5th Annual World Open Innovation Conference

Digital Transformation for Sustainability


The World Open Innovation Conference is UC Berkeley’s flagship program at the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation that is designed to engage senior executives of global firms and top academic experts from around the world to address corporate challenges and provide focus for further research.

World leading organizations share their open innovation challenges with expert academic colleagues to foster stronger connections between business practice and academia. A select group of top academic scholars present their research on the topics that might improve the performance of real organizations. We believe that sharing of knowledge, challenges and ideas between the two groups will accelerate innovations and produce more scalable and sustainable business models to better the world.

WOIC 2018 Theme: Digital Transformation for Sustainability

The world is currently facing major trends that fundamentally change the ways in which organizations must innovate. We currently face grand challenges in the areas of climate change, traffic safety, food ecologies and life expectancy that need to be addressed through an integrative, collaborative and global perspective.

This year’s conference theme, “Digital Transformation for Sustainability”, aims at creating a more inclusive and collaborative approach to understand and cope with the underlying uncertainty of the problems and what the possible solutions may be.