Dear Solver Community:
As the year draws to a close, I am writing to you today to say that in 2008, we accomplished great things together.
As “crowdsourcing” and Open Innovation become increasingly important engines of innovation globally, the world has taken notice. In the past year, InnoCentive and InnoCentive Solvers have been chronicled in Science, Time, Harvard Business Review, Business Week, Newsweek, and the New York Times as well as on ABC, NBC, BBC and NPR.
With a record 200+ new Challenges from commercial and Not-for-Profit Seekers, your amazing problem solving abilities have shown through as brightly as ever. In the past few months alone, you have improved the design and efficiency of air conditioners, devised new production approaches for TB drugs, created new materials, and offered actionable ideas to improve the US healthcare system. You have driven innovation into organizations and impacted people’s lives. We at InnoCentive are extremely proud of each and every member of this community and the difference you are making.
And with your guidance, we improved InnoCentive itself. Substantial investments were made this past year in the website. This year we have increased the number of disciplines and pavilions, dramatically improved the look and feel of the websites, added Solver communications and blogging capabilities, and worked hard to foster a sense of community with the use of newsletters, blogs, etc. We have also been testing Challenge-level discussion boards, a feature we will use much more broadly in 2009. Your feedback and involvement has been an integral element of this work and is greatly appreciated.
In the coming year, you will see even more investment to make your experience with us on the InnoCentive website more productive and rewarding. As a result of the Solver Community survey earlier in the year, we have prioritized a number of initiatives for 2009, including: creation of user groups to facilitate discussion and collaboration; better matching of Challenges to your interests; and significant improvements to the My InnoCentive and Project Room areas of the website. These suggestions and many more have become the core of the website work underway at InnoCentive – some of which will go live within the first quarter 2009.
Working together, we will make InnoCentive truly the place the world Innovates.
We wish you the best this holiday season and hope you have a happy, prosperous, and innovative 2009!
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of the InnoCentive team.