Learn from the World‘s Best Corporate Innovators

October 10 - 12, on the campus of MIT
Cambridge, Massachusetts

“At the Teach-In, you feel like a kid in a candy store, having to choose between shelves full of delicious innovation talks.”

Overview

At the Teach-In, Oct. 10-12, 2017, leaders from PepsiCo, Walmart, American Express, ESPN, Pfizer, Fidelity, Hyatt, and many more bring you inside their innovation programs to share best practices and explore common challenges.

Specifically geared for innovation, R&D, design, strategy, corporate venturing, and new product development professionals from large companies, the Teach-In offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for information exchange and off-the-record conversations.

And just as at all of our events, there will be no PowerPoints, panels, keynotes, nor exhibits. Instead, we create a unique environment for you to gather with your peers for shared-learning and collaborative problem-solving.

MIT Industrial Liaison Program

This year, we’re partnering with MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program to host the Teach-In on the campus of MIT, including tours of several of their labs and meetings with MIT-related startups.

Teachers & Topics

Among the executives sharing their best practices and expertise:

Eastern Bank
Chairman & CEO
Robert Rivers


CEOs on Innovation
TripAdvisor
CEO
Steve Kaufer


CEOs on Innovation
Bose
CEO
Bob Maresca


CEOs on Innovation
Pfizer
VP Strategy and New Business Innovative Pharma
Wendy Mayer


Driving Transformative Change at Pfizer
Walmart
Head of Emerging Technology
Myron Burke


Scaling Innovation: From Incubation and Pilot to Global Rollout
PepsiCo
Vice Chairman &
Chief Scientific Officer

Mehmood Khan


Rethinking R&D at PepsiCo: The Intersection of Sustainability and Innovation
Fidelity
SVP and Director
Sean Belka


How to Create Impact Through Launching and Scaling
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Chief Innovation Officer
Robin Glasco


Setting Up an Innovation Program from Scratch
Hyatt
Managing Director of Innovation
Jennifer Kirby


How Hyatt Promotes Innovation Within the Organization
ESPN
SVP Digital Product, Design & Audience Development
Ryan Spoon


Hacking ESPN: How the Sports Giant Uses Internal Hackathons with Twitter, Facebook and Other Partners
Wells Fargo
Customer Insights & Experience Design
Robin Beers


Wells Fargo’s Five Principles of Rapid Prototyping
American Express
VP – Head of B2B Platform & API
Andres Ricaurte


Thinking Differently About Partnerships, APIs, and the Ecosystem Around Your Company
Bayer Healthcare
VP, Head of Innovation Center
Chandra Ramanathan


External Innovation in Biotech &
Pharma: Partnering Early and Often
Marsh & McLennan
Global Head of Innovation
Christina Mott


An Innovation Secret Weapon: Finding the Innovators in the Haystack
Symmons Industries
CEO
Tim O’Keeffe


Applying IoT in an Established Company
PepsiCo
Senior Director, Innovation, Strategy & Portfolio Management
Robert Perri


Global vs. Regional Innovation: Challenges & Approaches to Organization and Execution
Anthem
SVP – Healthcare Innovation and Technology
David Crean


Connecting Innovation to the Business Units
BNP Paribas
Head of RISK Innovation Office
Danielle Winandy


Inside the BNP Paribas Innovation Factory: Training Employees Globally
OptumLabs
CEO
Paul Bleicher


How Data Can Fuel Innovation
American Greetings
Vice President,
Corporate Innovation

Carol Miller


How Business Minds and Creative Souls Can Collaborate Effectively
athenahealth
Director, Corporate Development & More Disruption Please
Mandira Singh


How Companies Think About Working with, Investing in, and Acquiring Startups
Royal Caribbean
Head of Innovation & Transformation
Joey Hasty


Lessons on Scouting New Technologies and Deploying Them Successfully
Boston Celtics
VP Strategic Marketing and Business Operations
Matt Griffin


How the Boston Celtics Leverage Technology and Data Analytics to Predict Demand, Set Dynamic Pricing, and Maximize Revenue
GE
VP, Commercial & digitalTHREAD
Cate Gutowski


How Innovation and Digital Transformation are Impacting Sales Organizations
Independent
Formerly of MassMutual & Capital One 360
Nondini Naqui


How to Communicate Inside and Outside the Organization
Swiss Re
Head of Digital Analytics
Pascal Marmier


Understanding Business Needs and Creating a Radar for Emerging Tech
Samsung
Head of Samsung Ventures, East Coast
Hyuk-Jeen Suh


