May 10th, 2017, Boston, MA – Imaginatik, together with Suffolk University’s Center for Innovative Collaboration Leadership (CICL), today announced publicly the winners of the 2017 Collaborative Innovation Awards (CiA), jointly organized by the two organizations.
Each year, CiA honors one “Innovation of the Year” for both Corporations and Non-Profits. In 2017, dozens of qualified applications were received, which were then narrowed down to 3 Finalists in each category.
EY claimed the title of Corporate Innovation of the Year 2017, with its massively successful workplace productivity app, “EY Engage.” The app uses the power of crowdsourcing to pair project- and task-based needs with talent, expertise, and spare bandwidth across the global organization. To learn more, watch the EY Engage video.
Interise received the award for Non-Profit Innovation of the Year 2017, for the recent local, regional and national expansion of its StreetWise ‘MBA’™ program. Their unique program is designed to provide capacity building support to small business owners. The curriculum has been scaled regionally and nationally thanks to affiliate partners who license the courseware. Interise and its network of partners leverage small business growth for economic and social impact. For more information, see the Interise website.
To qualify for consideration, an innovation must come from an established corporation or non-profit organization and must demonstrate a strong fit with the awards program’s core values: Ambition, Collaboration, Ingenuity, and Impact.
“We were extremely pleased with the high quality of this year’s Finalists and Winners,” according to Jodi Detjen, co-director of the Suffolk CICL. “We look forward to another strong crop of applicants in 2018.”
2017 marks the 7th year that Suffolk CICL has run a collaborative innovation awards program, but it is the first year in which the partnership with Imaginatik introduced crowdsourcing software and methodologies to run the competition.
Chris Townsend, CMO of Imaginatik, commented: “Imaginatik was pleased to join forces with Suffolk University to support this important awards program. We thank Suffolk CICL for their partnership and all the strong innovators who competed this year.”
Instead of another innovation awards program devoted to startups, the CiA program honors impactful innovations from larger, more established organizations. Rather than focusing on blanket achievements across the organization, we honor the specific innovation, and the innovators, who made the impact. To learn more about the awards, please visit the CiA2017 website.
About Suffolk CICL
The Center for Innovative Collaboration Leadership (CICL) at Suffolk University engages students, faculty, and partners in projects, research and discussions advancing skills and understanding of collaborative innovation. CICL also supports interdisciplinary research and educational fellowships focused on collaborative approaches to innovation and change.
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