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Solutions to promoting innovation in businesses

With the implementation of the ADICODEs®, Yncréa Hauts-de-France includes its business innovation support possibilities, by means of solutions which mobilize  collaborative practices: 

  • Co-design sessions to accelerate the emergence of innovation
  • Co-eLAB projects (innovation projects entrusted to us by businesses handled by teams of students, teachers-researchers and co-design facilitators) over the course of a trimester. 
  • Implementation of the co-design process in the enterprise

Did you say "Co-design"?

Co-design is a process of support for the collective construction of an object (material or immaterial) to be designed, supported by facilitation which aims to catalyze the collective intelligence.  

How does it work?

A co-design session usually lasts a day.  The number of days can vary depending on the complexity of the problem in question.

Who participates?

  • 12 to 20 participants (intra-company or inter-company members, these teachers-researchers, students, users, etc.)
  • From different fields and trades, different disciplines, different points of view, etc. Research, development, production, finance, ergonomists, designer, sociologists, customers, users, politicians, executives and managers, etc.

To design = To conceive

Remember that when we speak of co-design, we refer to the term “design” as "discipline aimed at concretely representing an idea, a concept or an intention […]", but in the sense of "to conceive" (“to design” = to conceive).  

Experience Since 2009

Since 2009/2010, the engineering schools HEI, ISA and ISEN Lille have gained experience in co-design and open innovation to train future engineers to lead innovation projects and to contribute to business innovationCo-design is also an integral part of the skills and protocols of facilitating or leading discussions to mobilize the collective intelligence, foster creativity and accelerate innovation.  The first co-design center has been operating since 2010.  Created in the joint initiative of 3 schools of the science Faculty of the Catholic University of Lille, the co-design center focuses on facilities set up to encourage collaborative exchanges between actors that have complementary skills and expertise.
The Catholic University of Lille supports this process and complements it, in particular by means of the possible contribution of its various expertise, which can foster the indispensable transdisciplinarity of co-conception.

The Role of Co-Design Workshop Facilitators

The co-design workshop facilitator stimulates exchanges between the various fields and with the users in order to target the design-construction of innovative objects.  His/her role is to stimulate the collective intelligence and the shared creation of ideas.  In order to do this, the facilitators formalize the request at the start of each session, first coming up with a facilitation protocol for the session, stimulating the conception, finding solutions, putting together product supports during the session.

The Objectives of a Co-Design Session

Becoming aware of the practices of co-design and joint-elaboration of a solution/innovation idea (this can be done based on a sample case, one that is made up or an actual case submitted by the company)

Generating and evaluating proposals/ideas (exploration) on a real case submitted by the business.

Either joint elaboration of a more fully developed deliverable (prototype, protocept)

Your Co-Design Session?

Do you have an idea or a hunch about an innovation? Do you want to look further into an idea you have about a product or a new service? Do you want to make your teams aware of the practice of joint-elaboration of innovation? Yncréa Hauts-de-France organizes intra-company or inter-company co-design sessions for businesses.
The objective of these sessions is to support you in your innovation practice and/or to contribute to the advancement of a real subject of innovation.

Session Outcome(s)/Results

Some Examples of Subjects Covered

  • Discussion of user scenarios to foster and cross-link contributions of working group mobilized by CCI and the Regional Council of North Pas-de-Calais in the framework of the 3rd industrial revolution in Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
  • Waste conversion solutions for waste products from unsold bread.
  • Roadmap  for creating an excellence cluster.
  • Discussion of new career fields and trades for operations managers and innovation management. 
  • Generating ideas on innovation for consumer products.
  • Co-design awareness sessions for 3 APM clubs.
  • With the PICOM cluster, 4 subjects covered in the context of the “I use IT” call for projects to generate innovations which integrate uses for digital applications and solutions in trade industries.

Co-eLAB Projects

Your Innovation Subject

Do you have an idea, an innovation plan that you want to see developed or expanded?  The objective of co-eLAB projects put into place in the ADICODEs® is to give a real innovation subject to a HEI ISA ISEN Group team who will give its contribution to advance the project by using an open innovation approach (uses, co-design, transdisciplinarity, etc.) 

How Does It Work?

A team put together and composed of teachers-researchers in very different fields, facilitator consultants for co-design sessions, students (5 to 6) at the Master’s lever, in regular contact with a designated project contact.  

Two Sessions Per Year

The Co-eLAB projects take place over the period of a trimester approximately, with 2 periods: 


  • From the end of September to December/start of January
  • From February to April 

How Was The Project Organized?

The project revolves around different approaches, which usually include the following; 

  • Benchmarking, current status, monitoring, the search for precedence on existing solutions or having similar functions
  • Collaboration approaches, in the presence of a representative(s) from the business to generate innovative insights and to choose one or more strategies to work on 
  • Phases when the project team commit to exploring the subject of feasibility of one or more options identified.  Budget Participation in the tuition costs need to be expected, financing possible for Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) innovation projects with BPI France type subsidies.


The Co-Design Process in Your Business

Do you want to implement a co-design process in your business? According to the procedures to be defined based on your project, the HEI ISA ISEN Group can support you by contributing strategic thinking, intervening by means of awareness, training and making recommendations on facility layouts.