Northern Connections

WP4 <-> WP5 and WP5 <-> WP6

Monday, June 18, 2018 - Published by Christina Knudsen
The final topics in the WP4-session was the cooperation and correlation between WP4, WP5 and WP6.

WP5 has suggested 15 policy tools, which are ready for comments. The next step is to add the category in Toolbox v. 2.0, where the goal is to present 40 practical tools and 15-20 policy tools.

The correlation between WP4 and WP6 is how to activate the toolbox in the actual living lab events. One of the focuses when using the tools in the living labs is Communication: Who are receiving the communication and what is relevant in this context? It is important that the enterprises hear about the actual, relevant cases, so there is no waste of time. At the same time, it is important to use the political tools when involving the politicians and so on.

At the end of this session, the participants joined each other in a group exercise focusing on which specific tool(s) are missing in the toolbox or which tools needs to be refined. This discussion led back to earlier presentations, which emphasised on the importance of scanning the participants to make the right matches. Furthermore, the group session included some interesting discussions on how to attract the companies. One idea was that the companies should get an opportunity to present their challenges in a marketplace or matchmaking solution. Another idea was an open innovation competition between interested companies. The fact that it is a competition could help promoting the event as relevant and valuable to the ‘winning’ companies.

Final Lars Bern introduced the upcoming Cluster Training, which takes place 11-12 September. The program introduces theory on organisational capacity and training in approaches to cluster development and tools to creating strong clusters. The theory is supporting reality focusing on different setups in different countries, where there will be workshops regarding the specific challenges and opportunities within the energy sector from a cluster perspective.