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The Innovations is an initiative across a wide range of industries, to increase the innovation power and competitive ability.

Inspiration through selected speakers and relevant case studies.
Intense exchange with experts and equals, in a personal setting with a limited number of participants.
Access to practical tools, that will help you accelerate innovation in your field of activity.
Innovation is a very “hip” topic, discussed everywhere and always. However, in reality, innovation in our economy and society looks very differently and is often shaped by organisational obstacles and missed chances.
With the main focus on “Inspiration, Exchange and Tools”, participants will not only receive triggers for inspiration and new ideas, but most importantly, a stimulation for bridging ideas to realisation. Because only measurable results transform ideas into innovations.

The next Innovations

11th June 2018

6pm – 10pm

Impact Hub Vienna
Lindenstraße 56
1070 Vienna

Program

06:00 pm
Welcome

06:30 pm
Start

from 08:30 pm
Networking and Snacks

Keynotes are partly held in English and German.

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The Highlights of the last Innovations

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS & DEMO

Textanalytics & AI. Daniela Schneider, responsible for Natural Language Processing in a global insurance group in Munich, shares insights how technology can support us in finding the nuggets within unstructured data in order to optimize existing business processes. She will also point out success factors when implementing AI solutions for textual data.

This keynote will be held in German.

Stuck in meetings? At the next InnoSalon, Joe Kay, Founder and CEO of Enswarm – The Team Intelligence Platform, will explain how you can put an end to all the unnerving, innefficent meetings that haunt our daily lives and how their digital team tool transforms them into fruitful online discussions where everyone’s voice counts.

Registered participants will receive the possibility to test the Enswarm-Tool.

This keynote will be held in English.

 

Goodbye fears of contact! To get the tired legs and head moving, Paul Stanzenberger, Founder and Managing Partner of teamazing, takes us on an adventure and shows how teamgames are not only really fun, but are also essential for innovation teams. But don’t panic: you don’t have to get into the bubblesuit.

The Highlights of the past Innovations

INSPIRATION

Animal Inside Monitoring

Mario Fallast

Co-founder smaXtec Animal Care & Pioneer for (Animal) Inside Monitoring

„Connected Cows” – Why you know, when the cow in Korea is having breakfast

  • Focus: how sensors in cows’ stomachs revolutionise the farming industry
  • Moving past initial bag-designs, to online surveillance of the health of (up until now) 30,000 cows
  • Farmers across the globe are constantly up-to-date with the health state of their cattle and can react to problems, e.g. during heat and calving, extremely quickly
Agile Project Management

Tobias Stefan

Partner Consistency Management Consulting & Change-Agent for agile Managementmethods

„Innovation meets Agile“ – getting innovation ready, with agile project management 

  • Focus: balancing agility and stability in companies
  • Motivate employees and allocate their competences where they are most needed
  • Process optimization through employee collaboration in organisations
A Trip to the Moon

Jürgen Brandner

CTO, Part-Time Scientists GmbH

“Hell yeah, it´s rocket science”

  • Focus: How a real “moonshoot”-initiative rocks the Google Lunar X-Prize
  • Participant of the 30 million Dollar worth Google Challenge “Lunar XPRIZE”
  • Rover “Audi Lunar Quattro” will be taken to the surface of the moon – without public means
Employee Innovation

David Hengartner

Innovation-Manager, Swisscom AG

“Kickbox @ Swisscom”

  • Focus: How the pioneer Swisscom pushes the innovation power of their employees
  • Adobe Kickbox is a freely disposable innovation tool for the development and realisation of new ideas
  • “Giftbox” with knock-on financing, guidelines, and other innovation tools
Trip to the Future

Sven Gabor Janszjy, Germany’s leading trend researcher and president of the Rulebreaker Society, took us on a journey into the habitat 2027…
… into a world with self-driving cars, who will disrupt the logistic-sector; to computers who can diagnose cancer much better and faster than any human doctor; to companies who will produce the optimal bio-active yoghurt based on our individual genetic code, who boosts our immune system and makes us never fall ill again; in a world in which virtual assistants with artificial intelligence take over our tasks, before we even thought about them.

