UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Sparking social innovation through crowdsourcing and prizes

Experts from SITRA, the Finnish innovation fund, and UCL innovation scholars discuss the possibilities and limits of democratic crowdsourcing and challenge prizes in light of fresh evidence.

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Can prizes enact genuine social change?

About the speakers

Dr Ellie Cosgrave

Lecturer in Urban Innovation and Director of UCL City Leadership Laboratory at City Leadership Laboratory, UCL STEaPP 

Dr Ellie Cosgrave is Lecturer in Urban Innovation within STEaPP's City Leadership Laboratory. She was previously a Research Associate on the EPSRC funded Liveable Cities Programme; an ambitious five-year programme of research to develop realistic and radical engineering solutions for achieving low carbon, resource secure UK cities in a way that maximises wellbeing. 

Professor Rainer Kattel

IIPP Deputy Director at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose 

Rainer is professor of innovation and public governance at IIPP, and research professor at Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia.

Kalle Nieminen

Leading Specialist at Sitra 

Kalle Nieminen believes that the state plays a strong role in innovation. In his day job, he gets to live out this idea by leading the Ratkaisu 100 challenge prize. Colleagues have given Kalle a host of titles, including Experimenter-in-Chief, Experimentation Geek and Innovation Prize Nerd.

Dr Emma Nordback

Postdoctoral Researcher at Aalto University 

Dr Emma Nordback works as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Management Studies in the International Design and Business Management program, conducting research as well as being responsible for the online version of our IDBM study program, which is part of the broader FITech networked university initiative in Finland.

Riina Pulkkinen

Leading Specialist at Sitra 

Riina Pulkkinen is a member of Sitra’s Ratkaisu 100 team. Riina is responsible for ensuring that the challenge prize is realised in a sensible, human-centric way from the point of view of the problem solvers.

Dr Ville Takala

Senior Research Associate at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose 

Ville Takala is Senior Research Associate in Public Value and Digital Transformation at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose.

Dr Tuukka Toivonen

Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL STEaPP 

Dr Tuukka Toivonen, PhD (Oxon.), is an expert on creativity in entrepreneurship, co-working and innovative teams. Born in Helsinki and educated in the UK as well as Japan, he is the director of Creative Friction, an emerging research agency that helps organisations foster interactions that can energise the creative journeys of their members.