8 February saw a highly successful seminar in Gent in which universities and business came together to learn more about how open innovation can be used to develop new relationships and products in the field of domotics, also known as home automation. The event was organised jointly by Open Innovation Project partners KAHO Sint-Lieven and VOKA Chamber of Commerce. It contained presentations from the perspectives of industry, researchers at KAHO and open innovation specialists.
61% of those attending said that they were more likely to collaborate with other parties after attending the event and almost 90% said that had gained useful information on open innovation/collaboration with knowledge institutions.
This event follows on from events on lighting and electronics and ICT and show the real benefits of bringing together researchers from universities and industry representatives to explore methods of collaborating within specified sectors. The relationships formed are likely to lead to bear fruit in the coming years.