Report on the KM FEST - Knowledge Management Festival
Celje, Slovenia 23-25 November 2019

Industry & Society 4.0

The LENS Living Lab international innovation community successfully concluded the 18th KM FEST event, which was the very first Competence Center (CC) ROBOFLEX Strategic Conference at the same time. This time KM FEST co-organizers, besides LENS Living Lab, were CC ROBOFLEX and TCS – Toolmakers Cluster of Slovenia, with their international industry research and innovation robotics’ innovation community. More than 50 various thematic experts from 14 different countries (China, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden) and three continents (Europe, Asia, and Africa) participated in this 3-days event. The first-day focus was on the use of collaborative robots and smart factory applications; the second day paid attention to the business models of related competence centers and their innovation ecosystems. The third – last day was reserved for the emerging industry engineering competencies and corporate culture change challenges. We had fruitful round table discussions at the end of each meeting day. 
At this link, you can find the available presentations from this year's KM FEST in Slovenia:  
Outputs & Conclusions

1st KM FEST Day
"Robotization and Digitalization Technologies for
the Manufacturing Industry 4.0"
  • New industry standards, guidelines, smart factory technologies, related solutions with practical cases were presented and discussed;
  • HORSE Framework opportunities - HORSE designs and develops a Framework for advanced, process-oriented hybrid manufacturing which integrates human and robotic actors in vertical manufacturing cells that are horizontally coupled in end-to-end manufacturing processes - more info at this link: 
  • The Competence Center (CC) ROBOFLEX and its regional industry research and innovation community members presented their capabilities and development strategies;
    Partnering research and innovation opportunities were discussed
2nd KM FEST Day
New Business Models of Industry 4.0 Reginal and
International Innovation Ecosystems"
  • The business models of the HORSE project partnering competence centers (CC) and related network of regional digital innovation hubs (DIH) were presented and discussed;
  • The regional collaborative research and innovation project ROBOTOOL-1 was presented as the practical case study of the industry initiative provided by partners of the Competence Center (CC) ROBOFLEX;
  • Presentation of CC ROBOFLEX and  LENS Living Lab's international partners'  Industry 4.0 projects and innovation ecosystems initiatives;
  • The outputs of the round table discussion titled "Challenges for Regional, National and Global Leaders - Are We Heading in the Right Direction?" gave an insight into this topic with some strong messages. These messages are based on the fact that all actors of various national and international innovation ecosystems need to treat all research and innovation issues holistically, with the inclusion of all stakeholders and needed professional disciplines. They have to reshape their existing business models, corporate values, and social contracts. Industry 4.0 innovation ecosystems with their value chains must be well understood, harmonized, and based on partnering - collaborative culture.
3rd KM FEST Day
"Competencies and Corporate Culture Value Propositions"
  • Emerging governance, management, and leadership competencies of Industry 4.0 research and innovation projects and their innovation ecosystems were discussed;
  • The case study of the Danish national program "MADE - Manufacturing Academy of Denmark" was presented and discussed;
  • The national field research outputs were presented;
  • LENS Living Lab's partnering open research and innovation program titled "PPiM 4.0 - Program, Project and Innovation Management 4.0" was introduced and discussed;
  • Societal aspect and implication of Industry 4.0 were discussed within the final round table, organized and coordinated by the Slovenian Chamber of Service Industries
The next KM FEST in Slovenia is planned for 2021
Prof. Dr. Brane Semolic
KM FEST Program Coordinator

LENS Living Lab & Competence Center ROBOFLEX
Co-organizers & Sponsors
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DIGITECH SI - EAST is a regional organizer and enabler of digitalization innovation groups and community, established in 2017. Provides innovation and project office services for the needs of SMEs, and supports their efforts in the digital transformation of their organizational and inter-organizational value chain' businesses. LENS Living Lab - International virtual living laboratory ( and TCS - Toolmakers Cluster of Slovenia ( are partners in the founding of DIGITECH SI-EAST. 

DIGITECH SI-EAST is a fully operational member in the „EU Smart Specialization Platform“ catalog of DIHs - 

Latest News:
A. Active participation at the 12TH INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER CONFERENCE, Insitute Josef Stefan, Ljubljana, 10th.October 2019. 

B. DIGITECH SI-EAST becomes a member of the TETRAMAX Competence Centers European network with competence in all fields of Customized Low-Energy Computing (CLEC) for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things. See link: 

The INTESO Group is the LENS Living Lab's virtual innovation ecosystem organizer and enabler, as well as the  DIGITECH SI-EAST founding partner. 
INTESO Group will be present at the international fair:
PMRExpo "Business platform for mobile and control stations",  26th - 28th November 2019 in Cologne, Germany.
The main focus of this fair are critical communication solutions. The main product which will be presented by INTESO Group partners is a dispatching solution called SITRAC Voice
®. You are kindly invited to visit the stand E36.

More info about this fair at this link: 

Value Space of an Open Innovation Ecosystem (1)
Don Tapscott (Tapscott, 1998) was one of the first who presented the idea of “Value Space.” Tapscott describes this concept as an open market of e-business communities (EBC). He illustrated this with the EBC Alliance for Converging Technologies business case, and how they engineered to enhance a “value space” – an idea, or a vision, of how to meet customer requirements in a specific domain. We used the basic idea of “value space” much wider, for the creation of blended Open RICs Value Space (ORiVaS) for the needs of a business ecosystem knowledge workers who are working or have interests for collaboration in identified areas of research and innovation.  Why “blended”? Because of the business mix of communication and doing various activities with a combination of the virtual and classical (physical)  working environment.
Emerging virtual organizations of the 4th industrial revolution generate possibilities for presenting innovative business models, which provide more efficient use of available inter-organizational (value chain) resources, their innovation potential, and the innovation potential of stakeholders. Innovation potential alone is not sufficient if not followed by sound collaborative: strategies, programs, and projects, generating benefits, and value creation for all collaborative partners and their stakeholders. Figure 1 illustrates an ORiVaS ecosystem focused on the domain of strategic areas of collaboration interests with related innovation solutions development. The main components of such an innovation ecosystem value space are:
  • RICs -  directly and indirectly involved in the of observed value chain businesses,
  • Virtual collaboration platforms (VPCs),
  • Collaboration governance and leadership  and
  • Organizations of collaboration breeding and supporting environment
VCPs represents the virtual collaborative working environment to work in selected areas of collaboration, supported by an appropriate organization of work and digital ecosystem services. 
VCPs operate as virtual enterprises co-owned and co-organized by motivated business partners with the long-term partnership interests on the selected areas of research and innovation.
Collaborative governance and leadership are of paramount importance. Collaborative platforms are virtual organizations that need to be effectively and efficiently integrated and coordinated by the principal partners applying professional, state-of-the-art program and project management.

                                         Figure 1: Open RICs Valu Space (ORiVaS)
Organizations of collaboration breeding and supporting environment role are ORiVaS facilitators by providing a portfolio of different services, like initiators, help service providers (organization and administration services, project office services, IPR, digital ecosystem services, facilities for testing and piloting, funding, legal services, lobbying services). 
(1) More information you can find in the article: Semolic B. (2018), Innovation Ecosystem with Open Research and Innovation Communities, International Journal of Project and Technology Management, PTMF, Vol 1, Issue 1, July 2018,  New Delhi, India
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Editor: dr.Brane Semolic, LENS Living Lab