You are here

Serious game online: 15 min a day to make innovation a routine

Published on
06 December 2018

Grenoble Ecole de Management's new serious game « 21 days, The Innovation Quest » has been awarded the Silver Award in the Cultivating Curiosity category of Re-imagine Education, the international competition rewarding educational innovative initiatives, in San Francisco. 800 GEM students are currently playing the online version of the game, presented as an Advent Calendar, in introduction to their Management of Innovation module. The aim is to learn how to innovate in 21 days, with limited resources, thanks to 15 minutes of daily game-play. The board version of the game was played in September by 50 executive education participants and GEM staff members. 

"Researchers believe that a minimum of 21 days is necessary to establish a routine. We based ourselves on this principle to design a 6-hour long training program set-up as a game,” explains Hélène Michel, Gamification & Innovation Professor at GEM and project initiator.

An improved online version

"The board version has been played by executive education managers from Groupama (20) and SUEZ (10) as well as by 20 new GEM staff members. Their feedback gave us the opportunity to improve the serious game and go a step further. A new online version was designed and is now used by 800 GEM students in the 2nd Year of the Grande Ecole Program from November 19th to December 20th, 2019, in their Management of Innovation module. As well as opening their chocolate advent calendar this month, they open our daily email and must accomplish the quest of the day in approximately 15 minutes," continues Professor Michel.

The story was adapted to a student population, with a more junior profile, in order for them to identify more easily with the characters. There is also a stronger focus on the limited resources. As the missions take place, students fill in a diary which will be assessed. 

At the end of the quest, they will have experimented with six main approaches to innovation that they should be able to apply on a daily basis.

With the support of GEM, the serious game was developed within the OpenLab Ideas Laboratory®, in collaboration with Low Tech Lab, SUEZ, and the GEM’s research Chair “Public Trust in Health”.

More about "21 days, The Innovation Quest"

About the OpenLab Ideas Laboratory®

On the same subject

  • 1ère « Medical Game Jam » du 15 au 17 novembre à Paris (Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière AP-HP)
    Published on 17 September 2019

    First « Medical Game Jam » November 15th – 17th, 2019, Paris

    "Medical Game Jam: Medical research comes into play!" is the name of the first "Medical Game Jam" taking place on November 15th-17th, 2019, at the Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière AP-HP. Organized by ComPaRe and Grenoble Ecole de Management, it is...

  • Published on 17 September 2019

    Video: Why are our innovation models not working?

    Sylvie Blanco, Professor-Researcher in Management and Technology, and Executive Director of Innovation at Grenoble Ecole de Management, explains in a Xerfi Canal interview.

  • La recherche prospective : épicentre de l’innovation
    Published on 22 July 2019

    Forward-looking search: encouraging cutting-edge innovation

    Innovation is at the heart of business growth, in particular for dynamic sectors such as the high tech industry. To encourage radical innovation, it’s essential to integrate a future-oriented search and analysis process throughout an innovation...

  • Le TIM Lab prototype l’innovation des entreprises
    Published on 21 July 2019

    TIM Lab: prototyping business innovation

    Created with a design thinking approach, the TIM Lab offers a collaborative space for learning about and improving business innovation. From idea generation to prototyping, participants are encouraged to improve their autonomy and creativity for...

  • Quand la réalité virtuelle entre dans le bloc opératoire
    Published on 21 June 2019

    Virtual reality to enter the operating room

    The age of virtual reality is upon us and with it, new approaches to education. Thanks to its immersive environment, virtual reality offers a unique opportunity for training in at-risk environments such as hospital operating rooms.

  • Published on 16 May 2019

    Winners of the Economic Peace Trophies

    On May 14th, the Economic Peace Trophies marked the first international event designed to support virtuous management practices in organizations. Organized by Grenoble Ecole de Management, the Economic Peace Trophies rewarded ten national and...

  • Grenoble : un temps d’avance avec la chaire Territoires en transition
    Published on 15 April 2019

    Territorial Ecosystems in Transition Chair: Grenoble leading the way for change

    Towns, cities, regions are all facing a growing need to implement major changes in terms of lifestyle and economic models. The “Inclusive Sustainability: Territorial Ecosystems in Transition” Chair offers a collaborative space for Grenoble’s public...

  • The first Economic Peace Trophies will be awarded on May 14th, 2019 in Grenoble.
    Published on 15 April 2019

    Are you curious about economic peace?