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Does this sound like Science-Fiction to you? Technological leaps such as CRISPR CAS, artificial intelligence and co. are already invading our daily-lives and will radically change our professional and private lives in the next few years.

The challenges:
When we think about the future, humans usually look back into the past, to reflect on experiences and infer on those, how it could continue in the future. That is linear thinking. But innovation is exponential. Therefore, an increasing gap is forming between our (linear) expectations and the real (exponential) developments. As a consequence, we are insecure, afraid, and blocked.

Recommendation of Sven-Gabor Janszky:
You shouldn’t let your experiences lead you in the wrong way and or even against development, but you should take on a new perspective and embrace the future, to productively face changes.

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Innovation Profiling

Andrew Harrison, “Innovation Ambassador” and “New Ways of Working Expert”, put the invisible human innovation-factor in the spotlight.

Why are some companies investing outraging amounts of money into innovation, without results – and others manage to land a great success with minimal means?

The answer: innovation is not dependent on money (in contrary to our expectations) or on the amazing idea. Decisive is more how well the transition from the idea into the realisation is.

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And that is where the human innovation factor, plays the essential part. Because every one of us has a unique innovation profile – those characteristics that define how we live innovation: if we are rebellious pioneers, or structured, focused realisers. How we cope with leadership, how we interact with others, how we process information, and how we make and justify decisions.

The Challenge:
To optimally form teams and companies, you have to “read” the innovation-preferences and you have to know how to use them. Since pioneers and realisers often block each other, and therefore make innovation projects fail. It does make a huge difference, if you work with/for Steve Jobs or Steve Wozniak (both extreme pioneers)!

The Good News:
1) Innovation doesn’t just need crazy geniuses, but also goal-oriented realisers – the interplay is what’s essential!

2) Innovation preferences are measurable (see Tools4Use).

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Animal Inside Monitoring

Mario Fallast

Co-founder smaXtec Animal Care & Pioneer for (Animal) Inside Monitoring

„Connected Cows” – Why you know, when the cow in Korea is having breakfast

  • Focus: how sensors in cows’ stomachs revolutionise the farming industry
  • Moving past initial bag-designs, to online surveillance of the health of (up until now) 30,000 cows
  • Farmers across the globe are constantly up-to-date with the health state of their cattle and can react to problems, e.g. during heat and calving, extremely quickly
Agile Project Management

Tobias Stefan

Partner Consistency Management Consulting & Change-Agent for agile Managementmethods

„Innovation meets Agile“ – getting innovation ready, with agile project management 

  • Focus: balancing agility and stability in companies
  • Motivate employees and allocate their competences where they are most needed
  • Process optimization through employee collaboration in organisations
A Trip to the Moon

Jürgen Brandner

CTO, Part-Time Scientists GmbH

“Hell yeah, it´s rocket science”

  • Focus: How a real “moonshoot”-initiative rocks the Google Lunar X-Prize
  • Participant of the 30 million Dollar worth Google Challenge “Lunar XPRIZE”
  • Rover “Audi Lunar Quattro” will be taken to the surface of the moon – without public means
Employee Innovation

David Hengartner

Innovation-Manager, Swisscom AG

“Kickbox @ Swisscom”

  • Focus: How the pioneer Swisscom pushes the innovation power of their employees
  • Adobe Kickbox is a freely disposable innovation tool for the development and realisation of new ideas
  • “Giftbox” with knock-on financing, guidelines, and other innovation tools
Trip to the Future
Sven Gabor Janszjy, Germany’s leading trend researcher and president of the Rulebreaker Society, took us on a journey into the habitat 2027… … into a world with self-driving cars, who will disrupt the logistic-sector; to computers who can diagnose cancer much better and faster than any human doctor; to companies who will produce the optimal bio-active yoghurt based on our individual genetic code, who boosts our immune system and makes us never fall ill again; in a world in which virtual assistants with artificial intelligence take over our tasks, before we even thought about them.

