with keynote by Henry Chesbrough


Porto, Portugal

Lappeenranta University of Technology, INESC TEC and partners of the European Academic Network for Open Innovation (OI-Net) proudly invite you to the OI-Net Seminar on Open Innovation, featuring the keynote speaker Henry Chesbrough, the “Godfather” of Open Innovation. Chesbrough’s keynote speech will deal with “Open Innovation: Insights and Foresight” followed by “Challenge the Master – Questions from the audience”.

This half-day public seminar will also include industry speakers who have implemented Open Innovation and presentations of the results of OI-Net project, an EU co-funded project designed to promote cooperation on open innovation topics in European Higher Education institutes.



Hannes Erler, Director Open Innovation Networks, Innovation & Marketing, Swarovski Professional

nuno Sonae

Nuno Lopes Gama, Head of Innovation & Future Tech, SONAE

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FEUP - School of Engineering of University of Porto
R. Dr. Roberto Frias s/n
4200-465 Porto, Portugal

Lecture Theather : B001


Participation in the event is free of charge and open to the general public, but early registration is required due to limited seats available!

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    Marko Torkkeli, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

     Joao Jose Pinto Ferreira, University of Porto, Portugal


Welcoming note: Open and Collaborative Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities

José Carlos Caldeira – National Innovation Agency, Portugal


Open InnovationInsights and Foresights

Henry Chesbrough, Haas Business School, UC Berkeley, USA and  Visiting Honorary Professor at Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland 


Challenge the Master – Questions and Answers

Moderator: Justyna Dabrowska, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland


Coffee break


OI-Net project results

 Marko Torkkeli, Justyna Dabrowska, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland


OI industry insights:  Swarovski Professional

Hannes Erler, Director Open Innovation Networks, Innovation & Marketing, Swarovski Professional, Austria


OI industry insights: Sonae, Portugal

Nuno Lopes Gama, Head of Innovation & Future Tech, SONAE


Questions and Answers


End of the seminar

*We reserve the right for slight modifications to the program

Speakers profiles:

henryHenry Chesbrough is the originator of the term "open innovation," authoring the 2003 award-winning book of the same name. His insights into open innovation models have revolutionized the world of research and development and created new landscapes of business development and innovation strategy. Chesbrough's latest work "Open Services Innovation: Rethinking Your Business to Grow and Compete in a New Era" (Jossey-Bass, 2011) focuses on innovation models that can drive transformation and growth.

Beyond authoring several highly acclaimed books, Chesbrough also serves as Executive Director of the Program in Open Innovation at Berkeley's Haas Business School, which focuses on conducting research, publishing articles and developing teaching materials around open innovation. Before his work at Berkeley, he was an assistant professor of business administration and the Class of 1961 Fellow at Harvard Business School.

His academic work has been published in Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Sloan Management Review, Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Research-Technology Management and more. He is the author of more than 20 case studies on companies in the IT and life science sectors, available through Harvard Business School Publishing.

Prior to his academic career, Chesbrough spent 10 years in various product planning and strategic marketing positions in Silicon Valley companies. He worked for seven of those years at Quantum Corporation, a leading hard disk drive manufacturer and a Fortune 500 company. Previously, he worked at Bain and Company. Chesbrough holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Yale University, summa cum laude.

Further information

hannesHannes Erler holds the position of “Director Open Innovation Networks” at Swarovski Professional. 

International key-note speaker with special knowledge in central subjects of innovation management, especially in earlier phases of innovation like idea development, networking of the innovation actors outside and inside of the company. In recent years specialization on open innovation with focus on inter-organizational collaboration and strategic alliances. Invited to talk at over 20 conferences and innovation events in 2014 and 2015 on international level. Winner of the “Best Open Innovation Award 2015” from Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen in the Categorie “Open Innovation Networks”.  In previous functions, among others, also responsible for the operation of a cross-functional innovation incubation group, called i-LAB as well as for heading the product development department. The 1960 born mechanical engineer underwent several executive trainings, among others, at the Harvard Business School and at the IMD in Lausanne; additional trainings in systematic organisational development as well as in systematic coaching.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.swarovski.com

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 nuno Sonae Nuno Lopes Gama is Head of Innovation & Future Tech at SONAE where he manages a team dedicated to facilitating retail innovation at SONAE and accelerating the scouting and experimentation of emergent technologies. He combines his expertise in innovation in retail with a vast experience in the area of telecommunications, having served, among other positions, as Marketing Manager, Head of Mobile Internet & Data Services, and Corporate Solutions Director for a mobile operator. His experience comprises also entrepreneurial ventures and the work developed for a non-for-profit organization


For more details on the event contact:

Justyna Dabrowska, justyna.dabrowska(at)lut.fi

Marko Torkkeli, marko.torkkeli (at)lut.fi


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