20th International CINet Conference

Innovating in an era of continuous disruption

8-10 September 2019, Odense, Denmark


Workshop: The future of drones

As part of the CINet conference 2019, the organizers invite the conference participants to a workshop on the topic of “The future of drones” on Tuesday 10 September. Drones are small robots that can autonomously fly in natural and man-made environments. They potentially can and most probably will have a major impact on defense and civilian tasks, including transportation, communication, agriculture, disaster mitigation and environment preservation.

This workshop will explore the topic on how a future society with drones could look like, what the impact of these robots might be and how we should prepare ourselves for such a future from three different perspectives. Participants will decide for one of the three sessions (you can indicate this on the registration form) which each will use a creative method for developing and discussing such future scenarios: Flash Fiction, value-sensitive design and design thinking dash.

The workshop program will be structured as follows:

16.30-16.40 Introduction
16.40-17.30 Three parallel workshop sessions
17.30-18.00 Presentation of findings from the workshop sessions
18.00 Closure


Session 1: Flash fiction as a method to capture future scenarios for drones as emerging technology

Marianne Harbo Frederiksen
Associate Professor
SDU Innovation and Design Engineering, Department of Technology and Innovation

Ute Klotz
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences - Department of Informatics

Future perspectives of technology adoption often remain obscure as they are difficult to identify, survey, and validate. However, societies and companies can benefit from gaining insights into how the future is imagined, as this can inform the next steps of technology development and implementation.
This is especially relevant for emerging and expectedly disrupting technologies, such as drones. Drones are already used for several missions, and much hype is being associated with their further market potential. However, although many future use cases are already envisioned, the life – including pros and cons – associated with drone technology is difficult to identify and validate, especially due to the lack of appropriate methods for doing so. This is where Flash Fiction Stories come in handy. By means of the creative process of writing very short, far-future stories, use scenarios can be imagined and help create the contours of what could be the nearer-future steps of technology development.


Session 2: How do we develop ethical technology?  The case of a healthcare drone

Dylan Cawthorne
Associate Professor
SDU UAS Centre (Unmanned Aerial Systems), The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute

The process of innovation, and especially disruptive innovation, has far-reaching ethical implications.  How do engineers and innovators develop ethical technology?  What methods are available, and how are they made actionable? 
In this workshop, the design and implementation of a healthcare cargo drone for transporting blood samples within Denmark will be presented to demonstrate one approach: value-sensitive design.  Value-sensitive design includes conceptual analysis of the ethical implications of a technology, consideration of the values of stakeholders, and understanding the social impacts of the technology within the context of use.  These inputs are translated into design requirements, and, ultimately, into a more transparent, democratic, and ethical technology.


Session 3: Imagining future drone-related products and services: A design thinking dash

Patricia Wolf
Professor WSR
SDU Centre for Integrative Innovation Management, Department of Management and Marketing

What are the hopes and fears that we as citizens relate to drone technology? What the underlying needs of citizens? And what are potential products and services that might offer a solution? Such solutions will address the identified needs without defining the solution space in advance – they will relate to drones, but not necessarily include them in the offering which is developed.
Design thinking is a methodology that allows to develop innovative products and services that put the needs of users into the center. This enables the imagination of user- and customer-oriented solutions to solve complex problems, along with the fast crafting and testing of prototypes of such solutions. A design dash allows to do all this in a very short time frame.



Deadline for registration for the CIYA workshop is 1 September 2019. Registration for the workshop will take place via the CINet conference registration form. If you already registered for the conference but not for this workshop yet, please contact Jeannette Visser-Groeneveld.



19th CINet PhD Workshop

PhD students attending the conference can attend the 19th CINet PhD Workshop for free.


10th CIYA Workshop

CIYA will organize their 10th workshop on the Sunday afternoon preceding the conference.


Workshop: The future of drones

As part of the CINet conference 2019, the organizers invite the conference participants to a workshop on the topic of “The future of drones”.








© Continuous Innovation Netxwork | June 6, 2019