You might be interested...! I was invited this week to attend a workshop on Open and User Innovation, hosted jointly by MIT, and Harvard Business School in Boston, 4-6 August.
See link to workshop - http://userinnovation.mit.edu/conf08/attendee/new
These workshops have been held on an invitation only basis since 2003, and about 50 academics attend annually who are pursuing research in this area. Application required writing on my research interests, PhD progress to date, and providing a CV. I am hoping to present a paper there too - still waiting to hear.
Three PhDs are going, including me, and two others - one from Zurich, and one from Holland.
Pretty cool hey! Now trying to squeeze the last dollars out of the budget allocated to me...to get me there...