What is Innovation: Definition and 25 Discussions

Innovation is the practical implementation of ideas that result in the introduction of new goods or services or improvement in offering goods or services. ISO TC 279 on innovation management proposes in the standards, ISO 56000:2020 to define innovation as "a new or changed entity creating or redistributing value". However, many scholars and governmental organizations have given their own definition of the concept. Some common element in the different definitions is a focus on newness, improvement and spread. It is also often viewed as taking place through the provision of more-effective products, processes, services, technologies, art works
or business models that innovators make available to markets, governments and society. Innovation is related to, but not the same as, invention: innovation is more apt to involve the practical implementation of an invention (i.e. new / improved ability) to make a meaningful impact in a market or society, and not all innovations require a new invention.Technical Innovation often manifests itself via the engineering process when the problem being solved is of a technical or scientific nature. The opposite of innovation is exnovation.

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  1. hagopbul

    Seeking Financial Benefit from Scientific Innovation: A Discussion

    Hello All : hope all are fine and well : during my scientific reading i may found a way to enhance the efficiency of some sort of simple engines , now i am working on a prototype which should be ready in few weeks for testing , the question is what next ? i am interested in solid state...
  2. hamin4

    Ethical Discussion -- Engineering used to create innovation versus destruction

    I have always wondered about the ethical aspect of engineering in general. Considering engineers of all kind are responsible for the creation of some of the worlds most useful and innovative technology and some of the most destructive, do engineers feel that they may hold responsibility in what...
  3. srinaath

    Why do we need to supply air to the cathode of a hydrogen fuel cell

    I am trying to understand the working of simple hydrogen fuel cell. We have anode (negative terminal), cathode (positive terminal), catalyst at anode to separate negative and positive ions of hydrogen atoms and electrolyte which allows only positive ions. We will be sending hydrogen fuel at...
  4. J

    Where Does Innovation Thrive: Universities or the Capitalist Market?

    I'm curious where real innovation comes from. In trying to understand the economics of both sides of the political aisle, it seems to be a difference in a opinion of where innovation comes from. Conservatives think innovation comes from the wealthy investing in ideas within the free market...
  5. liometopum

    The Fundamental Delusion of Scientists?

    I was listening to a lecture by Peter Thiel. He argued that "scientists never make any money", and are "always deluded into thinking they live in a just universe that will reward them for their work, and this is probably the fundamental delusion that scientists tend to suffer from in our...
  6. Erish

    Examples of Innovative Product that is Frugal

    Hi! we are currently conducting our feasibility study and we're given a theme: FRUGAL INNOVATION (Doing more with less resources). we needed a product that is marketable but also have a relevance to the society (can help solve problems often faced by people e.g. traffic, pollution, crime...
  7. EnumaElish

    Blockchain & the End of the Firm: Why Are Firms Needed?

    Blockchain is much touted to be the next coolest idea happening right now: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/06/the-blockchain The idea seems to be lower transaction (e.g. contracting) costs. Which are huge. (Between 5-10% of total project cost according to a world bank estimate.) So...
  8. MATS309TrinaC

    How Can Educators Keep Science Teaching Relevant and Current?

    Hi there, Since Science has a rapidly changing knowledge base and expanding relevance to society. Can you give me suggestions or innovations I can use in my science class to cope up on this.
  9. N

    Engineering Is electrical engineering a dying field?

    Before I start this I just want to say that I don't want to offend anyone. I am a freshman college student who is looking to apply to the electrical engineering program at the end of the year at my school. I love working with my hands and solving problems using physics and mathematics and I...
  10. S

    News U.S Universities Top Science Innovation List, Asia Closing

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/us-universities-still-at-top-in-scientific-innovation-but-asia-is-catching-up/2015/09/21/cc09a2d8-5d56-11e5-b38e-06883aacba64_story.html The United States is still occupies the top spots for scientific innovation in universities, but Asia...
  11. Teen4Ideas

