Jul 07, 2014

Water Council Launches Water Collaborative Innovation Platform

The Water Collaborative Innovation Platform was showcased at The Water Council’s Water Summit 2014 in Milwaukee

Water Collaborative Innovation Platform Water Council

The Water Council, the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the innovationExchange and inno360 have formed a partnership to expand Milwaukee’s global presence in water innovation and leadership. By harnessing the power of collaborative innovation technologies, together they will increase and improve public-private sector water-related collaborative research. This system links the knowledge economy with the innovation economy by providing an interface for academics, industry, investors and manufacturers.

The Water Collaborative Innovation Platform, showcased during The Water Council’s Water Summit 2014 in Milwaukee, is a Web-based search, innovation management and analytics tool that will enable water industry and academic researchers worldwide to conduct mining of water research information. The platform will access data from a large landscape of resources and increase the speed of information transfer—from weeks to hours—leading to increased research productivity.

“Quite simply, the Water Collaborative Innovation Platform supercharges any web search engine with advanced search algorithms, content categorization and visualization technologies to put Water Council members at a significant advantage when seeking global solutions and global leaders,” said Dean Amhaus, president & CEO, of The Water Council. “The water challenges that the world is facing are diverse and addressing these challenges is a daunting task. We believe that organizations such as The Water Council, enabled through this platform, can pull the best minds from around the world in diverse disciplines to successfully address them.”

The platform will be managed by The Water Council and powered by inno360, which is utilized by more than 20 global companies to address their most significant innovation challenges and opportunities. Incorporating the best practices of its founders and augmented by its initial collaborators, Procter & Gamble, General Mills and the U.S. Air Force; inno360’s innovation management technology will enable The Water Council’s members to rapidly expand their reach and collaborative research with leading public and private organizations, foundations and academics around the globe. The platform will be the first inno360 innovation exchange to access Elsevier’s Research Intelligence platform of extensive water-related content and unique analytics.

“Underpinning collaborative exchanges has been a core part of our technology from the beginning,” said Douglas Schaedler, inno360’s CEO. “Since inno360’s inception, we have been working with the world’s most innovative companies to solve the most pressing commercial problems of product, market and policy. Our clients have asked us to find ways to establish more effective research coordination and collaboration with academia. With the Water Collaborative Innovation Platform, we can now literally connect these dots on your computer screen.”