    The first Economic Peace Trophies will be awarded on May 14th, 2019 in Grenoble. The event will recognize and promote initiatives and companies engaged in promoting greater economic peace, well-being at work and the common good.

  • simulation-based medical tool
    Published on 09 April 2019

    Virtual reality: training medical students on infection control

    Grenoble Ecole de Management, University Grenoble Alpes, Imperial College London and Heidelberg University have partnered with the start-up Simango to deliver the first virtual reality training on infection control in operating rooms.

  • Open innovation: the key to staying ahead of the game
    Published on 11 March 2019

    Open innovation: the key to staying ahead of the game

    Over the past 20 years, the pace of technological development has skyrocketed. To stay competitive, companies have to innovate efficiently and quickly bring new products or services to market. Open innovation offers a vision that can increase the...

  • Baromètre du Marché de l’Énergie – Hiver 2018 : blockchain
    Published on 31 January 2019

    Energy market barometer report - Winter 2018

    The Winter 2018 edition of the Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) Energy Market Barometer explores the opinion of the French energy experts on the role of blockchain technology for the French energy sector. The experts were also asked about their...

  • 21 jours pour innover : une mission pas impossible
    Published on 21 December 2018

    21 days to innovate: a serious game to improve innovation!

    It takes 21 days to change a habit. What if a serious game could change our innovation habits in 21 days?

  • Casabio, défi de la rentrée à Grenoble Ecole de Management
    Published on 23 November 2018

    Casabio: students meet the challenge of ethical commerce

    First-year students at Grenoble Ecole de Management kicked off the year with a serious game challenge to dream up innovative services and products for partner companies. Casabio, an organic store brand, participated in the first-year challenge and...

  • Grenoble Ecole de Management étaye son offre de services corporate
    Published on 23 November 2018

    GEM: a catalyst for innovation

    Serious games, the first-year challenge, research chairs, a business lab… Innovation is at the heart of Grenoble Ecole de Management. The school offers students, researchers and businesses an environment to foster creativity and collaboration.

  • Le Parcours TechBiz manage l’innovation des entreprises technologiques
    Published on 22 October 2018

    TechBiz: innovation management for tech companies

    Is your tech company looking to improve its market strategy? TechBiz offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with motivated and specialized students. Under the supervision of an experienced mentor, the students will offer an in-depth analysis of...

  • Dominique Steiler, titulaire de la chaire Paix économique, Mindfulness et Bien-être au travail
    Published on 22 October 2018

    Economic Peace Trophies: rewarding pioneering companies

    Economic peace will grow through concrete initiatives that change how we operate a business. The launch of the Economic Peace Trophies will recognize companies that are dedicated to improving well-being in the workplace and fostering economic peace...

  • Published on 27 September 2018

    A Rubik’s Cube to foster disruptive innovation

    A serious game based on a Rubik’s Cube? Discover the potential to create disruptive innovation through a day of gaming. 150 young professionals at Engie participated in a Grenoble Ecole de Management “Cubification” day to foster innovation.

  • David Gotteland est professeur de marketing à Grenoble Ecole de Management
    Published on 21 June 2018

    How Can You Create a Reliable Innovation Process?

    Formatted, creative methods with a framework enable scientifically proven increases in innovation processes. The stakes are high as only 15% of innovative ideas at a company end up as financial and commercial successes.

  • Pourquoi La Boîte à Outils mise sur l’épanouissement de ses collaborateurs
    Published on 26 April 2018

    Why Is La Boîte à Outils Investing in the Well-Being of its Employees?”

    Can well-being at work and profitability go hand in hand? La Boîte à Outils is firmly committed to the idea.

  • indicateurs de bien-être et de richesses soutenables
    Published on 01 December 2017

    IBEST: Developing Indicators for Sustainable Well-Being

    Are profits and performance the only indicators of success? As businesses and governments around the world begin to question this vision, the Grenoble metropolis has launched a new initiative to develop indicators that measure the sustainability and...

  • Erno TORNIKOSKI is a Professor in Entrepreneurship at Grenoble Ecole de Management.
    Published on 28 September 2017

    Research: Entrepreneurship, understanding Technology-Based Competitive Advantage

    Policy-makers, researchers and entrepreneurs generally agree that R...

  • Dominique Steiler propose de mettre l’entreprise au service de la cité
    Published on 14 September 2017

    If You Want Peace, Prepare for It

    Ready to evolve towards economic peace and well-being at work? Discover the experiences shared by partner companies and the latest research by the Mindfulness Chair.