Gamechangers Who Disrupt the Workplace

January 15, 2017

*Startup registrations for the second Innovation Exchange are closed. The third Innovation Exchange will be announced in Spring 2018. 

The open innovation challenge aims to connect startups with incumbents and create meaningful pilot projects. Startups are welcomed to bring their innovations to the table and join ISS, Accenture, Enexis, PWC, Delta Lloyd, Friesland Campina, Movares and Unica in their efforts to realize innovation that could improve the workplace.

The partners of the Open Innovation Coalition are broadening their scope outside their own organizations. Within three challenges they get the possibility to connect with startups and to team up with innovative new ventures; initiating impactful solutions viable for growth. During the Disrupt the Workplace Challenge three topics will be covered, each with the aim to set up new pilots for the partners in cooperation with startups.

First Challenge: The Sustainable Workspace

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In times where we put effort into managing waste, raising awareness for food and skipping plastic bags in supermarkets, offices cannot fall behind on the path towards circularity. There is a need for more ecofriendly solutions, especially in the workplace. How can we reduce our waste to zero? How can we get to more sustainable office equipment, interior, and real estate? How can we effectively diminish our CO2 footprint on our employees’ commutes? ISS and partners therefore kicked off the first out of three ‘disrupt the workplace challenges’ with this subject.

Second Challenge: The Smart Workspace

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Artificial Intelligence and Robotics seem like the realm of science fiction, but did you know that you carry around artificial intelligence in your pocket every day? In a world where the ‘future is now’ and high tech is integrated in daily life, the work place is expected to reflect these developments, to be role model and early adapter. Therefore, the second challenge this open innovation coalition is focused on how to leverage data to create smart  work environments, by using trending technology enablers such as: Smart Sensors, Data Analytics, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. 

Third Challenge: The Future Workforce

Are you the startup that can collaborate with the partners to work towards their innovation goals? Then we are looking for you! Startups should preferably be in seed, venture or growth stage, and are focused on defining the workforce of the future. The 10 most relevant innovations within the third challenge’s theme will get selected by the partners. These game changers will be invited to pitch, meet and connect with the partners at our third Innovation Exchange, and potentially start a pilot project with (one of) the partners.

Which innovations can we put in place to improve the quality of life for those in the office, increasing well-being, engagement, vitality and satisfaction? How can we offer the best services to employees for integrating work and life preferences, serving the flexible workforce at flexible workplaces? And what kinds of technology tools and robotic concepts could support humans during work and enhance cross functional team work?

The theme of the upcoming Innovation Exchange on Wednesday May 16th will be: ‘’What workplace improvements can we make for a truly energized and enlightened workforce supporting employee wellness and health platforms?” As the theme suggests, this exchange will fully focus on the future of the workforce!

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