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DEC
9+10
2021

8th Annual
WORLD OPEN INNOVATION
CONFERENCE 2021

Hosted at the High Tech Campus
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

DEC
9+10
2021

8th Annual
WORLD OPEN INNOVATION
CONFERENCE 2021

Hosted at the High Tech Campus
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Welcome to the 8th annual World Open Innovation Conference — WOIC 2021!

The WOIC brings theory and practice closer together. We seek the latest in academic research on open innovation, and combine that in our program with challenges faced by industry executives who manage open innovation in their organizations. In addition, we aim at engaging policy makers to better understand the opportunities and challenges associated with designing effective open innovation policy measures. This year, we will also introduce a dedicated workshop program by adding a third conference day, and we will be organizing an exciting pre-conference visit to local companies in the Brainport Eindhoven region.

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Theme: Building succesful Ecosystems through open Innovation

Open innovation describes “a distributed innovation process based on purposively managed knowledge flows across organizational boundaries.” It provides insights into how firms can harness inflows and outflows of knowledge to improve their innovation success. During the last two decades, open innovation has had profound impact on both the practice and study of innovation. In parallel to open innovation becoming a central feature of innovation management, the concept of innovation ecosystems has also gained much attention from both research and practice. In the face of innovation, one organization’s success will depend on the efforts of other innovators in its environment.

With this year’s conference theme – “Building Successful Ecosystems Through Open Innovation” -we want to highlight the potential of applying what we know about open innovation in order to build successful ecosystems.

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A warm welcome to the World Open Innovaton Conference to Eindhoven by Robert-Jan Smits, President of the Executive Board of Eindhoven University of Technology.