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Opening Session

Day 1, 09.30 - 10.30

The opening session sets the themes of the conference by three keynotes representing the key pillars of the Open Innovation 2.0 approach in this conference. The overall theme of the conference is industrial and societal transformation due to digitization,. This starting point will drive two main objectives; how do we foster industry and society commons for new milieu for value creation in business and society, and how to transform innovation hubs to innovation ecosystems, providing "open innovation ecosystems as a service". This requires new governance models, new types of skills and foremost new kind of mind set of all stakeholders in the innovation process.

Block Chain – Trust Creation for Industrial and Societal Good

Day 1, 11:50 - 13:10

The session deals with block chain and focuses on the various functionalities block chain (DLT) can provide for public sector and industrial applications. The session tries to see beyond the hype and place the block chain as one of the component for industry commons approach, including also public services. Block chain is one of the enabler of extremely distributed and secure services and data management, but the performance is very much dependent on the practical approaches on how to use it. Is there a role for a common open DLT approach in Europe as part of the common new landscape for value creation and business model innovation?

VUCA Times – Give Serendipity a Chance

Day 1, 12.30 – 13.30

In this session we will give short introductions to the challenges, which we all are facing when entering the VUCA future, an environment full of Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous events and outcomes. These conditions require a new type of thinking, new structures, new business models and a totally new mindset. In order to cope, or even better, to thrive in VUCA conditions we need to improve our collaborative sense-making abilities and ’vucability'. In this session we will interactively discuss with participants about the practical ways to understand the fundamental transition phase from Normal Era to Postnormal Era. We discuss the means how to enhance our ability to benefit from the unexpected – so to find ways to harness serendipity. The importance of moving from traditional pipeline thinking to platform thinking is also highlighted by a case example. This session will surely ignite some thoughts and activate the change of our mindset, and by that will help us to start preparing for this Big Shift.

STARTS - The Arts Unleash Creativity in Cities and Boost Innovation

Day 1, 14.10 - 15.30

The European Union strongly relies on innovation to compete globally and to make our society more sustainable and inclusive. It is becoming increasingly clear that in order to succeed Europe has to avoid silos and think more holistically about innovation and technology that is of value to society. In this spirit, high tech companies and funding agencies are currently promoting creative synergies between art and technology.

In this context, The European Commission has launched the STARTS initiative - Innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS. STARTS funds and encourages collaboration of the Arts with Technology, for instance, by funding residencies of artists in technology institutions.The STARTS prize was launched last year to give visibility to successful collaborations between art and technology.

The meeting will discuss areas where artists could explore alternative pathways for technology and thereby could contribute to breakthrough solutions. As examples of how collaboration of art and technology can be stimulated via regional infrastructures, initiatives in Braga and Cluji-Napocca will be discussed. These cities are considering implementing centres as melting points of art and technology.

National Innovation Ecosystems, Example EU-Japan

Day 2. 14:00-15:30

The session speakers represent the Japanese Government and large private industry, as well as the Japan Innovation Network from the Japanese side, and national open innovation policymakers (e.g. Austria) from European side. Target for the session is to explore how to build both on common experiences as well as common issues regarding both industrial and societal transformation a joint understanding for future actions on networking and policy level.

Innovation Measurement, Innovation Radar

Day 2, 14:00-15:30

The session focuses on measuring innovation processes and ecosystems trying to identify the success factors for decision making, project design and innovation ecosystem design. The session elaborates interesting information from various measurement and modeling exercises and comes with conclusions and recommendations on how different data sets and modeling approaches best can be used for strategic decision making and project design. Innovation Radar is explained as a tool to assess leading innovators in the EU projects as well.

Industrial Transformation

Day 2, 16:00 - 17.00

The session focuses on the industrial transformation and the new approaches needed to take the full advantage of the possibilities open innovation together with the technical developments, especially in digitization enable. We touch a variety of industrial sectors which transform the landscape, often quite radically, and pave the way for future cross-sectorial and multi-stakeholder activities. Can this industrial transformation be powered by open engagement environments, ecosystems and platforms, in the spirit of Open Innovation 2.0.


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Latest thoughts:

End of Conference Report on Open Innovation Conference 2.0 (13−14 June, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Press release /June 22, 2017


OI2.0 Conference Founder and Adviser for Innovation Systems at the European Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content, and Technology (DG CONNECT) Mr Bror Salmelin: “Cluj-Napoca has outperformed our expectations and set a new standard for the upcoming OI2.0 Conference editions. The impressive performance of Open Innovation 2.0 Conference and its related events in Cluj-Napoca propels the co-creation of innovation ecosystems across Europe.”


Open Innovation 2.0 Conference 2017 Cluj Napoca - Conclusions Endorsed by the Conference

Press release / June 21, 2017


OI2 Conference drew to a close on the 14th of June, here in Cluj-Napoca, after five-action packed days. This year’s event tangibly conveyed the potential of OI2 quadruple helix model and how to best create innovative ecosystems.Mr. Bror Salmelin ( OISPG Founder) and Dr. Martin Curley (OISPG Chair) have summed up the 2017 OI2 Conference works in a set of twelve main conclusions.


OI 2.0 Conference in Cluj-Napoca: Innovation Luminary Awardees 2017

Press release / June 14, 2017



Cluj-Napoca, the heart of Transylvania, Romania, hosts the 2017 ceremony of the prestigious Innovation Luminary Awards. Thus the OI 2.0 events ecosystem, brings a spotlight on the entrepreneurial spirit, the innovation potential and on the commitment to create an innovative ecosystem.