Silicon Valley Field Study Details

Wednesday, March 30th
7:30 a.m. Rendezvous and registration Hotel Sofitel — Grab your badge and we’ll walk over to Vodafone for breakfast and our first sessions.
223 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City, CA
7:45 a.m. Walk to the Vodafone Global Enterprise Innovation Studio
275 Shoreline Dr., Redwood City
8:00 a.m. Breakfast and group introductions
9:30 a.m. Opening “fireside chat” with Michael Pao, previously a leader of the growth team at Uber; now an entrepreneur-in-residence at venture capital firm Greylock Partners
10:30 a.m. First round of whiteboard sessionsSession leaders will include:

Bennett Blank of Intuit Labs on the company’s lean startup training program

Jeff Calcgano, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, on the healthcare company’s global network of innovation centers

Gene Han, Head of Target’s San Francisco Innovation Office and Vice President, Consumer IoT [Internet of Things], on what innovation labs can achieve and how to tie them in to HQ

Shannon Lucas, Director of Innovation at Vodafone Global Enterprise, on building a network of innovation champions

David Shaw and Jennifer Monnig, Intel, on creating cultural change

12:00 p.m. Reconvene to announce discussion groups (on issues suggested by participants). Lunch buffet.
1:00 p.m. Bus departs for Adobe corporate headquarters
345 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA.
2:00 p.m. Sessions run by Adobe innovation execs, including Mark Randall, Adobe’s Chief Strategist and VP of Creativity; Gavin Miller, Director of the Imagination Lab; and Tom Nguyen, Product Manager and Creator of Adobe Voice
5:30 p.m. Bus to Strike Brewing Co. for drinks and dinner
2099 S 10th St., San Jose, CA
7:30 p.m. First bus returns to Hotel Sofitel; second bus leaves at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 31st
7:30 a.m. Load bus at Sofitel for trip to Google. DON’T BE LATE! Bring your luggage with you after you check out of your hotel; we’ll load them on the secure buses for return to SFO or other locations.
223 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City, CA
8:15 a.m. Breakfast at Google.
1565 Charleston Road, Mountain View
8:45 a.m.


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1:30 p.m.


2:15 p.m.

Workshops with Google Innovation Project lead Chris McQueen and tech recruiter Jeff Moore. Moderated by Daniel Friedman of Imaginatik.


Lunch at Google Cafe


Bus Departs for the Ford Innovation Lab
3200 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto


Tours and demos at the Ford Innovation Lab


Fireside chat with Ford lab director Dave Kaminski. Moderated by Alasdair Trotter of Innosight.

3:00 p.m. Conference wrap-up session: What did we learn, and how can we make it actionable in our companies?
3:30 p.m. Early bus returns to San Francisco Airport to arrive by approximately 4:45 PM.
4:00 Visit Y Combinator to meet with partner Aaron Harris, discuss ways large companies and startups can work together more productively, and meet several Y Combinator alumni entrepreneurs. (Plus, beer and pretzels.) Bus will return participants to San Francisco airport by approximately 6:30 PM.