What is Innovation Think Tank?
Innovation Think Tank (ITT) is a platform for stimulating interdisciplinary innovations within Siemens AG. It was founded by Sultan Haider, Siemens’ youngest Principal Key Expert, who was awarded by Siemens Healthcare’s Executive Committee for his outstanding innovation track record with over 200 inventions to date. Haider heads the ITT organization, which has currently over 3200 members, and is based in Siemens Healthcare’s Business Unit Components and Vacuum Technology in Erlangen, Germany.
ITT is based on the idea of collaborative innovations. Tapping the potential of the existing multi-disciplinary know-how, intercultural diversity, and age diversity (age group 15 to 65) of Siemens worldwide and its partners, ITT solves interdisciplinary problems and generates new ideas. With the regular brain-storming workshop, challenges are offered to the community for discussion. Members can choose as many problems as they want, work in a collaborative way without defined rules and guidelines. Free thinking and knowledge exchange between challenge providers and challenge solvers often lead to unconventional solutions.
Regular “Innovation camps” are based on international competitions awarded fellowships with focus on engineering or strategy. The selected candidates are invited to work in a highly stimulating innovative environment with Siemens innovators and key experts and to create “out of box” solutions.
- network those taking part across the various disciplines, cultures and generations
- increase the diversity of opinions represented
- make use of the enormous potential offered by all those taking part
- to tap into the experience and ideas of everyone involved
- solve concrete problems.
In short: to drive forward innovation.