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SENSORICA at Open Design Conference in Hong Kong

posted Jan 23, 2017, 10:50 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu   [ updated May 3, 2017, 11:57 PM ]

Maria Frangos M.S. Design and SENSORICA affiliate, presented at Open Design of E-very-thingpart of the Cumulus series of design conferences, which was held at the Hong Kong Institute of Design in late November 2016. Our short paper was submitted to the track Open Design for Engagement:

"The novelty, diversity and complexity of current social challenges and the contexts in which they are situated demands similar diversity of interventions to address them. Multiple and diverse proposals are most readily generated via the involvement of many different people, with many different perspectives and resources, contributing to the process of innovation. These are the tenets of “open innovation” – that by “opening up” the innovation process – the process of coming up with, implementing and exploiting new ideas – we can increase the diversity of, and capacity for, innovation within a (eco)system. To “open up” the innovation process to a diversity of actors – to democratise design innovation – a diversity of people must encounter the design process such that they can engage with and contribute to it. This track aims to explore these early stages within the collaborative innovation journey. Enquiring into the strategies that are applied to support the assembly and formation of publics, from which design coalitions may precipitate. We ask “What are the methods, tools and approaches that favour encounter and foster engagement – and ultimately participation - in ‘open’ processes of collaborative enquiry, visioning and production?” From living labs to design performances - we are interested in the platforms and practices that “stage” these encounters and engagements. We also welcome the sharing of examples, as well as reflections and theories as to what works in what contexts - how, why and for whom." 

Short report

Paul BardiniPhD student from Brisbane, Australia also presented work on open source hardware, along with MariaAside from them, most attendees were not versed with open source methodologies. The term open or openness was interpreted more as a general approach to inclusion, rather than a methodological approach. The other presenters showed work spanning from fashion design and making to urban typography and heritage, with a unifying focus on engagement.

Our paper will be published this spring, see below. 

Larger context

SENSORICA has been prototyping relations with academic labs for the past 6 years. The body of these relations form an interface between the crowd and academia. In our opinion, Open Science is a set of practices that reach beyond institutional borders, hence the need of these interfaces. 

The PV characterization project presented at this conference is the most recent iteration of this sort of interface. Past iterations have been built around ENGAGE grants with McGillEcole PolytechniqueMontreal Heart Institute

SENSORICA is the only open (innovation) network we know that has gone so far into prototyping interfaces with traditional institutions, academic, private and governmental - see this document for more. This is still a work in progress. At every iteration we have learned something new and adjusted our OVN model. This 6 years long process has provided SENSORICA with a valuable insight into the meshing between what we call the new economy and the traditional economy, in a period of transition. 

Traditional institutions that are embarking on a path of institutional change need, in our opinion, to start by building bridges with the new type of organisations (connect to the crowd through interfaces like SENSORICA), and through these bridges get infused of new structural elements, methodologies, tools, etc. in order to inform and fuel their own transformation.  

Get all papers here

SENSORICA featured in the documentary "A new economy"

posted Oct 9, 2016, 1:10 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu   [ updated Oct 9, 2016, 1:14 AM ]


A New Economy

October, 2016

A documentary about the collaborative economy, featuring SENSORICA and ENSPIRAL, among other initiatives. 


producer Trevor Meier

Trevor Meier

Watch trailer


Meeting in Ottawa to help the Canadian Liberal Government understand the participatory economy

posted Jun 24, 2016, 7:48 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 9:58 PM ]

Monday, June the 20th, 2016, 
Jim Anastassiou and Tiberius Brastaviceanu met with the cabinet of minister Bains on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, to inform the Canadian Federal Government of issues related to the emergence of the participatory economy. 
This meeting was organized by David Lametti, member of Parliament from Verdun, who is following SENSORICA since 2013. We invited to this meeting John Macdonald from Robco Inc and Dhafir Burhan from eVision, two vanguard companies that already interface with the SENSORICA OVN and are experimenting with new participatory economy practices, as well as Alexandre Bigot from OuiShare Quebec. The composition of this delegation was designed to demonstrate the relevance of SENSORICA in today's transition economy and its alignment with the future.  

Our message was very well received. SENSORICA was seen as a "very innovative model for innovation", covering everything from open science, open innovation to peer production. The OVN model, its current reality and its potential will be discussed in the Parliament to create new legislation that will foster the development of the participatory economy. We will continue to help the cabinet of Minister Bains by sharing our knowledge, our experiences, and our opinions. 

The invitation to Canada's Parliament Hill comes one year after our meeting at the White House.

