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Blog: ‘The best way to have a good idea is to share a lot of ideas’

It is Sunday evening, around 8 PM, my plane just took off from Vienna Airport. I am on my way home after a memorable week. Why it has been such a special week? Well, let me tell you my story and share my experiences with you. In that way my journey will become our journey.


Why go to Vienna

The reason I get up every morning is to make the world a little bit better that day. I love doing that by making incremental and radical innovations happen. Step by step these innovations change the world. And, in my role as Account Manager at TMC Manufacturing Support, I facilitate people making a difference at the challenges clients are facing. My passion for innovation was last researched by myself in 2015 during my master thesis project.  As a citizen of the Brainport region and close to the High Tech Campus I was interested in how the open innovation chain is started on such a Campus. I believe in many cases you and I both own half of a good idea. How do we get to know each other? And when do we share our ideas? Should this just be a coincidence? Or should this be facilitated?

‘Collaborative ideation cannot be based on coincidental encounters but the fuzzy front end of innovation should be well organized.’


Share your ideas

Answer these questions does not only fascinate me, but are also interesting for the European Regional Science Association (ERSA). Science & Technology Parks are a hot topic when it comes to successfully boosting open innovation in the region. My paper was accepted to present during a special session: ‘Fostering Open Innovation in a territorial dimension’. So, I had stuff to arrange: book an airplane ticket, arrange a place to stay and most important: prepare my presentation!.

On Wednesday morning August 24th I opened my eyes in an AirBnB room in typical Vienna style. I realized that within a couple of hours I have the honor to share my story with other participants of the ERSA Congress. Hopefully my story inspires them. Moreover I hope to give my audience some practical take-aways that helps them building successful Science and Technology parks.

‘What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world’


Interesting trends for you

The ERSA Congress is full of local European ideas, research studies and companies trying to discover how to get the most out of their region. Of course, during these three days there were many presentations and workshop to visit. Let me share with you what I am convinced are interesting topics for our Brainport region. In order to be able to give you a summary of the most interesting topics, I made a personal top-3 of interesting news, trends, facts and figures to share: (1) Industry 4.0, (2) Intelligent cities, (3) Smart collaboration. Read more about it in my next blog!


By Lotte Geertsen


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