More than 150 members of the Innovation Leader community converged on the Harvard Innovation Lab last month for the Teach-In — and 30+ sessions that offered insight into what people are doing and learning in their R&D and innovation initiatives, as well as visits to Google Cambridge, Fidelity Labs, Shell TechWorks, and the Target coLab. Sharing some photos here — thanks to everyone who participated, and especially to our friends at Cisco, Nottingham Spirk, Moves the Needle, Imaginatik, Sopheon, and Launchpad for making it possible.
Next up is our San Francisco Field Study, February 1st and 2nd, 2017. We hope to see you there for more learning, networking, and fun!
Pre-conference site visits included Shell TechWorks in Cambridge.
Innovation Leader editor Scott Kirsner talks with Julie Ferland and Matt Kleiman of Shell TechWorks.
Pre-conference site visit to Fidelity Investments’ Fidelity Labs, hosted by Rick Smyers.
Innovation Leader co-founder Scott Cohen with Abdulrahman Almunayes of EQUATE Petrochemical Co.
Rules of the road inside our main venue, the Harvard Innovation Lab
We asked participants to take instant photos of each other…
…And they posted them to a whiteboard with their name, company, and where they live.
…Later, participants interviewed each other about hobbies and extra-curricular activities, and added those to the board.
Scott Kirsner with Alex Goryachev of Cisco.
Jodi Goldstein, managing director of the Harvard Innovation Labs.
Denise Garner, SVP and Chief Innovation Officer at Clorox
Suzanne Hamill and Hannah Lippe of Fidelity lead a session on design thinking.
Eduaordo Manitto of Groupe Galeries Lafayette leads a session on launching an accelerator program.
Daniel Seewald of Pfizer discusses the training and “champions” program he oversees, called “Dare to Try.”
Anna Stepanova of Thomson Reuters discusses creating funds to support innovation.
Healthcare executive Naomi Fried discusses innovating in regulated industries.
William Singleton of Wrigley talks about “corporate antibodies.”
Jazz Singh explains how the National Football League’s digital media team uses the Agile methodology.
Blaine Hurst of Panera Bread talks about the company’s “Panera 2.0” store redesign and digital strategy.
MIT professor Eric von Hippel talks about lead user innovation.
Participants during von Hippel’s talk.
Teach-In participants discussed their own innovation efforts during von Hippel’s session.
Innovation Leader co-founders Frank Hertz and Scott Cohen.
Ideapaint’s ThinkTank Mobile trailer served as an impromptu meeting spot.
Inside the ThinkTank Mobile trailer.
Dyan Finkhousen of GE explains how they get buy-in for open innovation initiatives.
Prat Vemana of Home Depot shares strategies for overcoming barriers to innovation in large organizations.
Lesley Solomon shares lessons from running hackathons at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.
Day One wrapped up with a reception at the Charles Hotel’s Noir Bar. Gary Schoulten of DPR Construction.
Luis Villela, Silvia Montes, Carlos Paniagua, and Mauricio Sanchéz of Corporación Multi Inversiones.
Raoudha Jammoussi of Airbus.
Kelsey Hennessey of AmerisourceBergen.
Day Two began with Kyle Nel, Executive Director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs.
Brant Cooper of Moves the Needle.
George Leimer of ESPN.
Participating in a session on rapid prototyping.
Talking about the startup-big company relationship.
Andrea Kates of Launchpad.
Ramón Salinas of Imaginatik.
Rachael Schwartz of Keurig Green Mountain.
Bill Nottingham of Nottingham Spirk.
Chris Colbert of the Harvard Innovation Lab.
Vikki Nowak of Nottingham Spirk.
Chris Townsend of Imaginatik.
Jesse Bean of Manulife/John Hancock.
Michael Tulaney of Sopheon.
On the afternoon of Day Two, participants chose to visit either Google Cambridge of the Target Food + Future coLab.
Enjoying snacks at the Target coLab.
At the Target coLab, a partnership with IDEO and Intel.
Greg Shewmaker, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Target.
Brent Overcash discusses a hand-held food analyzer developed at the coLab.
Poly indoor growing systems on display at the coLab.
Discussing the Poly growing systems.
Scott Kirsner, Nora Neustadt, and Donna Amrhein of Innovation Leader.
After the official conclusion of the Teach-In, some participants dropped in on the weekly Venture Café networking night in Cambridge.
Photos by Kara Swenson. To learn about future Innovation Leader events, make sure you’re on our e-mail list.