Keynote Speaking · 30. June 2018
I host and speak at many collaborative innovation events and workshops.

Panel Discussion · 19. April 2018
At the INNOVATE'18 Forum by HYPE Innovation in Bonn, I moderated the panel discussion on "Innovating in Horizons 2&3". The inspiring panelists were: Mark Famy from Saint-Gobain Fabian Schlage from Nokia Konstantin Gaenge from Airbus Sven Grave from Wilo Group


Article · 24. December 2017
Here are my top three tips on books to read, which are primarily helpful if you're just about to start or have started your collaborative innovation Program to reach out to your employees for their ideas. All three books show that it is not enough to just ask for an idea but that you need the right organization, processes and tools in place to shine like a star.

Panel Discussion · 20. October 2017
Establishing a sustainable program is a challenge all innovation managers have to face. Especially, if your company has a history of failed innovation programs. People might have lost their trust in these initiatives. In this interview, HYPE's Colin Nelson will interview Roel de Vries and Sarah Kelly from the Spark innovation team and investigate the hurdles they had to take and look for pieces of advice they can give to fellow innovation managers.

Press coverage · 27. September 2017
In September 2017, IdeasEurope organized​ the European Innovation Impact Summit on behalf of the European Parlement in Brussels. The event brought together innovative companies from across Europe and connected them with their peers from European Parlement. Sarah Kelly and I presented the story of Spark and were awarded the "Best Innovation Campaign" award.

Press coverage · 27. September 2017
Two 3D artists, four weeks’ work and maximum creative freedom: these are the right working conditions for creating a VR simulation of a Rube Goldberg machine in Cinema 4D.

Press coverage · 13. June 2017
So many companies struggle with their corporate innovation programs that it’s important to identify and celebrate “success stories,” as there still aren’t many cases of organizations that get corporate innovation right. One such successful organization is Liberty Global, the world’s largest international cable company, known for its brands like Virgin Media, VodafoneZiggo, Unitymedia and Telenet. In 2016, Liberty Global was ranked 88th on the Forbes list of the World’s Most Innovation Companies.

Article · 07. February 2017
Often I read articles or books about top-down vs. bottom-up innovation and why one approach would be better than the other. After spending more than six years in the collaborative innovation space, I would advise going hamburger style!

Keynote Speaking · 17. January 2017
Roel de Vries and Sarah Kelly are the innovation managers for Liberty Global’s innovation program, Spark. In May 2017, they’ll be presenting at the HYPE Innovation Managers Forum in Bonn. In the following interview, ​we asked them to provide a heads-up on their session, and some of the key talking points.

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