Fomento de San Sebastián organised an open innovation session involving volunteers from different walks of life (entrepreneurs, companies, technology centres, universities, etc.) in order to tackle the first Donostia Open INN challenge: how to improve the connection between qualified young people and professional opportunities in Donostia.
The winning idea was to set up a talent network: a multidisciplinary team to identify local business needs and propose profitable and sustainable projects to tackle them, making it easier to employ qualified young people. The project will receive technical and financial support for implementation in Donostia. A few months ago, Fomento San Sebastián launched the Donostia Open INN on-line platform as an open forum for active participation from all citizens in designing solutions to tackle the city's challenges. It began with Challenge 1: "How can we improve the connection between qualified young people and professional opportunities in Donostia?" through attended sessions and an on-line debate proposing different initiatives.
The participants worked in groups using dynamics aiming to promote creative thinking and design pilot projects together. The project proposals were presented before a jury and the winning idea involved setting up a talent network: a multidisciplinary team (a coordinator, representatives from companies, schools, institutions, different agents related to talent…) that will be in charge of mapping and identifying the specific needs of Donostia's companies/agents, and looking for solutions. A series of pilot projects will be selected to tackle different problem issues profitably and sustainably, opening the door to employing qualified young people. Process monitoring and assessment will also be included.
The winning project, setting up a talent network, will receive technical and financial support. New work sessions will also be organised to set up this pilot project, and the on-line platform will remain open for any citizens to come up with ideas helping to bring the project to life: fomentosansebastian.org/donostiaopeninn