Helping SME to understand the technological possibilities of DiDIY going beyond the technological virtuosities

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The problem is…

Companies did not have correct information about the potentialities of new technologies and do not always have the mindset to understand this in depth.

The proposed solution might apply when

Companies need to innovate with new knowledge linked to the new technologies and the new generations. In some cases, for the company, technology must not be the starting point but a means to generate innovation in a responsible and ethical way. When we talk about innovation in the industrial field, we mean a change that is not only generating improvements, cost optimization, turnover and better performances, but is also developing competitiveness.

The solution proposed is…

An openness of companies towards the world of DiDIY allows the possibility of becoming aware of the possibility and potential offered by this phenomenon and to understand which innovative aspects to take into the company, how to integrate them and which to keep outside. A solution is that companies’ workers connect with Fablabs, maker spaces, hacker spaces, etc., i.e. places which enclose the spirit and the attitude of digital DIY, through paths of immersion in the context that allow the working attitude to carry out the potential of the phenomenon. In addition, as these places are very close and sensitive to changes in society, by attracting a network of people who take part in and actively create change, they perform above all the function of a litmus test for the companies on what is happening in the area and on the evolutions that take place in the social fabric.

The expected outcome is…

SME become able to enhance Europe’s competitive edge on an international level. Companies get closer to new ways of self-learning, work and project management typical of the digital environment.

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External know-how points, such as FabLabs, Makers Space, Research centre, are very important for the growth of companies, which can decide to start a new form of collaboration keeping outside some skills instead of bringing them inside. Companies own and preserve specific tacit and local knowledge that are often linked to manual skills and craftsmanship, fundamental in the DIDIY practice. It is, therefore, important to understand how to enhance them through digital technology.

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