Big Data, API, IP as well as Micro, nano, smart… in short – the R&D Universe

What were the most frequent conclusions drawn by the R&D experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, and businessmen after the Thursday’s debate during R&D Summit? Meet, talk and share more! Also, be open to other people and ideas.

The key topics of this year’s, second edition of this prestigious conference were the top trends and top tools related to R&D sector – both in Poland, as well as around the world. Chiefs and leaders of R&D departments from the following Polish companies participated in the debate: Intel, PGNiG, Energa, SecoWarwick, Sante, Philips, Premedia Solution, PCC Rokita, Engineo, Fibar Group, Goodyear, mBank, and PKN Orlen, as well as the members of the world of science, people from universities, technology parks, and R&D facilities.

Although the substantial number of the conference’s participants were the members and partners of techBrainers R&D Club, outsiders interested in the concept of joining forces between different environments and industries in order to build Polish innovativeness were also present.

The rich agenda of the conference, as well as its modern and dynamic formula, allowed everyone to substantially benefit from the meeting. The most important thing, highlighted by the most of the participants, was that the Thursday’s gathering became an opportunity to collect new contacts, ackquire valuable information, verify one’s own activity within the R&D sector, and find new inspiration in the experiences of other experts.


Among the invited guests were: an innovation pioneer Bradford L. Goldense, the founder and President of Goldense Group from the USA; Dr. Pierre Orlewski, EMEA’s Open Innovation Manager from Goodyear Innovation Center in Luxemburg; Prof. Piotr Kula, the Vice-Chancellor for Innovation at the Lodz Univeristy of Technology and one of the co-founders of Advanced Graphene Products; Jarosław Mastalerz, the Vice-President of mBank’s Board; and Intel Capital’s Vice-President Marcin Hejka.

A vast number of interesting topics was included in the R&D Summit’s agenda this year. Among the discussed subjects were: the direction of global innovation objectives; measuring the innovativeness; the review of the most promising Polish apps ready for implementation; ways to create innovative products so that their commercialisation is a success; and seemingly uncommon niche methods of developing innovations, such as the use of cosmic IP, which turned out to be far more accessible to entrepreneurs and users than expected.


The already positive atmosphere was additionally boosted by the colourful personalities of two awesome hosts of this year’s R&D Summit – Ralph Talmont, a well-known organiser of the Polish edition of TEDx and Wojciech Brzeziński, a Polsat News reporter, who moderated the R&D leaders debate (which, by the way, turned out to be one of the most fervent and emotional points in the summit’s agenda).


Close to 300 hundred speakers, over 100 companies and organisations registered, more than 170 participants.


 Poland can benefit from the so-called „leap frog effect” and finally stretch its wings;

– Big Data, API Economy, Miniaturisation and Intelligent Technologies (micro, nano, smart), as well as IP protection are the top trends in R&D for years to come;

– Chiefs and leaders of R&D departments gathered in the techBrainers R&D Club compose a unique body of experts, whose main characteristics are: creativity, curiosity and the need to search for new solutions, a lot of energy, as well as being open and ready for change. The sad conclusion of the conference was that many of them are alone in their needs, vision, and ambitions, and that they cannot reach their full potential working in Polish corporations (due to the lack of proper innovation building strategies and insufficient corporate culture enabling innovativeness), while the owners of the corporations do not always have a chance to confront their problems with R&D specialists from outside their own business structures.

– Polish R&D environment is most lacking when it comes to dialogue – we seem to fail to communicate individually, on the peer-to-peer level within our own industry, as well as tend not to talk with people from the outside of our trade, we don’t reach out to other experts – both in Poland and around the world, and the R&D leaders hardly ever discuss their issues with scientists, researchers and businessmen.

– As opposed to a common belief, we – the Poles, are quite successful when it comes to innovative products. The problem is that we do not know how to embrace those successes, talk about them and use them to show our worth.

– Fundamental barriers limiting Polish innovations are: conservatism, inability to trust others and fear of failure.

– The goals of Polish R&D departments are: to unite in accordance with the open innovation philosophy; to learn about new ideas available on the market and constantly develop, improve, and use the wide range of available tools, whose role is to enhance innovative initiatives within companies; and to strive for cross-industrialisation, as well as try to destroy mental barriers operating within corporations.


At the end of the conference, the techBrainer’s CEO Magdalena Jackowska-Rejman has announced that the next R&D Summit will be an international event.

“Since we are talking openness and innovativeness, it is obvious that we need to emerge on global markets and stop limiting ourselves to the local initiatives.”, said Ms. Jackowska-Rejman. “And for that reason the next celebration of R&D society organised by techBrainers will be enriched by the participation of an international group of experts”.