read more

Does this sound like Science-Fiction to you? Technological leaps such as CRISPR CAS, artificial intelligence and co. are already invading our daily-lives and will radically change our professional and private lives in the next few years. The challenges: When we think about the future, humans usually look back into the past, to reflect on experiences and infer on those, how it could continue in the future. That is linear thinking. But innovation is exponential. Therefore, an increasing gap is forming between our (linear) expectations and the real (exponential) developments. As a consequence, we are insecure, afraid, and blocked. Recommendation of Sven-Gabor Janszky: You shouldn’t let your experiences lead you in the wrong way and or even against development, but you should take on a new perspective and embrace the future, to productively face changes.

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Innovation Profiling
Andrew Harrison, “Innovation Ambassador” and “New Ways of Working Expert”, put the invisible human innovation-factor in the spotlight. Why are some companies investing outraging amounts of money into innovation, without results – and others manage to land a great success with minimal means? The answer: innovation is not dependent on money (in contrary to our expectations) or on the amazing idea. Decisive is more how well the transition from the idea into the realisation is.

read more

And that is where the human innovation factor, plays the essential part. Because every one of us has a unique innovation profile – those characteristics that define how we live innovation: if we are rebellious pioneers, or structured, focused realisers. How we cope with leadership, how we interact with others, how we process information, and how we make and justify decisions. The Challenge: To optimally form teams and companies, you have to “read” the innovation-preferences and you have to know how to use them. Since pioneers and realisers often block each other, and therefore make innovation projects fail. It does make a huge difference, if you work with/for Steve Jobs or Steve Wozniak (both extreme pioneers)! The Good News: 1) Innovation doesn’t just need crazy geniuses, but also goal-oriented realisers – the interplay is what’s essential! 2) Innovation preferences are measurable (see Tools4Use).

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Press-Releases

Vienna, 19. October 2017 – Already for the third time, pioneers from the economy and society came together at the 3. InnovationsSalon at forum mozartplatz. Consistency offered a unique perspective on innovation, namely by explaining agile management methods and how to find the balance between dynamic processes and stable solutions. SmaXtec provided the inspiration, an Austrian start-up, which developed a sensor for the cow stomach that helps surveil cow herds worldwide, so you know when the cow in Korea is having breakfast. How simple, and rewarding at the same time, it can be to transform an idea into an innovation is shown by kickworkx.

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Tobias Stefan from consistency takes us on a journey and shows us the balancing act between agility & stability in companies. Agility is a long path, that requires to use and distribute employee abilities, where they are needed most. There is no need to worry, if this ends in “orderly chaos” – as you sometimes need exactly this chaos to gain a new perspective and dare a fresh start. Most importantly during this process, it is to motivate employees, for example with open space offices, which encourage exchange within teams. Sometimes, that means building Lego castles together and letting your creativity flow! Innovation needs space and when employees cannot or do not want to claim that space, it is okay to push them out of their comfort zone and into the cold water. Always be open for new things! Consistency’s kind of thinking led to great resonance at a variety of large companies and will surely also stimulate companies’ daily businesses in the future.

Moving away from the consultant, to a start-up founder, Michael Siegmund from kickworkx explains “how to think outside the box, within a box”. From experience he knows, that good ideas often drown in big corporations, or are immediately put to rest in the metaphorical garbage can. This of course leads to frustration among employees and keeps companies from realising and implementing “already purchased” potential. With a simplified innovation process, kickworkx helps employees bring their idea on the right track and therefore also acts as motivation for employers, to give their employees a chance to transform their idea into a concept. Since “the oppression of ideas” is a common problem, that many employees have already experienced in one way or another, the enthusiasm and excitement to finally start developing their own ideas, is immense. Therefore, kickworkx does not only exist in Vienna, but extends its network as far as Stuttgart, Munich, Graz and Linz. Further European cities are in progress and definitely promise one thing: heaps of inspiration for innovation!

