The virtual OUI2021 conference took place on June 21 and 22, 2021

The International Open and User Innovation (OUI) Conference is the leading academic conference on user innovation and open innovation, two closely related paradigms that have changed our thinking about innovation and creativity in the last decades.

Organized by the Open & User Innovation Society since 2002, the OUI Conference brings together about 300 researchers from around the world to exchange recent research in open innovation, user innovation, open source/open hardware, collaborative innovation, citizen/free innovation, open innovation policies, and related topics.

In 2021, the Institute for Technology & Innovation Management at RWTH Aachen University, Germany hosted #OUI2021, the 18th edition of this conference, a double feature of the OUI due to the corona pandemic (hence, OUI 2020+1).

The community of scholars meeting at OUI is characterized by a very open, developmental academic culture sharing plenty of feedback and ideas. The conference targets mainly an academic audience of faculty, senior researchers, and PhD students, but is also open to reflected practitioners and policy makers interested in open and user innovation.

The OUI is truly multidisciplinary, covering disciplines such as innovation management, strategic management, organization design, marketing, intellectual property rights, entrepreneurship, and public policy, but also health care, psychology, and industrial engineering and design.

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OUI2021 some numbers

295 participants from 24 countries attended the conference

104 academic papers were presented in 23 paper sessions across 10 tracks:

  • Open Social Innovation: Healthcare, Sustainability, and Societal Challenges;
  • Open and User Innovation Platforms;
  • Lead users, Toolkits, and User Identification;
  • Firms‘ Capabilities and Interaction for Open and User Innovation;
  • Crowdsourcing and Distributed Problem Solving;
  • Crowdfunding and User Entrepreneurship;
  • Institutions, Innovation Law, and Policy;
  • Open Software, Open Hardware, and Makers;
  • Diffusion of Open and User Innovation;
  • The Internet of Production: Industry 4.0, User Process Innovation, and Data Ecosystems.

an additional all OUI track covered a diverse set of  OUI topics in 8 invited sessions and workshops

Thank you for attending OUI2021!

thank you for attending for the first virtual OUI conference. We would also like to thank all presenters for their interesting talks, and all track chairs and session facilitators for their great work and contributions to the conference! Registered participants can use their conference login through December 23, 2021 to explore the supplemental materials on the conference platform.

We look forward to seeing you in Zurich for OUI2022!

Your OUI2021 conference hosts,

Kathleen Diener, Frank Piller & Patrick Pollok