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Why collaboration is crucial for the future of work

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The workplace of today is so different to the workplace of 50 or even 25 years ago; it has changed completely. Everything is faster, more immediate, more accessible and more global.

Wazoku partners with InnoCentive to create the world’s most powerful innovation platform and community

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Global partnership delivers a unique proposition for any organisation seeking to solve business challenges and drive innovation.

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Wazoku makes two senior hires as the idea management scaleup prepares itself for further growth in 2020

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30 January 2020 – Idea management scaleup ? Wazoku ?has has made two new senior hires, as the company readies itself for further growth in 2020.

Wazoku Announces Winter 2019 Product Release

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Wazoku, a leading idea management platform, announced its Winter 2019 product release with features designed to equip organisations with better visibility into the value of their ideas and their innovation pipeline.

How AI Can Radically Change Your Business

AI is quickly becoming mainstream, thanks to its value-driving capabilities. Yet, even with such widespread attention, it still is one of the most misunderstood technologies out there. Here's how to make the most out of it and bring a positive change to your company.

West Midlands Academic Health Science Network turns to Wazoku to capture the innovations to transform health in the West Midlands

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Innovation platform gathers ideas from business, tech, academia and more to combat obesity, low life expectancy and a range of other health challenges.

A brief history of work, innovation and skills in the UK

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There’s no question the world of work has evolved over time. Advances in mechanisation, mass production and, more recently, technology have shaped where and how we work, as well as what we produce.

Innovation Roundtable Discussion: Agile organisation, Culture & Leadership for Innovation

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At this year's Innovation Roundtable Summit in Copenhagen, I moderated a roundtable discussion on some of the challenges businesses face when trying to build a more agile organisation, grow a culture of innovation and navigate leadership and mindset.

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Bournemouth University launches SPEED, part of a European funded project (Interreg 2 Seas) that aims to transform port logistics

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New SPEED platform will use Wazoku to capture the ideas and innovation for Western European ports to meet industry challenges including carbon emission reduction 3 December 2019 – Bournemouth University is using Wazoku’s idea management platform, Idea Spotlight, to power the stakeholder engagement in the SPEED project, a major initiative that looks to gather and develop the ideas that will transform port logistics across Western Europe. Port logistics are a major challenge for the industry, with a need to reduce carbon emissions, improve efficiencies and deploy new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), data science and the Internet of Things (IoT) more effectively. The SPEED (Smart Ports Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development) portal, part of the EU programme, Interreg 2 Seas , launches today (3 December), coordinated by Bournemouth University. It involves a broad cross-section of industry stakeholders, including logistics companies, ferry operators, ship liners, government agencies, marine companies and leisure boat operators, as well as fellow universities, working together to come up with the ideas to transform port logistics. “SPEED required a platform that allowed collaboration across geographies and organisational structures, so security was a key consideration,” said Reza Sahandi, Professor in Computing & Informatics, Bournemouth University. “It’s a major undertaking to get such different organisations collaborating in this way and Idea Spotlight delivered in terms of security and confidentiality of ideas, as well as offering the many features we wanted.”. Bournemouth University selected Wazoku after evaluating a number of other providers. Wazoku’s Idea Spotlight platform had the functionality to encourage and develop innovation and was also able to facilitate the important data capture and collaborative element of SPEED. With up to 1,000 expected contributors submitting ideas, SPEED will connect maritime logistics players, port authorities and large IT providers with technology start-ups, data science and maritime experts and knowledge centres. The ideas and innovations discussed and developed in this community will feed into a connected port environment and be shared across Western European ports and port stakeholders to improve performance and reduce carbon emissions. “By the project end in 2022, we want to have identified the specific challenges facing the port logistics industry and have already put in place technological solutions to those challenges,” continued Professor Reza Sahandi. “We are developing an integrated community, bringing together port stakeholders, technical entrepreneurs and start-ups. Idea Spotlight will enable us to foster this community of innovators focused on transforming the industry.”. Idea Spotlight is used by businesses and public sector organisations all over the world, to capture, evaluate, develop and implement ideas from across an ecosystem, including employees, customers, partners, and many other stakeholders. It makes collaboration around idea development much easier, giving everyone a voice and a platform to share ideas. “SPEED involves many stakeholders, all with different agendas and a different take on what is needed to improve efficiencies in Western European ports,” said Simon Hill, CEO and Founder, Wazoku. “We are excited to be selected by Bournemouth University for this project and we look forward to seeing some of the ideas emerge and be implemented.”. -ends-. For further information about Bournemouth University, please visit [link]. For further information about SPEED, please visit [link]. The post Bournemouth University launches SPEED, part of a European funded project (Interreg 2 Seas) that aims to transform port logistics appeared first on Wazoku. News

