Summary of the gathering at Collaboratory May 16 2014


With the increased interest in Collaboratory and processes of open innovation, Jasmine and members of Collaboratory, together with David and Fernando from Semcon, decided to invite businesses and curious people from around Lindholmen mainly, to an open day at Collaboratory. The goal is to effectiwise (made up word:) collaboration and communication in the area, as well as increase the innovation pace in Gothenburg.

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The day started with a description of how Collaboratory came to life. Jasminetalked about how her transdisciplinary background and methods of open and playcentric designs made it impossible to operate and survive economically within the traditional systems in Sweden and how this led to the creation of Story architects think and do collaboratory in 2011. Examples of her co-creative projects that were mentioned are Axion and Learn Do Share.

To create a cross-generational and transdisciplinary platform for innovation, a next generation maker space, the process of making Collaboratory was opened up to the users in 2013 when Gothenburg Film Studios generously invited the growing community to move into the current space in the Gothenburg film and games village at Lindholmen.

After scanning the city of Gothenburg for an office in 2011 and also working on film projects here from 2008, Jasmine found this area to be the most interesting spot for her company to set roots. The development of Lindholmen has been very interesting to follow and there can be a very bright future here if the residents learn how to communicate and collaborate in more effective ways. Collaboratory resides at the intersection of the ruff industrial and the clean corporate, of industry and academia, of science and storytelling.

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Then partners and members of Collaboratory continued the introduction. Early in the process Story architect and Gothenburg Film Studios partnered with Interactive Institute Swedish ICT who moved parts of their activities and tools to Collaboratory, and together with Jasmine and the current members are responsible for most activities in the space, and generously shares their equipment. An awesome initiative by Interactive Institute that was presented is Hackerklubben where kids learn coding by making games and other creative works. The member Erik also talked about the game jams we host, Henrik talked about his motivation for helping with renovating the space, Robert showed the Human and Machine project, Samantha talked about the importance of finding a community when you move to a new country, HDK students presented their study of the Collaboratory model, Olof from Chalmers talked about why academia values partnership with Collaboratory and board members Allen and Mats talked about their motivation for supporting the initiative.

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Then David and Fernando presented Semcons work and talked about open innovation and how Collaboratory is a good free zone and space for prototyping ideas and collaborating outside of a big company’s constraints.

Ericsson who also had an open day right before Collaboratory was present and Ulrica presented a discussion on communication strategies that was initiated during their open day. This discussion was continued during the following workshop, right after a break where all participants walked around and got to know the space and some of the projects currently being built there.

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We ran a workshop where people were divided into groups, forming a couple of themes to talk about. Below are notes and sketches that came out of the discussions.

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Carl Heath wrapped up the day and invited people to become members and partners of Collaboratory.

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After the gathering some new relationships were established and some organisations initiated partnership dialogues with Collaboratory. We are looking for more partners, drop us a line if you are interested board@collaboratory.se

Whats next?

That is up to you!

We are inviting everyone to take our discussions to the next step and start doing and prototyping projects.  At the end of August or beginning of September we aim to have a couple of workshops/hackathons kicking of things. We will co-create the themes and designs, so what are your wishes?

Everyone who attended or/and expressed an interest is included in the email thread with the follow up letter. We have a Google folder for notes and discussions, let us know if you want to be active there, or if you have any other thoughts, questions, suggestions etc.

Thanks Carl Heath for taking photos!

Have an awesome summer everyone and see you soon!