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Open Innovation Contest

Vehicle ICT Arena is hosting a series of innovation contests in cooperation with vehicle manufacturers. The aim is to contribute to the development of new software-based features and services for the automotive industry and create an understanding of how management and processes in companies should be adapted.

An increasing part of the innovations in the automotive industry is new software features. These features are created by the vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, or in the form of open innovation. In the latter case, the vehicle company invites third-party developers to contribute.

In recent years, a lot of open innovation has been driven forward by the open access to historical internal data, which can be used by external developers to create new innovative features and services. The host companies will then have access to the skills and creativity far beyond their own company. The downside is that the host company loose a large part of the control over the development.

One way to stimulate open innovation, while retaining control, is to organize open innovation contests. This allows third-party developers to compete to design prototypes for services and functions based on data provided by the hosting vehicle company. The format can be a 24-hour hackathon or a longer contest in which participants develop and submit their entries for evaluation.

Within Vehicle ICT Arena we test both forms to see how these types of innovation contests can contribute to the development of new software-based features and services, but also create an understanding of how management and processes in companies should be adapted. In the long term we're building the Swedish arena for automotive electronics.

Viktoria Swedish ICT has been contracted to design the contest, interview involved parties and provide recommendations for future competitions. The VINNOVA-funded project VIPP supports open innovation through the follow-up research within Vehicle ICT Arena.

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Vehicle ICT Arena is hosting a series of innovation contests in collaboration with vehicle manufacturers as host companies. The host company decides the subject area, conditions, competition rules and also the jury.

Only companies that are premium or associate members of Vehicle ICT Arena can participate in the contest. In addition to owning the rights to their product, the participating companies also get the opportunity to showcase themselves and their expertise to the host company.

See previous challenges