Review 2017


October 18, 2017

09.30 Welcoming and Get-Together

Welcome Speech

Toni Drescher, Fraunhofer IPT


Interactive Keynote: Managing Breakthrough Innovations

– Established and new success factors of managing radical innovations
– Case studies of various industries: successes and failures
– Workshop: Exchange with other participants and develop your learning agenda for the conference

Prof. Dr. Frank Piller, TIME-Research Area der RWTH Aachen University 

12.00 Lunch

Managing Breakthrough Innovations - more than winning the lottery?

– Organizational and cultural requirements for courage and enthusiasm
– Effective use of active and passive knowledge networks
– Create customer value by simplification

Markus Wellensiek, Fraunhofer IPT


The digital business model's change in a conservative environment

– Establish new business models with certainty
– Increase customer value through subscription models
– Accelerate processes through collaboration

Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

15.00 Coffee Break

The way from Technology monitoring to keen customers

– Integrate customers into the development process and application of use cases
– Thinking in a system
– Make solutions comprehensible and integrate customer feedback

Frank Salg, Vaillant GmbH


Effectiveness and efficiency: Development in series based on standards versus agile innovation

– Aimed generation of innovative capability
– Efficient management of innovation process
– Synthesis of creativity and processes

Dr. Daniel Spielberg, Fränkische Rohrwerke Gebr. Kirchner GmbH & Co. KG

19.00 Soiree and opening of the INC Invention Center

October 19, 2017

08.30 Welcome Coffee

Lean Startup and Implications for Companies

– How can the Lean Startup concept enable short development cycles and rapid market entry?
– What are the possibilities for using this concept in different environments, such as established companies?
– Which organizational environment can be useful to me?

Prof. Dr. Malte Brettel, TIME-Research Area der RWTH Aachen University


A Heimat for radical innovation at Bosch

– Selecting and further developing of radical ideas
– Learning from others and use of synergies
– Leaving familiar structures and generating space for new business

Peter Guse, Bosch Start-up GmbH


Cultivating Innovation – Motivation as a Basis
– Empowerment as success factor
– Affinity to change
– Impulses and generating drive

Jürgen Högener, Busch-Jaeger GmbH


Innovation Culture – Cultural Differences between China and Germany
– Spontaneity versus planning
– Unclenching innovation processes
– Innovation culture cannot be dictated

Marco Tomsu, ZTE Service Deutschland GmbH

12.00 Lunch

More Speed – Less Risk
– The role of speed in minimizing risk
– The influence of planning, patience and flexibility on large projects
– Opening up new paths and successful working between courage and fear of changes

Benedikt Böhm, Dynafit


The agile company
– Transformation to an agile company
– Central skills and abilities of agile companies
– Impact on technology and product development

Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh, Fraunhofer IPT/WZL of RWTH Aachen University

15.00 Coffee Break

Agiles Management in R&D
– Agile methods create customer focus and speed
– Usage of self-responsibilities, strengthen teams
– The changed role of leadership

Dr. Martin Watzlawek, Rehau AG & Co. KG


How ideas become innovations

– Customer Orientation: The Product Lifecycle Management process of thyssenkrupp
– Foresight: Look ahead into the future
– Innovation Garage: Agile innovation approaches at thyssenkrupp

Dirk Bartels, thyssenkrupp AG

17.00 End of Event

Dirk Bartels

Head of Innovation & Quality, thyssenkrupp AG

Benedikt Böhm

Athlete and Managing Director of the brands Dynafit and Silvretta, Oberalp Group

Prof. Dr. Malte Brettel

Professor and Head of Group Innovation and Entrepreneurship, TIME Research Area, RWTH Aachen University

Toni Drescher

Chief Engineer Technology Management Department, Fraunhofer IPT
CEO, KEX Knowledge Exchange AG / Director, INC Invention Center

Peter Gause

Managing Director, Robert Bosch Start-up GmbH

Dr. Ulrich Hermann

Executive Board Heidelberg Services, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Jürgen Högener

Managing Director, Busch-Jaeger GmbH

Prof. Dr. Frank Piller

Professor and Head of Group Technology and Innovation Management, TIME Research Area, RWTH Aachen University

Frank Salg

Head of Technology Management and System Engineering, Vaillant GmbH

Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh

Professor and Managing Director, Fraunhofer IPT / WZL, RWTH Aachen University

Dr. Daniel Spielberg

Head of Innovation Management, Fränkische Rohrwerke Gebr. Kirchner GmbH & Co. KG

Marco Tomsu

Head of Business Development and Innovation, ZTE Service Deutschland GmbH

Dr. Martin Watzlawek

Head of Corporate Strategic Development, Rehau AG & Co. KG

Markus Wellensiek

Chief Engineer Technology Management, Fraunhofer IPT
CFO, KEX Knowledge Exchange AG