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Innovation Management Forum Bonn 2017

Innovation Managers Forum

May 16th-19th, 2017 - Bonn, Germany
Kameha Grand Hotel

The Definitive Forum for Innovation Managers

The HYPE Forum is a leading event focused on innovation management. It’s culturally diverse, bringing attendees from across the globe, and across a wide array of industries together. It’s high impact, and focuses on the sharing of success and failures at innovation, so everybody can learn and advance towards their goals. Over two days of carefully crafted talks and workshops, you will come away feeling energized, armed with insights, and deeper connections to those working as innovation practitioners.


We are proud to host a group of globally renowned HYPE-clients and industry experts who share insights from their innovation projects and discuss current challenges for their industries. All of our presenters have years of experience in creating breakthrough innovation and facilitating cultural change and collaboration throughout their companies.

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Konstantin Gänge

Corporate Innovation Manager

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John Bessant

Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
University of Exeter

David Willets, innovation manager at Baxi

David Willetts

General Manager
Baxi Genuine Parts

Sven Grave, Idea manager at Wilo SE

Sven Grave

Idea Manager

Frank Henningsen, co-founder of HYPE Innovation

Frank Henningsen

HYPE Innovation

Colin Nelson, consultant at HYPE Innovation

Colin Nelson

Director of Enterprise Innovation Consulting
HYPE Innovation

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Robert Neuhard

Executive Director for Operational Strategic Initiatives
UC San Diego

Roel de Vries, Innovation program manager at Liberty Global

Roel de Vries

Innovation Progam Manager
Liberty Global


Sarah Kelly

Innovation Network Manager
Liberty Global

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Mike Hatrick

Global Head IP Strategy & Portfolio
Volvo Group Trucks Technology

Fabian Schlage, head of idea and innovation management at Nokia

Fabian Schlage

Head of Idea and Innovation Management

Jat Sahi from Fujitsu

Jat Sahi

Innovation and Strategy
Fujitsu Services


John Epars

Head of Strategy & Innovation
Romande Energie

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Oliver Tillack

Innovation Consultant
ATIZO 360°

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Lukas Froesch

Business Development

Michel Arnal, Head of technology at BKW Technology center

Michel Arnal

Head of Technology
BKW Technology Center





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Patricia Heidtman

Head Innovation Management
Global Automotive Sika

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Muna Al Zaabi

Manager Innovation Support
DEWA - Dubai Electricity & Water Authority

James Rose, VP Innovation at Technicolor

James Rose

VP Innovation



On Tuesday 16th of May at 7.30 pm, there is a  get-together dinner at the Rheinalm, the Bavarian Style restaurant  of the Kameha Grand hotel.

For Wednesday and Thursday, we are looking forward to two days packed with presentations, workshops, and networking breakouts!

And, by popular demand, on Friday 19th May, we will offer an additional day for collaboration and project work with peers and your favorite HYPE contacts! This day is not a conference day, but rather an optional day to book time with HYPE people or partners, at the Kameha Grand in Bonn.

Wednesday 17th May

08:00 - 09:15 Registration
Welcome breakfast
09:15 - 09:30 HYPE InnovationWelcome, Purpose, Agenda
09:30 - 09:45 Enno Scholz - Co-founder and CEO of HYPE InnovationHYPE Innovation in 2017
09:45 - 10:15 Frank Henningsen - Co-founder and CTO of HYPE InnovationThe Unveiling of HYPE 9. Codename: Ode to Joy
10:15 - 10:45 Konstantin Gänge - Corporate Innovation Manager at AirbusHow to build an active innovation community?
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 - 11:45 David Willetts - General Manager at Baxi 
Launching the HYPE Platform at Baxi
11:45 - 12:15 Lukas Froesch - Business Development at SBB AG
Oliver Tillack - Innovation Consultant at ATIZO 360°
Idea Challenging 2.0 Or the Networking Effect
12:15 - 13:00 Mike Hatrick - Global Head IP Strategy & Portfolio at Volvo
Why Innovation Initiatives Often Fail, and How to Avoid It
13:00 - 14:00 Networking Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Workshops and Roundtable sessionsSee Details Below...
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 - 16:30 Sven Grave - Idea manager at WILO SE
Building an Innovation Culture
16:30 - 17:00 Robert Neuhard - Executive Director for Operational Strategic Initiatives at UC San DiegoAdvancing Strategic Priorities with Crowdsourcing
17:00 - 17:30 Roel de Vries and Sarah Kelly - Innovation Managers at Liberty Global
Unfuzzying the Frontend of Innovation
17:30 - 18:00 John Bessant - Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Exeter University
18:15 Networking dinner and activities

