ProjectLead users in orienteering as resources for innovative sports products

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Lead users in orienteering as resources for innovative sports products

The project was a collaboration between SICS and Mobile Life Centre, Silva, and the Swedish Federation of Orienteering.

The aim was to develop methods for open innovation making use of expertise and experience from lead-users and to integrate these methods with the existing routines for product development at Silva. This was done through interviews with lead-users within the domain of orienteering, workshops with lead-users, elite orienteerers, recreational orienteerers, product developers from Silva, and researchers.

The project resulted in a set of strategies and tools for how Silva can keep in touch with, and work with, lead-users as a part of their product development. The strategies and tools are tightly coupled with existing routines to make them easy to implement and integrate with existing processes.

We also developed a prototype system visualizing running technique as an exercise in using the methods for open innovation with lead users. A movie of the prototype system.