Under the motto, "Open Science, Open Innovation, Open to the world", Europe has outlined a clear vision for Research and Innovation in the digital age. Openness is the key to becoming more collaborative, efficient, transparent and inclusive, for the benefit of all: researchers, citizens, policy-makers, funding bodies and the private sector.
It's a beautiful idea, but how do we put this into practice? Much of the innovation in this space comes from open and collaborative practices that have developed around the free and open source software movements, hackerspaces, maker and DIY culture. Through real-world research these communities, both on- and offline, have been iterating and evolving the tools and practices for open transdisciplinary collaboration.
But how can hacker culture, which emerged as a challenge to authority, and traditional institutions come together? What happens when open practices are adopted and adapted by institutions so called, "soft hacking"?
In this session, we will look at the role of new spaces and initiatives at the crossroads of these different worlds. We will present case studies of projects where institutional actors (private sector, public research centers and universities) connect with new spaces (biohacker spaces), events (hackathon, data sprint), communities (DIY communities, artists, clinicians, entrepreneurs) and infrastructures (open science platforms). Each project will share two versions of their story: their success and their failures.