Open source-based platforms, service solutions and products grows exponentially worldwide, and provides businesses and customers great opportunities to work together to develop and distribute products and service solutions in brand new ways. Open source-approaches offers many new opportunities but also pose a major challenge to conventional business models, especially those that are based on IP, patents and copyright protection. In this panel discussion we zoom in on these opportunities and challenges, with a particular focus on manufacturing, and talk about how to dive into into creating new open source based business models for the production of physical goods.
How can companies go open source without losing their unique value proposition? How can we create sustainable business models around hardware products that are not patented, and allow for free reproduction? Companies in the software and virtual products have experimented with this for a long time – and with great success – but how may it be done for physical products? Internationally there is a lot of talk about the opportunities behind open source hardware and design, and everywhere new, innovative companies and models are emerging. As a good example carmaker Tesla recently threw away their patents and launched a brand new and quite open approach to product development. But how do you go about it?
Join this #FutureFab debate where Danish Design Centre and UNDERBROEN zooms in on the opportunities and challenges of a new era of digital and high-tech production, and where we are constantly challenged to innovate and remain at the forefront of cutting-edge development trends.
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