Final #innovate2038 game roundup

Amazing #Innovate2038 community:

This truly counts as making-the-future. The #Innovate2038 game ended at 9pm PT / midnight ET last night, with a final tally of 9,958 ideas from 543 players representing 53 countries. And this wasn’t just about quantity—we’re totally floored by the quality of the ideas and innovations, discussions and collaborations that you co-created over the past 36 hours to make the future.

Official Awards: Finalists & Winners

For the four #Innovate2038 official awards, we’ve narrowed our almost 10,000 ideas to a few nominees for each award. Find out if you’re a finalist—or an award winner!

And huge congratulations to player Hathor, who not only won the most points on the #Innovate2038 leaderboard but was also the Most Followed Player by others in the game and had the highest number of cards marked Most Interesting by our game guides. And our heartiest congratulations and appreciation to:

  • NullDeco
  • Gardener
  • JimmyLP
  • BagelX
  • plan_then
  • jkimhan
  • SaschaGoto
  • mackenziedickson
  • mary.hart
  • acclouse
  • DiaZero
  • jogger1031
  • michele
  • April, and
  • Cosmic_Mitch


Let’s keep this conversation going with the game’s hashtag of #innovate2038. Many of you are tweeting already, and if you’d like to connect to others, tweet your name in the game along with #innovate2038.

And, be sure to track more updates from the game and more work on the future of research and innovation by following the Industrial Research Institute (@iriwebFacebook) and the Institute for the Future (@iftfFacebook). We’ll also update the #Innovate2038 game blog with the raw data from the idea cards and more analysis of the most interesting themes from the game.

Enjoy the weekend innovators, you all deserve it.

—Team Innovate2038

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Value of Research Vanguard 2038 award!

IRI_Badges-04The #Innovate2038 game wasn’t just about the how of research & innovation, but also why—keeping our work relevant and engaging even more people in the process, and ultimately posing the question of how research can become a global shared movement. That’s what we were looking for as a Value of Research Vanguard.


Our finalists are:

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Thanks to Bablakey, Cypher, jkimhan, thewheatengineer, plan_then, Adam_Vraves for thinking big about the future of research.

Award Winner

But our winner is Wendy both for her original idea card of a global ‘curiosity network’ and, particularly, for the scenario from the future of 2038 that Wendy wrote to bring this idea to life, a story of a botanist named Bao Wen who taps into a distributed real-time network of curious people around the world exploring the properties of the heliconia flower.

Wendy, we are proud to name you the #Innovate2038 Value of Research Vanguard. You make the case for a grand future of research & innovation that involves everyone

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Project Management Pioneer 2038 Award!

IRI_Badges-01The prefix “micro” came up quite a lot during #Innovate2038 game play—micro-contributions, micro-work, micro-investment, micro-learning, micro-currency, micro-contracts…you get where this is going. We are already living in a world where media and information is being consumed in smaller and smaller bits (think 140 character contributions a la twitter or Foresight Engine or 6-second videos from Vine). With even more data and micro-bits to deal with come 2038, some of the biggest questions facing R&I will be how do we make sense of, streamline, and gain insight from all of these micro-bits? and what is the right balance of technology and human skill? There were some great Project Management Pioneers amongst our players.


Here some of the finalists:


Players RobertP, Kaamoslandia, Complexity, and Batman present super interesting ideas on how we will be able to elevate our R&D efforts in 2038. Definitely some important food for thought moving forward.

Award Winners

However, I would like co-award two players—delta.bravo and Hathor—as our winning Project Management Pioneers. Each of these players posted cards that sparked robust conversations relating to the future of project management. Let’s take a peek:

delta.bravo’s recommends all research platforms—across all fields—be streamlined. Any information entered in one database could easily be combined and compared with others. Delta.bravo builds on the idea in subsequent cards.

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Last but certainly not least is Hathor’s card, which sparked one of the most robust conversations in the entire game (it was the second largest build in the game!). Hathor pushes us to think about the possibilities presented to us in a world where we have direct brain to brain communication. From understanding what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes to collaborating with people across the world to concerns about privacy and brain-hacking, Hathor definitely got players thinking about the world in 2038.

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Congratulations to all our Project Management Pioneers! Thanks for helping us make the future on #Innovate2038

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Talent Management Trailblazer 2038 Award!

IRI_Badges-03….goes to Hathor, for his or her contribution of the following card:

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The award isn’t so much for the individual idea as the fascinating chain of conversation Hathor sparked around the importance of place in shaping innovation. For example, participants suggested that we could imagine new kinds of settings, such as hotels designed to enable groups to come together to innovate.

