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At multiple request the paper submission deadline has been extended to May 29, 2018  (New-Extended). 

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8th International Conference on Collaborative Innovation Networks

September 26-28, 2018

Jiaxing, China



We invite your participation in exploring building a shared future through Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs). COINs are virtual teams of intrinsically motivated innovators that get together over the Internet to create something radically new. At this year’s conference we focus our attention on health and happiness, future technologies in business, social innovation and entrepreneurship, and education in a city where the founders of today’s China started their journey seventy years ago as a COIN on a red boat. Papers, abstracts and workshop proposals will be accepted for four tracks:

1.    Health and Happiness

2.    Emerging technologies

3.    Social innovation and entrepreneurship

4.    Education

We also welcome other papers in the broad area of Collaborative Innovation Networks and future technologies, such as methodological approaches, design and COINs, and leadership and COINs.

In today's unpredictable world, innovation and rapid adaptation of emerging technologies is becoming a key imperative. Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs) - as self-organizing emergent social systems - are primary building blocks of innovation for coping with external change. As small cyberteams of intrinsically motivated individuals, COIN members get together to innovate in domains they are passionate about and to respond to unexpected events and opportunities.  

Innovation through COINs is particularly important in health and happiness.  For example, COINs of patients, family members, doctors, and researchers are formed to develop together new, innovative ways of dealing with chronic diseases and improving patient and caregiver quality of life. Measuring human dynamics and interaction will lead to interventions for a healthier and happier life. Another area in healthcare where COINs build a better life is reducing infant mortality by forming COINs of mothers, social workers, doctors, and policy makers, to provide mothers with the support necessary to give their newborns a better future than they had themselves. In internal healthcare processes, COINs act as an enabler for process change, and represent a novel approach to Human Resource Management, using information more effectively, through critical evaluation, and creatively seeking solutions.

A second area for COINs to improve our world is in emerging and future technologies, where COINs can strengthen adaptability and transformability to leverage novel ideas as a competitive advantage.  Inside large corporations COINs can form spontaneously and with minimal management intervention to creatively react to new opportunities and external threats. COINs might appear in well-established firms as a bottom-up response to find new applications for emerging technologies, thus flexibly adapting to change and anticipating competitors’ next moves. COINs also will be tremendously useful to startups, offering new self-organizing forms of leadership, where all stakeholders, including founders, early employees, customers, suppliers and business partners, collaborate to develop new and innovative products, services, and business models for an ever-changing environment.

Creativity through COINs is also necessary in social innovation and entrepreneurship for sustainability.  COINs can help align practice with policy and provide leadership in seeking funding from diverse sources.  In urban areas, social innovation through COINs has turned crisis into opportunity, as the city has become a source of inspiration and solutions for innovative new models of urban governance.

Creating COINs of students in an educational setting will teach them latest advances in artificial intelligence, deep learning and predictive analytics, where self-organizing student teams might collaborate over long-distance to solve complex problems. Students might also engage in rotating leadership behaviors inside the classroom which often leads to improved learning outcomes. Similarly, COINs of faculty and researchers re-shape the higher education environment by re-imagining the future of collaborations across departments and institutions.


We invite papers in three formats:

·      Full papers: max 14 pages describing completed research results or case studies.

·      Research-in-progress papers: max 6 pages describing late breaking results and emerging topics

·      Extended abstracts: 400 words about research in progress (will only be published on conference Web site).

Workshops - You are invited to submit proposals for two-hour interactive workshops, to engage participants in active hands-on experience.


Accepted papers will be invited to be published by Springer in an edited volume in the series “Studies on Entrepreneurship, Structural Change and Industrial Dynamics” (http://www.springer.com/series/15330).

Papers will undergo a double blind peer review process.


See here the selected papers from the last two editions of the COINs conference: “Collaborative Innovation Networks: Building Adaptive and Resilient Organizations (Springer Studies on Entrepreneurship, Structural Change and Industrial Dynamics)” and “Designing Networks for Innovation and Improvisation: Proceedings of the 6th International COINs Conference (Springer Proceedings in Complexity)”


Papers should be submitted in .doc or .pdf format at a maximal length of 14 pages. All full papers must be formatted according to the Springer templateA list of key style points on manuscript structure, figure resolution, and reference style can be found here.


Submit your papers at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=coins18

Please indicate if you would like to present your paper as a conventional lecture, or as an interactive talk in combination with a poster. Please designate what track your paper belongs to.


Submission Deadline

May 29, 2018

Notification of accepted papers

June 15, 2018

Final papers due for online conference proceedings

July 30, 2018


Yang Song, Jilin University, China
Francesca Grippa, Northeastern University, USA 
Qi Wen, Tsinghua University, China
Matthaeus Zylka, University of Bamberg, Germany 

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