June Field Study in Washington, D.C.

Join us as we bring our action-packed Field Study learning expedition to Washington, D.C., with visits to Capital One’s innovation lab, Marriott’s “Underground” innovation lab, Lockheed Martin‘s Global Innovation Center, the AARP’s new innovation center known as “The Hatchery,” the 1776 global incubator, and other sites and locations.

As usual, Innovation Leader will take you inside these and other innovation labs and R&D centers — and give you a chance to learn from other senior executives about how they’re moving the needle in their organizations. We’ll also host small, confidential, off-the-record “Whiteboard Sessions,” led by your peers at American Express, The Smithsonian Institution, The Marine Makers, and other corporations.

There will be plenty of time for informal conversations — and no boring PowerPoints (they’re banned), keynotes, or consultants to harass you. Space is limited to 50 executives! Reserve your spot today »

Site Visits

Capital One Innovation Lab
Join us for a tour of Capital One Labs, the experimental product, and technology incubator inside the Fortune 500 diversified bank. With teams in SF, NYC, and DC, Labs is a cross-functional group of product managers, designers, data scientists, developers, and other innovators who are partnering within Capital One to tackle the company’s challenges. Last year, we covered Capital One’s Plano, Texas-based innovation lab, called “The Garage,” which is part of the company’s global lab strategy. Join us and learn more!

Marriott’s “Underground” Innovation Lab
We’ll also visit Marriott’s headquarters, which will include a visit to their “Underground” innovation lab. As we covered in 2015, the Underground is a rapid-prototyping facility for the $14 billion global lodging company, and our tour will include an interactive exercise, where we’ll become part of the design and testing process for new concepts (featuring a live bartender!). We’ll also explore how Marriott trains on Design Thinking, and will get the opportunity to chat with senior executives at the company.

AARP’s “Hatchery”
Don’t laugh. The AARP innovation strategy, now led by Andy Miller — who we covered when he ran innovation for Constant Contact — is extraordinarily progressive and forward thinking, as is their physical space (Innovation Leader founder Scott Kirsner called it, “more Google than Google”). Our visit to the innovation lab, known as “The Hatchery,” will include a tour, and an opportunity to explore innovative approaches, and (importantly) crash in their swanky sleep pods.

1776 Global Incubator
Chances are you’ve heard “1776” referenced at other Innovation Leader Field Studies and events. This global tech incubator — headquartered in Washington, D.C., but rapidly expanding globally — has hosted luminaries and dignitaries including President Barack Obama, and focuses on disrupting heavily regulated industries, from financial services to energy and education. We’ll tour 1776, learn about their “Startup Federation,” and enjoy some startup “speed dating” at their Crystal City location.

More Locations Coming!
And that’s not all … additional locations in Washington, D.C., are being added to this Field Study, so hop onboard before we sell out (each Field Study is limited to 50 innovation executives, and they all sell out; our April Field Study in Atlanta sold out more than a month before the event).

Interactive Whiteboard Sessions

The Field Study eschews keynotes, PowerPoints, or speakers. Rather, our sessions are small, off-the-record conversations that enable participants to share and compare their approaches. Among the interactive “whiteboard sessions” you’ll actively participate in:
Managing the Innovation Pipeline
Compare your approach to Humana
Innovation Training, Creating Innovations vs Innovators
Compare your approach to Fidelity
How Wayne Gretzky Killed Product Innovation
Hear from Ken Durand of Ericsson
Working with Startups to Attain Value
Compare your approach to Stanley Black and Decker
Innovations in Deep Brand Engagement
Compare your approach to Turner Classic Movies
Corporate Venture Capital
Compare your approach to UPS
Working With Business Units
Compare your approach to Anthem
Building and Working with Skunkworks
Hear from Digital Scientists
Increasing Employee- Driven Innovation: Engagement and Involvement
Hear from Imaginatik

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Detailed Agenda

Tuesday, April 25th
4:00 p.m. Meet at the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown
866 West Peachtree St NW
5:00 p.m. Depart for the Capstone Design Expo
Walk to McCamish Pavilion
The Capstone Design Expo is one of the largest student design expos in the U.S. It is a showcase of Georgia Tech’s graduating seniors as they present their innovative projects. See the latest in robotics, drones, and other technologies.
6:30 p.m. Cocktail reception at Community Smith
866 West Peachtree St NW
Wednesday, April 26th
8:00 a.m. Breakfast, introductions and morning activity at Community Smith
866 West Peachtree St NW
9:45 a.m. Depart for TechSquare
Walk to 75 5th St NW
10:00 a.m. Tours:

  • Delta Air Lines “Hangar”: We will take a tour of the Hangar space, see a few quick demos, and chat with the head of the lab, Nicole Jones.
  • Anthem Innovation Studio: We will take a tour and hear from SVP David Crean and Corporate Strategy Director, John Donahue, about "How Anthem Makes the Handoff."
  • Southern Co. Energy Innovation Center: We will take a tour and hear from VP Michael Britt.
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Whiteboard sessions:

  • Innovation Training, Creating Innovations vs Innovators, Fidelity
  • Corporate Venture Capital, UPS
  • How Wayne Gretzky Killed Product Innovation, Ericsson
  • Employee-Driven Innovation, Imaginatik
3:00 p.m. Break, coffee, networking
3:30 p.m. Whiteboard sessions:

  • Working with Startups to Attain Value, Stanley Black and Decker
  • Working with Business Units, Anthem
  • Business Models and Brands, Turner Classic Movies
  • TBD
6:00 p.m. Dinner, reception, networking
Thursday, April 27th
7:45 a.m. Depart for Google Atlanta
10 10th St NE #600
8:00 a.m. Breakfast and networking
8:40 a.m. Tour of Google Atlanta

  • Q&A with Site Lead Matthew Pritchard on the space, the Atlanta innovation ecosystem, and more.
  • Discussion on Google Cloud, AI & Machine Learning
  • Demo on Google Home
10:00 a.m. Depart for Home Depot
Bus to 2455 Paces Ferry Rd SE
11:00 a.m. Tour Home Depot Store Support Center

  • Panel discussion with Home Depot execs and CEO of Blinds.com.
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Whiteboard sessions:

  • Managing the Innovation Pipeline, Humana
  • Skunkworks, Digital Scientists
  • Open-ended
2:00 p.m. Depart for Porsche
Bus to One Porsche Drive
3:00 p.m. Tour Porsche Experience Center

  • Hear from Porsche's VP of Innovation
  • See the race track, museum, and workspace
4:00 p.m. Optional: Simulator Lab Experience

5:00 p.m. Conclude, bus to airport

5:30 p.m. Optional: Demo Laps for Purchase

Register to Attend

PLEASE NOTE: Our Field Studies are for corporate executives only. Consultants, advisors, software vendors, and others who market products or services to corporate executives may not attend the Field Study and registration fees will be refunded. Questions? Contact us »

Travel & Hotel Information

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Field Guides

Many thanks to our Field Guides for their support and expertise in developing this Field Study:

Imaginatik: "World's first" full-service innovation firm, supporting global organizations seeking to grow and deliver results.

Moves the Needle: MTN ignites entrepreneurial action within large organizations by educating, enabling and empowering employees to be closer to the customer, move faster, and act bolder. They've helped Fortune 500 clients discover successful new product opportunities, innovate upon existing products and processes, driving massive business impact.

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