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April 17th-20th, 2018 - Bonn, Germany
Kameha Grand Hotel

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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 that 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.

At last year's Bonn Forum, we asked some attendees to share their impressions of the HYPE Forum and if they would recommend it to others. See what they said:


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.

Enno Scholz, CEO of HYPE Innovation

Enno Scholz

CEO & Co-Founder of HYPE Innovation

Frank Henningsen, Co-founder of HYPE Innovation

Frank Henningsen

COO & Co-Founder of HYPE Innovation

Colin Nelson, Consultant at HYPE Innovation

Colin Nelson

Director of Enterprise Innovation Consulting at HYPE

Sarah Kelly from Liberty Global

Sarah Kelly

"The Boss" at Sarah Says, and
Innovation Program Manager at Liberty Global

Marcel Broumels from innogy

Marcel Broumels

Co-Founder of the IdeaLab at Innogy

Jay Parekh

Jay Parekh

Co-Founder of the IdeaLab at Innogy

Stan Heuvink from HERE Technologies

Stan Heuvink

Director Innovation Enablement at HERE Technologies

Jaspar Roos

Jaspar Roos

Founding Partner
at Limpid & Co.

Sonja Schasfoort

Sonja Schasfoort

Founding Partner
at Limpid & Co.

Lydia Schneider

Lydia Schneider

Innovation Manager at GEA Group

Martin Russell from Fujitsu

Martin Russell

Innovation Management Specialist at Fujitsu

Lorenz Kramer, Covestro

Lorenz Kramer

Innovation Excellence Manager at Covestro

Andreas Schindler

Andreas Schindler

Director Ideation, Innovation & Technology Foresight
at Merck

Jerome Caussin from Bayer

Jerome Caussin

Innovation & Development Project Management Office Leader at Bayer Consumer Health

Shauna Walker from Bayer Consumer Health

Shauna Walker

Sr. Associate Director - PMO, I&D Systems and Processes at Bayer Consumer Health

Fabian Schlage from Nokia

Fabian Schlage

Head of Idea and Innovation Management
at Nokia

Konstantin Gänge, Airbus

Konstantin Gänge

Corporate Innovation Manager
at Airbus

Sven Grave from WILO

Sven Grave

Idea Manager


On Tuesday 17th April 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 20th April, 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 18th April

08:00 - 09:00 Registration
Welcome breakfast
09:00 - 09:10 Welcome, Purpose, AgendaHYPE Innovation
09:10 - 09:55 OpenningEnno Scholz & Frank Henningsen - HYPE
09:55 - 10:25 Success factors and best practices from the field
Colin Nelson - HYPE
10:25 - 11:05 Setting Sail with Innovation
Marcel Broumels & Jay Parekh - innogy
11:05 - 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 - 12:25 Innovation in a Complex Organization
Stan Heuvink - HERE Technologies
12:25 - 12:55 Keynote: Asterix and the Innovators
Jaspar Roos & Sonja Schasfoort - Limpid & Co.
13:00 - 14:15 Networking Lunch

14:15 - 16:00 Workshops, Roundtables & Seminars
More details below
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:10 Combining Offline & Online Formats to Drive Engagement
Lydia Schneider - GEA Group
17:10 - 17:50 Navigating Rough Waters: How Spark will stay afloat
Sarah Kelly - Liberty Global
18:00 Networking cocktail, dinner and activities

Thursday 19th April

09:00 - 09:10 Introduction
HYPE Innovation
09:10 - 09:50 Are We There Yet?
Martin Russell - Fujitsu
09:50 - 10:30 Covestro Startup Challenge
Lorenz Kramer - Covestro
10:30 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 11:50 Hackathons – Attract, Inspire, Change
Andreas Schindler - Merck
11:50 - 12:30 Managing Ideas: Early Innovation Pipeline Management
Shauna Walker & Jerome Caussin  - Bayer
12:30 - 13:45 Networking Lunch
More details to come soon
13.45 - 14:15 Surprise!
More details to come soon
14:15 - 15:15 Panel Dicussion: Innovation Horizon 2 & 3
Fabian Schlage, Konstantin Gänge & Sven Grave
15:15 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 17:15 Workshops, Roundtables & Seminars
More details below
17:15 - 17:30 Conclusion
HYPE Innovation
19:00 Networking dinner for people staying on Friday

Workshops, Roundtables & Seminars - Day 1


Three workshops - 1 session of 105 min:
1. Concept Development
2. How Professional Communications Can Push Your Ideas & Innovation Management - Newbies
3.  From Customer 2030 to Strategic Innovation Areas

Three roundtables & seminars - 2 sessions of 45 min:
1. Initial Steps in Open Innovation
2. Boosting Commenting & Collaboration
3. Evaluate Top Ideas Only! Leading Indicators of Idea Quality in Large Campaigns

Workshops, Roundtables & Seminars - Day 2


Three workshops - 1 session of 105 min:
1. Concept Development
2. How Professional Communications Can Push Your Ideas & Innovation Management - Experts
3.  From Customer 2030 to Strategic Innovation Areas

Three roundtables & seminars - 2 sessions of 45 min:
1.The Link Between Innovation Maturity & Fruitful Collaborations
2. Turning Around a Failing Program
3. The 4 Lenses of Innovation

Friday 20th April

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  to 13:00:

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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

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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 March, 5th 2018). The code is "HYPE INNOVATION 18," or you can click here.

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

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Am Bonner Bogen 1, 53227 Bonn, Germany


Registration is closed for this year. 

We hope to see you at another event in 2018!


"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."

"Tremendous conference!  Non stop sharing, exploring, and learning between all of the attendees.  Hype really creates a fantastic environment with a great mix of more formal, yet interactive, client presentations and panels, and informal gatherings."

"The event was sensational and above all very inspiring. Absolutely a must!"

"Good to have academic insight. Inspiring new information. Challenges and how to work with that. Definitly very experienced".