What Challenges we Can Solve Together? TRILLICIOUS INTERACTIVE GAME

Facilitators: Mariza Almeida – Triple Helix Association Vice-president, Professor at Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), Brazil,

Duration: 2:30h


Trilicious is a serious game to create an innovative solution to a complex problem through well-defined university-industry- government interactions. It is a nice activity that connects fun, collaborative thinking and Triple Helix concepts to propose solutions to various problems.

The game was designed by Luke Hohmann an internationally recognized expert and serious games designer, Founder and CEO of The Innovation Games® Company specifically to Triple Helix IX Conference (2011) when the participants were invited to play for the first time.

Besides playing the Trilicious this session will provide an opportunity to participants

  • Learn how the game can be used as new effective tool to improve the analysis and generate a solution that can be used in different context and situations.
  • Understand how Triple Helix model can be applied to solve difficult dilemmas using the Knowledge, Innovation, Consensus and “AHA” cards in the game


To register for this event, please, submit your request and a statement of your interests (optional) – at the abstract submission facility ‘Submit your abstract’, selecting conference track section OTHER EVENTS, and indicating the name of ‘Trilicious’ session in the box ‘Title’ (step 3: Enter Metadata). During your registration, you may upload any personal statement or problem scenarios and question (s) you would like to address – in a word file (optional). These statements and questions will be circulated to all registered participants prior to the event.

Please, submit your request for participation in the Trilicious game at:


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Creativity as a Key Component to Drive Triple Helix Innovation

Facilitator: Tatiana Schofield, Head of Knowledge Exchange at the Royal College of Art.

Duration: 90 minutes


Notions of open innovation and the triple helix model have transformed the world of research and development and highlighted new opportunities for collaboration between universities, industry, public sector and communities of users.

In order to remain competitive organisations are accelerating their rate of innovation. Their innovation effort expands beyond new product development to service innovation, process innovation and now more often to business model innovation. Over the last decade innovation has continued shaping into more open shared models based on co-creation, co-development and co-production transforming existing collaborations into open ecosystems.

In order to institutionalise and sustain new forms of innovation organisations are pursuing a creative thinking agenda. They cultivate and nurture lateral thinking skills in order to increase organisational creativity, capabilities and capacity.

Practical experience:

During the session participants will work in groups to practise a number of creative thinking techniques which they can later apply within their organisations.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this session participants will

(i) be able to define open innovation and trends

(ii) understand the role of creativity in open innovation

(iii) learn a number of creative thinking techniques (e.g. mind-mapping, Osborn’s checklist, mush-up technique)

Facilitator’s credentials

The session is delivered by Tatiana Schofield, Head of Knowledge Exchange at the Royal College of Art. Tatiana brings extensive experience in international research programmes, innovation management and knowledge and technology transfer strategies gained from a career spanning business, academia and public sector. She holds an MSc degree from Moscow Power Engineering University and an MBA from Warwick Business School in the UK.


Inbound or Outbound, where the opportunities for academia?

 Facilitator: Adriano La Vopa, Innovation Strategist

 Duration: 90 minutes


The open approach to innovation is accelerating the pace at which academia, institutions, governments and companies are innovating. Open Innovation consists of the inflow and outflow of knowledge from an organisation, and in this sense academia have always responded with the typical outbound approach. But why academics are not challenging their limits and using also an inbound approach, asking outside for new ideas, new propositions and solutions for specific needs that a university might have?

The aim of this workshop is to enable attendees to be part of their organisations’ innovation. They will be guided through both approaches, opportunistically and systematically, as well as to understand how to define their needs and consider to get such new ideas and proposals from outside. They will be invited in setting up a brief and define their needs (e.g. from the organisation they belong to). Ideally attendees could work on real challenges they have in their organisations, with defining the needs. A final takeaway session will see them discussing and supporting each other in refining their needs and making Open Innovation really happening, straight away, by co-creating with each other.

Among the questions address during the workshop are the following:

  • How to use both approaches opportunistically: inbound and outbound shall be both used by academia, and not only the outbound (e.g. licensing IP or patents, or creating spin-offs)
  • How to use them systematically: opportunistic approach could be once in a while, but when it becomes a system with a structure, it could really benefit and academia can start becoming more “entrepreneurial” in their interaction with companies
  • Example of challenges: some examples to show how universities are using both approaches with OI
  • How to challenge the limits: attendees will experience themselves how to define their needs, and find out a way to challenge their own environments, in order to bring back home something that could maybe (and hopefully) be implemented in their departments

Practical experience:

Participants in this workshop will be called to interact with the coach and amongst themselves, and will practice on the following:

  • defining and setting a possible strategy for their own environment (department, university, team, company, organisation, etc.)
  • writing a brief for a possible challenge to be opened to their own communities (we suggest to practice on real cases, because it could be much more beneficial or the learning experience)
  • sharing the briefs and discuss on how to improve

Learning outcomes:

The attendees will be able to start adopting both approaches (ideally opportunistically or systematically), to set their own strategy in opening up to the external world, and to pose challenges for calling ideas, solutions, suggestions and any possible innovative proposal coming from unobvious sources.

Facilitator’s credentials:

Adriano has spent years working in supporting companies and organisations on innovation strategies, new technologies adoptions, new business development and creation of new opportunities. He is expert in tech transfer, in innovation management, as well as in Open Innovation.  He worked in many different businesses, as well as in a knowledge institute and a scientific park, by covering many different roles, and became expert in methodologies for using the outside world for accelerating innovation.