International Open and User Innovation Conference 2021


OUI 2021

    Monday, June 21, 2021, 8:00am

    The 18th International Open and User Innovation Conference will be hosted again in 2021. With the OUI 2021, one of the central and mulitdisciplinary conferences within the field of Innovation Management will be hosted by the Institute for Technology & Innovation Management (RWTH TIM) at RWTH's School of Business & Economics. The conference, hosted by Kathleen Diener, Patrick Pollok, and Professor Frank Piller, unites more than 200 researchers of various fields to evaluate current developments within the sphere of Open Innovation und User Innovation within the context of Industrie 4.0 as well as working on future oriented solutions within the frame of plenary sessions, workshops and keynote speeches.

    Prof. Henry Chesbrough of  UC Berkeley and Prof. Eric von Hippel, MIT, will focus on the topic of Open and User Innovation in their shared keynotes, while Prof. Ann Majchrzak of the University of Southern California will give an overview over collaborative solutions. Further topics and speakers will soon be announced. In addition to networking opportunities and practical workshops, there will be a special Post-Conference Workshop on "Open (Process) Innovation for Industrie 4.0"

    Since 2002 the OUI anually unites various researchers from all over the world and stands for a productive and open academic culture in which current projects can be evaluated and developed. This year’s Call for Submissions calls for full paper presentations (15 min) as well as short presentations (4 min). Further information can be found on the OUI Society’s websites.


    OUI 2020+1 will be held on June 21 and 22, 2021, as a hybrid conference in Zoom and at RWTH Aachen, one of the leading institutes of technology in Europe. Hostet by the Institute for Technology & Innovation Management (RWTH TIM) at RWTH’s School of Business & Economics.

    Current notice from the host:

    The OUI 2020+1 edition (the postponed event originally scheduled for July 2020) consists of a virtual and (hopefully) an optional physical component:

    • OUI2020+1 will be held virtually with optional physical presence in Aachen (if the circumstances in Summer 2021 will allow a safe physical meeting).
    • Main conference sessions (paper presentations and keynotes) will be in the afternoons / early evening hours of CET (= morning hours of ET) via Zoom on June 21 and 22, 2021. We will work hard to make the OUI Virtual a truly interactive experience — no streaming of recorded talks, for example! Focus is on interaction, discussion, exchange, and learning.
    • We will assess the COVID situation in the coming months and decide in April 2021, whether we will offer an additional physical conference option for participants who are able (and willing) to travel in summer. The optional physical part of the OUI in Aachen will take place during the CET morning and evening hours. Workshops, discussion sessions, paper development, and dinner activities are providing the unique OIO networking experience for those who can attend in person.

    Further Information

    Further Details as well as the program structure are continuously updated:

    Call for Submissions