Technology and Innovation Management Conference

»Collaborate to Innovate – Making the Net Work«

November 21-22, 2019 | 13th Aachen Technology and Innovation Management

Which potentials does cross-company collaboration offer and how can this be used in the innovation process? This year’s Technology and Innovation Management Conference on 21 and 22 November will address this question under the motto “Collaborate to Innovate – Making the Net Work”. Meet leading minds and decision-makers from industry and science in Aachen and discuss various issues relating to networked innovation.

In order to position themselves in the long term against the competition, innovative companies must increasingly act in networks that have the potential to synthesize unconnected company-specific knowledge in a novel way. The proactive development of partnerships is therefore indispensable for the creation and safeguarding of the innovative capacity of companies. Cooperation with start-ups, universities, customers or suppliers, the establishment of innovation hubs or technology partnerships are just a few examples of the opportunities available to companies today. The detailed presentation and deepening of successful approaches from industrial practice and science will be the focus of the conference.

The conference aims to enable participants to implement successful technology and innovation management approaches in their own businesses. The topics include the identification of new ideas and technologies, their targeted evaluation and development, and their implementation in successful products on the market. The conference focus on practice-based presentations given by top-level instructors from industry and research, introducing successful approaches on selected issues of modern technology and innovation management and address them in greater detail using case studies. In addition, new stimuli from applied research in technology and innovation management are presented.

Besides teaching of contents, this conference centers on interdisciplinary exchange and networking. The number of participants is limited so that an efficient knowledge transfer is guaranteed in the dialogue between the participants and the speakers. In addition to lectures from industry and science, a joint evening event and breaks offer numerous opportunities for professional and personal exchange and networking.

We sincerely invite you to exchange current findings and approaches in technology and innovation management with our top-class speakers and other participants during the conference.


Impulse No. 1: Breakthroughs require networks

Successful companies increasingly use networks to create innovations.

Company internal networks help to identify current problems and to realize cross-divisional ideas. The integration of customers enables the early identification of problems and at the same time ensures that innovations are created in line with market requirements. By actively integrating startups, external ideas can be better identified and exploited by the company. Open cooperation with universities, research institutes, and suppliers also facilitates the target-oriented identification of solutions to problems.

It is important for companies to use these networks in the innovation process in a purposeful manner and to bring the respective stakeholders together at the right time. This requires a systematic and long-term approach.

Impulse No. 2: Interdisciplinary partners improve the innovation capability of the entire network

The diversity of the impulses and abilities of the members of a large network leads to completely new ideas and approaches. An interdisciplinary network is created when partners from different industries join each other to develop new products or services.

The different perspectives, approaches, and values of many partners have a positive effect on the innovative capacity of the network and increase the chances of radical innovations.

Impulse No. 3: Company Building as a resilient, separate innovation path

To ensure their innovative strength, companies today use various forms of separate innovation paths: accelerator programs, start-up incubators or the financing of young companies via corporate venture capital. In addition to these established paths, it is above all Corporate Company Builders that will establish themselves in the future. These are units with end-to-end responsibility, from the idea to the spin-off and scaling of an entrepreneurial concept.

The focus on project implementation and transparent KPIs help corporate company builders to demonstrate their relevance for the parent company.

Impulse No. 4: University ecosystems as a resource for the development of technological innovations

The importance of universities as regional and national drivers of innovation in today’s knowledge-intensive product development is enormous. Companies must develop and make use of university ecosystems and the experts involved. With the INC Invention Center embedded in an interdisciplinary center and cluster approach, the RWTH Aachen Campus offers a best practice in this context.

Speaker Testimonies

Prof. Frank Piller – Speaker at the 13th TIM Conference

Speaker1_Piller-1-555x320  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.”

Christoph Burkhardt – Speaker at the 13th TIM Conference

Burkhardt_en-1-e1557988358737-555x314  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.”

Participant Testimonies

Klaus Bohle – 3M

Bohle_en-1-555x307  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.

Dirk Bartels – thyssenkrupp AG

Zitat-Bartels_en-1-e1556177122697-555x304  “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”.

Target Group

The conference is aimed at specialists and managers of technology-oriented companies, in particular from the fields:

  • Research and development,
  • Technology and innovation management,
  • New Business Development,
  • Strategy,
  • Production,
  • technical purchasing.


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Pullman Aachen Quellenhof (c) Abaca Corporate/Uwe Noelke
Pullman Aachen Quellenhof (c) Abaca Corporate/Uwe Noelke
Pullman Aachen Quellenhof (c) Abaca Corporate/Uwe Noelke
Pullman Aachen Quellenhof (c) Abaca Corporate/Uwe Noelke
Pullman Aachen Quellenhof
Monheimsallee 52
52062 Aachen, Germany



Fraunhofer IPT

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.

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INC Invention Center

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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr.-Ing. Ramon Kreutzer

Head of department “Strategic technology management”

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT
Steinbachstr. 17
52074 Aachen, Germany

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Dipl.-Ing. Toni Drescher

Head of department “Operational Technology Management”

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT
Steinbachstr. 17
52074 Aachen, Germany

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