. Assessing the COBIOM platform as a mechanism for radical innovation through swarm action using the European Biomimicry Design Challenge. 2. Assessing the current European Biomimicry Communities integration and proposing mechanisms for integration enhancement.
MetadataShow full item record
Increased specialisation in the work force creates a need for more fluid and adaptable teams. The COBIOM swarm innovation platform acts as a virtual space to form ‘swarms’ which co-work on projects of their choosing. This is being used to tackle big sustainability problems that contribute towards climate change. Funded by Climate-KIC, this investigation observed and quantified how participants in the European Biomimicry Design Challenge (EBDC) ‘swarmed’ and their appraisal of the COBIOM platform. Pre-liminary results depict that participants of the EBDC swarmed effectively (7/10) and produced a reasonable quality of work (6/10). Results show the effectiveness of teams was not dependant on building relationships but that this method of working did foster good relationships within team members. Active member members decreased during the processes and this was influenced by a lack of time which was partially related to the perception of the EBDC as lacking tangible gains. Unfortunately, the swarming reward points system, did not improve or activate performing in swarming. Despite technological problems, the EBDC was a successful prototype to allow COBIOM to test the platform and to foster swarming to take place. This is shown by a conversion rate of 83% of participants continuing to further projects and 2/5 projects continued onto further business development. To increase successful swarming on the COBIOM platform the following recommendations are provided.