Innnovation Cycle

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Open Ideation

The goal of the Open Ideation process of the NTN-Innovation Booster is to generate as many excellent blockchain solutions as possible.

From this pool of ideas, concrete projects will be developed and incubated in subsequent cycles (Hackathon, Corporate Acceleration, and Incubation). First, ideas will be collected through open challenges. These will be dealt with on a cross-applicational basis in order to bring together specialized project groups that focus on similar topics. A jury of experts from academia (including the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts) and project partners from across the spectrum of industry (including pharmaceuticals and supply chain) will then select the best ideas and award prizes. In the next cycle, prototypes will then be developed from these ideas via hackathons. The Open Innovation Platform will be complemented with physical workshops at universities and companies and led by design thinking experts.

Participation is open to all individuals, company teams, students and researchers from academia and the developer community. Participants do not have to reside in Switzerland.

Participating in the NTN Innovation Booster Blockchain Nation Switzerland Ideation offers you the opportunity to increase your visibility in academia and with industry partners, develop your idea into a prototype via direct admission to the hackathon, and incubate your idea supported by a private investment of potentially CHF 100,000.

Ideas can be submitted on Jointcreate.com starting April 14, 2021. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Register on Jointcreate.
  2. Check out the challenges lined-up under “Partner Organizations & Networks” on our Jointcreate profile.
  3. Submit your project idea to us by creating a jointcreate venture and link it to the challenge. We will guide your project through the process.

For a detailed How-to please check out our video tutorial:



The first ideation cycle ends in early July 2021 with the evaluation of the ideas. The second ideation cycle begins on September 6 and ends on December 10, 2021.

Ideas submitted will be evaluated on the following criteria:
1. academic connectivity
2. societal and social impact
3. feasibility and maturity for industrial application
4. technical implementation/innovation

The best ideas will receive the following awards:
1. direct admission to the hackathon
2. best idea in industry vertical (e.g. supply chain, capital market)
3. incubation with a potential private investment of CHF 100,000.

If you have any questions regarding the submission process, please feel free to contact Nicolai Ruh (nicolai.ruh@hslu.ch, Tel.: +41 41 349 30 76).


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