World Maker Faire New York 2013

Collaboration in an Open Innovation Environment: Designers in Thingiverse

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Product designers increasingly contribute their work to remix communities, communities in which designs are shared, modified, combined and implemented. Our study focuses on a community called Thingiverse, in which designers share files that can be used to create 3D printed objects. Our analysis suggests that analysis of remix network structure may provide ways of tracing innovation processes and detecting the emergence of new ideas, combination of disparate ideas. As a result, it may be possible to encourage innovation by guiding interested inventors toward potential pairs of structurally separated and conceptually diverse ideas.


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Harris Kyriakou — PhD Student

Stevens Institute of Technology

Harris Kyriakou is a 3rd year PhD student at Stevens Institute of Technology. His research interests include diffusion of open innovation, 3D printing, social computing and crowdsourcing.