Modern times are characterized by uncertainty, volatility and complexity. The acronym VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) aptly summarizes the current business environment. Therefore it is important for companies, especially in the field of technology and innovation management, to recognise technological opportunities and risks in time, in order to remain capable of acting and to secure decisive competitive advantages. For this reason, this year’s Technology and Innovation Management Conference on October 1st and 2nd will be held under the motto “Innovation 2030: Managing the Technological Transformation”. The conference will focus on a detailed presentation of successful approaches from industrial practice and science. To help you successfully manage the challenges of technological change in the next decade, we would like to present suitable processes, structures and methods and offer you the opportunity to exchange experiences in a networking environment.
What makes the 14th Technology and Innovation Management Conference special?
This year, we will focus on providing you with concrete recommendations for your everyday work by means of compact and practice-oriented expert presentations.
This year, the plenary lectures will be complemented by our panel discussion and topic-specific breakout sessions: Discuss the most important issues of the next 10 years with experts from business and science and take valuable impulses for your company. We would like to enrich the opportunity for intensive exchange with an evening event in a relaxed atmosphere.
The 14th Aachen Technology and Innovation Management Conference will take place in the modern premises of the CT² Center, directly on the campus of the RWTH Aachen University. The concise solitary building already architecturally conveys the innovative atmosphere, which we will fill with valuable contents in October.
Look forward to a very special conference! We are looking forward to meeting you!
Experience Prof. Frank Piller live at the TIM Conference 2019. As a visionary and opinion leader in the field of Open Innovation, he talks about the advantages of modern network technologies and the challenges of open collaboration:
“A core pattern of innovation is synthesis — to combine previously not connected knowledge stocks in a novel way. Open collaboration is the central activity to reach this goal, and modern networking technologies offer us an entire new toolset to do so.”
This year we are looking forward to welcoming Christoph Burkhardt again as a speaker at the 13th Aachen Technology and Innovation Management Conference. Christoph Burkhardt is a rousing, charismatic speaker who manages to captivate the audience with his unexpected statements. His open-minded approach to current trends fascinates as much as enriches his audience. This time, discover what drives San Francisco Bay to be a hotspot for innovation and how we can learn from it:
“It’s neither talent nor access to resources and technologies, it’s also not the willingness to take extraordinary risk or dream big that make the San Francisco Bay area such a hotspot for innovation. It’s the realization that success stems from collaborative effort. It’s a deeply connected ecosystem benefiting all of its members equally.”
At this year’s Technology and Innovation Management Conference, we will present Dr. Thiemo Kessel, a speaker who will talk about the organizational challenges in the innovation process. Which structures foster the creation of innovations and which challenges come along with Ambidextry? Dr. Kessel talks about successfully implemented approaches in his company.
“We have to allow the breaking out of routines to enable innovation. A major challenge afterwards remains the feedback and ‘routineisation’ of these innovations. Interdisciplinarity and collaboration represent possible approaches to solving this paradox.”
What is it that makes LEGO so innovative? Learn from Anita Friis Sommer’s experiences and look forward to an exciting lecture!
“Co-innovating across disciplines and domains creates friction. But bringing together multiple competencies using Agile Innovation drives value creation faster and more effective than tackling challenges yourself.”
Working in networks not only offers enormous advantages but also confronts companies with major challenges. At this year’s TIM conference, Dr. Darlinski will be talking about his profound insights at Covestro and the need to adapt internal structures and attitudes:
„Industrial symbiosis demands interdisciplinary cooperation – sometimes between completely different scientific and economic worlds. The right cooperation culture and constructive handling of mistakes are decisive success factors.“
Threats are always good when they trigger companies to improve and change in order to remain competitive. It is wise to find out what competence makes the threat dangerous at its core. This competence must then be adopted. Efficient networks are an important force for successful companies. Hansjörg Reick will report on how Procter & Gamble deals with this topic at this year TIM Conference.
VOSS Automotive GmbH has set up an incubator for the development of innovations in the INC Invention Center and thus uses the easy access to the ecosystem of the RWTH Aachen Campus. Meet Otfried Schwarzkopf at this year’s Technology and Innovation Management Conference and talk to him about his exciting experiences in implementing this new development path.
