community building

  • 25 Feb

    Karostech contributing to Malski and c/o Malski development, also moving headquarters to c/o Malski

    Karostech has been consulting a team of community builders in Lahti concerning their plans to renovate an old Mallasjuoma brewery building to a modern Center of Creative Communities – Malski.  This still ongoing work has involved various tasks by Karostech, such as conceptual planning, business plan evaluations, planning and supporting the pilot operations especially in the coworking space operations and facilitation of the community building.

    The pilot space c/o Malski opened in a location very close to the brewery building in the middle of the city on late January 2013.  The first big event was organized by Karostech and it was the participation in JELLYWEEK 2013 activities together with 250 other coworking communities from all over the world. The Google Hangout video clip from a special session “Designing a platform for creative industries”can  be found here, the issue was discussed between local experts and online contributors Anni Roolf (Germany), Leila Pais de Miranda (Brazil) and Sebastian Olma (Netherlands).

    The Malski Center will open in the beginning of 2015 and Karostech is applying the 3GSP principles into the final design and implementation of the center.

    Karostech will move the headquarters to c/o Malski by the beginning of March.



  • 12 Nov

    Serendipity an important topic in Coworking Conference Paris, Karostech organized a workshop and participated actively

    Karostech’s Founder and Partner Ilkka Kakko was invited to Coworking Europe 2012 Conference as speaker and round table panelists. The conference gathered 280 participants from over 30 countries. Serendipity was overall one of the leading themes at the conference and it was especially elaborated in ”Harnessing serendipity” workshop organized and facilitated by Ilkka Kakko.

    Ilkka also contributed to the round table discussion devoted to the building supportive ecosystems around free-lancer communities. The topic belongs to the core competence areas of Karostech.

    Ilkka’s more detailed blog about the event can be found here.


  • 25 Oct

    Center for Strategic Research North-West

    Located in Saint Petersburg, Center for Strategic Research North-West is one of the leading consulting companies in Russia focusing on regional development strategies and innovation system development. Our cooperation with CSR NW has started back in 2009. Since then we’ve participated in a number of CSR’s projects providing market surveys and reports on specific innovation related topics and also presenting at various conferences, forums and seminars organized by CSR around Russia. Our contribution has mostly focused on innovation communities, third generation of science parks and building knowledge ecosystems. The geography of this fruitful cooperation includes such remote locations as Khabarovsk in Russian Far-East as well as Khanty-Mansijsk and Krasnoyarsk regions in Siberia.

  • 25 Oct

    ECOLEAD, Joensuu Science Park

    Ilkka Kakko was acting as the Project Manager for Joensuu Science Park’s part in the project 2004-2008, first as a Manager at JSP but later 2007-08 finished the project based on commercial agreement between JSP and Karostech.  ECOLEAD was an ambitious 6th FramSaveework EU -research project (IP =Integrated Project) with the total budget of 15 M euros and 26 partners – universities, research units and industrial partners. JSP and especially its netWork Oasis department managed by Ilkka Kakko was a demonstration and research partner in the Professional Virtual Communities (PVC) area.

    ECOLEAD is acknowledged widely as the main achievement in the research discipline of  Collaborative Networked Organizations (CNOs). The methodologies and practices of CNOs were researched, developed, piloted.  Based on the results of the project Springer published three books:

    ”Network -Centric Collaboration and Supporting Networks”, edited by Luis M. Camarinha Matos & Hamideh Afsarmanesh & Martin Ollus, 2006

    ”Methods and Tools for Collaborative Networked Organizations”, edited by Luis M. Camarinha Matos & Hamideh Afsarmanesh & Martin Ollus, 2008

    ”Collaborative Networks: Reference Modelling” , by Luis M. Camarinha Matos & Hamideh Afsarmanesh, 2008

    The reference model ARCON and the methodologies and tools developed and piloted in ECOLEAD have been the theoretical basis for the development of our 3GSP (Third Generation Science Parks) – concept and have also given the building blocks for our approach towards the way we build innovation communities. The understanding of the virtual organizations and teams and especially the vital role of Virtual Organization Breeding Environments (VBEs) are useful in the creation of networked business ecosystems and can be utilized also when supporting cluster development in regions.

    The PVC and VBE models are further developed by Karostech and in the pipeline we have a new ”freelancers and coworkers in cloud” service, which is soon ready for the piloting phase.

  • 25 Oct

    Institute for the Future – participation in a technology foresight

    Institute for the Future and Research Triangle Park published a comprehensive scenario report ”The Future Knowledge Ecosystems – The Next 20 Years of Technology- Led Development”. The objective of the report was to give guidelines for the further development of innovation intermediaries like science and technology parks, universities and regional development organizations.

    Ilkka Kakko participated in the process as a member of an international online expert panel, which developed future scenarios based on the weak signals available.  As a result three scenarios were created:

    1. Science and Technology Parks 3.0
    2. Rise of Research Clouds
    3. The Decline of STPs

    Participation to this work was an important move from Karostech’s competence building perspective. It gave us the insight to the latest methodologies used in the technology foresight field and helped us to widen our network reach to the leading foresight experts in the world.

    The report can be downloaded in

  • 25 Oct

    netWork Oasis

    netWork Oasis was an ambitious development project by Joensuu Science Park (JSP). It was initiated and managed by Ilkka Kakko, who at that time was a member of Directors Board in JSP. The vision in the beginning of the project 2002 was to design and implement a new type of collaborative working environment, which could serve as a platform for incubation services and a breeding environment for innovation communities.

    The project unfold in a creative way and many new ways of facilitation were created during the process. Soon after the Training Camp Kick-Off event also serendipity related issues begun to gain momentum. The pilot space “FlexLab” opened 2004 and offered valuable experiences and insights to the mechanisms of serendipity management and community building.

    netWork Oasis opened in the top floor of extension building of JSP in December 2006 as the first ever coworking environment in the world, which is purposefully designed in order to harness serendipity and support active community building. With the embedded GLOW virtual collaboration platform it was the state-of the art pilot for “hybrid space” thinking, blending real and virtual.

    You can have a glimpse of netWork Oasis and an interview of Anthony Townsend, Research Director of Institute for the Future, here.

  • 01 Oct

    Presentations at the Innovation Forum in Saint Petersburg

    Our experts have participated in two different workshops at Innovation Forum in Saint Petersburg. Ilkka Kakko has made a presentation in ”ICT Demo-Center” workshop and Erik Raita in ”OpenINNO” workshop. The topics were related to Karostech’s key competence areas: building innovation communities and third generation science park development.

    Innovation forum 2012 St.Pete

  • 22 Sep

    Karostech presented at Rosnano’s strategic session in Kazan

    Erik Raita has been invited to speak at Rosnano’s strategic planning session in Kazan on Sep. 21, 2012.

  • 20 Mar

    Report on building innovation communities delivered

    Karostech has completed a challenging research task related to the investigation of innovation communities in the context of “Smart City” development. The report describing the taxonomy of innovation communities, explaining the use of CNO methodologies, analyzing six case studies of different types of innovation communities, and describing the main types of Smart Cities in the global scale, was delivered to the customer by the end of February.
    The outcomes of the report will be applied in Russia for regional development projects and initiatives. For Karostech the deal was an important step in deepening the expertise related to foundation and facilitation of innovation communities as well as the use of CNO methodologies in practice.