In line with the Wikimedia Movement's Strategic Direction
, the Innovation Engine is designed as an open participatory mechanism that should bring together Wikimedia communities, other Wikimedia chapters, external partner organizations and potential free knowledge enthusiasts to gather input and develop new products and tools for free knowledge. In the end, it should drive innovations and therefore strengthen the movement towards its overarching mission.
We opted for an accelerator as the most suitable approach and adapted it to WMDE strategic direction. This particular approach gives us the opportunity to fast-forward ideas and solutions through ideation, rapid prototyping, testing and iteration. With this, we assume to gather pace towards innovation.
In June 2019, we kick-started the Innovation Engine as a pilot. In this pilot, we want to test our assumptions behind the concept and explore what formats, frameworks and/or methods works best for
- co-creative ideation and evaluation of ideas
- rapid prototyping and testing
- sustainably implementing tested ideas.
The Innovation Engine consists of three components that build on each other:
Coming up with new ideas!
Develop, challenge and evolve ideas in reality!
Build and grow sustainably!
||We run research to identify "knowledge barriers" and call on the free knowledge enthusiasts - in- and outside the Wikimedia communities - to brainstorm and ideate new solutions and approaches that will tackle our challenges.
||Through rapid prototyping, we want to quickly build, test and iterate those ideas in order to learn which ones work, which ones can grow, and which ones don’t.
||This phase is intended to help early-stage innovations refine and develop their Unique Seling Point (USP) and business model through expert coaching, 1-2-1 mentoring and other input from the movement.
||We will have identified and shortlisted ideas, which will then be turned into prototypes and tested in the next phase.
||We will have developed prototypes and demos or even Minimum Viable Product(s) (MVPs) in the form of products, services or activation measures.
||We will have supported early-stage innovation to transform to (financially) independent entities.