Disney's Senior Vice President of Innovation Michael Abrams discusses the upside of launching an accelerator program for media and entertainment startups, including some of the partnerships that it has sparked so far. Abrams says the whole idea of its accelerator program is to “infuse the DNA of startups more into the Walt Disney Co.”
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We’re excited to announce the dates for our next Field Study, in Boston on October 21 & 22. We hope you can join us! Some of the great innovation spaces we'll be visiting include leading robotics company iRobot (at left), Eastern Bank's innovation lab, MassMutual’s Society of Grownups, and Greentown Labs. Space is limited to 50 participants.
The latest question in our Q&A series: We currently hold an annual crowdsourcing event for the technical services division of our company. This year, we want to expand the event outside of tech services, but I’m not sure how people could watch even more ideas to vote on them. How have others addressed this challenge?
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On the heels of recent hackathons in New York, Orlando, and London, NBCUniversal’s Media Labs division believes it has set up a new mechanism for tapping into energy and ideas from outside the corporation’s walls. “Our hackathons are collaborations with our key businesses,” says Sanjay Macwan, NBCUniversal Media Labs’ senior vice president and chief technology officer. Macwan shares his approach with Innovation Leader members. Get the article ▸▸
Developing innovative private brand products that consumers cannot find elsewhere is an effective way to guarantee customer loyalty. This webinar with Sopheon explores how enterprise innovation management can drive private brands forward. Get Details & Register ▸▸
Business Innovation Factory Summit is a storytelling jam, peppered with tales of personal discovery, innovation, and transformation. The summit provides participants with the space to be curious and crazy, get inspired, and collide with unusual collaborators. $350 discount for Innovation Leader members! Get details here ▸▸
Join Innovation Leader and Altitude CEO Dan Ostrower for a presentation on how to structure innovation for success, with learnings from Google, Method, the U.S. Military, and Jarden. You'll learn to move ideas from concept to commerce working in the bounds of the company you are part of today. Get details & register