August 6, 2018

OUI! Wir sind in New York!

Today was the first day of #OUI2018 here at New York University, making its first appearance in the Big Apple. The 16th Open and User Innovation Conference is hosted by Hila Lifshitz-Assaf and Natalia Levina of the NYU Stern School of Business and Kathy Strandburg of (as yet unnamed) law school, the conference is another great success for the von Hippel crowd.

Nik Franke of WU Wien — who hosted the first User Innovation Workshop — reminded me that he is one of only a handful of people to attend all 16. Held in Europe in odd-numbered years, this marks the first time the U.S. conference has been held outside of the Boston area:
  1. Vienna: Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (WU)
  2. Munich: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)
  3. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Sloan
  4. Munich: Technischen Universität München (TUM)
  5. Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School
  6. Boston: Harvard Business School (the first “User and Open Innovation Workshop”)
  7. Hamburg: Technischen Universität Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH) (the first “Open and User Innovation Workshop”)
  8. Boston: Harvard Business School (OUI 2010)
  9. Vienna: Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (OUI 2011)
  10. Boston: Harvard Business School (OUI 2012)
  11. Brighton, England: University of Brighton (OUI 2013)
  12. Boston: Harvard Business School (OUI 2014)
  13. Lisbon: Católica Lisbon (OUI 2015)
  14. Boston: Harvard Business School (OUI 2016)
  15. Universität Innsbruck: University of Brighton (OUI 2017)
  16. New York: New York University (OUI 2018)
This year, as has been true for many of the past five years, the crowdsourcing track was the most popular, as measured by number of sessions (complete or shared), total number of papers, full (13 minute) papers presented:
  • Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding: 3.5 sessions; 13 full papers, 3 abstracts (chairs: Lars Bo Jeppesen, Frank Piller)
  • Open and User Innovation Platforms, Community Governance and Organization Design: 3 sessions; 12 full papers, 2 abstracts (chairs: Johann Füller, Karim Lakhani)
  • Open Software, Open Hardware and Makers: 3 sessions; 11 full papers, 1 abstract (chairs: Joachim Henkel, Chrisopher Lettl)
  • Firms' Interactions with Open and User Innovation: 3 sessions; 9 full papers, 3 abstracts (chairs: Cornelius Herstatt, Chrisina Raasch, Ruth Stock)
  • Problem Solving and Problem Formulating: 2.5 sessions; 11 full papers, 2 abstracts (chairs: Hila Lifshitz Assaf, Nik Franke, Dietmar Harhoff)
  • Diffusion of Open and User Innovation: 1.5 sessions; 6 full papers, 2 abstracts (chairs: Jeroen de Jong, Harry DeMonaco)
  • Healthcare and Open and User Innovation: 1 sessions; 4 full papers, 1 abstract (chairs: Steven Flowers, Pedro Oliveira)
  • Innovation Law and Policy: 1 sessions; 4 full papers, 0 abstracts (chairs: Katherine Strandburg, Andrew Torrance)
  • Social and Service Innovation: 0.5 sessions; 2 full papers, 1 abstract (chairs: Wouter Boon, Christoph Hienerth)
As with other OUI conferences, the most popular languages for participants are English and German.

OUI is one of my favorite conference and the only one I have consistently attended in my academic career. This will be my 9th OUI (of 11 conferences) since I attended my first OUI in 2008. It will also be my most active OUI of the nine, with four papers (presenting one and a fraction) between Tuesday morning and the end of the conference at lunchtime Wednesday.

It’s great that the various mentions of crowdsourcing (and other forms of open innovation) are continuing the cross-pollination between the UI and OI camps. I look forward to the remaining sessions and keynote speakers.

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