In addition to a physical location, Bielefeld currently lacks a digital platform for the open and joint shaping of challenges and opportunities for the city or individual areas of urban society. However, the establishment of an easily accessible platform is particularly relevant for open exchange, the inclusion of as many citizens and organizations as possible, and the generation of good ideas for the further development of the city.
The digital Open Innovation City Community was therefore conceived and implemented as an essential component of the Open Innovation City concept, and thus for the participation of the urban society in central, future-oriented issues and to enable new innovation projects. The goal is an open innovation platform that provides various forms and formats of information exchange and also allows the structured matching of problems with the solution approaches generated in a crowd. For this purpose, digital tools are needed that enable the use of swarm intelligence as a collaborative advantage and connect the innovator ecosystem by means of transparency, networking and structure. An important element of the innovation platform in the future will be the innovation database; it will enable structured and topic-driven networking of social actors (e.g., medium-sized companies and startups) in the city of Bielefeld and beyond in a national and international context.