The inspirational, and maybe also a little unusual, story of Mario Fallast from smaXtec animal care points out that a career should not necessarily be linear, but everyone should try a little detour during education, to inspire oneself. Beginning with bag-design, he continues in a completely different direction and finds his passion and challenge in cow stomachs. A simple talk with a vet, who told him about the difficulties to observe cows’ health, made him curious enough to immediately start fiddling about on his kitchen table – that’s what’s called a real technician! Despite early difficulties, he manages to build a sensor with his partner Stefan Rosenkranz, which surveils the health of 30.000 (!) cows 24/7, to provide information about heat and calving detection. The cows swallow this sensor, that remains permanently in their stomach – which was a challenge by itself – constantly sends data to the system. That is how Mario Fallast managed to digitalise cows across the globe and to connect farmers with their cows 24/7.

This exciting morning with innovative stories ended with a panel-discussion consisting of Benedikt Danko, André Eckert, Mario Fallast, Nikolaus Kawka and Tobias Stefan. They take us on a personal journey into their companies and explain how they implement innovations and which considerations are important when thinking about innovation processes. A great finale that encourages exchange among participants and invites everyone to join the 4. InnoSalon on 29. March 2018 at the Impact Hub Vienna!

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Vienna, 31. March 2017 – For the second time, the InnovationsSalon at the forum mozartplatz offered extraordinary presentations and innovative perspectives. “In 2008, after decades, six crazy technicians wanted to start an expedition to the moon – to be made possible by the Google Lunach XPRIZE”, explains Jürgen Brandner, Head of Development of PT Scientists and part of it as medical technician, since Day 1. He tells us a story so exciting, as only a trip to the moon can be. “They are completely out of their mind”, was the first reaction to those six focused technicians with their extraordinary vision.

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Unfortunately, they didn’t win the Google prize, but an initial fund was secured, and the company was hauled into self-sustainability and by now, is put on bigger and more stable feet. The young hobby-scientists grew up to be part of an established and permanent Team of 35 people globally, they have strong partners such as Audi and Vodafone, they cooperate with Nasa, the esa and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), and were accompanied by Gene Cernan, who was part of the Apollo 17-Mission 1972 and therefore the last person on the moon, until his death in 2017. The ambitious goal: to reach the moon in 2018 and research its inhospitable environment, with the self-built Audi lunar quattro, and the self-developed landing module ALINA. Why? “It’s about opening new research possibilities for universities, testing new technologies for our economy, and finding interesting solutions for moon and space research as well as development”, as stated by Brandner. Overall, the project will use a budget of around 50 million Euros until the start between 2018 and 2019. But in return, we will get access to all HD-pictures, experience reports and research results of the company, which is headquartered in Berlin and half-staffed with Austrian scientists and technicians. Not only mini-green houses will be tested, but also the possibility to build a space station on the moon. One of the biggest challenges: the transport costs of 1kg material to the moon are currently at 750.000 Dollar, as explained by Brandner. In any way, there are a couple of people who are already interested in joining ALINA on her second trip. To be continued.

We returned to earth with the InnoSalon-Initiator, Michael Siegmund, Managing Partner of Ancoreage. The InnovationsSalon, a collaborative idea of Ancoreage, Digital Hub Vienna and forum mozartplatz, is a platform for decision-makers and experts. “The focus of it lies in inspiration through extraordinary initiatives, but also the presentation of practical innovation tools”, as Birgit Kraft-Kinz informed the audience, co-organiser and chairwoman of forum mozartplatz. “It’s mainly about triggering the innovation potential, which is dormant in established organisations, by putting the employee in the spotlight”, adds Siegmund. Ancoreage presented a Profiling-Tool, which shows which type of innovator a person is – from pioneer to realiser. Already 20 participants of the first InnoSalon have used the chance to try out the tool free-of-charge, which shows distinct and individual personality traits. “There is an unusual big amount of pioneers here”, Siegmund concludes, and adds, that employees are essential in bridging the gap between pioneers and realisers, as they speak both ‘languages’ and are the ideal mediators.

