Danube-INCO.NET — Advancing Research and Innovation in the Danube Region


DANUBIONET open innovation event in Budapest

PANNON Pro Innovations Ltd. and Central European Initiative proudly announce the first open innovation workshop within the DANUBIONET project implemented in the framework of Danube-INCO.NET project. As part of the Budapest Rural Innovation Week conference is organized by the Research Institute of Agricultural Economics and will focus on the challenge provided by DOW Agrosciences.

  • Event date: October 6, 2016
  • Posted on: 03.08.2016
  • Budapest,
  • Hungary

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What is open innovation?

“Open innovation is the use of purposive inflows and outflows of knowledge to accelerate internal innovation, and expand the markets for external use of innovation, respectively. [This paradigm] assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as they look to advance their technology.”
As defined by Henry Chesbrough author of the book “Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm (2006)”. In a simple way, when companies cannot or don’t want to invest in R&D from the beginning but rather decide to publish challenges and gather potential solutions from anywhere.

What is the main focus of the event?

The main focus of the event is to work together with DOW Agrosciences in a facilitated and interactive manner to find solutions to the company’s challenge. Diverse competencies of the organizers and the well-recognized invited speakers will guarantee a fruitful one day event where the know-how of different stakeholders can be merged and help to overcome a real industrial challenge. Moreover, based on the answers of the DANUBIONET survey the workshop will steer the co-development process into the direction to bridge the gaps usually faced on bioeconomy project developments.

The agenda is currently under development but it will include team work with help of facilitators and pitching of the idea in front of a jury including a representative of the challenge owner.

What is the challenge?

This occasion, DOW Agrosciences seek solutions and start discussion about the potential solutions to improve perception and acceptance of the stakeholders towards the application of sewage sludge based compost in agricultural production.

The purpose of using sludge in agriculture is due to its nutrient content including phosphorus and nitrogen, and the organic substances for soil improvement. With the advent of circular economy practices and policies, agricultural use of composted sludge is encouraged as the best way for recycling of nutrients. Many physical, chemical and biological parameters and tests are available for the characterization of sewage sludge, what allows measuring and predicting its behaviour when applied to agricultural fields and impact on environment.

Despite there are several benefits to use sewage based compost as source of nutrients, there are many stakeholders (farmers, waste water treatment facilities, municipals and broader society) that do not perceive well this option and have diverse concerns. Hence, the challenge is how we could facilitate stakeholder discussion and improve the perception of sludge based compost in the agriculture?

Why should I participate?

Firstly, now you have the opportunity to test your knowledge in relation to real industrial challenges and work together with challenge owner. If DOW Agrosciences likes your idea this may result in long term cooperation. An outstanding opportunity to turn your ideas to industrial reality. Secondly, the aim is to foster cooperation and project generation, hence you can meet like-minded people, discuss with them, find complementary competences and start making projects. Thirdly, you can practice a new approach and learn from facilitators how to turn ideas into business development and pitch your thoughts. Last but not least,  prizes are being considered for the teams and also travel reimbursement is offered. 

What are the next steps?

Please start thinking on potential solutions and soon, latest by mid of August the organizers will publish an Expression of Interest form. If you want to make it sure to receive this form, send the organizers an email.
Formally, you can apply by filling the form below and returning it by a deadline of mid September. The applications wll be quickly assessed,short listed best 4 or 5 will be invited and will also enjoy generous travel reimbursement. Application is open for individuals and teams of individuals up to 5 members. Teams are preferred with a complementary composition and competences.

For additional information on the DANUBIONET Open innovation workshop please contact: 
Miklós Gyalai-Korpos, Pannon Pro Innovations miklos.gyalai@ppis.hu +36 1 793 1974

Peter Canciani, Central European Initiative canciani@cei.int +39 040 7786 749


S&T field/scope: Energy, Innovation and Development | Affilation and Pillar: Danube-INCO.NET, Key stakeholders, Energy and Bio Economy | Geographical focus: Danube Region, Hungary

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