World Open Innovation Forum

The World Open Innovation Forum (WOIF) is a new venue for faculty, students, and corporate executives to benefit from the extensive research on innovation management at the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. The Forum provides an ongoing window on innovation management and practice research going on at Berkeley and Silicon Valley. The Forum member companies serve as a community of non-competitive, innovation-minded companies who are willing to share problems and explore solutions to the challenges of managing innovation.

Annual Conference

WOIF members attend at no additional charge the Garwood Center’s premier innovation conference: the World Open Innovation Conference, unique in its outreach and prospective value to both business managers and academic scholars.  By inviting some of the world’s leading organizations to share their open innovation challenges with our academic colleagues, we hope to foster stronger connections between business practice and academia. We also invite academic scholars to come and present their own research on the topic, and consider how their findings might improve the performance of real organizations.  For more information visit the World Open Innovation Conference Website.

The membership fee for the World Open Innovation Forum is $15,000 annually 

Membership Benefits

1. One annual conference: (Day 1: Corporate Workshops; Day 2: Academic Research Sessions).
2. Members may bring up to 3 participants.
3. Network with corporate executives (from the Silicon Valley and other innovative companies) who are attending the World Open Innovation Conference.
4. Access to researchers in the Open Innovation domain from around the world to recognize emerging trends, frameworks, business models and challenges.
For Academics
  • Seminars to produce high quality papers for submission (semi-annually)
  • Opportunity submit to WOIC for peer review for best paper selection
  • Present to executives and academics at WOIC, Silicon Valley, if papers are selected
  • Choice of relevant topics to conduct practical and relevant research based on corporate input
  • Connect faculty to global network of researchers to enhance personal aspirations
For Students
  • Seminars on business model innovation to take ideas to market (semi-annually)
  • Exposure to corporates to show case their ideas
  • Introduction to international incubators
  • Connection to global network of entrepreneurs