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11th ANNUAL WORLD OPEN INNOVATION CONFERENCE 2024

Hosted in University of California, Berkeley

Full Program of the WOIC 2022

Click here for the full program of the pre-conference visit.

Click here for the full program for the conference days.

Top 25 Startups Innovating 5 Key Sectors

Take a look to this report that highlights some of the most innovative key players in the European innovation & startup ecosystem. Produced and promoted by Linknovate, our media partner in collaboration with Bilakatu.

11th edition & 21 years of Open Innovation

In 2003 Henry Chesbrough published  “Open Innovation – The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology”. Celebrating its 11th edition and 21 years since the inception of the Open Innovation concept, the World Open Innovation Conference (WOIC) continues to unite stakeholders from academia, industry, and policy, fostering discourse on open innovation. 

This year’s theme, “Open Innovation and Emerging Technologies” explores the synergy of diverse stakeholders in enhancing value. We invite academic insights, real-life examples, and discussions on Joint Value Creation. Join us as we delve into the question, “Is it true that we innovate better if we do it together?” in this landmark conference.

Call for papers

Where academics share their ground-breaking research on Open Innovation

Call for applicants for doctoral consortium

12 doctoral students will interact with and learn from experienced OI scholars and expand their networks.

10th Annual World Open Innovation Conference 2023

Call for workshops

Be part of our new dedicated workshop day following the conference, and propose your own workshop!

WOIC22 - Best Practice Winner

Call for best practice AWARDS @WOIC 2024

One of our unique qualities at WOIC is the synergy we create between academia and practice. If you have a best practice to share, why not submit it for peer and expert validation? Apply for our Best Practice Sessions and you could win one of our prestigious Best OI Practice Awards. We honor not just a winner but also two finalists.

Our speakers

Meet the top academics, thought leaders, industry pioneers, and innovation experts who will be inspiring at our stages. These are the individuals at the forefront of open innovation, eager to share their insights, strategies, and transformative ideas. Don’t miss the chance to learn from the best in the field. Keep scrolling to get to know our distinguished speakers for this year’s World Open Innovation Conference #WOIC2023!

Why is WOIC Unique?

Practitioners and Industry: Why Participate?

We invite you to participate in the World Open Innovation Conference to deep dive into how to manage open innovation in your organization. We will propose discussions on relevant open innovation issues that other organizations are likely to experience in a corporate, public agency, or non-profit setting. We aim to foster a collaborative environment between the academic and practitioner community. We offer conference participants the opportunity to tap into the collective mind of the conference participants and access knowledge on managing open innovation in different context through academic paper presentations session, best practice sessions, and challenge sessions. Click here for more information.

Virtual Track

In additional to the physical conference, we also offer an online track. This online-only virtual track will consist of streaming of plenary sessions, participation in moderated online sessions, online networking, and virtual presentation and discussion of submitted papers. While we don’t think an online track can replace the experience of a physical conference, we do believe that offering an online track will make our conference and community more accessible, including to those who may otherwise not be able to travel for the conference.

Awards for Best Paper by a Student and Emerging Scholar

The conference will feature an award for the best paper by a student and the best paper by an emerging scholar. To be eligible for the award, the student or emerging scholar, respectively, must be the lead author or single author of the paper and he or she must be the presenting author at the conference. The finalists of the awards will be honored during the conference and on the WOIC website. The winner of each award will receive a plaque and a €500 cash reward and a free entry to next year’s WOIC.

Special Section in California Management Review

The journal California Management Review (CMR) will publish a special section on “Open Innovation” with selected papers from this conference. Submission of a full paper is required to be considered for the special section. The submitted full papers will be shortlisted based on quality and managerial implication. Authors will be notified in case their paper is shortlisted and will then receive further information about the process.

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Pre-conference visit to Brainport Eindhoven

WOIC 2022 pre-conference visit will take place on November 14th in the heart of the Brainport region, which is a regional innovation ecosystem in the Eindhoven area. It is a renowned hotspot for open innovation. The conference itself will take place at the High Tech Campus, which has been recognized as the smartest square kilometer in the world. The campus is built around an ecosystem of 235 companies with a range of application fields. It is home to over 12.000 innovators, researchers, and engineers that create the technologies and businesses of the future. Together with the High Tech Campus and Brainport Development — an organization that provides local support in the region to attract international high-tech and manufacturing companies —, we will be developing a pre-conference visit to expose interested attendees to the local ecosystem

WOIC 2022 special gift for participants

As part of registration, all registered participants will get a copy of the book “Unleashing the Crowd”, co-authored by the keynote speaker Ann Majchrzak. (You can choose between a physical or an e-book version)

TICKETS AND CONFERENCE FEES

Student

The discounted student rate applies to students enrolled in a college/university program (e.g., as PhD student). Registration with a valid college/university email address is required.

€ 495,-
Early Bird
€ 295,-

Regular

The regular rate applies to all participants (except students) regardless of their affiliation (e.g., academia, industry, policy, government, NGO).

