Best Practices in Scouting Emerging Trends & Technologies

Hosted at LinkedIn SF

February 28, 2018
Join Us

Learn how Boeing, BMW, Daimler, J&J, Lowes, and other companies scout new trends and technologies

If you’re responsible for spotting disruptive startups, identifying emerging technologies, or tracking critical trends, you won’t want to miss this one-day event, hosted inside the offices of our friends at LinkedIn in San Francisco.

Focusing on tactics you can bring back to the office, we’ll explore:

  • STRATEGY — Learn how other companies set their scouting strategy based on their particular culture, market and vision;
  • SCOUTING — See how companies actually conduct their scouting, what works, who helps them, and more;
  • OPERATIONALIZING — Hear how companies conduct pilots, avoid “hugging startups to death,” capture value, and more.

If you’re looking to validate or improve your approach to scouting, don’t miss this event at LinkedIn!


Learn from these innovation leaders and others:
Lowe’s Innovation Labs
Head of Narrative and Partnerships
Amanda Manna
Managing Director, Boeing HorizonX Ventures
Brian Schettler
Citi Ventures
Head of the Citi Innovation Network
Beth Devin
VP, Product Management – Learning Applications
Diana Stepner
Managing Partner, BMW i Ventures
Ulrich Quay
Executive Director at Autodesk Foundation
Joe Speicher
General Motors
Managing Director of GM’s Advanced Technology Silicon Valley Office
Frankie James
Principal, Medtronic Global Accelerator
Laura Zavelson
Johnson & Johnson
New Ventures, J&J Innovation
Jeff Calcagno
Head of Ecosystem and Trend Scouting
Leslie Shannon
R&D Director, Open Innovation
Andrew Douglass
Technology Leader, HR Systems and Innovation
Bala Balasubramaniam
Thomson Reuters
Sr. Director, Quantitative Research and Data Science
Joe Rothermich
Wells Fargo
SVP & head of the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator
Kevin Bouey
Director, Business Development
Lori Heino-Royer
Principal Technical Architect | Technology Innovation Enablement
Olga Patel


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
  • Get updates on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook at #ILDeepDiveSF.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

4:30 p.m.

Autodesk Gallery Tour & Cocktail Reception
1 Market Street #200, San Francisco [ Map ]

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

8:00 a.m.

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

8:30 a.m.

Optional LinkedIn Tour

9:00 a.m.



10:00 a.m.

Plenary Session
Overview and Tactics: Two Companies’ Perspectives:

  • Kevin Bouey, Wells Fargo
  • Frankie James, General Motors

11:00 a.m.

Breakout Conversations
Comparing approaches, challenges, issues at your companies:

  • Laura Zavelson, Medtronic
  • Amanda Manna, Lowes
  • Joe Speicher, Autodesk

12:00 p.m.



1:00 p.m.

Plenary Session
Overview and Tactics: Two Companies’ Perspectives:

  • Ulrich Quay, BMW i Ventures
  • Leslie Shannon, Nokia

2:00 p.m.

Breakout Conversations
Comparing approaches, challenges, issues at your companies:

  • Diana Stepner, Pearson
  • Beth Devin, Citi Ventures
  • John Stewart, Royal Bank of Scotland


3:00 p.m.

Plenary Session
Overview and Tactics: Two Companies’ Perspectives:

  • Brian Schettler, Boeing HorizonX Ventures
  • Lori Heino-Royer, Daimler

4:00 p.m.

Breakout Conversations
Comparing approaches, challenges, issues at your companies:

  • Joe Rothermich, Thomson Reuters
  • Jeff Calcagno, J&J
  • Andrew Douglass, Clorox

5:00 p.m.

Review and Debrief

5:30 p.m.

Tour Target’s Open House showcase store

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.
Maybe. Depending on the venues, some of the locations we visit may require that you sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. We’re blessed that our members open up their headquarters and innovation labs to our our members. But, some have regulatory and compliance obligations, or strategic concerns, that require all visitors to sign NDAs. Thank you in advance for honoring the requests of our hosts.

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.

Register to Participate

The Deep Dive is SOLD OUT!

To add your name to the waiting list, please email Frank Hertz.

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