New York Field Study photos: Pfizer, BMW, Google, and more

FSNY-Quirky1More than 50 senior innovation, strategy, and R&D executives joined us last month in Manhattan for our June Field Study to visit labs, venture capital offices, and startup spaces operated by Pfizer, BMW, the New York Times, Google, Work-Bench, and Quirky. (At left, Chief Marketing Officer Bret Kovacs welcomes the group to Quirky.)

Our discussion topics this time around, all suggested by participants, included “How to start a lab”; “Scaling design sprints to the entire organization”; “What we’ve learned about successful co-creation”; and “Applying innovation tools to innovation leaders’ challenges,” among others. (To get a flavor for the event, most of which is off-the-record, see this post on Google’s “beer and demos” gatherings, or this one recapping a whiteboard session about technologies and trends.) We’re grateful to our sponsors — Innosight, Imaginatik, and Alexandria Real Estate Equities — as well as to all of the companies that let us drop by.

The next Field Study takes place October 21st and 22nd in Boston, and registration is already open.



Kicking off the Field Study at the office of BMW i Ventures, the automaker’s venture capital group, with Innovation Leader editor Scott Kirsner and Dr. Ulrich Quay, managing director.


Coffee and breakfast at BMW i Ventures: Mark Nitkey of Ahold and Joey Hasty of Disney.


Boarding one of two buses for the trip to Pfizer’s Center for Therapeutic Innovation, on the East River.


Julio Corredor, Director of World Wide Innovation, and Kristy Johnson, Senior Principal Scientist, provide an overview of business and scientific innovation at Pfizer.


A brief overview presentation at Pfizer was followed by a tour of the labs.


Group introductions over lunch at the Apella Center.


Kelly Olin of Target and Luis Solis of Imaginatik participate in a small-group whiteboard session.


Cards used in a whiteboard session on innovation tools, run by Christina Mott of Marsh & McLennan.


Michael Zimbalist, SVP of Research and Development, provides an overview of the R&D group at the New York Times.


Data scientist Mike Dewar discusses what the Times has learned from various projects and tests over the past decade.


Ending Day One of the Field Study with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and conversations.


Day Two began with tours of Google’s New York office, including ladders that employees use to get from floor to floor, and a Lego-building area.


A subway-themed meeting room at Google.


Wall listing some of the guest chefs who have cooked at Google New York’s cafeteria.


Google engineering executives Alan Warren and Craig Nevill-Manning talk about company culture, 20 percent time, hiring, and more with Luis Solis of Imaginatik.


Eric Falck of The Hershey Company gets ready to ask a question during Q&A at Google.


Scott Kirsner of Innovation Leader and Robyn Bolton of Innosight discuss the results of the 2015 Benchmarking Report, released at the Field Study.


Russell Householder of ExxonMobil talks with Mark Nitkey of Ahold.


Jonathan Lehr welcomes the group to Work-Bench, an accelerator for enterprise technology companies.


Craig Damlo of Zodiac Aerospace contributes to a whiteboard session on setting up innovation labs.


Joey Hasty of Disney leads a whiteboard session on technologies and trends that participants are tracking.


Lunchtime conversations at Work-Bench.


The Field Study wrapped up at crowdsourcing pioneer Quirky, with a Q&A session with Chief Marketing Officer Bret Kovacs…


…followed by tours of the company’s workshop and office in Chelsea.

A special thank you to everyone who participated in the New York Field Study, and all our hosts and supporters!

(All photos by Breanna Baker, except Google tour photos.)


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