Implementing Innovative Ideas in The Conservative Environment of A Large Corporation

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Businesses know they must innovate to survive. Some companies are, some people within those companies are and others have unbeknownst innovative ideas tucked away.

Do you have to be a start-up to be a disruptor?

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Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life with Nir Eyal

Speaker: Nir Eyal

Ever get the feeling the world is full of too many distractions? Research shows the ability to stay focused is a competitive advantage, in work and in life. However, in an age of ever-increasing demands on our attention how do we stay productive and stay sane? In this webinar, Nir provides research-backed, practical advice, and memorable strategies for managing distraction and our time. Nir Eyal shares findings of his five years of research into how to master what he calls, "the skill of the century," the power to be "Indistractable."

Wazoku Announces Autumn 2019 Product Release

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Wazoku, a leading idea management platform, announced its Autumn 2019 product release with features designed to surface the right ideas, with the most relevant information, to the right people at the right time.

How we cultivate sustainability and help our customers do the same

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At Wazoku the tools and processes we recommend to our customers when generating ideas or solving business challenges are the same we adopt internally. Balbu, is what we’ve branded our own idea management platform instance in our organisation.

Modern leadership styles and innovation: The boss doesn’t always know best!

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For many modern businesses, the concept of the boss is somewhat outdated. I am the ‘boss’ at Wazoku, in that I co-founded the company and that ultimately the buck stops with me. But that’s about the only similarity with the traditional role of boss.

Daily improvements are innovation, here’s how

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Innovation is a necessity across all sectors and industries, and in an ever-changing competitive landscape, businesses are under more pressure than ever to showcase innovative outcomes.

Wazoku Featured In The Open Assembly Quarterly

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Wazoku was featured in Open Assembly ‘s quarterly report, The State of Crowdsourcing. Get the report to learn: What is crowdsourcing and why use it in your organisation? Benefits for organisations of all sizes. How to begin or improve your crowdsourcing programme.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Event: Innovation Roundtable Summit 2019

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We’re excited to announce that Wazoku is a prime sponsor and roundtable host at the upcoming Innovation Roundtable Summit in November.

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Building a high-growth scale up – What we learned from Upscale 4.0

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For 6 months in 2019, Wazoku was fortunate enough to be one of a cohort of 30 companies on the awesome Upscale programme, run by Technation UK. Having recently graduated from this programme I wanted to share some of my key learnings from it.

Building a high-growth scale up – What we learned from Upscale 4.0

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For 6 months in 2019, Wazoku was fortunate enough to be one of a cohort of 30 companies on the awesome Upscale programme, run by Technation UK. Having recently graduated from this programme I wanted to share some of my key learnings from it.

Idea management – driving workforce empowerment and bottom-up innovation

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It’s no secret that happy, engaged and empowered employees, are more productive, perform better and have greater commitment to their role and company.

How to Solve 4 Common Challenges of Legacy Information Management

Speaker: Chris McLaughlin, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Product Officer, Nuxeo

After 20 years of Enterprise Content Management (ECM), businesses still face many of the same challenges with finding and managing information. Join Chris McLaughlin, CMO and CPO of Nuxeo, as he examines four common business challenges that these legacy ECM systems pose and how they can be addressed with a more modern approach.

Award Winners Announced at the Prince’s Trust

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Last month The Prince’s Trust celebrated their first internal Innovation Awards. Colleagues submitted just under 100 nominations recognising one another for the amazing ideas they had collaborated on and developed since July 2018. Bringing innovation to the forefront.

Continuous Improvement: To employees and beyond!

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Every change starts with an idea. At its inception, most of these changes are (or may seem) quite small changes. Did you know that Google started off as an academic experiment by two PhD students to understand how web pages link to each other? From little ideas great oak trees can grow!

