PIN-C 2013 - Lahti, Finland on 18-20 June 2013

The 3rd Participatory Innovation Conference, PIN-C will be held in Lahti, Finland on 18-20 June 2013. Organised jointly by Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lahti (LUT LSI) and University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg Participatory Innovation Research Centre (SPIRE), this conference will bring together researchers, artists, designers and practitioners.

The 3-day programme will include presentations by leading keynote speakers, research paper sessions, applied theatre, a hands-on innovation session with industry cases, and artistic interpretations of research. 

Participatory Innovation combines theories and methods across academic fields that describe how people outside an organisation can contribute to its innovation. Join this conference to help identify ways for industry, the public sector, and communities to expand innovation through the participation of users, employees, suppliers, citizens, members, etc. – on a strategic level, in concrete methods, and in day-to-day interactions.

Industry, public agencies, and communities increasingly adopt people-driven and open innovation, as they realise that innovation cannot come solely from within an organisation. Innovation happens in between people outside and people inside – because they have different stakes and perspectives.

In academia, new breakthrough contributions to understanding and supporting innovation also emerge in the borderlands between disciplines that traditionally do not collaborate. PIN-C 2013 is a forum where participants from different disciplines and organisations can meet and challenge each other to develop the field of participatory innovation.

The conference theme for this year is Participation as Performance. In particular we welcome contributions that in concrete terms explore how performance can support innovation, or that draw on performance theory and methods to understand participation and innovation.

The Participatory Innovation Conference was established by the SPIRE Research Centre, University of Southern Denmark, with the goal of creating a truly interdisciplinary forum for innovation research. The trademark of the conference is that it brings together research disciplines that otherwise only seldom meet in dedicated tracks throughout the conference. And that it does so in an active, participatory format.

The first conference was held in Sønderborg, Denmark in 2011. The second conference was co-organised with Swinburne University of Technology, Faculty of Design, in Melbourne, Australia. PIN-C is still a young conference, but with lots of potential!

Collaboration partners

LUT Leverage from the EU City of Lahti University of Southern Denmark The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies Tekes Fazer

Conference chairs

Prof. Helinä Melkas

Prof. Jacob Buur


Many thanks to all the participants for your contribution to PIN-C 2013!