The European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009

By Valerie

Creativity and Innovation YearThe other  week at an event organized by the UK Parliament, I met with Damini Kumar, designer, inventor, and lecturer at NUI Maynooth, where she is program director of product design.

Damini KumarDamini was appointed ambassador for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009, along with several CEOs, dancers, musicians, biologists …

The European Year of Creativity and Innovation is a European Commission initiative with the  objective to raise awareness of the importance of creativity and innovation for personal, social and economic development; to disseminate good practices; to stimulate education and research, and to promote policy debate on related issues.

Damini presented the Manifesto for Creativity and Innovation in Europe that was drawn up by the 27 ambassadors.

The manifesto makes seven recommendations to foster creativity and innovation in Europe:

  1. Nurture creativity in a lifelong learning process where theory and practice go hand in hand.
  2. Make schools and universities places where students and teachers engage in creative thinking and learning by doing.
  3. Transform workplaces into learning sites.
  4. Promote a strong, independent and diverse cultural sector that can sustain intercultural dialogue.
  5. Promote scientific research to understand the world, improve people’s lives and stimulate innovation.
  6. Promote design processes, thinking and tools, understanding the needs, emotions, aspirations and abilities of users.
  7. Support business innovation that contributes to prosperity and sustainability.

When I read this manifesto, I could not help but think that 3D is key to these recommendations. You don’t picture how? Well, go ahead and add “3D to” at the beginning of each of these recommendations:

  1. 3D to nurture creativity in a lifelong learning process where theory and practice go hand in hand.
  2. 3D to make schools and universities places where students and teachers engage in creative thinking and learning by doing.
  3. 3D to transform workplaces into learning sites.
  4. 3D to promote a strong, independent and diverse cultural sector that can sustain intercultural dialogue.
  5. 3D to promote scientific research to understand the world, improve people’s lives and stimulate innovation.
  6. 3D to promote design processes, thinking and tools, understanding the needs, emotions, aspirations and abilities of users.
  7. 3D to support business innovation that contributes to prosperity and sustainability.

Do you agree that 3D is a key to creativity and innovation?

How are you using 3D to foster creativity and innovation?

Valérie

Valerie Bleriot headshotValerie Ferret works as part of Dassault Systèmes’ Global Affairs and Communities team.

Social Intelligence and Analytics

By Oleg

Social software is growing fast and becoming more and more important. If you haven’t had a chance to see our previous post about Social Innovation, you can do it here. So, our social dimension becomes one of the keys  to establish working relationships, innovation and process management.

However, social software brings new complications in our life. The growing amount of social-related information can simply shout down your workday. You can spend your working day connecting with people via social networks and communities, following Twitter messages and others.

How can we live efficiently in the ocean of social information and how can we get more value from social networks – I think this is a key question we’ll need to answer in the near future. I’d like to bring a few examples of applications from very basic and known to newcomers and innovators that explore the domain I call Social Intelligence.

My first example is pretty obvious. I’m sure you are using Google. However, an interesting new feature you can explore with Google Social Search. When you’re logged in into your Google Profile, all your searches become “social”, so you can see information related to you from different social dimensions- blogs, social networks etc.

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Another example. If you are on Twitter, you may find it difficult to run after all your connections and messages. However, if you want to focus on a specific area, domain or information you can use Twitter Search. Twitter search will allow you simply find all relevant tweets according to the keywords. In addition to that you will be able to convert results of your search as RSS feed and follow them up in your RSS reader.

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From the area of well know and established tools I’d like to move to less known companies in the domain of social analytic software. There are many new and  innovative companies exploring the social domain these days and , of course, will not be able to go after all of them. However, I’d like to flash in front of your some interesting examples that drove my attention from company called Trampoline Systems.

So, I’m sure you will be able to get advantages of existing tools and feature in Google and Twitter, so your  social connections will run faster and more efficiently as well as explore new fields of social intelligence. I see a significant value that social analytic software can bring to our everyday lives, and I’m sure we’ll see more and more examples in the future.

What are some others that you like?

Best, Oleg

3DVIA Mobile 1.1: What’s Better

By Kate

Hi there,

I just met with Gerald so he could show me 3DVIA Mobile 1.1.  There are a couple of nice new features I like and hope you’ll enjoy.

For example, you can email your 3D mashup to folks directly from 3DVIA Mobile.

Or, when you import a 3D model into your photo, no matter the lighting of the photo, dark, bright or anything in between, the lighting of the 3D model automatically adjusts.  Yes, we have perfect lighting, Mesdames, Messieurs.

And here’s one for the digitally challenged: if you’re not multi-touch fluent, i.e. you can’t easily command an object’s size and placement with two fingers, in one click you can access zoom, pan and rotate buttons to help you.

Flying plane

So that’s what I-the-amateur like best.  But here are a few things Gerald-the-expert prefers:

  • Full screen 3D display for a more immersive experience
  • iPhone 3GS supports models with 100,000 triangles for more complexity and definition
  • You can levitate objects, which is very useful to make airplanes fly in your living room!

You like?

There’s more of course, but you didn’t think I’d tell you everything, did you?  ;-)

Go get 3DVIA Mobile 1.1 and discover the rest by using it!  It’s a FREE upgrade for those already sporting 3DVIA Mobile.

And for newbies, it’ll cost ya a whopping $1.99, although sorry, no set of knives with that.

Best,

Kate



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