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Announcing the Strategic Consulting Mini-Seminar Sessions at the HYPE Innovation Managers Forum in Bonn

Conference Date: Thursday-Friday, May 28-29, 2015

Based on the requests and input by the forum registrants, we've compiled the following list of sessions. This year they will be organized by three levels of innovation management maturity:

Beginners Level: 

1. Evaluating Your Ideas – by Johannes Benesch
2. Building Early Stage Enthusiasm – by Marc Monar

Intermediate Level: 

3. Getting middle management on board – by Christoph Sohn 
4. Effective application of gamification – by Hutch Carpenter

Experts Level: 

5. Open Innovation – by Frank Henningsen 

Session Details

1. Evaluating Your Ideas – by Johannes Benesch

Finding the diamonds in the rough is one of the most critical tasks in innovation programs – what evaluation techniques are available, and what are their strengths and weaknesses? Utilizing the right evaluation strategy is a fundamental element of running successful innovation programs.

Key Takeaways:

  • Establishing an understanding of software-based evaluation techniques
  • Presenting an overview of typical evaluation scenarios
  • A definition of evaluation strategies and their characteristics

2. Building Early Stage Enthusiasm – by Marc Monar

The first and often overlooked intermediate goal on the path towards a successful innovation management program is creating engagement in order to harness the power of collaboration.

Key Takeaways:

  • Raising awareness
  • Getting the “right” engagement
  • Participation parameters – motivators & blockers

3. Getting middle management on board Christoph Sohn 

An often neglected, but crucial group of stakeholders in enterprise innovation programs are the mid-level management. In this seminar, we will take a closer look at: 

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding middle management’s role for a successful innovation program
  • Motivation of middle managers
  • Tactics to better integrate them into your process

4. Effective application of gamification – by Hutch Carpenter

Gamification is a powerful tool that can alter how innovation programs evolve. What are the ways to apply gamification to maximum effect?

Key takeaways:

  • Common understanding of gamification techniques
  • Good and bad applications of gamification
  • Areas where gamification can make a difference

5. Open Innovation – by Frank Henningsen

Crossing the borders of your company gives you a lot of opportunities to get more valuable ideas. But ideation mechanisms that work for your organization will not necessarily work for collaboration with the outside world. 

Key takeaways:

  • Challenges and opportunities of open innovation
  • Successful open innovation examples
  • A framework how to structure your open innovation channels


We will also have a special session with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, provided by Jeske Eenink

LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology is an innovative process designed to enhance innovation and business performance. This year, some of our attendees have the chance to join a group instead of the two Mini-Seminars. Moderator Jeske Eenink will show you how ideas will come to life with more detail and you generate a wider and more imaginative range of possibilities than you would ordinarily. The workshop enacts a collaborative and creative process, encouraging creative thinking and sharing values and meanings. In case you would like to join the session, please make a note when registering.

Register Now:

let's discuss innovation at the bonn forum may 28th-29th

About HYPE's Innovation Managers Forum

Each year HYPE runs a two-day event in Bonn, Germany, where clients and industry experts come together to share their experiences in innovation management. Speakers include HYPE clients from across the globe; partners such as IBM and TrendONE; and industry experts and authors. The agenda also includes intimate workshop sessions run by HYPE Strategic Consultants. Participants will learn strategies and tactics for managing innovation, as well as forming new connections from the HYPE network.

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