Thursday 18th May

08:00 - 09:30 Registration
Welcome Breakfast
09:30 - 10:00 Jat Sahi - Innovation & Strategy at Fujitsu ServicesInnovating in a Digital World: Human Centric Innovation in Action
10:00 - 10:30 Fabian Schlage - Head of Idea and Innovation Management at NokiaNokia's Innovation Management Program
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00 10 min x 4 speakers: John Epars - Romande Energie, Michel Arnal - BKW Technology Center, Patricia Heidtman - Global Automotive Sika, and James Rose - TechnicolorMost Valuable Lessons Learned in Innovation Management - with Panel Q&A after
12:00-12:30 John Bessant - Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Exeter UniversityAssessing Your Innovation Maturity: A New Approach
12:30 - 13:00 Muna Al Zaabi - Manager Innovation Support at DEWAInnovation at the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
13:00 - 14:00 Networking lunch

14:00 - 15:30 Workshops and Roundtable sessionsSee Details Below...
15:30 - 16:00 Colin Nelson - Director of Enterprise Innovation ConsultingThe new landscape of innovation management
16:00 - 16:30 Wrap-Up and Takeaways

Workshops - Day 1

1. How to Create Networks and Ecosystems for Innovation
Oana-Maria Pop, Hasselt University - 2 sessions of 45 mins

2. Using liberating structures to facilitate collaborative innovation
Bob Neuhard & Melani Roberson, UC San Diego - 2 sessions of 45 mins

3. Introduction demonstration of HYPE Enterprise for newbies
Karim Habibi & Sandra Fernholz,  HYPE Innovation - 2 sessions of 45 mins

4. How to validate business ideas?
Jaspar Roos, 2SQRS - 2 sessions of 45 mins

5.Hands-on: Developing a balanced campaign portfolio
Christoph Sohn and Marc Monar, HYPE Innovation 2 sessions of 45 mins

6. HYPE Improve Clients (in German)
    ■ Part 1: Modern Idea Management - Collaborative tactics and features for your idea management process
Carin Port, HYPE Innovation 
- 45 mins

   ■ Part 2: Internationalizing Your Idea Management Program - How to face the challenges?
Roland Rausch, Deutsches Institut für Ideen-und Innovationsmanagement 
- 45 mins

Workshops - Day 2

1. The Matchbox program (using Adobe's Kickbox program)
Roel de Vries & Elaine Bromell, Liberty Global  - 2 sessions of 45 mins

2. Assessing your innovation maturity level; a new approach
John Bessant, Exeter University  & Colin Nelson, HYPE Innovation - 2 sessions of 45 mins

3. What is new in HYPE 9? A tour of the new design and features
Dirk Räbiger, Christian Hagemeier & Benny Hartung, HYPE Innovation  - 2 sessions of 45 mins

4. Advanced demonstration of HYPE Enterprise for existing clients
Nourredine Sakli &Vivian Sandri-Horten, HYPE Innovation - 2 sessions of 45 mins

5. Your toolbox for creating a digital mindset 
Jaspar Roos, 2SQRS - 2 sessions of 45 mins

6. How to motivate audiences?
Khattab Al-Ali, HYPE Innovation - 2 sessions of 45 mins

Friday 19th May

The Forum is an intense and busy experience. That's why we've added an optional non-agenda day for those that wish to arrange meetings with fellow attendees or HYPE team members.

You can book an appointment with a HYPE member or team for a demonstration, support, strategy discussion, or anything else that you require. Let us know what you are looking for, and we will schedule the meetings for you.

Six departments will be ready to meet you from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm:


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Get inspiration and new ideas for your innovation program


Learn blue prints for success from experienced innovators


Share your experience with others


An intimate setting for honest discussion


Build relationships with your fellow innovation professionals


Develop yourself as an expert in your field


It's a party too! Have fun, learn lots, enjoy.


Free swag, drinks and food at a fabulous location on the Rhine

Meet companies like these at our forum

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Venue and Hotel

The HYPE Innovation Managers Forum event will be held at the award-winning Kameha Grand Hotel in Bonn, overlooking the beautiful Rhine River.

As part of our conference package, we offer a discounted rate exclusive for HYPE Innovation Managers Forum Bonn 2017 delegates. We hope you will be inspired to reach new innovative heights by gathering in this beautiful surrounding.

We arranged a special price for our delegates at the Kameha Grand Hotel (209 € single room incl. breakfast, available on first serve basis until April, 4 2017). Here you will get directly to the booking site.

There are plenty of other nice hotels in Bonn, click  here  to see some of them.

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Am Bonner Bogen 1, D – 53227 Bonn

Registration is now closed. The event is full!

Regular Registration Rate: €500
Additional offer: if you register 3 people from the same company, you'll get an extra ticket free.

Cancellation policy: If unfortunately you couldn't come, please let us know before February the 15th, 2017
and you will get repaid the full registration rate. Cancellations after February the 15th, 2017 won't be refunded.



"Ideas are flowing. Every minute you are kind of involved in an innovation discussion which generates more and more energy around it."
"Very professional - chapeau! "Family Gathering" describes it very well."
"There was a lot of room for personal exchange, but is was not too dominant! That's a good mix."

"The event was sensational and above all very inspiring"

'Good to have academic insight. Inspiring new information. Challenges and how to work with that. Definitly very experienced".  On the keynote of John Bessant.

"Absolutely a must!"