Workshop: "The impacts of digital transformation on innovation across sectors"


21 - 22 September 2017, London, Digital Catapult Centre



The TIP Project on Digital and Open Innovation      

Digital transformation is affecting the entire economy in multiple ways: new business models are emerging, firms modify how they engage in innovation processes, and capabilities at the heart of firms’ activities are rapidly changing. This offers both opportunities and challenges for different actors in innovation ecosystems.

Such changes raise fundamental questions for policy: “What is the role of innovation policies in the digital transformation?”. Addressing this question is the objective of the OECD TIP project on Digital and Open Innovation (2017-18). Answering this question also requires understanding the new forms of innovation arising across and within sectors, and how these affect different actors (e.g. SMEs); as well as the characteristics of collaboration for innovation between industry and public research at local, national and global levels emerging in the new context. 


Draft Agenda (PDF)


Objectives of the workshop


This workshop will provide inputs to the TIP Digital and Open Innovation project by offering insights on: 

  • The changes in business models and innovation dynamics across sectors, and their impacts on different actors;
  • The role of technology intermediaries in technology development and diffusion;
  • The framework conditions and policy instruments needed to develop vibrant innovative ecosystems; and
  • The role of smart cities in the new context, and their impacts on territorial inclusiveness.


Thursday, 21 September

9h00 - 9h30: Opening & Introduction to the workshop

  • Welcoming from organisers 
  • Introduction to the workshop and objectives
  • Tour de table
  • Q&A

9h30 - 10h00: Initiatives in support of the digital transformation of the economy in the UK

  • Presentation on public support to the digital transformation in the UK, incl. specifically activities of Digital Catapult
  • Q&A

10h00 - 12h00: Panel 1 - Practitioners’ perspective on new business models and innovation dynamics across sectors

Questions to be addressed by the panel:

  • What are new business models across sectors ranging from services to manufacturing? 
  • What are challenges and opportunities for different actors within those sectors, notably SMEs?
  • What are impacts on innovation processes, including in particular new forms of collaborations?


Conceptual framework to compare business model changes and their implications on innovation

12h00 – 13h00: Lunch break

13h00 – 14h30: Panel 2 – Smart cities and regions in the digital transformation: how to insure inclusive developments?

Questions to be addressed by the panel:

  • What role do dynamic urban environments play addressing the wider societal goals of sustainable development in the context of digital transformation?
  • Smart cities and territorial inclusiveness: How can small/peripheral cities become smart cities? What role can policy play?
  • Smart cities as living labs for the implementation of new technologies: can they support a new way of designing policies? 


14h30 – 15h00: Coffee break

15h00 - 16h30: Panel 3 - Policies for technology development and diffusion: What models facilitate the digital transformation?

Questions to be addressed by the panel:

  • What are examples of public-sector-led technology development for the digital transformation? Why were those developments not done by the private sector? How did they take on board multi-disciplinarity?
  • What programmes best facilitate technology diffusion? What are the challenges and obstacles to successfully implement those policies? 


16h30 - 18h00: Immersive Lab

Friday, 22 September

9h00 –11h00 : Panel 4 - What policy framework conditions and instruments are needed to develop vibrant innovative eco-systems?

Questions to be addressed by the panel:

  • What specific challenges should public policy address to enable the context of digital transformation?
  • What are implications of different impacts across sectors, firms and geographic spaces on most suitable instruments at regional and national levels? 

11h00 – 11h30: Coffee break

11h30 – 12h15: Wrap up and final discussions

12h15 – 13h00: Lunch break

13h00 – 15h00: Discussions of the TIP Steering Group

  • Project outline following the June TIP Meeting
  • Integration of inclusiveness dimension in the project: possible options
  • Case studies: themes and templates
  • Next steps (including workshops) 

Practical information

Digital Catapult

101 Euston Road is located on the south side of Euston Road directly opposite The British Library, between King’s Cross St Pancras and Euston stations. The building is a few minutes walk away from both stations.

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