InnoQuest | Biomimicry Workshop

August 27, 2020 | 8:50 - 11:00 a.m.

This workshop will be led by Great Lakes Biomimicry and in collaboration with partners from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and The University of Akron’s Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center. Participants will learn via presentations from biomimicry/biologist subject matter experts, nature videos, plant/animal encounters (virtually, out of the museum), and an interactive group design challenge. For the design challenge, we will focus on areas of packaging issues and certain biological models with unique adaptations that provide inspiration for improving how we design packaging. Learning from dragonflies, pitcher plants and spiders showcase proven models for how nature deals with barriers, friction and multifunctional design.

Before you say, “but packaging isn’t my issue” … Packaging is the world’s issue! Everyone deals with packaging in some way each day. Even if you don’t focus on packaging in your core business, you’ll gain insights and learn a methodology that can translate to other challenges or business units. You’ll be forever changed in how you think about packaging in your daily life and business and gain insight on an innovation tool that can solve problems, spark creativity, drive sustainability and create thriving systems in our ever-changing world.

The goal of this workshop is to experience and see the value of working with biomimicry and the collections/experts at the museum to inform how a more in-depth, company-specific exploration could be structured. With our limited time, the workshop, by design, is focused on the process, not the outcome of packaging challenges. But we’ll also spark your imagination and creativity and open up possibilities for thinking about biomimicry in new ways inside your company, teams and community.

Managing innovation is critical to sustainable growth. InnoQuest creates a collaborative forum where Northeast Ohio innovation leaders can learn what can help their businesses grow today as well as how to take advantage of trends that are driving change.

In six bi-monthly sessions, participants gain:

  • Best practices in managing and guiding the innovation process
  • New working relations with peer companies & leading practitioners
  • Actionable steps to improve a company’s innovation practices.

Contact Chris Keller for more information and to enroll in the EDGE InnoQuest program.