Corporate venture capital — setting it up for success
Southern Company
VP Energy Innovation Center
Michael Britt


Using the SO Prize, turning ideas into pilots
Sports Innovation Lab
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Isaiah Kacyvenski


The future of innovation in sports
Shell TechWorks
Head of Programs
Matt Kleiman


Driving to Commercialization Across a Complicated Global Landscape
BISSELL Homecare
General Manager – Global New Business Ventures
Chuck Martin


The Operational, Political, and Marketing Dimensions of Crowdfunding to Launch a New Product
Pearson
Director of Product Management, New Products and Markets
Matt Hoffberg


Using a Jobs-To-Be-Done (JTBD) Approach for New Product or Feature Development
Northeastern University
Vice President for New Ventures
Nick Ducoff


Indiana Jones and Three Other Archetypes That Build the Best Lean Innovation Team
MIT
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and VP for Open Learning
Sanjay Sarma


The Future of IoT
MIT
Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Imran Sayeed


Building an Innovation Culture that Scales Globally
MIT
Director, Megacity Logistics Lab
Matthias Winkenbach


Data, Density & Technology: The Future of Last-Mile Logistics

Site Visits

Teach-In 2017 includes optional site visits to some exciting innovation labs and spaces, including:

Topics

Some of the session topics to be discussed at this year’s Teach-In, led by the teachers listed above:

Operational Innovation

Learn how your peers are driving cost savings and efficiency — the less glamorous side of innovation.

Startup & Trend Scouting

Learn the tactics, strategies, and relationships companies are using to scout emerging technologies and trends.

Co-Creating with Customers

Learn how companies are bringing their customers into the innovation process.

Digital Transformation

Learn how leading companies are reinventing their organizations to build digital products fast, and better serve their customers.

Rapid Prototyping

Learn how to utilize Wells Fargo’s “Five Principles of Rapid Prototyping,” and learn from other executives.

Leveraging Data Analytics

Learn how the Boston Celtics and others are leveraging data to predict demand and maximize revenue.

Working with the Business Units

Learn how companies like $85 billion Anthem have built productive relationships with the core businesses to commercialize their projects.

Employee Engagement, Training & Cultural Change

Learn the best-practices that large corporations employ to get employees aware of and involved with innovation; offer training on various methodologies; and how that impacts the overall culture.

Corporate Venture Capital & Accelerators

Learn what companies are doing — and what benefits they’re seeing — from making investments in startups or running accelerator programs.

Recruiting Innovators

Learn the tactics and strategies that companies are employing to recruit innovators around the world.

Strategic Ideation

Learn how companies have gone beyond the “idea box” to results-driven, measurable innovation.

Innovation Labs

Learn how companies have built, structured, and operated their labs to maximize results.

Innovation Ecosystems

Learn from the approaches of companies that are utilizing open innovation and co-creation to innovate.

Remaking R&D

Learn how established R&D organizations are being remade for speed at the largest multinationals.

Metrics & Reporting

Learn what (and how) innovation groups at Fidelity Investments report to the board and senior leadership in order to communicate their progress and impact.

Agenda

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Starting at 4:00 p.m. *

Site Visits: Visit your choice of these innovation labs, shared workspaces, and startups and meet the people who run them. Participants will choose one of the site visits; the earlier you register, the better your choice of getting your first choice:


  • Autodesk BUILD (focused on the future of architecture and construction)
  • * (3:30 p.m. start) Mass Robotics (robotics startup incubator)
  • Manulife-John Hancock Lab of Forward Thinking (financial services innovation lab)
  • Gingko Bioworks (World’s most advanced “BioFab” / Industrial biotech)
  • Stanley Black & Decker “Futures” (makerspace/innovation lab)

5:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception (and optional brewery tour)
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
306 Northern Ave., Boston [ Map ]

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

7:30 a.m.

Coffee and Breakfast
MIT Media Lab
75 Amherst St., Cambridge [ Map ]

8:30 a.m.

Introduction, welcome, and get-to-know-you exercise


Scott Cohen & Scott Kirsner, Innovation Leader
Karl Koster, MIT Industrial Liaison Program

9:00 a.m.

How CEOs Support Innovation (or Don’t)
Steve Kaufer, CEO, TripAdvisor
Bob Maresca, CEO, Bose Corp.
Robert Rivers, CEO, Eastern Bank

10:00 a.m.

Networking Break

10:30 a.m.

The Future of Logistics, the Supply Chain, and Last Mile Delivery
With Matthias Winkenbach, Director, MIT Megacity Logistics Lab

11:15 a.m.

