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Join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the forum!
April 9th-12th, 2019 - 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 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.


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.

Mark Famy from Saint-Gobain

Mark Famy

Market Development Manager
at Saint-Gobain

Emmi Kaipio

Emmi Kaipio

Manager, Open Innovation at Wärtsilä

David Willetts

David Willetts

Commercial Director / Head of Innovation at Baxi Genuine Parts   

Fiona van den Brink at AkzoNobel

Fiona van den Brink

Manager Business Innovation Processes at AkzoNobel

Gavin McClafferty, Open Innovation Lead for Subsea 7

Gavin McClafferty

Open Innovation Lead
at Subsea 7

Lauren Miller from CommScope

Lauren Miller

Director, Global Innovation
at CommScope

Daniel Kaesmayr from BASF

Daniel Käsmayr

Innovation Manager

John Bessant

John Bessant

Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Exeter

Wayde Gilliam from UCSD

Wayde Gilliam

Software Architect  at UC San Diego

Ivo Blohm

Ivo Blohm

Assistant Professor at the University of St. Gallen

Peter Walde

Peter Walde

CEO & Founder of Mapegy

Mustapha Al Helwi, HELLA

Mustapha Al Helwi

Innovation Manager at HELLA Aglaia Mobile Vision

Colin Nelson

Colin Nelson

Director of EIC
at HYPE Innovation

Enno Scholz, CEO of HYPE

Enno Scholz

CEO & Co-Founder of HYPE Innovation

Frank Henningsen

Frank Henningsen

CTO & Co-Founder of HYPE Innovation

Jaspar Roos

Jaspar Roos

Founding Partner
at Limpid & Co. - Moderator



On Tuesday 9th April at 7.30 pm, there is a  get-together dinner on the Riverside at the Terrace 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 12th 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 10th April

08:00 - 09:00 Registration
Welcome breakfast
09:00 - 09:10 Welcome, Purpose, AgendaMichel Meisterjahn - HYPE
09:10 - 09:30 HYPE Innovation in 2019Enno Scholz - HYPE
09:30 - 10:10 Road-Mapping the Journey to Maturity in High Involvement Innovation
John Bessant, University of Exeter
10:10 - 10:50 Innovation Attitude! Creating environments where culture and strategy eat breakfast together
David Willetts, Baxi Heating
10:50 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:10 Corporate Gorrilla VS Corporate Guerrilla
Mark Famy, Saint-Gobain
12:10 - 13:00 HYPE RoadmapFrank Henningsen - HYPE
13:00 - 14:10 Networking Lunch

14:10 - 14:40 Supply Chain Innovation
Colin Nelson - HYPE
14:40 - 15:20 Panel Session on AI
Wayde Gilliam - UCSD, Mustapha Al Helwi - HELLA, Peter Walde - MAPEGY, and Ivo Blohm - University of St. Gallen
15:20 - 15:50 Coffee Break

15:50 - 17:50 Workshops and Round Tables
More details below
18:00 Networking cocktail, dinner and activities

Thursday 11th April

09:00 - 09:10 Introduction & Energizer
HYPE Innovation
09:10 - 09:50 Collaborative Innovation as a tool for renewal – Wärtsilä’s journey towards a smart technology company
Emmi Kaipio - Wärtsilä
09:50 - 10:30 Finding Game Changing Solutions
Gavin McClafferty - Subsea 7
10:30 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 11:50 Cultivating Innovation through Big Challenges & Small Campaigns
Lauren Miller - CommScope
11:50 - 12:30 Paint the Future - AkzoNobel Start-Ups Challenge
Fiona van den Brink - AkzoNobel
12:30 - 13:45 Networking Lunch
More details to come soon
13.45 - 14:15 Surprise!
More details to come soon
14:15 - 14:55 Client's presentation
Daniel Käsmayr - BASF
14:55 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 17:30 Workshops and Round Tables
More details below
17:30 Conclusion
HYPE Innovation
19:00 Networking dinner for people staying on Friday

Breakout Sessions Day 1 and 2

This year, we propose two types of breakout sessions: workshops and round tables/discussion groups. 
The workshops last 120 min. They are hands-on session so the participants can experiment and go in-depth on the topics addressed. There will be three workshops, each limited to 25 participants
The round tables last 50 min, each running twice a day. The goal is to present very shortly a topic and then open the discussion between the participants and the moderator. There will be eight discussion groups.

The topics of the workshops and round tables are being decided by the participants. Once registered, each participant get access to a survey to tell us her/his preferences and make suggestions. We are currently working on the agenda based on the results on this survey.
The detailed information about each session will be published mid-February on a separate page with another registration form.

Friday 12th 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

Meet companies like these at our forum


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.

In order to book a room at Kameha, please use any booking platforms since the cut-off date for our special rate is now passed.
There are also plenty of other nice hotels in Bonn; click here  to see some of them.



Am Bonner Bogen 1, 53227 Bonn, Germany


Registration is now closed. The event is full.
Several other events are coming up in 2019, so check the events page and book your seat for another forum now! 


"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".