With more than 150,000 participants, IBM’s 2006 Innovation Jam was its largest online brainstorming session to date. It resulted in the launch of 10 new IBM businesses representing innovations within some of the largest systems we rely on as humans, including transportation, energy, water and healthcare. Today, those innovations—birthed through open collaboration—have resulted in more than US$700 million in revenues for IBM, and are helping to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.
The first InnovationJam led to the creation of Big Green Innovations, a new IBM business unit that applies IBM’s advanced expertise and technologies to emerging and global-scale environmental issues. The Big Green team focuses its efforts on alternative and efficient energy, water management, carbon reduction, intelligent transportation, and climate, pandemic and agriculture-related computation modeling.