Best Practices in Scouting Emerging Trends & Technologies

Hosted at LinkedIn SF

February 28, 2018
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Among the corporate members of Innovation Leader, more than half tell us that “spotting emerging technologies and disruptive trends” is an activity they’re trying to improve — or set up in the first place.

In this one-day Deep Dive event, we’ll explore how companies set strategy, scout new trends and technologies, track those developments over time, and ultimately bring them into the company and business units in the form of pilots, investments, and more.

If you work in strategy, R&D, emerging tech, marketing, or an innovation role, and want to set up a scouting mechanism, upgrade one that already exists, or do a better job connecting scouting outputs to the rest of the business, join us at LinkedIn’s swanky SF office!


We’ll bring in Fortune 500 executives for “fireside chats” and interactive whiteboard sessions. And every participant will have the chance to participate in small group workshops on each of these topics:

  • Setting goals and getting the right buy-in and participation from colleagues
  • Creating a “radar system,” evaluating and vetting trends, technologies, and new solutions that may matter to your company
  • Getting pilot tests structured and running with new technologies
  • Ensuring that what you discover and test can find an appropriate home in a functional area or business unit

We’ll even segregate the small group workshops and conversations by maturity, enabling separate interactions by Level 101, 201 and 301. This will help ensure you can compare notes with executives at other companies who are at the same “level.”

Tuesday, February 27, 2017

4:00 p.m.

Autodesk Gallery Tour (optional visit)

5:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, February 28, 2017

8:00 a.m.

Arrival and Breakfast
LinkedIn’s San Francisco Office
222 2nd Street[ Map ]

9:00 a.m.



10:00 a.m.

Plenary Session
Overview and Tactics: Two Companies’ Perspectives

11:00 a.m.

Breakout Conversations
Comparing approaches, challenges, issues at your companies

12:00 p.m.



1:00 p.m.

Plenary Session
Overview and Tactics: Two Companies’ Perspectives

2:00 p.m.

Breakout Conversations
Comparing approaches, challenges, issues at your companies


3:00 p.m.

Plenary Session
Overview and Tactics: Two Companies’ Perspectives

4:00 p.m.

Breakout Conversations
Comparing approaches, challenges, issues at your companies

5:00 p.m.

Review and Debrief

6:00 p.m.

Cocktail Party with Startups

Register to Participate

PLEASE NOTE: The Deep Dive is for corporate folks only. Consultants, advisors, software vendors, and others who market products or services to corporate executives may not attend the Deep Dive and registration fees will be refunded. All registrants to be approved by Innovation Leader; full refunds will be made in the event of conflict. Questions? Contact us »

Why Attend an Innovation Leader Event


Space is limited to 60 corporate innovation, strategy and R&D professionals. That’s everyone from Chief Innovation Officers and VPs of Innovation, to Directors of Innovation and R&D Managers. If you’re responsible for new products or services inside your company, you’re probably the right fit.
No. This is a pitch-free zone. Aside from one Innovation Leader partners who has helped us plan and run the Deep Dive, we do not admit consultants, advisors, software firms, or others who might try to pitch you something. This is a safe environment.
No. This is a presentation-free zone. No PowerPoints or presentations of any kind.
Yes! Never hesitate to reach out to event guru Ellen Juskewitch with your dietary requirements, The sooner the better though … deadline is seven days before the event so we can arrange with our caterer(s).
Absolutely, we will list a few hotels here that we recommend for your stay, stay tuned (but you are responsible for your own travel reservations.)
Business casual, with the emphasis on casual. We typically do a lot of walking from site to site, so please wear comfortable shoes.
No. All our sessions are confidential and off-the-record.

Hotel & Travel Information

The Deep Dive is being held at LinkedIn’s San Francisco office, 222 2nd Street:

Arrival — If you are flying in to the Deep Dive, we recommend arriving on Tues., Feb. 27, as the program will begin early on Wed., Feb. 28.

Hotels — As most corporations have loyalty and reward programs for specific hotel chains, we have not reserved a room block for the Deep Dive. Our recommended hotels are listed below:

Departure — The program will end in the early evening on Wednesday., February 28th.

Questions — If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ellen Juskewitch at or call us at (855) 585-0800.

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