With the motto “try fast, fail fast, learn fast”, Swisscom is chasing a similar mission. The Swiss telecommunications company wants to encourage the innovation spirit, as David Hengartner, Innovation Developer, shows in his challenging presentation. How? With so-called Kickboxes, a concept originally developed by Adobe, aimed at creative and innovative individuals. Kickbox was adapted by Swisscom and encourages employees to follow their own ideas. In other words: every employee can sign up for the “Kickbox-Process”. The first Red Box contains 1.000 CHF starting budget, a time-budget of 20% of the regular work time over a period of two months, contacts to external innovation experts, a manual, which explains the process of idea validation and offers tipps. “It used to only be a pilot”, Hengartner explains, but in the meantime, 70 projects already started this way. That is very rewarding, according to the young Open Innovation Specialist, as some ideas are already in the second development phase, the “Blue Box”, with which prototypes are tested. The third step is the “Golden Box”, which contains a budget of 100.000 CHF and enables you to build your own start-up. “It’s really impressing how much innovation power there is in your own company”, says Hengartner. The audience clearly was impressed as well and interested in trying out the Kickbox.

To conclude the event, around 100 visitors of the event and companies, such as the Deutsche Bank, Let’s Print Holding, the Styria Media Group or the Wiener Stadtwerke, discussed and presented the access to innovation in their own companies. Finally, the event ended with fruitful networking and exchange. The 3. InnoSalon will take place on 19. October 2017.

Participating in the discussion were: Martin Brezovich (Eventplan), Robert Grüneis (former Wiener Stadtwerke), Jens Hurtig (Digital Hub Vienna), Eva Komarek (Styria Media Group), Birgit Kraft-Kinz (KRAFTKINZ), Georg Musil (RBI), Christian Ohswald (Deutsche Bank), David Prasser (StartUs), Josef Scheidl (Let’s Print Holding). Michael Siegmund (Ancoreage), Beatrix Skias (Kobza Integra), Mario Strigl (forum mozartplatz), Mirjana Covic (ÖBB), Oliver Dwork (WKÖ), Gerald Gruber (Mastercard Austria), Heinz Gschnitzer (ÖBB Infra), Marco Harfmann (A1 Telekom), Jörg Spreitzer (ONTEC AG), Peter Pichler (Siemens), Marion Koidl (IBM), Franz Amesberger (TCI) und many more.

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PRACTICAL TOOLS

kickworkx

Employees in companies have lots of good ideas – but too few are being implemented. kickworkx is an intrapreneurship-network for managers in companies, who believe in their employees.

  • kickworkx allows employees to independently develop their ideas and realise them:
    • With clear guidelines, that are applicable for every employee,
    • By seeing further than one‘s nose with access to external experts,
    • With support, ownership and fun-factor.
  • kickworkx provides the full range of innovation results – not only products, but also cost-decrease and sales optimization.
  • kickworkx complements already existing innovation structures, e.g. Idea-management or incubators.
  • kickworkx is quick and easy to use (“as-a-service“) – without extensive development costs and internal support expenditure.

consistency's Agile Management Workshop

This is what we want to achieve together with you:

  • Understanding agility and getting to know challenges
  • Exploring your own motivation
  • Getting to know scrum as a concrete method, in a playful way
  • Creating agility – discussing the start into an agile project by using a case study

Who is welcome to join?

