Transformation isn’t a game we can play alone – Diversity and co-creation as key ingredients to thriving innovation ecosystems

An example of how diversity and co-creation practices has aid ecosystem building locally within a university and its partners and also globally.

Pauliina Mattila
Swinburne University of Technology

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Christine Thong
Swinburne University of Technology

Anita Kocsis
Swinburne University of Technology

Outcomes and impact of the case
What are the concrete outcomes / deliverables that have come out of the implementation of the next practice? Please try to be precise and use lists rather than text paragraphs. What sort of impact (benefits or disadvantages) has the program had on stakeholders both direct and indirect? Where possible, please provide statistics or examples and separate short and long-term impacts.

Concrete outcomes of the projects include
identification of opportunities for new business, proof of concept solutions
enhanced student employability though relevant skillset and connections to industry
4 Patents
4 concepts further developed and brought to the market
Number of visitors 5000 since 2012

Our growth is demonstrated through following stats:

First year 2012
3 projects
2 staff
3 students
1 program
partners from industrial/engineering sector

Since 2012 until 2015
60 projects
7 staff
260 students
5 programs
50 industry partners
10 university partners including prestigious institutions like Stanford university and CERN research laboratory
partners from a variety of sectors (banking, health, consumer goods, public sector and government bodies, embassies and chambers of commerce)

Impact in terms of challenges:
Developing new programs, managing interdisciplinary teams and industry partners is resource intensive. Staff has challenges in balancing workload.