    Is My Idea Valid? Nuclear Fusion Power

    So as we all know (or at least I assume) Global Warming is real and happening, I am a teen, 17, and not trying to get answers for homework or anything like that. I just want to know, is it possible to create fusion using the temperature found at active Geo-thermal sites to reach the temp...
  12. S

    Selling an innovation to a company

    Hi, I am wondering has anyone sold any self- innovation or patent to external company before? If yes, what are the problem you will face? And how is it being sold? A lump sum once or by percentage of your product being sold in market? Do you need to build a prototype to sell the idea?Thanks
  13. anubodh

    Send Innovation: Reduce Cost of Electric Cars & Increase Distance

    I have an idea to reduce cost of electric car by 50% and increase its distance traveliied on full charge signifantly and can be charged on road by a petrol/siesel/cng engine without the need of any fuel engine inside it. But i am confused where to send this.So,please tell if i can send this to...
  14. P

    What are latest innovation in Power Engineering?

    Hi guys. I am studying on Power Engineering and there is going to be a small conference in my University connected to my subject, so I thought I would take a place too. I Googled for a while about innovations in Power Engineering and found nothing, so can you please tell me what are some...
  15. K

    Innovation or Stupidity? Discover the Surprising Truth in this Eye-Opening Image

  16. jtbell

    The newest tech innovation: clay iPads

    I bet they're pre-loaded with special Adobe software than enables cuneiform input via a stylus. :biggrin: http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120116/bc_steele_clay_ipad_120116/20120116?hub=BritishColumbiaHome
  17. S

    Regarding mechanical project which involves innovation and fabrication

    hello all..:) i just registered to this seeing fantastic discusssions regarding projects and all... i too have a mini project in my course. its for a duration of 4 months and at the end of it, some physical fabricated model has to be made ready...i have a group of 3 members and budget is...
  18. L

    Innovation and software patent

    why are so many people against software patents? why do they think that software patents are the barriers to innovation? what do you guys think?
  19. T

    How to Unleash Creativity and Innovation

    AHDHDPHAHDBAPDAPBBAPBADAAPBBEHDHDBAHDBDBAPDHDBAPDAPBA Not homework, just a test of my brainstorm. The space at the end is just a glitch on vBulletin's part.
  20. ZapperZ

    Accelerator and Beams - Tools for Discovery and Innovation

    The Division of Physics of Beams of the American Physical Society (APS) has produced this wonderful brochure titled "http://www.aps.org/units/dpb/upload/brochure.pdf" ". It essentially describe what a particle accelerator is, and more importantly, what it is used for. The main purpose here is...
  21. D

    Future - Innovation in Compressed Air Technology

    Let's talk about the future of compressors and compressed air technology. Of course, the first compressor appeared a long time ago and the technology is developing to provide more efficient and modern models. Do you see any breakthrough innovation for this technology in the future, like a move...
  22. O

    Rotating Skyscraper in Dubai: Innovation or Disaster?

    So I was browsing the web when I stumbled on this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_Vinci_Tower" It's supposed to be the worlds first dynamic building that's self powered by wind turbines and all floors can individually rotate 360 degrees. When reading about it however, I couldn't help...
  23. I

    Grade 12 Chemistry Innovation Project: Exploring Possibilities

    This project is for a grade 12 chemistry course. We're a group of three. We basically have not the slightest clue on what to do our project on... This cummulative performance task will include an extensive literature search and hands-on design. The work should be based on one of the following...
  24. M

    NASA Innovation Project: Exploring Space with a Magnetic Beam

    Hey there everyone, Out of curiosity have many of you noted the NASA innovation project has a suitor for its courting of a better way to explore space. The basic concept is that a relatively stationary object can propel the moving spacecraft further faster, and more explicity the proposal...
  25. turbo

    Revolutionary Clocks: Improved Navigation & Trade With Pragmatic Innovation

    That "totally irrelevant" clock may mean little to you, but it and its competitors made global navigation and trade (and projection of military force) a lot safer and more viable. Historically, pragmatic, results-oriented innovations have made investment and risk-taking more attractive, and...