Our Field Study learning expedition in Boston last month took participants to Microsoft Research, CVS Health’s new Digital Innovation Lab, iRobot headquarters, the Greentown Labs shared space for energy and sustainability startups, and MassMutual’s Society of Grownups, among other stops. The bulk of the event is off-the-record to encourage candor and sharing, but here’s a short audio clip of Society of Grownups CEO Nondini Naqui talking about hiring and creating a separate culture for the new venture, which focuses on financial education.
And below are some pictures from the event.
Longtime Zipcar CEO Scott Griffith, now Co-Founder of Censio, with Innovation Leader Editor Scott Kirsner.
Dan O’Malley, Chief Digital Officer of Eastern Bank, leads a session on setting up an innovation lab inside an established organization.
Sophie Vandebroek, Xerox’s Chief Technology Officer, leads a conversation on bringing R&D closer to customer needs.
Stephanie Simon of Fidelity Investments and Claudia Reuter of HMH Labs, part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Mandira Singh of Athenahealth leads a session on building an ecosystem of startups around your company. On her left is Ryan Matherly, Head of Digital Strategy and Marketing at National Life Group.
Carla Small, Director of Innovation at Boston Children’s Hospital, leads a roundtable discussion on funding and supporting innovators.
Jennifer Chayes, Managing Director of Microsoft Research, talks about how the company attracts top talent, invests in leading-edge research, and works with the rest of the company.
A breakout discussion at Microsoft.
Touring Greentown Labs, which houses more than 40 energy and cleantech startups.
At Greentown Labs, talking with Gabriel Blanchet, CEO and Co-Founder of aquaponics startup Grove Labs.
Patti DiOrio of National Grid, Shawn Murphy of Shell TechWorks, and Todd DiNoia of Saint-Gobain talk about how their companies are working to get more out of R&D and startup partnerships.
At Greentown, Kelsea Shea of Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Recapping the day’s learnings at Aeronaut Brewery.
Aeronaut co-founder Ben Holmes gets ready to lead a tour of the brewery.
Sampling Aeronaut’s beer and touring the brewery.
From left: Sophie Vandebroek of Xerox, Nicky Ridgeway of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Donnie, Donny Trankler of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Networking over dinner and drinks at Aeronaut.
Day Two began with a tour of CVS Health’s new Digital Innovation Lab. Vijay Kukreja is the Director of Strategy and Innovation.
Brian Tilzer, Chief Digital Officer of CVS Health, talks with Chris Johnson, a Healthcare Principal at Innosight.
Sign at Society of Grownups, a financial education space in Boston created by MassMutual and IDEO.
Society of Grownups CEO Nondini Naqui shares learnings so far, and expansion plans for 2016.
Todd Longin, Director of Corporate Development at Converse, participates in a breakout discussion.
Omino Gardezi of ESPN and Elisa O’Donnell of Imaginatik.
Innosight’s Evan Schwartz leads a whiteboard session on storytelling as an essential tool for innovators.
The mission statement at iRobot’s headquarters.
Roy Keating, VP of Business Devlopment at MTD Products, showing off his “zogot” at iRobot. It won second prize. (We didn’t define what a zogot was or what it did — just that it was made from colorful pipe cleaners.)
Kristin Kanders, Director of Strategy and Planning at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, created the first-place zogot.
Colleen Kelleher, Senior Director of New Product Development at Educational Testing Service, tours iRobot.
Testing out iRobot’s Ava 500 videoconferencing robot, with CEO and Co-Founder Colin Angle.
iRobot CEO Colin Angle peels back the skin on one of the company’s early robotic toys.
The group tours iRobot.
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