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Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
6/24/2014 4:07:18 PM
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Re: Inspiring!
Then it is truly that bleeding edge. I could see that in universities tightly woven into the surrounding cities that there would be natural, fertile ground for partnerships.  

Yet the concept of these multi-pronged partnerships would not be without potential for strife. Consider my own alma mater's relationship with Pfizer, which started off going great guns and wound up like this. It's a cautionary tale indeed. 

boydcohen
boydcohen  
6/2/2014 9:13:03 AM
User Rank City Slicker
Re: Inspiring!
Good question. I have worked with tech transfer offices at some of the universities where I have been on the faculty.  I think this 5P (or some call it the quadruple helix) model is quite new and I think there are very few tech transfer offices in the world who have experience with the 5P model where the innovation is focused on improving the local conditions.  

In my experiences tech transfer offices are more used to working with early stage intellectual property (IP) opportunities arising from faculty and student research, with the goal of licensing or company formation.  The whole issue of IP in a 5P model is kind of blue sky territory in that often it is open innovation involving all of those stakeholders.

This is one of the reasons I am so intrigued by the AMS model in Amsterdam b-c the entire goal of the initiative is to use Amsterdam as a test bed for these collaborations and innovations and then find a way to share/export successful innovations with other cities.  Should be interesting to see how they handle the IP aspect of all that.

boydcohen
boydcohen  
6/2/2014 9:07:39 AM
User Rank City Slicker
Re: Great review
There certainly are potential funding sources for university research associated with these 5P models.  Beyond that, for the university, these urban labs create the opportunity for conducting innovative applied research, also sources for jobs for graduating students (or internships), developing closer relationships with the local government and industry, potential spinoffs, etc.

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
5/30/2014 2:34:54 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Inspiring!
Hi Boyd: All of these centers and partnerships were new to me, so thanks for the illuminating post. To say nothing of the 5P concept.

There are offices of technology transfer in many large research universities that ensure that discoveries made there are appropriately credited and compensated. How do these existing offices fit into the 5P structure?

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
5/30/2014 12:43:12 PM
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Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
5/30/2014 12:40:41 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Triple helix?
Good point, Walter: stakeholders like to hold stakes.

I sometimes wonder if we avoid hard questions like that. It's easy to represent the involvement of big tech companies--and universities--in smarter city projects as ways to benefit the community. And hopefully that's what they are. But everyone is also looking for some kind of return. (Politicians want to be re-elected.)

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
5/30/2014 12:38:47 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Great review
Bottom line question. Aren't there tangible benefits for the universities in these kinds of collaborations? By which I mean, of course, funding for research projects?

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
5/30/2014 12:37:55 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Great review
James Byrne recently wrote for us about some of the smart grid developments in Austin. Follow the links in his blog to learn more.

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
5/30/2014 12:35:54 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Great review
Boston certainly has a lot of smart city work going on, and I constantly hear about pilot projects in smaller municipalities.

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
5/30/2014 12:35:03 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Great review
I think the 5P formulation helps highlight the role played by academic institutions. It would be unfortunate if it was overlooked.

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