Life Demonstrators served as case studies for the implementation of the CEBMs.

Over 70 circular economy experts from 18 countries took part in the event, jointly and individually providing critical and encouraging comments and evaluating the results. Participants provided excellent feedback, mentioning intense but will structured workflow, excellent presentations and valuable exchanges. As one external expert commented, OIC offered a valuable possibility to connect with like-minded people and create opportunities for future collaboration.

“The Innovation Camp was a great example of a method of co-creating products and services. It was also a great opportunity to network with like-minded people and of course learn from each other. I recommend attending similar events. Sometimes simply a different point of view can bring a new perspective to your personal or professional life.”


- Andro Goblon, Construction Cluster of Slovenia and International Circular Construction Cluster

Laurea is proud of its Open Innovation Camp methodology that is applicable both to physical and digital co-creation events. We are also proud to say that, as a part of R&D and education integration effort, eight Laurea Master students facilitated the event together with the organizing team.

- I think digital Open Innovation Camp offers an excellent potential for stakeholder engagement when physical meetings are not possible. Now we have a good experience of arranging Open Innovation Camps and I am confident that our approach can be applied to other international projects, says one of the main OIC organizers Aletta Purola, Service Designer at Laurea.

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