€ 695,-
Early Bird *
€ 495,-

Online only

The online-only rate applies to the online track, including a live stream/recording of the plenary sessions (e.g., keynotes), online paper presentations/discussions, and other selected sessions. Those who wish to participate in the “online-only” virtual conference will need to indicate this during the submission. 

€ 195,-

Pre-conference

Interested in a Pre-conference visit?

€ 95,-

We offer an exciting program with visits to several parts of the Brainport ecosystem on the day before the conference. The visit is optional, but registration is required (and possible until October 1, 2022).

* The Early Bird rate ends on October 10, 2022.

** Pre-conference tickets can not be purchased separately.

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Contact

VAT number TU/e:
NL001956218B01

CoC number:
51278871

Official address:
Groene loper 3, 5612 AE, Eindhoven

Navigation address:
De Zaale, Eindhoven

Postal Address:
PO Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven

Organizer

Innovation Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing

The Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship and Marketing (ITEM) group focuses on understanding and improving new business and product development processes within firms, organizations, and institutions in a high-tech context.

Important Dates

Submission website opens.

April 1, 2024

Submission Deadline (Best Practice)

June 16, 2024

Submission Deadline (Extended Abstracts, Full Papers)

May 3, 2024

Notification of Acceptance (Academic Papers)

June 17, 2024

Notification of Acceptance (Best Practice)

July 1, 2024

Registration Deadline (Academic Papers)

September 2, 2024

Early Bird Registration Deadline

September 2, 2024

Confirmation of Participation

August 15, 2024

CMR Workshop Deadline

October 14, 2024

Doctoral consortium and Dinner pre-event

November 5, 2024

Main Conference Dates

November 6-7, 2024

Post-Conference Visit (Optional)

November 8, 2024
May 25, 2023Submission website opens.
June 22, 2023Submission deadline for extended abstracts and full papers.
August 28, 2023Notification of acceptance for academic paper submissions.
September 5, 2023Deadline for submitting the Best Practice presentation.
September 11, 2023Deadline for applying to the doctoral consortium
September 25, 2023Notification of acceptance to the doctoral consortium.
September 25, 2023Notification of acceptance Best Practice presentation.
October 2, 2023Registration deadline for accepted academic paper submissions.
October 9, 2023Deadline for Early Bird Registration.
October 15, 2023Deadline for submitting shortlisted papers to the CMR special section.
November 8, 2023Doctoral Consortium
November 8, 2023Pre-conference visit (optional).
November 9-10, 2023Main conference dates.

What to expect

The World Open Innovation Conference (WOIC) brings theory and practice closer together. We seek the latest in academic research on open innovation, and combine this in our program with challenges faced by industry executives and policymakers who manage open innovation in their organizations.

  • Read more here.
  • See here for program of WOIC 2023.
  • See here for why it is interesting for industry to participate in WOIC.

 

#WOICWeek: More Events & Amenities

Explore Bilbao to the fullest with our “Opportunities of the Week” recommendations. Find highlighted events and must-attend masterclasses, networking activities, and enjoy in the city.

WOIC 2023 - Save the Date

Welcome to Bilbao, the Vibrant Heart of the Basque Country!

Whether you’re here to explore its rich culture, tantalizing cuisine, or striking architecture, getting to the city center comfortably and efficiently is the first step in making your visit unforgettable.

Transportation from Area Airports:

Upon your arrival at one of the area’s airports, various transportation options are available to help you reach downtown Bilbao with ease. We’ve detailed the primary means of transport you can utilize, customized based on the airport you arrive at. We aim to make your journey to the heart of Bilbao as smooth and pleasant as possible, allowing you more time to enjoy the many wonders the city has to offer.

Exclusive Hotel Discounts

Take advantage of exclusive offers and secure your discounted rates on the following hotel websites. We got special rates for up to the full week, make it easy for you to arrive early or extend your stay over the weekend, and enjoy all activities during the week or the many leisure activities offered in the surroundings.

Book now and enjoy your full experience.

Click each opportunity to find details on procedure for your booking. Contact us if you have any questions

VENUE OF THE EVENT: B Accelerator Tower (Gran Via 1, Bilbao)

Hotel Consulado Vincci

15% discount applied

Líbere Bilbao Museo Apartments

Líbere Bilbao Museo Apartments

10% discount applied

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Hotel Amari bypillow

5% discount applied

Miró Hotel Bilbao

SPECIAL FIXED RATE

Hesperia Bilbao

Hesperia Bilbao

25% discount applied

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Gran Hotel Dómine

SPECIAL FIXED RATE

B48

B48

10% discount applied

Silken Indautxu Bilbao

Silken Indautxu Bilbao

SPECIAL FIXED RATE

Hotel Raddison

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Sercotel Ayala Hotel x BAT: B Accelerator Tower

Sercotel Ayala Hotel x BAT: B Accelerator Tower

20% discount applied

Full programme

High tech campus Eindhoven

The High Tech Campus Eindhoven has been named the smartest square kilometer in the world. It is the home of more than 200 high-tech companies and more than 10000 employees who are all working to create the technologies and businesses of the future. You can find more information about Conference Center, including a route description, at their website: www.hightechcampus.com/conference-center.

