Open source is a concept from the software world, which means that you open up your IP to engage with external stakeholders to become co-creators of your product. The value dimensions of going open source include: making participation easy, build on the knowledge of innovators, create customer goodwill, allow peer-peer support, reduce development costs, branding value, the ability to test ideas with users in the community early on and a high quality validation.
This unit introduces the basics of open source principles by getting insights into some successful manufacturing companies who apply open principles already like OpenDesk. Examples show how going open can make up the foundation of a financially sustainable business strategy. By the end of this unit, you will choose a product that you will work with throughout the rest of the course.
Watch Christian Villum’s video for an overview of the course exercises and how he uses the example of Lego Mindstorm to illustrate how to choose a product that you will work with throughout the course.