Rethinking R&D at PepsiCo
With Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman & CSO at PepsiCo

12:00 p.m.

Get Lunch and Head to a Whiteboard Session

12:30 p.m.

First set of whiteboard sessions with innovation executives from:

  • Pfizer: Driving Transformative Change at Pfizer
  • American Express: Thinking Differently About Partnerships, APIs, and the Ecosystem Around Your Company
  • PepsiCo: Global vs. Regional Innovation — Challenges & Approaches to Organization and Execution
  • Wells Fargo: Five Principles for Rapid Prototyping
  • Bissell Homecare: Crowdfunding for Large Organizations
  • OptumLabs: How Data Can Fuel Innovation
  • Pearson: Using a Jobs-To-Be-Done (JTBD) Approach for New Product or Feature Development

1:45 p.m.

Networking Break

2:15 p.m.

Second set of whiteboard sessions with innovation executives from:

  • Boston Celtics: How the Boston Celtics Leverage Technology and Data Analytics to Predict Demand, Set Dynamic Pricing, and Maximum Revenue
  • Fidelity Investments: How to Create Impact Through Launching and Scaling
  • BNP Paribas: Inside the BNP Paribas Innovation Factory: Training Employees Globally
  • Marsh & McLennan: An Innovation Secret Weapon: Finding the Innovators in the Haystack
  • Bayer: How External Innovation in Biotech &
    Pharma: Partnering Early and Often
  • Southern Company: Using the SO Prize, turning ideas into pilots
  • Nondini Naqui (formerly of MassMutual & Capital One 360): How to Communicate Inside and Outside the Organization: Internal vs External branding for New Initiatives and Success Metrics for Innovation

3:30 p.m.

Networking Break

3:45 p.m.

Fail Fast, Fail Cheap with Maggie Nichols, President & COO, Eureka! Ranch

4:30 p.m.

Day 1 Wrap-Up

4:45 p.m.

Optional Innovation Leader Info Session
Join Donna Amrhein in the lounge area to learn more about how IL helps members, get a tour of the site’s resources, and ask questions. (For current members and those considering membership.)

5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception (with heavy hors d’ouvres)
Meadhall
4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge [ Map ]

Thursday, October 12, 2017

7:30 a.m.

Coffee and Breakfast
MIT Media Lab
75 Amherst St., Cambridge [ Map ]

8:00 a.m.

Optional Innovation Leader Info Session
Join Donna Amrhein in the lounge area to learn more about how IL helps members, get a tour of the site’s resources, and ask questions. (For current members and those considering membership.)

8:30 a.m.

New Ways to Think About Learning and the Future of IOT
With Sanjay Sarma, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and VP for Open Learning, MIT

9:00 a.m.

Applying IoT in an Established Company
Tim O’Keeffe, CEO, Symmons Industries

9:30 a.m.

How Innovation is Changing Pro Sports
Isaiah Kacyvenski, Co-Founder, Sports Innovation Lab and former Seattle Seahawks linebacker (Super Bowl XL veteran)

10:00 a.m.

Networking Break

10:30 a.m.

Whiteboard sessions with experts from:

  • Eureka! Ranch on Busting Bureaucracy
  • Nottingham Spirk: Unlocking Innovation from Universities – How One Idea Became a $100M Acquisition
  • Moves the Needle: The Innovator’s “Rosetta Stone” for Corporate Finance: How to integrate the innovator’s needs into the language that dominates in the boardroom
  • CSpace: Protecting the Human Perspective During the Innovation Process
  • Cisco: Converge Disruptive Innovation Inside and Outside a Big Company
  • Spigit: Ideation Lenses: How to Surface Better Ideas from your Employees

11:45 a.m.

Lightning Talks from Selected Startups
Hosted by Trond Undheim, Program Director, MIT Startup Exchange

  • Affectiva: Emotional AI
  • Celect: Retail Optimization
  • Tulip: Digitizing Your Factory Floor
  • Legit Patents: AI-Powered Patent Factory

12:15 p.m.

Lunch (Startups will stay for discussions over lunch)

1:15 p.m.

Whiteboard sessions with innovation executives from:

  • American Greetings: How Business Minds and Creative Souls Can Collaborate Effectively
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield: Setting Up an Innovation Program from Scratch
  • Anthem: Connecting Innovation to the Business Units
  • Swiss Re: Understanding Business Needs and Creating a Radar for Emerging Tech
  • Sarah Biller: (formerly at State Street Corp.)
    Failure is Taboo in Large Companies. How Do You Get Over That?
  • MIT: Imran Sayeed on Building an Innovation Culture that Scales Globally
  • Northeastern University: Indiana Jones and Three Other Archetypes that Build the Best Lean Innovation Team

2:30 p.m.