Others took issue with the suggestion: For example, Nasapiri suggested that live-work innovation communities could be too insular:

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What both authors are getting at is a set of questions that will be fundamental to talent management in the next 25 years. How much do casual connections in central places matter to new ideas? How valuable will in-person work be in a world where the best talent in the world can be summoned virtually? Or, put differently, in a world where it will be possible to innovate without personal relationships, will personal relationships really matter?


Special thanks to some of the other nominees for the Talent Trailblazer Award 2038, in no particular order:

Rasa for advocating an innovation kibbutz:

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Wasserperson for starting a conversation about the role of the university in the future of innovation:

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Another suggestion from Hathor about rethinking what are traditionally called mental “disabilities” as intellectual assets:

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Finally, Karl_Schroeder suggested that using apps and other nudges can help us overcome our own cognitive limitations and become more innovative thinkers:

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Thanks again to everyone who participated–and congratulations on generating such a rich variety of ideas about talent management!

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Portfolio Management Mover 2038 Award!

IRI_Badges-02One of the critical challenges for research and innovation over the next 25 years will be striking the right balance of investments and approaches—balancing quantitative research with human intuition, internal efforts with external thinking partners, fast responses with slow incubations, open IP balanced with closed and proprietary. Lean too much in one direction, or overlook an emerging area that ultimately pays off, and you potentially miss the next big opportunity to make the future.


Our finalists for Portfolio Manager Mover 2038:

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Congratulations BudiCypher, and SaschaGoto.

Award Winners

For this award there’s a tie <audience gasps> between jlindenger and RDRoadWarrior, for two sharp and provocative ideas from the future of organizations and research portfolios that have found sustainable ways to open up the current status quo of intellectual property.

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#innovate2038 is…closed!

Here’s the final tally for 36 hours of #innovate2038:

  • 543 players
  • 9,958 ideas
  • 53 countries represented

Congratulations to all of our players, including those at the top of our leaderboards. Rememeber to follow our hashtag #innovate2038 on Twitter, and our two organizations sponsoring this game—the Industrial Research Institute and the Institute for the Future—will tweet the latest updates and final results.


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90 minutes left of #Innovate2038 gameplay!

To the awesome #Innovate2038 community:


Three words: you. all. rock. We’re at just over 9000 ideas from over 500 players in 50 countries. And this isn’t just a quantity game—we’re totally floored by the quality of the ideas and innovations, discussions and collaborations that have you all have co-created here over the past 34.5 hours.

We’ll post final-final numbers later tonight and winners of the four #Innovate2038 Awards tomorrow, Sept 27.
To stay connected to the #Innovate2038 community and the latest updates from the game, follow our hashtag #innovate2038 on Twitter, and our two organizations sponsoring this game—the Industrial Research Institute and the Institute for the Future—will tweet the latest updates and final results.

But the game isn’t over yet! You know those crazy ideas you’ve been holding back, those wacky forecasts for how we’ll do research and innovation in the next 25 years? This is the time! See you for the last time in the game!

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#Freetizen story telling!

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Player DiaZero uses powerful storytelling to convince another player of the #Freetizen model.  Can you tell a story to make your case more persuasive?

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Valuing Ideas and Contributions

With the rise of the sharing economy, open source communities, and crowdsourcing, alternative currencies are on the verge of changing the way we value contributions. The value of trust and the web-based Bitcoin are already being debated, and IFTF’s Executive Director, Marina Gorbis, forecasts our reputation will be the currency of the future.

What does this look like for the research and innovation community?

Hathor suggests establishing an R&D Bank to house ideas, funding, and payments for contributions. A one-stop shop could lead to more efficient funding and IP recognition.

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Alternative currencies could also be used for micro-contributions, perhaps linked with increasing overall “good” like tutoring children or volunteering at a hospital.Screen Shot 2013-09-26 at 2.46.54 PM

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Yet valuing contributions and using these currencies have their challenges:

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No doubt the future holds a different model than current publishing, funding, and payment models for research. Perhaps what’s most important to remember is these alternative currencies are really ideas about creating new communities of passion–geographically dispersed and intellectually diverse, yet connected by the challenge of solving problems.

What’s not to like about that future? Now let’s make it happen!


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Storytelling in the game!


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Player Wendy provides a clear story to illustrate a complex idea- that in the future, a global network that is aware of what people are working on will help expedite innovation.  Can you use stories to better illustrate your ideas??

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