16 August 2018
Europe/Stockholm timezone

Event description


Invitation to

The European Spallation Source

Horizon 2020 (H2020-INFRADEV-1-2015-1)

“The 1st Innovation Challenge”

16th August 2018

Örtofta Castle, Skåne, Sweden

Do you have an inventive mind? If your answer is yes, you probably have many ideas that could have an impact outside ESS. We would like to explore your suggestions, show you how ESS can help you to develop your ideas further, and take them to market. The 1st ESS Innovation Challenge is a unique opportunity to raise awareness about your novel proposals which can be submitted by registering here, and present them to prospective funders.

We will introduce you to the new ESS innovation framework in an interactive way. In the stimulating environment of Örtofta Castle, we will jointly explore how to articulate a compelling customer and/or business value proposition to ensure a buy-in for your idea. We will also explain to you each step along the innovation path and go through the process of transforming your idea to a practical solution that can be presented to prospective funders, and later marketed. We will use authentic ESS ideas, and also your own ideas, to practice the steps along the ESS innovation process in small teams. The concepts introduced during the day will be useful for developing your personal skills beyond technology transfer.

At the end of the day, each team will present their business case in front of an expert panel which will provide feedback and vote on the best concept. The 1st ESS Innovation Challenge brings the opportunity to showcase your own ideas, develop them into market-oriented solutions, and present them to an audience which will include representatives of public and private funding agencies.

The event is organised within the framework of the Horizon 2020 project BrightnESS, and will focus on the practical aspects of the establishment and maintenance of the ESS innovation framework and its ecosystem. The main partners for the organisation are the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), HEPTech, and ESP Central.

Event moderator: Anders Permin, Saxocon ApS

09:00   Welcome Coffee/Registration

09:30   Welcome and Opening of the 1st Innovation Challenge

            John Womersley, ESS

09:50   Innovation Keynote: Raspberry Pi, the Journey from Idea to Reality

           Pete Lomas, Norcott Technologies/ Raspberry Pi Foundation

10:10   Introduction to the Workshop: What is a Good Idea?

             Anders Permin, Saxocon ApS

10:25   Coffee break

10:40   Conversation Scrum

            Ian Tracey, KTN

  • Introduction to workshop methodology and approach
  • Approach to the evaluation of ideas  (including value proposition, market needs/needs creation)
  • Presentation of the ideas of the participants
  • First round of evaluation of ideas

11:50   Voting for Ideas

            Anders Permin, Saxocon ApS

12:00   Lunch

13:00   Pitch Hack #1

            Douglas Sanyahumbi, Independent

  • Introduction to the concept and split-up into groups
  • Group work/pitch development

14:30   Coffee Break

14:45   Pitch Hack #2

             Douglas Sanyahumbi, Independent

  • Continuation of group work
  • Preparation of pitch

16:00   Presentation of Business Cases to the Evaluation Committee

16:45   Evaluation of Business Cases (Closed Session) / Coffee Break for Participants

Expert Panel:

John Womersley, ESS

Peter Hønggaard, Danish Innovation Fund

Peter Sylvest Nielsen, DTU Innovation& Business

Mats Larsson, IUC Syd

Michael Mbogoro, Oxentia

Johan Olsén, ALMI

Pete Lomas, Norcott Technologies/ Raspberry Pi Foundation

Björn Englund, Godvig Capital

17:15   The Winner Announcement and Closing Remarks from Panel

            John Womersley, ESS

17:30   End of the Event

17:30   Drinks and Dinner


This project has received funding from the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 under grant agreement No 676548.







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