This fall, we brought together senior innovation and R&D leaders in seven cities for closed-door roundtables. The topics? Best practices in creating internal incubators, running hackathons, innovation metrics, and moving along the “innovation maturity curve.”
Thanks to our partners at Imaginatik for helping lead these in-depth, off-the-record conversations. Our members always get the first opportunity to participate in these kinds of invite-only events. We hope to see you at one in 2017!
Emile Homsi, global innovation leader at the Saudi-Arabian chemical company SABIC, makes a point at the Boston roundtable.
The Boston roundtable was held at the Cambridge, Mass., coworking space Workbar, which hosts entrepreneurs, investors and large companies.
Mark Pacelle, senior director of Open Innovation North America for Philips.
Chris Townsend, Chief Marketing Officer at host Imaginatik, at the Boston roundtable.
The Atlanta roundtable was hosted at WeWork, Buckhead.
Ken Durand (at left), Ericsson VP Product Innovation, Internet of Things, at the Atlanta roundtable. Durand also serves as Head of Innovation at the Atlanta Idea Factory, which is part of Ericsson’s innovation model.
Chris Townsend of Imaginatik, and Southern Co. Director of Innovation Julie Pigott.
Renee Dye, Vice President and Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at Navigant Consulting.
Ravi Godbole, Global Lead: Research, Advanced Engineering and Innovation Initiatives, at the $7.5 billion agricultural equipment company AGCO Corp.
The Atlanta roundtable.
A scene from the New York roundtable, hosted at WeWork City Hall.
Note taking at the roundtable.
The Imaginatik team, cohost of the roundtable series with Innovation Leader. Pictured from left are CEO Ralph Welborn, Senior Marketing Manager Lisa Falcone, Chief Revenue Officer Daniel Friedman, and Chief Marketing Officer Chris Townsend.
Pictured from left at the New York Roundtable: Computershare VP Innovation Bill Atkinson, Innovation Leader co-founder Scott Cohen, CUNA Mutual SVP Innovation Daniel Kaiser, and Philip Morris Innovation Leader Victor Lopez.
Members of the roundtables used Imaginatik’s technology platform to brainstorm ideas, discuss challenges, and host post-roundtable conversations.
Jo-Anne Bloch, team leader of the Global Innovation Hub at Mercer, which is part of the $12.9 billion Marsh & McClennan Companies. At left is Scarlett Seiber, SVP New Digital Business at the Spanish banking giant BBVA; at right is Imaginatik CEO Ralph Welborn.
Tanya Dumrongmanee, who is involved in R&D Operations and Ecosystem Management at the newly combined Dell EMC, makes a point at the Boston roundtable.