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The 1st EAI International Conference on Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Education

July 13–14, 2017 | Canterbury, Great Britain


1st EAI International Conference on

Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom


The central theme of this conference is examining the process of innovation and proposing how it might be better supported through a  the cross-fertilization of practices drawn from the worlds of business, science and the arts.

The aim of the conference is provide a cross-diciplinary platform where researchers and practitioners can come together to explore the potential synergies that might arise from pooling different perspectives on creativity so as to, for example, produce successful businesses. To reflect this, the conference will be organised around three themes, namely Entrepreneurial Innovation, Business Innovation and Technological Innovation.


  • The event is endorsed by the European Alliance for Innovation, a leading community-based organisation devoted to the advancement of innovation in the field of ICT.
  • All accepted papers will be submitted for publication in Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library, one of the world's largest scientific libraries.
  • Proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: Elsevier (EI), Thomson Scientific (ISI), Scopus, Crossref, Google Scholar, DBLP and others.
  • Accepted Authors will be invited to submit an extended version of their work to Special Issue in the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Industrial Networks and Intelligent Systems.
  • Renowned Keynote Speakers: Prof Richard Scase, others TBA
  • Early Bird Fee For Conference: 276 GPB (Workshop-only fees TBA)



TIE’17 focuses on interdisciplinary debates revolving around creativity for technology, business, entrepreneurship and education, drawing on many sources for inspiration such as fiction and the visual arts. Thus, in addition to technologists, educationalists and members of the biusiness community,  people from the arts are encoraged to attend this conference. Not long ago innovation was thought about in linear terms. Research and development departments developed products and services, which was then passed onto the business and marketing teams and so forth. The landscape of technology has rapidly changed over the years (especially with the rise of Internet-based services and social media) leading to a more dynamic approach to technology development and innovation. Often conventional conferences are geared toward a specific discipline area, whilst the uniqueness of TIE’17 is to explore cross-disciplinary fields, which bring together people from engineering, science, business studies, innovation management, entrepreneurship, education, social science and the arts to debate and combine multiple perspectives for potential synergies and new insights into technology, innovation and entrepreneurship and education.


We live in a world characterised by rapid technological change. Certain features of technologies can influence the rate of productivity improvement and the direction of innovation. The learning processes involved in technological change can also affect the speed of technology transfer and the effectiveness of government technology policies. Entrepreneurship as a mind-set, focusing on recognising new opportunities and change, is not a talent that a few gifted individuals are born with but is skill that can be learnt and which drives the innovation process. Companies need to employ entrepreneurial approaches to identify new market opportunities from existing technologies to new ones and develop organisational responses towards technology discontinuity and industry reconfiguration, in order to maintain a competitive advantage. Technology, innovation, entrepreneurship and education are subject areas that are becoming increasingly interlinked. This conference follows this emerging trend and highlights the cross- & interdisciplinary perspectives to further our understanding on the topic. 

Who & Why should attend TIE’17 conference?

We welcome engineers, scientists, innovation specialists, technologists, project managers, entrepreneurs, business & management researchers, social scientists, creative artists and educators.

The standard paradigm is that technologists discuss technological issues, entrepreneurs talk about entrepreneurship, and academics address the theoretical development. Each specialist focuses on own specific area. When we think about innovation, technological change, entrepreneurship in developing businesses, a singular disciplinary approach is not really helpful. What we need is a cross-disciplinary approach where different areas of people come together, such as engineers, scientists, technologist, sociologists, creative people from arts, entrepreneurs and people who specialise in innovation. The key is to get these people from different backgrounds to debate together; in this way it is possible to identify the key drivers for innovation, product development and change in our society. The purpose of this conference is to initiate this debate and share the cross-discipline knowledge.


We recognise the multidisciplinary nature of the field of innovation and entrepreneurship, as there are no simple, unambiguous boundaries differentiating one set of research activities from another. However, there are previously unseen opportunities on how we can combine cross-disciplinary knowledge and experience in a coherent manner to better understand technological change, innovation and entrepreneurship.

We aim to provide a platform whereby academics from different disciplines and industrialists from the worlds of business and science can meet up to exchange ideas, concepts and experience.  The objectives are: 1) encourage knowledge integration in cross disciplinary areas 2) promote new research agendas 3) facilitate collaboration between academics and practitioners, 4) understand new technological development & emerging trends, 5) to enable a better understanding of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in a holistic view.


We call for research papers, practical reports or case studies from different disciplines that cover the following perspectives:

In the area of Technology:

  1. Technological change and development in engineering,
  2. Computer science and big data
  3. AI and mixed reality technology
  4. Internet of Things
  5. Future technology applications

For example, the following questions might be addressed:

  • What is the impact of Internet of Things on changing future product development strategy?
  • Might the advancement of artificial intelligence lead to the destruction of humanity?
  • Will the development of robotics technology replace the human jobs? What are the implications and challenges for education, employability and the labour market following the maturity of robotic technology?

In the area of Innovation:

  1. The economics of science, research or R&D, and technology
  2. Policy and R&D management
  3. Organisational innovation: the resource-based view of firm, dynamic capabilities, absorptive capability, core competences and organisational learning
  4. Sociology of innovation: the diffusion of innovations, innovation and sustainability, environment policy

For example, the following questions might be addressed:

  • How do we distinguish between 'innovation', 'adaption' and 'change'?
  • What are the similarities and differences about the innovation process in large corporations and small firms?
  • How can leaders motivate their staff to be creative and innovative?
  • Are there golden rules of innovation?

In the area of Entrepreneurship:

  1. New venture creation: new opportunities in technological change, , creative marketing, product development, networking & resources. 
  2. New venture funding and support: sources, innovation hubs and accelerator programmes
  3. Innovation and entrepreneurship: new technology-based product management, entrepreneurial orientation and innovation strategy, competitive advantage
  4. Creativity: employee creativity, creative process in organisations, methodologies and tools to promote and facilitate creative idea generation
  5. Firm growth and innovation: SMEs’ growth and development, innovation management and the role of technology in firm growth

For example, the following questions might be addressed:

  • Do current government policies promote or handicap entrepreneurship?
  • Are entrepreneurship process different in emerging markets?
  • What factors are contributing to the growth of female entrepreneurship?
  • What is the change in the resources needed for entrepreneurship in a Digital Age?
  • Are the financial barriers to entrepreneurial start-up changed with the emergence of crowd funding networks? What are the challenges and implications to financial institutions?
  • Why do the majority of small firms fail to grow?

In the area of Education:

  1. How to teach creativity to students?
  2. Effective approaches for teaching problem solving and entrepreneurship
  3. Pedagogical principles and methods in teaching entrepreneurial orientation and intention
  4. Cross-discipline teaching methods and experiments

For example, the following questions might be addressed:

  • Is creativity teachable? How do we measure creativity?
  • How can we effectively teach the art elements of entrepreneurship, such as determination, tenacity and entrepreneurial orientation?
  • How would we move from pedagogy to andragogy in cross-disciplinary teaching?
  • How effectively can we apply VR technology in teaching?
  • Are there differences when we use VR to teach business & management or art students when compared with science and engineering groups?