10 Steps from idea generation to implementation

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Every successfully implemented idea/product is a result of a long and painstakingly supervised innovation process. While principles and methods of idea development are universal for all industries, there is no strict rule regarding the steps from idea generation to implementation.

The Architecture of Innovation

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Architecture is a fine balance of creativity and reality. That is, Architects must be creative within the constraints which they live. Applying that concept to building an innovation framework within your organisation is no different.

Beyond the Findings: The Case for UX Research in Digital Transformation

Speaker: Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research, AXA Insurance

People often think of UX research as a tactical approach to improve the usability or visual appeal of a digital product. While good research will certainly validate an existing design, using it for validation alone would be like using your iPhone solely to tell time! Join Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research at AXA Insurance, as she explores the unrecognized organizational, cultural, and strategic benefits of an in-house, central and mature UXR team.

The 7 Worst – And Most Common – Mistakes in Idea Management

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We’ve helped companies completely transform themselves through idea management, but for many businesses it’s still a new concept, and a hard thing to get right.

Ministry of Defence selects Wazoku to improve innovation

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New platform looks to build on previous innovation successes. by increasing staff engagement and the volume of ideas.

Together with Wazoku helping to improve mental health and wellbeing for all

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Each year Wazoku chooses a charity partner to work with that affects the people in our business in some way or shape, as part of our corporate sustainable responsibility (CSR) strategy.

The Importance of Celebrating Success

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When an organisation develops an innovation strategy , it must communicate it clearly across the entire organisation, commit to practicing innovation and make it safe to innovate.

Before Transforming The Experience, You Need to Disrupt Yourself

Speaker: Vivek Bedi, Product Expert and Keynote Speaker

Every company is (soon to be) a technology company. Undergoing digital transformation is the key to succeeding in this digital era - but the process isn’t all innovation and shiny new tech. Join Vivek Bedi, a product expert with 18 years of experience across Fortune 100 companies and startups alike, as he shares his expertise on how to strike the right transformation balance and change your product mindset.

Wazoku Announces Winter 2019 Product Release

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Wazoku, a leading idea management platform, announced its Winter 2019 product release full of features and tools to save administrators time and support innovation at scale across organisations.

From Global to Local: Aligning SDGs with your Business Goals

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A sustainable focus for 2019. The Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an action taken by the United Nations and the world to address global challenges related to poverty, inequality, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace and justice.

5 steps to engaging 7,000 customers in innovation

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If someone asked you how they could make your life easier, wouldn’t you tell them? You probably wouldn’t hesitate. This is, in essence, customer-centric or differentiated innovation. Why customers?

Innovation in the era of the 100-year life

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What would you do if you suddenly found out that you will live 30 years longer? Would you get excited and start planning activities or would you feel disheartened because of all the issues that age and elderly life are associated with?

Never Miss an Opportunity: How ISO 56000 Enables an Innovative Organization

Speaker: Peter Merrill, President, Quest Management Inc.

One of the challenges for innovators is how to integrate innovation with Quality Management (QMS) and balance the culture of creativity with execution. Join Peter Merrill as he walks us through the newly published ISO 56000 series on Innovation Management, specifically the Guidance Standard ISO 56002 that discusses how to establish an Innovation Management System (IMS). He will take you through the elements of innovation management from strategy development, through risk assessment to solution delivery.

Six ways to improve innovation through culture change

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Based on the Innov8rs webinar on the same topic where Nicola Darke, Customer Success Director at Wazoku, Tim Westall, Co-Founder of April Strategy, and Hans Gillior, Founder of the Goodwind Company, each shared two ways to improve innovation through culture change.

Wazoku Announces Autumn 2018 Product Release

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London, United Kingdom – 18 October 2018 – Wazoku, a leading idea management platform, announced its Autumn 2018 product release, focused on driving engagement across the platform.

Calling all mumpreneurs! – Put your daily innovations into action

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What do toddlers, ideas and carrot sticks have in common? To some people, not very much, but to any parents desperately trying to instil some vitamins into their child – innovative ideas and disguised vegetables go hand in hand.

How to get an idea up and running in 10 days

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Marketing departments, by their very nature, are populated by some very creative people. Ideas are the stock-in-trade and there is a process for taking those ideas from birth through to fruition.

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.