events

Driving Collaborative Innovation: Hackathons

Posted on

Tom againThe dust has settled on my first Future of Work Masterclass, a fascinating insight into the innovation, ecosystem and architecture of collaboration, and now is the time to reflect. I enjoyed a number of discussions concerning new means of collaborative innovation and the best way to foster a dynamic collaborative space. One subject that cropped up a number of times was that of a ‘hackathon’.

A hackathon is defined by Google as an event of typically a few days, where a range of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming – usually to identify process improvements, or provide immediate solutions to weaknesses within systems. Yet hackathons are no longer the preserve of the tech community. Outside the realms of engineering or software, hackathons are being used as a new way to engage employees, transforming the use of time and opening opportunities for innovation. Indeed hackathons are a variant of our existing Fowlab jam platform, where ideas are crowdsourced to determine actionable solutions.

The hackathon’s wide appeal alludes to a growing awareness of underutilised creativity, talent and resources within organisations, and offers an unconventional means of developing innovative ideas and new products. The efficiency of the teams, expected to move from concept to prototype in a few days, encourages proactive engagement. Hackathons have even been adapted, through companies such as ‘StaffUp’, for use as recruiting and networking tools.

From the interactive sessions within last week’s Masterclass, it was clear that some Consortium members are already using hackathons to rejuvenate systems. One recent example contained within a wider FoW case study is that of Dutch food and agriculture bank Rabobank, who successfully launched a hackathon to find practical solutions to food waste. We also heard comments from Randstad and Shell highlighting their use of hackathons in the innovation process.

Looking outside of the Consortium, RJMetrics – a business intelligence company – has put the concept to internal use, aligning the dynamism of the event to their company culture. Having noticed that employees often struggled to find time for innovation, they decided to introduce a 24-hour period for working on experimental projects. These hackathons provided the biggest disruptive force on the product development line and formed new strategic ambitions for the company.

At the Hot Spots Movement, we have noted a similar trend towards the use of our jam platform. Managers are increasingly aware of the need to address complex challenges, provide clear communication channels and instil a collaborative drive towards engagement. Over a more sustained period our jam platform has been used to: identify issues, formulate provocations, strategically communicate and crowdsource solutions over a 72 hour period of real-time collaboration.

The widespread adoption of innovative collaborative techniques such as hackathons and jams alludes to the changing nature of how employees invest their time – an interesting topic that will receive further insight as a future FoW theme.

We are interested to see how these events develop and would be delighted to hear from any of our members if they are using hackathons within their organisation. Please feel free to get in touch here.

The Key – Launch Webinar

Posted on Updated on

Join our webinar on Tuesday 10th June 2014 to celebrate the launch of Lynda Gratton’s latest book, The Key: How Corporations Succeed by Solving the World’s Toughest Problems.

Lynda Gratton will be launching her latest book, The Key: How Corporations Succeed by Solving the World’s Toughest Problems with a webinar on Tuesday 10th June 2014.

In this webinar, Lynda will explore the ways in which today’s corporations – already bigger, wealthier and more powerful than ever before – can ensure a resilient future. Drawing on research from her book The Key, which includes over 20 case studies fromVodafoneNaturaTata Consultancy Servicesand others, Lynda will look at how corporations can use their wealth, power and wisdom to combat global challenges such as climate change, youth unemployment and global poverty.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday 10th June 2014, 5pm-6pm BST. To register, email us at rsvp@hotspotsmovement.com.

Catch up on Collaboration Week

Posted on Updated on

Our Collaboration Week events on April 14-17 were a great success – something we feel is a testimony to the growing realisation that collaboration is hugely important. Whether you joined in and would like to revisit some of the week’s activities, or were unable to make it and would like to catch up on the fun, we have a range of content available online for you to enjoy:

  • Webinars: Leading a Collaborative Organisation: Professor Lynda Gratton launched Collaboration Week with two webinars on why collaboration starts at the top, featuring Farooq Chaudhry of Akram Khan Company and Anshoo Kapoor of Tata Consultancy Services.
  • Collaboration articles – Enjoy perspectives from guest contributorsHoward B. EsbinJohn Milne and Sally Harrison on topics such as serious games, virtual coffee breaks and making teams work.
  • Collaboration lightning talks – Watch talks from our Collaboration pop-up event, including presentations from the Hot Spots Movement, Vodafone, Venda and Save the Children. For more information about these events, please contact sarahlouise@hotspotsmovement.com and get in touch with Tina Schneidermann to hear about how our team can support your organisation in building collaborative capability.

