Internal Open Innovation
The experience at Zodiac Aerospace of conceiving, launching and managing a pilot Open Innovation Challenge contest for all 30,000 employees in 100 facilities spread around the globe. The challenge topic was broad and general, allowing any employee to participate in this internal OI test program. Over 2,500 employees registered to participate and over 600 new product ideas were loaded on the online platform during the eight-week challenge. Fifteen internal Experts and Fellows were 'Technical Specialists', supporting real-time, active feedback to those who entered product ideas. A jury made up of the top executives of the corporation, including the Chairman selected the winning ideas.