Open innovation pilot experience in virtual- forming validations
by Unai Ziarsolo | M. AltunaLHII


A challenge shared by 10 companies, MAI, a University and an R+D was worked on by using open innovation: the virtual validation of forming processes, by using numeric analysis.


A work team consisting of 10 companies was formed (who can be each other’s competition), who are rolling out virtual validation by using the numeric analysis in innovation processes. We are conducting all-day work sessions twice per month at MAI. We use BI to tackle the complexities inherent to implementation of these software through teamwork. Until now, the companies on the team have worked individually on their challenges, investing great effort, even when they were compatible.

What we are doing at BERRIREKIn is saving effort and time for companies and their technicians, by swapping knowledge and collaborating, to a certain extent, making it possible to increase the participants’ technical knowledge.

We are developing the culture of innovation, since the organisations are using ideas both arising within their own companies, and ideas created outside of them through open innovation in their innovation processes. We can often find ideas of great value outside of our organisations that can be merged with internal resources.


Traditionally, the way to “drive innovation” was “to use more resources to obtain more results.” However, competitiveness is not only obtained by going deeper in research. On the contrary, competitiveness is obtained by revealing hidden innovation processes, and exploring the ideas in the innovations of others. We are sharing innovation, spreading BI culture between teachers and students.


We are learning from others by swapping innovation. We have gone from thinking that you must keep your know-how to yourself to a culture of teamwork. An indicator that this attitude is changing is the teamwork between these 10 companies. Additionally, the shared work between VT, the university and R+D centres is present. 5 work sessions shall be held until 5 June 2016.


Two MAI teachers coordinated teamwork. The relationship between VT and company groups was reinforced. We have created a setting suitable to new initiatives. Effective collaboration between the university and R+D centres was reached.

BLA is a methodology that can be widespread. It is totally compatible with Ethazi, Dual, Tkagune, etc.

It can be an example of collaboration with other educational centres.


With the new company members taken as “students,” there were great expectations. There was a prevailing sensation that we all had something to gain, although this was an unheard-of approach. All members of the team made contributions, leaving judgement behind. As far as VT students were concerned, this initiative was exemplary and will help them to make BI culture their own.