We operate in a world of ecosystems where we have to be able to partner and share elements of digital progress: when we share data, we co-create the future and this collaboration truly realizes the potential of digital transformation.
Open Innovation is about taking an “ecosystem thinking” approach to innovation, by collaborating with partners, for example customers, suppliers, regulators, start-ups, universities to name a few. It also means that every Wärtsilian can play a role in innovation, whether in the ideation or implementation phase.
Wärtsilä-wide collaborative innovation platform SPARK collects ideas in a transparent and efficient way and gives all employees the opportunity to be a part of the transparent ideation process. Everyone can contribute to the ideas by commenting and voting even without an idea of their own.
Wärtsilä is building the Smart Technology Hub, a new centre of research, product development and production, in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa. The Smart Technology Hub is the latest tangible step in Wärtsilä's vision of smart shipping and a smart energy sector and it will invite other operators in the sectors and researchers to collaborate. The vision is to create a partners' campus where research and product development take place in tandem with Wärtsilä's customers and suppliers, start-ups in the sector and universities.
Venturing is a collaboration framework that acts as a bridge between Wärtsilä and innovative & distruptive startups. Our Venture Model enables us to engage with startups and growth companies into fruitful collaboration and discover new growth opportunities.