New ideas emerge when thought-provoking impulses come from unexpected directions. Ms. Stricker from 3M knows how important it is to seek exchange and diversity and therefore appreciates the motivations of the Aachen Technology and Innovation Management Conference.
“Inspiration arises when a trigger meets existing knowledge. This is exactly what the TIM conference offers with an excellent mixture of lectures, interactive contents and a valuable exchange between the participants. This inspires enormously and is for us at 3M an important step on the way to innovation.”
For Dr. Frank Mänken, the exciting and substantial presentations make the Technology and Innovation Management Conference relevant and interesting. Above all, he appreciates the opportunity to discuss current topics from business practice with the conference participants from both industry and research. This year, you will have the opportunity to discuss the potentials and challenges of innovating in a network.
Inspiration, exchange of knowledge and dialogue make it possible to understand new topics and technologies and thus correctly assess the effects of trends on one’s own business activities. For Klaus Bohle of 3M, the Aachen Technology and Innovation Management Conference is just the right event.
“My experiences as a speaker and guest at various technology and innovation management conferences have shown that the conference of the INC Invention Center is characterized by a unique mix of outstanding scientific presentations on the latest methods and tools as well as many very interesting industry experiences regarding their implementation. In addition, the conference offers the opportunity to make many new contacts and to conduct exciting discussions. I can strongly recommend to any technology and innovation manager participating in the TIM Conference”.
The conference is aimed at specialists and managers of technology-oriented companies, in particular from the fields:
The INC Invention Center on the RWTH Aachen Campus is the place where visionaries and future planners redefine your company. Whether agile hardware development, stress tests or start-up screening, we make your company ready for the future. With targeted training offers, your employees become Chief Technology Managers and receive the necessary tools to master future challenges. Check your “Innovation Readiness Level” and put together the program that will give your company the new innovation spirit you need. As an INC member, you influence the key areas on which we focus our R&D and consortium project activities.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT develops system solutions for networked, adaptive production. Its clients come from the entire manufacturing industry – from automotive engineering and its suppliers to the aerospace, precision engineering and optical industries, life sciences and medical technology.
The KEX Knowledge Exchange AG is a professional information service provider for technology and market information. Intelligent knowledge management systems, as well as a comprehensive connection to independent information sources and a unique network of experts, enable useful scanning, scouting, and monitoring of technologies and markets. The company supports entrepreneurial decisions from the identification of competition-relevant technologies, the observation of markets, competitors, and M&A candidates to new business areas.
TIME stands for Technology, Innovation, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. The common goal is to provide scientists, practitioners, and students with valuable evidence-based insights into the conception, development, design, commercialization, and continuous improvement of new products, services, and business models within established and newly established organizations. By pooling expertise and experience, the TIME Research Area can offer a unique mix of knowledge, global networking, and practical application and transfer experience.
The machine tool laboratory WZL of the RWTH Aachen carries out research and consulting projects. The objective of dealing with the entire field of production technology issues results in a broad area of work, ranging from strategic innovation, production, and quality management to control, machine, manufacturing and measurement technology.
At the 13th TIM conference under the motto “Collaborate to Innovate – Making the Net Work” more than 100 specialists and managers from the manufacturing industry vividly discussed the challenges of collaboration in the innovation environment.
The motto of the 12th conference was “Agile Invention: Hype or Game Changer?”. On October 25 and 26, 2018, the Fraunhofer IPT and its Spin-off Invention Center once again welcomed more than 100 experts and executives from industry to the Quellenhof in Aachen.
The 11th conference was centered on “Managing Breakthrough Innovations” and included a detailed presentation of successful innovation approaches from both industrial practice and science. The Fraunhofer IPT and the INC Invention Center once again welcomed more than 150 specialists and executives from industry to the Quellenhof in Aachen on October 18 and 19, 2017.
Head of department “Strategic technology management”
Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT
52074 Aachen, Germany
Telefon +49 241 8904-507
Fax +49 241 8904-6507
Head of department “Operational Technology Management”
Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT
52074 Aachen, Germany
Telefon +49 241 8904-250
Fax +49 241 8904-6250