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International Collaborative Innovation Summit

October 12th 2021

by Digicampus

Hello and welcome to the page of Digicampus’ first collaborative innovation summit. The summit will take place online on October 12th and is hosted by Digicampus.  

All across Europe government teams, living labs, accelerators, researchers, policy makers, entrepreneurs and citizens are working on solving the wicked problems of today and tomorrow. Involving all those perspectives to work together is gaining traction in many countries.  

Bringing together teams from governments, academic institutions, the private sector and citizens creates an amazing opportunity to design and implement solutions that last. At the same time these collaborations are relatively new and very challenging. What does it take to succesfully work together and what have we learned about that over the last few years? This is the central question for our summit.  

We believe that only by working together and sharing our knowledge and insights we can accelerate public innovations  We hope you’ll join us to learn, share and get inspired so you can have even more impact in the future. 

Program outline

Tuesday 12 October 2021

The program designed to inspire and connect people across Europe. We will share different examples of quadruple helix collaborations and initiatives and get an overview of the latest academic insights. All sessions are a mix of a talk and a discussion with Q&A. The outcome of the day is a better understanding of the important elements for succes and practical experience from collegues around Europe.


09.30h – Program opening by Digicampus

09.45h – Connect & share kickstart

10.00h – Academic perspectives and insights by Prof. David Campbell – Vienna University
Science plays an important role in researching both the current collaborations and future possibillities. In this talk, Professor David Campbell will share his latest insights, including organizational structures that facilitate new collaborations and the step from quadruple to quintuple helix.

10.45h – Morning break

11.00h – Self sovereign identities & building an ecosystem by Sebastian Manhart – Germany
How do you build a good ecosystem for a new technology where the private and public sector collaborate succesfully? Sebastian Manhart will share some of his experiences and insights from working on a digital ID in Germany.

12.00h – Lunch break

12.45h – Citizens & Innovation : why is it important, how do you facilitate it and what is already happing in Flanders? Veerle Linseele – Belgium
In what ways can you actively involve citizens on the topic of innovation policy? That is the central question the Flanders government wanted to answer. Shifting from a triple to a quadruple helix, including citizens, asked for different scenario’s and ways to involve them. Veerle Linseele will share those together with initiatives around Flanders.

13.30h – 4 years of LabX learnings
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.

14.30 – Afternoon break

14.45h – Quadruple Helix & bread – by Andy Haddon  from the Big River Bakery in Sheffield
On what scale can I actually make an impact? That question lead Andy Haddon to founding the Big River Bakery after teaching students on social entrepreneurship for years.  He chose to use the quadruple helix structure as the foundation of the enterprise, including for instance PhD students in the organization to research the structure and possibilities for scaling. In this talk, he will share what he learned and and how we can use those insights.

15.30h – Key insights from today and closing the summit

Digicampus publication

Innovating beyond boundaries

At Digicampus we work according to the principles of open source. We give back to society all knowledge, products and experiences through for example publications and blogs. The publication ‘Innovation across borders: 12 inspiring stories on innovating beyond boundaries’ has been translated into English.. Digicampus_InnovatingBeyondBoundaries_BW_digitoegankelijk_V2-online


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