Tuesday, 9 October 2012

12.30 Tue 23rd Oct 2012 Unexpected Partnerships, Roland Harwood, Co-founder 100% Open - TDC Lunchtime Session

Unexpected Partnerships
Roland Harwood, 100% Open
12.30 Tue 23rd Oct 2012, Transdisciplinary Common Room

This session will explore how many famous innovations came from unexpected partnerships which perhaps appear obvious in hindsight, but certainly didn't at first. Roland will make the case through various case studies and exercises that “the future reveals itself through the peripheral”, and share lessons learned about how successful unexpected partners could become your next big collaboration opportunity.

Roland Harwood is Co-founder and Networks Partner at 100%Open, the open innovation agency that works with the likes of LEGO, Oxfam and Ordnance Survey to co-innovate with partners. Before that, he was Director of Open Innovation at NESTA, the UK Innovation Agency and Investment Fund. Graduating with a PhD in Physics from Edinburgh University, he has held senior innovation roles in the public and private sector and in addition has worked with hundreds of start-ups to raise venture capital and commercialise technology. He is a proud and exhausted dad of 3 and has also worked as a TV and film music producer for SonyBMG.

How TDC lunchtimes work
TDC Lunchtimes offer an opportunity to mix informally with colleagues from across the university. There is always a pot of tea on the go so why not bring your sandwiches and enjoy lunch with us? This term we meet every Tuesday for an hour from 12.30-13.30. There will be a talk or video or workshop for about 30 minutes, then the rest of the time will be taken up with conversation and networking around the teapot.

There are still some spare slots so if you'd like to offer a session please fill in the form here or contact sue.thomas@dmu.ac.uk to discuss your idea.

The TDC is based in the old surgery behind Fletcher building, No.36 on the Campus Map. Access is by staff card, or ring the doorbell.

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