Blog posts March 2012

Project blog - M(ums)Power: Frugal innovation and the journey to simplicity

Leonie Shanks
Thursday, 29 March 2012 - 2:16pm

There’s been a lot of media interest recently in the idea of frugal innovation, defined in this BBC World Service programme as ‘keeping things simple, and looking hard at what people actually need.’ The concept has been inspired by the kinds of innovations to be found in developing countries such as India, where it is sometimes referred to as Jugaad, a Hindi word meaning ‘an improved solution to a problem using scarce resources’. Both ‘affordable’ and ‘flexible’, frugal innovation is different from top-down, centralist...

Innovation in healthcare: transforming health through apps - a myth or dawning reality?

Adam Preis
Monday, 12 March 2012 - 12:04pm

The diffusion of innovative information and communication technologies (ICTs) aimed at enhancing user engagement, tailored information provision and service sign-posting, has made significant strides over the past 5 years.  This can be largely explained by development of mobile communication technologies, their increasing market penetration as well as increased technological competition resulting in enhanced product differentiation and declining unit costs.  This trend has been embraced by the private sector with pervading...