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CenTER FOR INNOVATION 
AT SWPS UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

 

Are you looking for a scientist to cooperate on your project? Would you like to work on projects that have real impact on the community? Contact us!

 

Currently, the need for innovation is one of the biggest challenges facing research and economy in Poland. Center for Innovation at SWPS University has been created to meet this need in the field of social innovation.

OUR MISSION

Our goal is to be a conduit between the world of science and the community, including business, cultural, and social groups. We focus on the observation and research of current social and technological trends.

The Center for Innovation is a place where representatives of the business community, local government and NGOs can meet with scientists and students to work on common projects. It is a place, where science meets practical and effective implementation.

Our team offers a variety of practical experience and research approaches. We would like to invite all external parties (business partners, institutions, innovators) and internal parties (SWP University academics, scientists, doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students) interested in cooperating with the Center to contact us. We offer interesting internships in the upcoming academic year 2016/2017.

We believe that innovative ideas are born in the environment of cooperation and varied contribution.

Spirit of Innovation

The Warsaw Campus of SWPS University is located in the historic building of the High Voltage Apparatus and Devices Factory founded and managed by Kazimierz Szpotański, in the 1920s. Due to the innovative approach and rapid development, the factory was called a “Polish Siemens”.

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The founder, engineer Kazimierz Szpotański (1887 - 1966), believed in cultivating business contacts in Poland and abroad. He had a talent for uniting people. His product development strategy was based on four elements - Quality, Economy, Aesthetics, and Innovation. He constantly worked with scientist and trained prospective engineers by offering them internships at his factory, even during WWII. The effectiveness of his approach was proven, when after WWII the factory was nationalized and 24 of the former factory employees, renowned for their expertise, were offered professorial positions at Polish technical universities. Moreover, Kazimierz Szpotański was also a big proponent of social development. He considered his employees to be his extended family and invested in their education. He was also a generous benefactor of the local community. He believed that “Electric energy ignites and multiplies human energy”.

For us Kazimierz Szpotański is a role model. In our work at the Center, we are guided by his spirit of innovation and social responsibility.

Scope of Activity

BUSINESS

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  • Joint projects with business community
  • Analysis and expert reports based on scientific research
  • Support in the implementation of new technologies
  • Cooperation in commercialization of research and know-how
  • Support in generation of new ideas - idea incubator

 

 

 

RESEARCH

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  • Research projects conducted with business partners and institutions (joint applications for financing)
  • Research: applied, interdisciplinary, pretest-posttest, laboratory, field, action research, etc.
  • Innovation testing
  • Research with the use of specialized equipment, such as electroencephalogram (EEG), eye-tracker, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • Research and development (R&D)

KNOW-HOW

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  • Consulting
  • Organization of conferences and open lectures
  • Innovative thinking and creativity workshops
  • Internships for students and doctoral candidates
  • International cooperation

 

COMMUNITY

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  • Projects with community partners and projects benefiting local communities
  • Support for community revitalization projects
  • Support for local cultural and community projects
  • Cooperation with NGOs and innovators
  • Integration of SWPS University with the local community

Our Team

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Konrad Maj, Ph.D.

Head, Center for Innovation

Social psychologist and coach - conducts training in public speaking, media appearances, presentation skills, negotiations, communication, creativity, and assertyveness

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Maksymilian Bielecki, Ph.D.

Psychologist and researcher - for the past 10 years has been conducting research for busienss partners

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Ewa Jarczewska-Gerc, Ph.D.

 Psychologist and coach. Conducts training in emotion and motivaiton,mental stimulation, persistence, effectiveness and consious happiness

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Magdalena Kaczmarek, Ph.D.

 Psychologist. Expert and consultant in the filed of HR and R&D

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Associate Professor

Mirosław Filiciak, Ph.D.

Head of School of Ideas - an innovative program of studies focused on a design approach to innovation.

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Małgorzata Wawrzyniak, Ph.D.

psychotraumatology and psycho-oncology expert, lecturer at SWPS University

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Wiesław Bartkowski, M.A.

interaction designer and researcher of complex systems, lecturer at SWPS University and the School of Form

Collaborators

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Pola Borkiewicz, M.A.

interaction designer, interdisciplinary artist, cognitive scientist, interested in embodied esthetic experience.

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Iwona Pom, M.A

film director and producer, interaction designer, experimental psychologists, interested in cognitive processes pertaining to the perception of new media

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Krzysztof Leoniak, M.A.

social psychologist specilizing in psychology of social impact and marketing of social values

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Wojciech Brzeski

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Partners

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dnest logoSWPS University Center for Innovation is a partner of D-nest, an Italian platform where innovators, entrepreneurs and investors may connect, share and develop their innovative projects. The Center supports D-nest in the promotion of the “International Inventors Exhibition”, 13 - 16 October, 2016, in Venice.