Networking Break

2:50 p.m.

Whiteboard sessions led by executives from:

  • GE: How Innovation and Digital Transformation are Impacting Sales Organizations
  • Hyatt: How Hyatt Promotes Innovation Within the Organization
  • Walmart: Scaling Innovation, From Incubation and Pilot to Global Rollout
  • athenahealth: How Companies Think About Working with, Investing in, and Acquiring Startups
  • Samsung Ventures: Corporate Venture Capital — Setting it up for Success
  • Shell TechWorks: Driving to Commercialization Across a Complicated Global Landscape

4:00 p.m.

Day 2 Wrap-Up: Big Ideas & Next Steps

4:30 p.m.

Optional MIT Lab Visits and Campus Tours:

  • McGovern Institute for Brain Research
  • The Engine: MIT’s New Accelerator for Startups
  • Little Devices Lab (DIY health technology lab)
  • Center for Bits & Atoms: Turning Data Into Things, and Things Into Data
  • MIT Campus Walking Tour

5:00 p.m.

Optional: Venture Café Night
Cambridge Innovation Center
1 Broadway, Cambridge [ Map ]

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Hotel & Travel Information

Our recommended hotels are all within walking distance from MIT:

1. Boston Marriott Cambridge, 50 Broadway, Cambridge [ Map ]

2. The Kimpton Hotel Marlowe, 25 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge [ Map ]

3. Le Meridien Cambridge-MIT, 20 Sidney St, Cambridge [ Map ]

In addition, MIT is on the Red Line of Boston’s public transportation system, so other hotels within your company’s affinity program may also be nearby.

Need help? Email Ellen Juskewitch, Innovation Leader’s events manager.

FAQ

Simple: No panels. No PowerPoints. No talk about how “easy” all this is once you’ve got your CEO’s support.

Just innovation and R&D leaders from the world’s largest corporations convening for two engaging and interactive days on the campus of MIT for shared-learning and collaborative problem-solving. We’ve recruited corporate innovation and R&D executives from the world’s largest organizations to bring you inside their innovation programs and share best practices. These “teachers” will lead an off-the-record conversation in which participants can share challenges and exchange ideas.

The Teach-In is specifically geared for corporate innovation, R&D design, strategy, corporate venturing, and new product development professionals. That’s everyone from Chief Innovation Officers and VPs of Innovation, to Directors of Innovation and R&D Managers. If you’re responsible for new products or services within your company, you’re probably the right fit.
NO, absolutely not! We’ve got sessions that will be super-useful to you whether you’re just getting your innovation program started, or are several years in. Newbies won’t want to miss Setting Up an Innovation Program from Scratch, led by Blue Cross Blue Shield VP Robin Glasco, while attendees with more mature innovation programs will likely be interested in Building an Innovation Culture that Scales Globally, which will be led by MIT’s Iman Sayeed.

In addition, regardless of your level, you’ll benefit from the collective experience of corporate innovators from some of the world’s leading brands, including Fidelity, Dunkin Donuts, ESPN, Pfizer, American Express, and many more.

Probably best to let past Teach-In attendees answer this one:

“As a leader starting up a new innovation function in my company, this event was invaluable. Great way to get started!” – Innovation Architect at a $3.5B technology distributor

“It’s easy to get buried in your corners of the world and be busy with stuff. The Teach-In broke me out of my reverie, and woke me up to what all is going on — stuff that will make a difference.” – V.P. Strategy, Biz Dev & innovation at $5B company

“So many smart, forward thinking, helpful and insightful people in one place.” – VP of Innovation at global financial services firm

“It was fantastic to see so many people facing similar issues and to see the varied ways they approach them. Real stories from real people.” – SVP at $30B global energy management company

“Better than any innovation conference I’ve been to” – Director of Strategic Innovation at $2B insurer

No. This is a pitch-free zone. Aside from our sponsors, who have helped us plan and run the Teach-In (each of whom will run a pitch-free session on a great topic), we do not admit consultants, advisors, software firms, or others who might try to pitch you something. This is a safe environment.
Yes! Never hesitate to reach out to event guru Ellen Juskewitch with your dietary requirements, ellen@innovationleader.com. The sooner the better though … deadline is seven days before the event so we can arrange with our caterer(s).
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