Collaborative innovation, as a form of crowdsourcing, is the process in which a group or community of individuals collectively participate in offering solutions to specific business problems. To that end, this site is your digital portal, your interface to the ongoing discussion. Here, you might be asked to provide helpful insight into product design and enhancement, detail methods to make an internal process more efficient and cost-effective, or identify the newest, most exciting ideas in an industry.
How is the platform organized?
Potential business problems or key areas of impact are identified by program administrators. A sponsor will then launch an initiative to the greater innovation community, and articulate a theme, goal or call-to-action that details the topic under consideration. The initiative becomes the focal point, the workstation where the collective intelligence of users like you stimulates the growth and development of fresh ideas and solutions.
How do I get involved?
Collaborative innovation is people-powered, which means your participation is essential to success. You can contribute by staying up-to-date with the latest innovation announcements, submitting solutions to targeted initiatives, and offering support and inspiration to fellow collaborators. Access the platform through your web-browser, or on-the-go with your mobile device.
Ready to get started?
Check out the list of available initiatives and jump right in.
The main benefits to participating in a collaborative innovation network include having your voice heard, enjoying the opportunity to help shape the culture and direction of your organization, and being recognized for your valuable contributions. Additionally, some initiatives may offer top participants incentives such as cash rewards, technology prizes, pitch opportunities and mentoring.
How do I contribute?
There are several ways that you can participate in the innovation process. Browse through the active initiatives, and orient yourself to the general scope and direction of your innovation program. Use the intuitive initiative submission form to provide ideas and insights that address key topics. Review the ideas of your colleagues, and support their submissions through comments and iterative dialogue.
Can I make updates to my submission(s)?
Submissions that have been posted to the innovation platform cannot be edited. Contact a member of Innovation Team to discuss this issue. These team members have limited editing rights to the system and may be able to help under certain circumstances.
Where can I see all of my submissions?
Your previous submissions, along with your recent activity and private messages, can be found on the My Activity page.
What happens to my submission?
The status of each idea will be modified as it moves through various stages of consideration. Any idea whose status is marked “Pending” has yet to be reviewed by the Innovation Management Committee. Once reviewed by this group, ideas will move to an “In Evaluation” status, as business owners or other key stakeholders are contacted and asked to provide an initial reaction to an idea. The business owner or stakeholder designated for accountability will be listed in the comment section of the idea. Once the idea has been considered, it will either move to an “In Process” status, indicating that it is being further investigated, elaborated or prioritized, or to “Shelved” status, indicating that the idea is not being pursued at the current time. Once an idea has been fully executed or resolved, then the status will be changed to “Executed”.
How do I update my profile?
To update your profile, navigate to the 'My Profile' page by clicking on the portrait located in the right-hand side of the global navigation bar. On the profile page, you will notice a link in the left hand-column, entitled 'edit your profile.' Fill out the following form and save your updates.
Can I change my email notifications?
The mail server should allow you to get emails from the system directly to your Outlook Inbox. However, it is recommended that you verify your junk email or filtered inbox in case one has been incorrectly filtered out. If you find a message that has been filtered into your Junk Folder, right click on the email and follow these steps: Click on Junk Email and select Add Sender to Safe Senders List.
What is an action item?
An 'action item' is an event triggered by an innovation administrator, assigning a specific activity to idea evaluators and/or subject matter experts. This might include requests for the review, scoring and development of ideas submitted during an initiative.