As part of our commitment to the collaboration theme, we work to help companies collaborate in a practical way. Our FoWlab jams are an effective way of getting people from around your business to collaborate on key themes and pressing issues at the heart of your organisation. Contact Keith Dalton ((keith@hotspotsmovement.com)) or on +44 (0)207 759 1848 to learn more about jams.

Collaboration pop-up line-up announced

Posted on Updated on

We are pleased to announce the first speakers for our Collaboration Week pop-up on April 17th.

Join us at Somerset House for the climax of our Collaboration Week programme. On Thursday 17th April, from 12pm-6pm, we’ll be hosting a pop-up event in the West Wing at Somerset House, featuring guest speakers, a collaboration questionnaire and the opportunity to speak to our team of experts in the Collaboration Surgery.

Lightning talk programme

Our programme of lightning talks will be kicked off at 12.30pm by Hot Spots Movement COO Tina Schneidermann, who will be followed by a range of speakers including:

  • 1pm – Gail Kirby, Vodafone, on Building trust between individuals and managers
  • 1.30pm – Professor Lynda Gratton, Founder, Hot Spots Movement, on Productive Practices
  • 2pm – Steve Goldberg, Technical Writer, Venda, on Rewarding and recognising collaboration
  • 2.30pm – Emma Birchall, Head of Research – Future of Work, Hot Spots Movement
  • 3pm –  Deborah Bickler, Save the Children, on Building critical capability through global collaboration

We’re still finalising our running order, so we’ll be announcing themes and adding speakers throughout the week.

Collaboration questionnaire

Complete our specially formulated collaboration questionnaire and return it to us to receive your personalised collaboration report.

Collaboration Surgery

Do you have a burning question about collaboration? Want some tips on how to improve your teams? We’ll have a team of collaboration experts on hand all day to answer your questions and share their knowledge – just book yourself an appointment on the surgery board when you arrive.

Collaboration Week webinar theme announced

Posted on

We’re pleased to announce the theme of our Collaboration Week webinar: Leading a Collaborative Organisation. Professor Lynda Gratton will deliver a talk based on this topic, and will be joined by a special guest speaker. The webinar, which will be broadcast live at 10am BST and 3pm BST on Monday, 14th April is part of a week of Collaboration-based activities organised by The Hot Spots Movement.

Get Involved

  • Join one of our events – contact sarahlouise@hotspotsmovement.com to register your interest for our free webinar and/or pop-up event.
  • Invite your network – Do you know anyone else who is passionate about collaboration? Invite them along.
  • Submit an article – We’re also taking submissions on collaboration for our newsletter and blog – so if you have an opinion or a story to tell, get in touch. To register for any of our events or to submit some content, contact sarahlouise@hotspotsmovement.com.

Keep checking our blog and Twitter feed for the latest speaker announcements and collaboration content.

Join us for Collaboration Week

Posted on Updated on

As the world around us becomes more digital and more connected, we all have to collaborate in ways we never previously considered – and collaboration is at the heart of any successful initiative.

What’s On

Join us from 14-17 April 2014, for our special programme of collaboration-themed events:

  • Collaboration webinar, 14th April, 10am BST and 3pm BST – Join Lynda Gratton and special guest speakers for a discussion of why collaboration is such a timely topic, as well as the latest findings on collaborative working and tips for increasing collaborative potential within your organisation.
  • Tweetjam, 16th April, 10am BST and 3pm BST  – Lynda Gratton, our COO Tina Schneidermann and special guests will be responding to your collaboration questions live on Twitter. Follow @HspotM and use  hashtag #collabweek14
  • Collaboration pop-up, 17th April, Somerset House, London – Join the Hot Spots Movement team for this exciting pop-up event featuring lightning talks by guest speakers, collaboration activities, and the opportunity to talk to an expert about your current collaboration challenges.

Get Involved

  • Join one of our events – contact sarahlouise@hotspotsmovement.com to register your interest for our free webinar and/or pop-up event.
  • Invite your network – Do you know anyone else who is passionate about collaboration? Invite them along.
  • Submit an article – We’re also taking submissions on collaboration for our newsletter and blog – so if you have an opinion or a story to tell, get in touch. To register for any of our events or to submit some content, contact sarahlouise@hotspotsmovement.com.

Keep checking our blog and Twitter feed for the latest speaker announcements and collaboration content.