Our approach

We believe innovation happens when you allow your employees to be creative and collaborate across hierarchies and disciplines. 

The process

Our platforms center around challenges – asking people to submit insights and ideas in response to a big question. They consist of flexible phases that can match your company’s process & language. Here's a typical challenge process: 

Research
Invite your community to explore the challenge topic by posting stories, insights & existing solutions
Ideas
Use what you have learnt in the previous phase to come up with a multitude of ideas and solutions
Refinement
Select the best ideas to be improved through testing, prototyping and community feedback
Evaluation
Ask your whole community or an expert panel to provide structured feedback on the refined ideas
Top Ideas
Announce and celebrate ideas that shine – those with the most potential for impact
Impact
Keep your community in the loop with stories of implementation and impact

Research phase

Invite your community to explore the challenge topic by submitting stories, insight, learnings and existing solutions.

Ideas phase

Your community will then use what they’ve learnt in the previous phase to come up with a multitude of ideas and solutions.

Refinement & Evaluation

A selection of the best ideas are improved through testing, prototyping and feedback from the community & experts. 

Top ideas

Announce and celebrate your top ideas – those with the most potential for impact.

Impact phase

Keep your community in the loop with stories of implementation and impact.

Our methodology

Design thinking

It’s IDEO’s trusted innovation process that takes you from insights to ideas through to prototyping and ultimately real-world impact.

What do we mean by 

Collaborative innovation

It’s the act of involving large groups of people in insights-gathering and creative problem-solving.

How do you grow 

Creative cultures

By introducing our IDEO approach to everyone in your organisation, you will spark creative confidence – the key to innovation and change.

We know

Engagement is key

You can't just give people a tool and expect them to use it. Our team of engagement specialists will help you run successful collaborative challenges with your network. 

Consulting

Your success = our mission

OI Engine is much more than an innovation tool. You’ll have access IDEO experts in organisational transformation, human-centred design, innovation and online community engagement. Meet the team

Amanda Briden
Head of Consulting
Irene Nocivelli
Consultant
Meena Kadri
Community Engagement Specialist

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