  • 6 – 12 participants, who will experience how agile methods can function as a booster for results in their own environment
  • Project leaders and employees, as well as departments or teams, who are interested in agile methods or who want to dive into the topic more in depth

Innovation Profiling Tool
reveals the human innovation factor

We often hear: “The human factor is essential for successful innovation.” But what does “human factor” mean and how can you structurally use this “soft” topic? As the only online-profiling tool, specifically tailored to the topic of innovation, the “Innovation Strengths Preference Indicator (ISPI)” can provide a clear overview of your employees’/team’s innovation preferences.

It helps you:

  • Form powerful innovation teams
  • Direct your innovation-organisation, -processes, -strategies optimally
  • Increase the amount of relevant ideas in the inspiration/ideation phase (up to 400%)
  • Increase the share of innovation-projects who are realised (up to 500%)

The implementation of the ISPI improves the communication and collaboration in innovation teams and reduces innovation blockades. That is the key to an increase in innovation performance of your innovation teams, projects, processes and strategies.

Participants of the InnoSalon are invited to test the Innovation Strengths Preference Indicator (ISPI) free-of-charge, develop their personal innovation profile and be personally briefed about the various implementation possibilities.

If you’re interested, please contact us:

I am interested in the ISPI

kickworkx

Employees in companies have lots of good ideas – but too few are being implemented. kickworkx is an intrapreneurship-network for managers in companies, who believe in their employees.

  • kickworkx allows employees to independently develop their ideas and realise them:
    • With clear guidelines, that are applicable for every employee,
    • By seeing further than one‘s nose with access to external experts,
    • With support, ownership and fun-factor.
  • kickworkx provides the full range of innovation results – not only products, but also cost-decrease and sales optimization.
  • kickworkx complements already existing innovation structures, e.g. Idea-management or incubators.
  • kickworkx is quick and easy to use (“as-a-service“) – without extensive development costs and internal support expenditure.

consistency's Agile Management Workshop

This is what we want to achieve together with you:

  • Understanding agility and getting to know challenges
  • Exploring your own motivation
  • Getting to know scrum as a concrete method, in a playful way
  • Creating agility – discussing the start into an agile project by using a case study

Who is welcome to join?

  • 6 – 12 participants, who will experience how agile methods can function as a booster for results in their own environment
  • Project leaders and employees, as well as departments or teams, who are interested in agile methods or who want to dive into the topic more in depth

Innovation Profiling Tool

 

reveals the human innovation factor

We often hear: “The human factor is essential for successful innovation.” But what does “human factor” mean and how can you structurally use this “soft” topic? As the only online-profiling tool, specifically tailored to the topic of innovation, the “Innovation Strengths Preference Indicator (ISPI)” can provide a clear overview of your employees’/team’s innovation preferences. It helps you:

  • Form powerful innovation teams
  • Direct your innovation-organisation, -processes, -strategies optimally
  • Increase the amount of relevant ideas in the inspiration/ideation phase (up to 400%)
  • Increase the share of innovation-projects who are realised (up to 500%)

The implementation of the ISPI improves the communication and collaboration in innovation teams and reduces innovation blockades. That is the key to an increase in innovation performance of your innovation teams, projects, processes and strategies.

Participants of the InnoSalon are invited to test the Innovation Strengths Preference Indicator (ISPI) free-of-charge, develop their personal innovation profile and be personally briefed about the various implementation possibilities.

If you’re interested, please contact us: I am interested in the ISPI

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Impact Hub Vienna

Lindengasse 56
1070 Vienna

Quelle: vienna.impacthub.net/

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Organizer
kickworkx and its unique network of experts enables employees in companies to transform their innovative ideas not only into a valid concept but fully realised projects, accompanying them on every step of the way.
Partners
Ancoreage supports companies to establish external conditions, that lead to better innovation results, and to activate the human innovation factor.
Impact Hub Vienna is a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration & collaboration, to leave a positive impact, and offer networking possibilities for innovation-enthusiastic entrepreneurs.