Open innovation


Open innovation is a core component of GIANT’s identity. But what is open innovation?

Open innovation is a paradigm that places value on inter-organizational cooperation and resource-sharing. The idea is to break down the traditional silos to speed up the pace of innovation.

The GIANT alliance’s strategy is founded on longstanding partnerships between its 8 founding members and with external partners in France and around the world.

These multi-talented stakeholders produce collective intelligence to drive new synergies and foster the emergence of responses to society’s major challenges.

A multitude of approaches to cooperation

Certain GIANT partners have even developed their own collaborative workspaces to facilitate open innovation.
These open innovation centers bring their own unique infrastructures and advanced equipment to GIANT:

  • Y.Spot, CEA’s open innovation center, offers industrial R&D partners personalized product design and other services in line with their R&D strategies.
  • A2I Grenoble INP offers a selection of training courses for a wide variety of learners on tech-related topics. The purpose is to facilitate cooperation to build the future of industry.
  • GEM Labs develops and deploys its own unique teaching methods and can also offer custom-developed programs, specific use cases, and innovation barometers.
  • MACI (located on the UGA main campus) supports new research, teaching, and partnership practices through social sciences and the arts.

Going beyond “technology-only” solutions will require greater agility

These innovative labs provide uniquely immersive learning experiences and opportunities to learn in project mode.
GIANT’s approach to open innovation is built on diverse teams that include scientists, engineers, students, business developers, users, industrial R&D professionals, professors, and more. The overriding objective is to encourage co-creation across the innovation value chain.

Open innovation at GIANT factors in a multitude of parameters. Early-stage work aims to deepen our understanding of an issue through exploration and investigation. Late-stage work addresses integration into a solution, an application, or a product.

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