Join us October 10th – 12th at our annual Teach-In, where leaders from PepsiCo, American Express, ESPN, Samsung, Fidelity, Bayer, Royal Caribbean, the Boston Celtics, 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.
Corporate innovation leaders (our “teachers”) will tackle a range of topics, including Rapid Prototyping, Remaking R&D, Metrics and Reporting, and Innovation Labs. This year’s Teach-In will also feature content tracks for people just launching innovation initiatives – the 101 track – as well as a 201 intermediate track, and 301 track for people who’ve had a program in place for three or more years and are looking for strategies to upgrade, improve and continue building support.
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.
We hope you’ll join us. 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.
Teachers & Topics
Among the executives sharing their best practices and learnings on the topics listed below:
How I Foster and Support Innovation as a CEO
VP Strategy and New Business Innovative Pharma
Driving Transformative Change at Pfizer
Vice Chairman &
Chief Scientific Officer
Rethinking R&D at PepsiCo: The Intersection of Sustainability and Innovation
How I Foster and Support Innovation as a CEO
Customer Insights & Experience Design
Wells Fargo’s Five Principles of Rapid Prototyping
SVP and Director
How to Create Impact Through Launching and Scaling
Setting Up an Innovation Program from Scratch
Head of Emerging Technology
Scaling Innovation: From Incubation and Pilot to Global Rollout
Global Head of Innovation
An Innovation Secret Weapon: Finding the Innovators in the Haystack
Managing Director of Innovation
How Hyatt Promotes Innovation Within the Organization
Senior Director, Innovation, Strategy & Portfolio Management
Global vs. Regional Innovation: Challenges & Approaches to Organization and Execution
SVP Digital Product, Design & Audience Development
Hacking ESPN: How the Sports Giant Uses Internal Hackathons with Twitter, Facebook and Other Partners
VP, Head of Innovation Center
External Innovation in Biotech &
Pharma: Partnering Early and Often
Head of Innovation & Transformation
Lessons on Scouting New Technologies and Deploying Them Successfully
VP – Head of B2B Platform & API
Thinking Differently About Partnerships, APIs, and the Ecosystem Around Your Company
VP Strategic Marketing and Business Operations
How the Boston Celtics Leverage Technology and Data Analytics to Predict Demand, Set Dynamic Pricing, and Maximize Revenue
SVP – Healthcare Innovation and Technology
Connecting Innovation to the Business Units
Head of RISK Innovation Office
Inside the BNP Paribas Innovation Factory: Training Employees Globally
How Data Can Fuel Innovation
How Business Minds and Creative Souls Can Collaborate Effectively
VP, Product Management — Learning Applications
Working With Startups: Lessons and Best Practices
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and VP for Open Learning
The Future of IoT
Director, Corporate Development & More Disruption Please
How Companies Think About Working with, Investing in, and Acquiring Startups
Co-Founder and Managing Director
The future of innovation in sports
Director, Megacity Logistics Lab
Data, Density & Technology: The Future of Last-Mile Logistics
Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Building an Innovation Culture that Scales Globally
General Manager – Global New Business Ventures
The Operational, Political, and Marketing Dimensions of Crowdfunding to Launch a New Product
Vice President for New Ventures
Indiana Jones and Three Other Archetypes That Build the Best Lean Innovation Team
Teach-In 2017 includes optional site visits to some exciting innovation labs and spaces, including:
Some of the session topics to be discussed at this year’s Teach-In, led by the teachers listed above:
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.
Learn how leading companies are reinventing their organizations to build digital products fast, and better serve their customers.
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.
Learn the tactics and strategies that companies are employing to recruit innovators around the world.
Learn how companies have gone beyond the “idea box” to results-driven, measurable innovation.
Learn how companies have built, structured, and operated their labs to maximize results.
Learn from the approaches of companies that are utilizing open innovation and co-creation to innovate.
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.
Here’s a draft agenda … subject to change, so check back frequently for updates.
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)
- 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)
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
306 Northern Ave., Boston [ Map ]
Introduction, welcome, and get-to-know-you exercise
Scott Cohen & Scott Kirsner, Innovation Leader
Karl Koster, MIT Industrial Liaison Program
How CEOs Support Innovation (or Don’t)
- Robert DeMartini, New Balance
- Steve Kaufer, TripAdvisor
The Future of Logistics, the Supply Chain, and Last Mile Delivery
With Matthias Winkenbach, Director, MIT Megacity Logistics Lab
Rethinking R&D at PepsiCo
With Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman & CSO at PepsiCo
First set of whiteboard sessions with innovation executives from:
- 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
- Optum Labs: How Data Can Fuel Innovation
- Northeastern University: Indiana Jones and Three Other Archetypes that Build the Best Lean Innovation Team
- Pearson: Working With Startups: Lessons and Best Practices
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
Fail Fast, Fail Cheap
Maggie Nichols, COO, Eureka! Ranch
Day 1 Wrap-Up
4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge [ Map ]
New Ways to Think About Learning and the Future of IOT
With Sanjay Sarma, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and VP for Open Learning, MIT
How Innovation is Changing Pro Sports
Isaiah Kacyvenski, Co-Founder, Sports Innovation Lab and former Seattle Seahawks linebacker (Super Bowl XL veteran)
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: How to Get the CFO Involved
- CSpace: Protecting the Human Perspective During the Innovation Process
- Cisco: Converge Disruptive Innovation Inside and Outside a Big Company
Lightning Talks from Selected Startups
Hosted by Trond Undheim, Lead, MIT Startup Exchange
Lunch (Startups will stay for discussions over lunch)
Whiteboard sessions with innovation executives from:
- ESPN: Hacking ESPN: How We Use Internal Hackathons with Twitter, Facebook and Other Partners
- 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
- Royal Caribbean: Deploying New Technologies Successfully
Whiteboard sessions led by executives from:
- Pfizer: Driving Transformative Change at Pfizer
- 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
- MIT: Imran Sayeed on Building an Innovation Culture that Scales Globally
Day 2 Wrap-Up: Big Ideas & Next Steps
Optional MIT Lab Visits:
- McGovern Institute for Brain Research
- The Engine: MIT’s New Accelerator for Startups
- Little Devices Lab (DIY health technology lab)
Optional: Venture Café Night
Cambridge Innovation Center
1 Broadway, Cambridge [ Map ]
Why Attend the 2017 Teach-In?
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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.
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.
“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
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