Published: Oct 28, 2009
At first-ever conference on Collaborative Innovative Networks (COINs), participants attended workshops on coolhunting, collaboration and design thinking.
SCAD hosted the first-ever conference on Collaborative Innovative Networks (COINs), Oct. 8-11, 2009, bringing together a multi-disciplinary, international group of practitioners, researchers and students of the emerging science of collaboration. Partnering with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Wayne State University, SCAD welcomed 84 attendees from eight countries to the conference.
“COINs2009, the first ever conference of its kind, was a success on many levels,” said Christine Miller, SCAD professor of design management. “The value of interdisciplinary collaborative innovation networks that were highlighted at this conference is their capacity to formulate integrative perspectives that create new scientific communities. As designers we welcome the opportunities and challenges of this exciting new frontier.”
Participants attended workshops on coolhunting, collaboration and design thinking, and paper sessions by 39 speakers, whose topics ranged from knowledge flow and leadership networks to collaborative culture and service innovation.
Keynote speaker Thomas W. Malone spoke of new organizational designs that maximize technology opportunities to shape the future of business and work.
Survey feedback from participants echoed the relevance of the conference. “The wonderful, real world applications and the success of COINs within those applications.” “The diverse and inspiring atmosphere at SCAD, and people from different backgrounds and countries coming together under one roof.” “The idea of a collective intelligence and what that means for the future of problem solving/design.”