High Tech Campus Eindhoven: our vision towards 2030!

Airports Near Bilbao

Aeropuerto de Bilbao

Located 12 km north of Bilbao.

The nearest airport to Bilbao is “Aeropuerto de Bilbao” (IATA code: BIO). This airport is located approximately 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) north of the city center of Bilbao, making it the most convenient option for travelers flying into the Bilbao area.

Vitoria Airport

Located 65 km south of Bilbao.

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San Sebastián Airport (EAS)

Located 100 km east of Bilbao.

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Santander Airport (SDR)

Located 100 km west of Bilbao.

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WHERE TO STAY

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Airports Near Bilbao

Bilbao Airport (BIO)
Located 12 km north of Bilbao.

The nearest airport to Bilbao is "Aeropuerto de Bilbao" (IATA code: BIO). This airport is located approximately 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) north of the city center of Bilbao, making it the most convenient option for travelers flying into the Bilbao area.

Vitoria Airport (VIT)
Located 65 km south of Bilbao.

Located in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, approximately 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of Bilbao.

San Sebastián Airport (EAS)
Located 100 km east of Bilbao.

Located in San Sebastián, Spain, approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Bilbao.

Santander Airport (SDR)
Located 100 km west of Bilbao.

Located in Santander, Spain, approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of Bilbao.

Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (BIQ)
Located 150 km north of Bilbao.

Located in Biarritz, France, approximately 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of Bilbao.

BOOK YOUR STAY

Hotel Consulado Vincci

 

  • 15% discount applied
  • Applicable discount from 06th to 12th of November, 2023

Use code on site

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Líbere Bilbao Museo Apartments

  • 10% discount applied
  • Applicable discount from 7th to 10th of November, 2023

Use code on site

WOIC23

BOOK YOUR STAY

Hotel Amari bypillow

  • 5% discount applied
  • Applicable discount from 06th to 12th of November, 2023

Use code on site

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BOOK YOUR STAY

Miró Hotel Bilbao

To make a reservation at Miró Hotel Bilbao, please follow the steps below:

1. Contact the hotel by email:

Email reservas@mirohotelbilbao.com

Subject: WOIC Conference – Hotel Miró

2. In the body of the email, please include the following details:

Body:

  • Arrival – Check In
  • Departure – Check Out
  • Room Category
  • Number of PAX/People
  • Name(s) of PAX/People

3. Hotel Rates (per room/night):

City Privilege 1 PAX/People – 125€ / room/night
City Privilege 2 PAX/People – 140€ / room/night

 

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Hesperia Bilbao

  • 25% discount applied over the website hotel rates
  • Applicable discount from 5th to 13th of November, 2023

Use code on site

WOIC2023

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Gran Hotel Dómine

To make a reservation at Gran Hotel Domine, please follow the steps below:

1. Contact the hotel by email:

Email reservations@hoteldominebilbao.com
Subject: WOIC Conference – Hotel Dómine

2. In the body of the email, please include the following details:

Body:

  • Arrival – Check In
  • Departure – Check Out
  • Room Category
  • Number of PAX/People
  • Name(s) of PAX/People

3. Hotel Rates (per room/night):

Smart Inner Views 1 PAX/People – 160€ / room/night

Smart Inner Views 2 PAX/People – 190€ / room/night

Superior City View 1 PAX/People – 190€ / room/night
Superior City View 2 PAX/People – 220€ / room/night

 

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B48

  • 10% discount on the flexible and non-refundable rate
  • Applicable discount from 7th to 10th of November, 2023
  • For more details, please check  [Dossier]

Use code on site

WOIC23

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Silken Indautxu Bilbao

To make a reservation at Silken Indautxu Bilbao, please follow the steps below:

1. Contact the hotel by email:

Email alojamiento.indautxu@hoteles-silken.com
Subject: WOIC Conference

2. In the body of the email, please include the following details:

Body:

  • Arrival – Check In
  • Departure – Check Out
  • Number of PAX
  • Name(s) of PAX

City Privilege 1-2 PAX 95-105€ / room/night

Set Rate. Rate per room and night. VAT and Breakfast are included in the room rates.
Applicable set rates: from 06th to 13th of November, 2023.

Location:

Etxaniz Suhiltzailearen Plaza, s/n, 48010 Bilbo, Bizkaia

BOOK YOUR STAY

Sercotel Ayala Hotel x BAT: B Accelerator Tower

To make a reservation at Sercotel Ayala Hotel x BAT, please follow the steps below:

1. Contact the hotel by email:

Email reservas@sercotelayala.com

Subject: BAT Tower Agreement / WOIC

2. In the body of the email, please include the following details:

Body:

  • Arrival – Check In
  • Departure – Check Out
  • Room Category
  • Number of PAX/People
  • Name(s) of PAX/People

3. Hotel Rates (per room/night):

Double room for single use – 69 € / room/night
Double room – 79 € / room/night