What happens next? – A survey of the afterlife of innovation contests
2014 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Innovation contests are becoming popular instruments for stimulating development of digital services using open data. However, experience indicates that only a limited number of the results developed during these events become viable digital services attracting a significant user base. Hence, an unresolved question is how organizers choose to support the service development process after the contest is concluded. To further deepen our knowledge about the design of digital innovation contests and the support for the processes after the contests are concluded, we conducted a survey of the websites of 33 digital innovation contests. The results of the survey show that the majority of the contests provide a very low level of support or no support at all to the participants after the contests are concluded. Still, during our classification of support actions presented in the survey we also found several examples of how innovation contests choose to support the participants in designing, implementing and providing services after the contests are concluded. We contribute with a key design element and attributes for the post-contest process of digital innovation contests, which adds to existing design elements. Our conclusion is that very few innovation contests take the post-contest process into account. Yet there are examples where organizers of contests bear in mind their own important role in the following service innovation process and provide for example funding and development support to participants. For future research we propose to conduct a more thorough survey including interviews with organizers and participants.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Innovation contest, open innovation, open data, service development, digital service
Research subject Computer and Systems Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-108665OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-108665DiVA: diva2:759858
ECIS, Workshop on eGovernment, Tel Aviv, Israel, 8 June 2014