Sustainable Open Innovation in Government: Practical Application in Cities and Beyond
May 26, 20161850 I Street NW – Room 12-220 Washington, DC

Join a conversation about how city and national governments are leveraging open innovation approaches to implement practical activities that address complex service delivery challenges in sustainable and citizen-centric ways.

Open innovation is a methodology to design and implement solutions collaboratively by engaging all stakeholders in an iterative and inclusive service design process. It has received growing recognition as a strategy to develop more inclusive, bottom up and impactful services that address complex challenges. Practitioners – such as city planners, national governments, and other stakeholders – are still exploring how these open innovation methodologies can be refined beyond broad concepts and translated into practical and sustainable policies and activities that improve service delivery in countries and municipalities.

Together with municipal and country leaders, the World Bank is pioneering and validating open innovation approaches in countries including Chile, Colombia, Egypt, and Lebanon. These activities leverage open innovation to develop tangible and actionable opportunities for government practitioners to work together with citizens to tackle intractable challenges in issues ranging from urban and governance to mobility and water. At the same time, innovation hubs like those in Finland, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and others are advancing the discourse of open innovation by applying it in cities to support entrepreneurship and build creative confidence among diverse stakeholders ranging from governments to academia.

On May 26, join these practitioners in a seminar that will demonstrate these case stories and explain how they developed a practical blueprint to leverage open innovation to address urban challenges, support entrepreneurship, and encourage inclusive development in cities and countries. Speakers will include government representatives from Chile, leaders from innovation hubs in Barcelona and Helsinki, and World Bank practitioners who are using open innovation approaches in their activities.

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Coffee and light breakfast will be served


Opening Remarks

Klaus Tilmes, Director, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank Group

Ming Zhang, Acting Director, Urban and Disaster Risk Management, World Bank Group


Open Innovation Applied to Cities in Chile

Pedro Vidal, Head of Smart City Unit, Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications, Chile

Victor Mulas, Program Lead, Innovation Acceleration, World Bank Innovation Labs

Philip Auerswald, Executive Director, Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN)*MODERATOR


Open Innovation to Solve City Challenges and Foster Entrepreneurship

Anna Majó, Barcelona City Hall

Jarmo Eskelinen, Future Cities Catapult

Katie Duda, Bloomberg Philanthropies – Government Innovation *MODERATOR


Open innovation applied in World Bank activities in Urban and Social Development, Health, and Transport sectors




Felipe Targa, Senior Urban Transport Specialist, World Bank Group

Jumana Qamruddin, Senior Health Specialist, World Bank Group

Jean Barroca, Open Innovation Consultant, World Bank Group

Adarsh Desai, Manager, Innovation Labs, World Bank*MODERATOR


Closing Remarks

Catalina Marulanda, Lead Urban Specialist and Co-Lead for Knowledge Silo-Breaker on Open Innovation in Cities, World Bank Group
Event Details
  • When: May 26, 2016
  • Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm
  • Where: 1850 I Street NW – Room 12-220