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– International Collaborative Innovation Summit –

Online Summit

by Digicampus

Hello and welcome to the page of Digicampus’ first collaborative innovation summit which has taken place on October 12th 2021.  On this page you find the recordings of all keynote speakers.

Across Europe, government teams, living labs, accelerators, researchers, policy makers, entrepreneurs and citizens are working to solve current and future challenges. Combining these perspectives and encouraging them to work together is gaining traction in many countries.

Bringing together representatives from governments, academic institutions, the private sector and citizens, creates an amazing opportunity to design and implement lasting solutions. At the same time, these types of collaboration are relatively new and can be very challenging. What does it take to successfully work together and what have we learned about this over the last few years? This was the central question on our summit.  

We believe that working together and sharing our knowledge and insights is the only way to accelerate public innovation.


The program was designed to inspire and connect people across Europe. We shared different examples of quadruple helix collaborations and initiatives, and provided an overview of the latest academic insights. All sessions were a mix of a presentation, discussion and Q&A. In the videos you will see the presentation. The goal of the day was to enable a clearer understanding of the important elements for success and practical experience from colleagues around Europe.
Please note that English subtitles are available (click on cc).

Academic perspectives and insights by David F.J. Campbell

  • Associate Professor for Comparative Political Science, University of Vienna
  • Faculty Researcher and Teacher for Higher Education Research at Danube University Krems

Science plays an important role in researching both current collaborations and future possibilities. In this talk, David Campbell will share his latest insights, including organizational structures that facilitate new collaborations and the step from quadruple to quintuple helix.

Latest publications:

Democracy of Climate and Climate for Democracy: the Evolution of Quadruple and Quintuple Helix Innovation Systems

The academic firm: a new design and redesign proposition for entrepreneurship in innovation-driven knowledge economy

Self sovereign identities & building an ecosystem – Sebastian Manhart, Germany

How do you build a good ecosystem for a new technology, where the private and public sector collaborate successfully? Sebastian Manhart will share some of his experiences and insights from working on a digital ID in Germany.

Enhancing evidence-based policy applying the triple helix model – Michael Huber & Florian Spitzer, GovLab Austria

What is the role of the public administration in the triple helix model and what are the guiding principles? Based on learnings from a project in Austria, Michael will share some concrete examples of how the collaboration between science and public administration took place and how we can translate those learnings to facilitate future cooperation.

4 years of LabX: learnings from innovation & collaboration in Portugal – Elsa Belo & Jorge Lagarto

LabX was born to be a safe space for experimentation to investigate, co-create and test innovative solutions to improve public services, focusing on the needs and expectations of citizens and companies. 4 years later they have looked back and gathered the most important lessons that will be shared in this talk.

Quadruple Helix & bread – Andy Haddon from the Big River Bakery in Newcastle upon Tyne

On what scale can I actually make an impact? 

That question led Andy Haddon to founding the Big River Bakery after an entrepreneurial journey from corporate food logistics startups in China to economic development practitioner, academic and local food entrepreneur back in his native North East England. The challenge he set himself was to be a catalyst to create a fair and affordable food system and this challenge led him to consider deeply how to create change in the complex global food system through a quadruple helix approach. He decided the best approach was to ‘change the world one loaf at a time’ and start with a community bakery. 

Big River Bakery provides an environment where tangible examples of quadruple helix can be trialled and developed through an iterative and collaborative approach with many partners. This has allowed the bakery to have much greater impact than working alone including PhD students, local government employability programmes, business incubation, volunteering, addressing food poverty and employing people with significant barriers to employment e.g autism. In this talk, he will share what he learned and and how we can use those insights.

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