 

Examples of Innovation Projects

Project: Akcja – Inkubacja

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Problem: Today, young people are facing a lot of barriers in entering the job market. Previous solutions of the problem seem to be inefficient and expensive and the new innovative ones do not meet with sufficient support.


Solution: Project Ecorys “Akcja - Inkubacja” [Action - Incubation], developed in cooperation with the Center for Innovation at SWPS University, supports social innovators. Additionally, it facilitates the implementation of the solution generation model, which helps young people in the process of entry into the job market. The solution generation model includes planning and development of ideas, selection of grant recipients, testing of the most promising innovations, and implementation of the best solutions. The Center will review 120 proposals for innovative ideas, 60 of these proposals will be tested, and 8 best solutions will be planned and developed for implementation on a large scale. Value of the project: approximately 5.5M PLN

Project: Smart Vox


 

Problem: Doing homework is often boring for school age children. Additionally, traditional methods of studying often stunt creativity.

Solution: Project Smart Vox was focused on the design of an innovative SMART desk for school age children. The idea was to create furniture that would inspire creativity, learning and problem solving skills. A series of experiments conducted by Ewa Jarczewska-Gerc, Ph.D. has shown a positive impact of SMART furniture on child development. SMART furniture is currently commercially marketed.

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Project: Teva for Kids

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Problem: Paediatric wards at hospitals in Poland require changes to shorten convalescence period of children recovering from operations or injuries.

Solution: An interdisciplinary team, including a psychologist - Konrad Maj, Ph.D. and an architect - Ada Szydłowska, developed design guidelines for special rooms, which would shorten the time of recovery, i.e. reduce post traumatic stress, have a calming effect and evoke positive emotions. The design was based on the results of previous studies, indicating positive factors impacting a speedy recovery. The project was financed by Teva Pharmaceuticals.

The results of the project were published in a brochure “Teva dzieciom - Baw się i zdrowiej” [Teva for Kids - Play and Get Better]. So far, the design guidelines have been implemented in several recovery rooms.

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Project: Theatre in the Classroom

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Problem: Today, middle and secondary schools are facing a lot of behavioral challenges including violence, bullying, social exclusion, and low self-esteem among students. However, it is very difficult to change students’ attitudes with the use of traditional methods.

Solution: The idea of “Teatr w Klasie” [Theatre in the Classroom] was born at Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw. From the psychological point of view, Theatre in the Classroom is not only an interactive theatre performance at school, but also an innovative method altering students’ attitudes. Each performance is followed with special workshops, prepared by psychologists from SWPS University, including Konrad Maj, Ph.D., Marzena Cypryańska, Ph.D., and Małgorzata Wawrzyniak, Ph.D.). The project was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. In 2013, the initiative received an honorary mention at the Warsaw Cultural Education Project Fair.

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Project: Quo Vadis?

Problem: Many young people and even adults have a problem with defining their professional interests, inclinations and talents.

Solution: Project “Quo Vadis?” The goal of the project was to design a set of standardized diagnostic psychological tests available online. The project was funded by a grant in the amount of 1,010,371 PLN from the European Social Fund - Operational Program Human Capital (nr 2/POKL/3.4.3/2013). The goal of the project was to create a diagnostic tool that would be interesting, easy and quick to complete and would produce a report, indicating potential paths of professional development, in a clear and easily understood format.

The tool and test methodology handbook were developed by researchers from SWPS University, including Ewa Jarczewska-Gerc, Ph.D. - Project Director and Magdalena Kaczmarek, Ph.D. - main expert.

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Project: Kamionek Milowy

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Problem:  Kamionek is a small neighborhood in the Praga district of Warsaw. It is virtually unknown and rarely visited by tourists. One of the drawbacks of this anonymity is that small businesses are facing extinction due to lack of customers and the uneven competition with big chain stores that are moving into the neighborhood without consideration for the historical atmosphere and identity of Kamionek.

Solution: “Kamionek Milowy” [Kamionek’s Milestones] is conducted in cooperation with Enactus, an international community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world. The project blends past, present and future. It capitalizes on the current interest in historical neighborhoods of Warsaw to promote small businesses of Kamionek. The nostalgic marketing trend shows that linking to the past evokes positive emotions in customers and increases sales.

The support provided to the businesses includes education, redecoration of business premises and help with promotion and branding. “Kamionek Milowy” won the 3rd place in the Enactus Poland National Competition, in 2016. Additionally, the project advisor, Konrad Maj, Ph.D., received the Best Faculty Advisor Award.

The project has been developed and implemented in cooperation with Muzeum Warszawskiej Pragi [Museum of Warsaw Praga District]. Members of the Center of Innovation participating in the project include: Konrad Maj, Ph.D. - project advisor, Wojciech Brzeski and Krzysztof Leoniak – project supervisors.

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Contact:

SWPS University of Humanities and Social Sciences
Center for Innovation
Chodakowska 19/31, 03-815 Warsaw
room. 311, e-mail: ci@swps.edu.pl

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