IF wins DIA

Innovation Factory wins Dutch Interactive Award

“Best Social for Business”

We are pleased to announce that Innovation Factory and Liander have won the Dutch Interactive Award “Best Social for Business” for the Liander “SamenSlim” programme. The Dutch Interactive Award is an award for Dutch interactive business initiatives in several categories.

SamenSlim (Dutch for ‘Together Smart’) is a Liander-wide programme supported by Innovation Factory and our Idea Management Software PIT®Liander is the Netherlands’ largest utility company for gas and electricity, serving over 3 million customers. The SamenSlim programme is targeted at involving colleagues throughout all organisational layers in innovation. In this way SamenSlim perfectly fits the category of Social for business that is aimed at internal and external social networks.

The objective of SamenSlim is to create an innovative mindset and stimulate involvement of all colleagues within Liander at innovation through the developing of ideas. To deploy “the wisdom of the crowds” is a challenging task for Liander due to the geographical dispersion of the workforce, that largely consists of mechanics. Previous initiatives to involve mechanics were not successful. However due to the collaboration of Liander and Innovation Factory, Samenslim became a successful platform. We are pleased that this is also acknowledged by the jury of the Dutch Interactive awards.

The jury judged “Samenslim” as a “a very strong concept with extremely high implementation and a demonstrable business results. This solid online platform is used for improvements to the company that has a positive effect for employees, customers and profit. It is the idea box on steroids!”

The results of the programme of Samenslim were even better than expected. As the Director of Asset management said “SamenSlim is the best thing we have done in years to gather knowledge from our implementing organisation”.

Since the first Idea Challenge, Liander already organised three more Idea Challenges. We are looking forward to roll out the Samenslim programme even further, together with Liander!

Read the full DIA Awards case description in Dutch or in English.

Interested to learn more about this case? Please contact Monique Witziers.



  1. June 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Bert Vries

    Van harte gefeliciteerd

    Groet Bert

Leave a comment