Habbakuk Expert Meeting: Rotterdam

The Habbakuk Expert Meeting gather experts from a range of backgrounds to discuss methods of innovation.

Habbakuk Expert Meeting: Rotterdam

Habbakuk blueprint

Oct 2013
12:00 to 15:00
location: V2_

Habbakuk is a research project initiated by V2_ in 2013. It researches the improbable but true historical top secret project Habbakuk. The initial inspiration for this programme of research was a top secret experiment conducted during World War II, involving the proposed use of a special form of ice to build an aircraft carrier for the Allies. More about the project: v2.nl/lab/projects/habbakuk

Aim of the Rotterdam meeting 

To gather experts together from a range of backgrounds to discuss and workshop the following questions:

  • How is innovation accelerated in extreme scenarios (war, natural disaster, et cetera)?
  • What happens when science and technology interact with creativity and design thinking in such a context?
  • What methods are most effective to break 'innovation stagnation', and how can constraints on creativity stimulate the best outcome?
  • What examples from history or our current time depict this kind of creative problem-solving under pressure?

The results of the expert meeting will become part of a larger programme of research and form part of a series of expert meetings around the globe taking place in 2013-14. The outputs from the meetings (notes, interviews, et cetera) will be released as part of a publication and series of documentary shorts.

Participation is by invitation only.

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