Also note that the SENSORICA initiative will support Canada playing a lead role in international standards development on OVN. In this context, it should be noted that the OVN work will input directly into international ISO standards development, namely, ISO/IEC 15944-15 "Information technology - Business Operational View - Part 15: Ope Value Networks(OVN): Integrated perspective on Open-edi, eBusiness, blockchain and distributed transactions". The lead international ISO Project Editor : Prof. William McCarthy, with Jake Knoppers as one of two Co-Project Editors. The international ISO standards committee responsible here is ISO/IEC JTC1/SC32/WG1 (where JTC1 = Joint ISO, IEC = Technical Committee on Information technology, SC = Data Management & Interchange, WG1 = eBusiness)

Presentation used during the meeting

Colloque de mobilisation des connaissances sur les thèmes de la collaboration et de l'innovation

posted Oct 30, 2015, 7:44 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu   [ updated Oct 30, 2015, 8:32 AM ]

SENSORICA affiliates have been invited at "Colloque de mobilisation des connaissances sur les thèmes de la collaboration et de l'innovation" organized by POINT, MOSAIC/HEC and PARTICIP. 

Among guests, two important consortia: CRIAQ/CARIC and NovaCentris (former iNono). 

Our presentation: by Tiberius Brastaviceanu and Fabio Balli


SENSORICA affiliates are invited at Impact Economy

posted Sep 7, 2015, 12:30 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu   [ updated Jun 8, 2017, 5:03 PM ]

25 world leading thinkers and doers have been invited to the Impact Economy Summit in Whistler, BC, Canada, between October 5th and 9th, to design new and cutting edge business models based on peer-to-peer theory and practices. This event is organized by The Citizen Media.

"Inspirations and ideas throughout the week will be recorded through a Systems Diagram, Podcasts produced by award winning Quebec based filmmaker Samer Beyhum, and a Documentary directed by Inspirational Film Artists and New Paradigm Storytellers J’aime Gianopoulos and Ian MacKenzie."

Sound recordings

Open soundtracks

Presentation of SENSORICA


Pictures from the event

In preparation for the event

Impact Economy: Pre-Summit Podcasts

SENSORICA Presents: pioneering open innovation at the White House

posted Jun 14, 2015, 3:39 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 7:16 PM ]

On June the 11th, 2015, SENSORICA co-founder Tiberius Brastaviceanu was invited to the White House, Eisenhower Executive Office, to discuss the open value network model pioneered by SENSORICA.

Hosted by Jenn Gustetic, Assistant Director for Open Innovation, the focus of the discussion was around collaborative crowdsourcing models and interfaces between open communities and traditional institutions.

SENSORICA's open value network, or ‘OVN model’, with its network resource planning and contribution accounting system (NRP-CAS), allows collaborative crowdsourcing at large scale. The system allows people and organizations to collaborate on the best possible solutions by rewarding them fairly in proportion to their contribution. This stands in contrast with the XPrize crowdsourcing model (used by NASA), which produces one solution as a result of a competition, instead of capturing the value of collaboration and leveraging the work of the cohort.

The White House is looking into how to make open communities and networks play a more efficient role in our society. Since the advent of the Internet there is a growing role for open communities in culture, education, and innovation. Open source hardware communities are driving industries like 3D printing and consumer drones, which are both groundbreaking technologies. SENSORICA is a working model in the evolution of open source communities, with infrastructure, methodologies, governance and legal structures adapted to bridge the model to traditional institutions. The open value network model makes SENSORICA a viable, reliable, accountable and auditable open source community.  

We used the following slide deck as a visual support for our discussion.

Open Science at RQEMP

posted Aug 26, 2014, 3:49 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu   [ updated Aug 26, 2014, 4:09 PM ]


On Friday 22 August, 2014 Tibi presented Open Science and the Future of Academia at the RQEMP summer school



SENSORICA and the OVN model presented at POINT

posted May 15, 2014, 11:18 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 7:21 PM ]

On May 14th SENSORICA and the OVN model were presented (by Tibi) at POINT - Atelier de cocréation et d’innovation. We also actively participated in a workshop where attendees were given the chance to understand the contribution accounting system and to apply it to a fictional case (see embedded document below). Five workshops were running in parallel on different topics around open innovation. We got great feedback and we were pleased to see that other groups picked up the contribution accounting system and integrated it into their own cases, along with other ideas.  

Among the participants, we had representatives of companies and consortia, as well as academics, all eager to learn more about open innovation. The working definition of open innovation was very broad. I (Tibi) presented the more restricted concept of open source innovation

One interesting observation - see Tibi's post on the SENSORICA Blog

Sensorica at Salon International des Innovations, Quebec

posted Apr 11, 2014, 2:19 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu   [ updated Apr 16, 2014, 10:46 AM ]

We were in  Quebec city from 11th to 13 April. See conference program

Presentation of SENSORICA and OVN model

OuiShare Fest 2014: SENSORICA and the OVN model presented

posted Apr 10, 2014, 5:16 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu   [ updated Jul 17, 2014, 11:19 AM ]

 presented his opinions and vision of SENSORICA and the OVN model at OuiShare Fest (from 5 to 7th May, 2014). See schedule.
We also participated in at the Ouishare Lab Camp which took place before the Fest, from the 1th to the 4th of May.
The Open Value Network model has been nominated at OuiShare Awards - open official announcement.


See more pictures on Flickr and on eventifier

 From the fest 
 From the Lab Camp


more to come...



Main presentation: on May 6, 4:30PM (Paris time)

Work, distributed: horizontal, liquid & collaborative organizations
To be presented on 7 May, 10:30am (Paris time)

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