Ancient forms of Open Innovation
A refreshing article was posted on July 1st on the World Industrial Reporter website in relation with an earlier article by Innovation Excellence.
It mentions Open Innovations from… the 19th century !
And it is true that the Marine Chronometer was invented by John Harrison in answer to a UK parliament prize in the 18th century.
He simply won a contest as others do today on crowdsourcing and open innovation sites…
The article also mentions Margarine that was invented in the 19th century following to a public contest by Napoleon III as the country was lacking butter.
Maybe this wasn’t the best invention of the century :)