Company-Community Collaboration for Open Source Development of products and services


OPEN!NEXT enables SMEs to engage in company-community collaboration (C3) for means of co-development and market exploitation of Open Source Hardware (OSH) products and related services.

OSH is an increasingly viable approach to intellectual property management extending the principles of Open Source Software (OSS) to the domain of physical products. These principles support the development of products in transparent processes allowing for participation of non-institutional contributors such as consumers, makers and citizens; enabling the emergence of innovation ecosystems around the co-development of user-centric products.

This alternative organization of product development in OSS has been the template for the creation of a billion-euro economy that fuelled the fourth industrial revolution. Although OSH now has the potential to follow the same successful path, it has not found its way to mainstream business application yet.

OPEN!NEXT builds upon the vision that SMEs are the best placed to release the formidable potential of OSH in terms of product innovation and business incubation. The project aims to establish a company-community ecosystem, facilitate the engagement of SMEs in efficient collaboration with OSH communities and open up new avenues for value creation.

Something to be achieved through the realisation of four objectives:

1) demonstrating the potential of C3 through cases studies with business partners,

2) delivering the necessary ICT infrastructure, standards and methods to enable seamless collaborative engineering in C3,

3) synthesizing adapted business models for SMEs, and

4) establishing a network of consulting actors to support SMEs adopt these business models.

Thus, OPEN!NEXT fosters SMEs' abilities to gather contributions from communities of volunteers and reusing of existing open source designs, leading to a reduction of 15% in time-to-market and 20% in development costs while further expanding a phenomenon of societal relevance.

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Start date: 01-09-2019
End date: 31-08-2022
Total budget - Public funding: 6 431 511,00 Euro - 5 888 173,00 Euro
Call topic: Open Innovation for collaborative production engineering (IA) (DT-FOF-05-2019)

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Innovation Action (IA)