Field Study Agenda

We’re planning an engaging, enlightening, and fun two days in New York. Tuesday will feature “pre-ordained” whiteboard sessions led by corporate innovation executives; Wednesday will offer an opportunity for you to propose sessions you’d like to lead.

Tuesday, June 23rd

    7:45 AM – 8:30 AM … Light breakfast & coffee at BMW i Ventures

    8:30 AM – 9:15 AM … Welcome, overview, and Q&A with Ulrich Quay, Managing Director of BMW i Ventures

    10 AM – 11:30 AM … Tour of Pfizer’s Center for Therapeutic Innovation and overview of Pfizer’s Worldwide Innovation organization. Our hosts are Julio Corredor, Director of Worldwide Innovation and Kristy Johnson, Senior Principal Scientist, CTI.

    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM … Networking lunch at Apella

    1:00 PM – 2:30 PM … Whiteboard sessions (four concurrent sessions to choose from).


      • “Scaling Design Sprints to the Entire Organization” — Andy Miller, Chief Innovation Architect, Constant Contact

      • “Applying Innovation Tools to Innovation Leaders’ Challenges” — Christina Mott, Global Head of Innovation, Marsh & McLennan

      • “What We’ve Learned About Successful Co-Creation Initiatives” — Saidah Nash Carter, VP/Strategy & Business Innovation, Thomson Reuters

      • “Knowing When, Where, and Who To Push, and When to Walk Away” — Phil Swisher, former Global Head of Innovation, Brown Brothers Harriman


    3:00 PM – 5:00 PM … Tour of the New York Times R&D Lab, and briefing with R&D executives. Our host is Michael Zimbalist, Senior Vice President of R&D.

    5:30 PM – 7:30 PM … Cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and networking.

Wednesday, June 24th


    8 AM – 11 AM … Breakfast, coffee, meetings with Google executives at Google New York

    11:30 – 1:00 PM … Visit to Work-Bench, an accelerator for enterprise technology companies, overview from founder Jonathan Lehr, and lunch.

    1:00 – 2:00 PM … Challenges & Learnings (Participant-led whiteboard sessions. Convene a group to offer guidance and perspective on a challenge you’re working through, or share something you’ve learned / built / experimented with.) Among the topics participants have suggested exploring:


    • How to scale up innovation execution globally

    • Tactics to optimize both external and internal sources of ideas

    • Innovation metrics – are there any that work?

    • Hackathons – how to structure the framework and problem statement to keep people engaged and interested in participating, without making it just sound like normal work in a shorter time frame

    • How to identify projects that should be killed much earlier in the process.

    • Relationship between corporate innovation functions and operational line of business and product management. How have others aligned these organizations for successful transfer of insights and learning as well as the market delivery of new products and services?

    2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Visit to Quirky, crowdsourcing pioneer, and Q&A with executives.

    4:00 PM Field Study concludes

More agenda details will be announced soon … stay tuned!