Agenda Overview

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As always, many of the session topics for our Silicon Valley Field Study will be suggested by participants. When you register, we ask you what issues you’re grappling with, and build sessions around that; once we’re on-site, you’re invited to lead, co-lead, or contribute to discussions on those topics.

Our site visits at this Field Study will include:

    Check out this video about Google Garage.
    (Courtesy Fast Company)

    • We’ll be spending a half-day at Google, going through some of the same innovation and collaboration exercises that new hires at Google go through — at the famed Googleplex in Mountain View. (Play video at right to learn about the workspace we’ll be in, the Google Garage.)

    • Adobe, $1 billion software company transitioning from packaged products to the cloud, and creator of the Kickbox innovation program. (We wrote about Kickbox in 2014.)

    • Ford Silicon Valley Lab, opened in 2012. (We covered its recent expansion in 2015.)

    • Vodafone Global Enterprise’s recently-opened Innovation Studio in Redwood City, part of the $61 billion telecom and IT services provider. (Shannon Lucas of Vodafone wrote a recent piece on building a network of innovation champions.)


Among the people leading sessions:

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

    shannonlucas• 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

    • Michael Pao, an entrepreneur-in-residence at the venture capital firm Greylock Partners, and previously a senior executive on the growth team at Uber

    • Shannon Lucas (right), Director of Innovation at Vodafone Global Enterprise, on co-creating with customers

    • Dennis McGrath, Starbucks’ VP of Global Operations Innovation, on scaling successful pilots

    • Google’s Jeff Moore on attracting the best talent

    • Mark Randall, Adobe’s Chief Strategist and VP of Creativity, on catalyzing grassroots innovation that really moves the needle


We hope you can join us in March, and be part of the Field Study peer learning experience…