TIM WCAP: open innovation TIM WCAP: open innovation

TIM WCAP: open innovation

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The term "Open Innovation" was born in 2003 with Henry Chesbrough and the publication of the book “Open Innovation: the new imperative for creating and profiting from technology”.
Over the next 14 years, the term and this strategic vision of how to innovate within companies has not lost its relevance. Today, innovation is seen more and more as a collective act, an ecosystem of ideas, a collaboration between many: companies, public administration, start-ups, universities, research centres, suppliers, entrepreneurs and other external entities.
Because it is a process in which everyone wins. Companies are thus able to constantly update their know-how and follow the emerging trends with the contribution of fresh ideas from start-ups and other large industry partners; young talents and market-facing companies, receiving support; public administration, bodies and institutions for the development of services to citizens and to the region.   
Because everyone must keep up with technological transformation, in constant evolution. Indeed, the challenge is to be up and running.
This idea also made its mark on TIM WCAP. Our structure, initially dedicated to selecting and financing digital start-ups, has now widened its objectives and adopted new ways to practice more and more "open innovation", becoming a "hub", a meeting point, the centre of a process with various actors. To together embrace digital transformation, robotics, big data, ... In order to, as the new claim says, "accellerate the future".    
Two recent examples of this new approach.
The Future of the City”: the initiative, launched in Catania at the end of March, involves institutions, associations, businesses, start-ups in the area, and above all young people, with participation in innovation projects, training courses, hackathons and events.
A new hub in Naples in collaboration with the Federico II University and CISCO Italia, which will open soon. In the Campania region we will give start-ups, SMEs and students access to platforms and technological assets, in order to develop digital applications and solutions; initiatives dedicated to start-ups will be launched with particular attention to the cyber security, industry 4.0 and the wi-fi community sectors.
Since technology is a tool to make the country grow, the goal, in Catania as in Naples, is to work together to improve the territory through digital and cultural transformation.