Deep Dive Silicon Valley: Scouting Tech + Trends

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How do you build your organization's capability to identify trends, industry shifts, and important emerging technologies — and then act on them? This one-day event will give you access to best practices and advice from industry leaders about scouting; plugging into the startup ecosystem; setting up pilot tests; communicating internally; and scaling what works. The event includes a pre-event visit to either Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS or NASA AMES Research Center, and a full day at the PACCAR Silicon Valley innovation Center.

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What to expect

Innovation Leader's Deep Dive events bring together 50+ innovation professionals for one day to focus in on a single theme. These events are designed just for corporate innovators – no consultants, no software vendors, no sales pitches. For this Deep Dive, we'll bring participants inside truck manufacturer PACCAR's Silicon Valley Innovation Center to discuss how to successfully scout for the emerging trends and tech that will matter to your organization. Be prepared for lots of interactive sessions, peer-driven learning, and tactics you can bring home and put to use immediately.

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Real conversations, actual learning

Infused with peer-driven learning, skill-building, and interactive activities, our off-the-record sessions are for attendees' ears only. No slides, no panels, no fluff...just real conversations with your peers from the world's most successful companies.

Site Visits

The Deep Dive will take place at PACCAR's Innovation Center, with pre-event activities at NASA AMES Research Center, and Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS:


Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS/ NASA AMES Research Center

Join us for an optional pre-event visit to Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS or NASA AMES Research Center on February 26th to kick-off the event. At Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS, participants will hear from Jeff Calcagno, Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS Bay Area, and some of the startups that they're working with. At the NASA AMES Research Center, participants will experience interactive demos and hear from Jay Trimble, Founder and Lead of Open Mission Control Technologies currently working on operations for our return to the Moon.


PACCAR Silicon Valley Innovation Center

The PACCAR Silicon Valley Innovation Center is coordinating next-generation research and identifying emerging technologies that will benefit the future of trucking. Technology areas of focus include autonomy, artificial intelligence, and vehicle connectivity. The Innovation Center is also accelerating partnerships in the development of electric and hydrogen fuel cell powertrains, as well as the deployment of big data analytics.

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Hotel and Travel Information

Hotel: As most corporations have loyalty and reward programs for specific hotel chains, we have not reserved a room block for this event. Our recommended hotels are listed below:

Arrival & Departure: If you are flying in for the Silicon Valley Deep Dive, we recommend arriving early afternoon on February 26th, as we have optional pre-event visits for you to either the NASA AMES Research Center or Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS. The program will begin early on Thursday, February 27th. The program will end in the early evening on Thursday, February 27th.

Questions: If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Elana Wilner at

Event FAQs

Who comes to this event?

Space is limited to corporate innovation, strategy and R&D 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 inside your company, you’re probably the right fit.

Will vendors be there pitching me?

No. This is a pitch-free zone. Aside from our Innovation Leader partners, we do not admit consultants, advisors, software firms, or others who might try to pitch you something. This is a safe environment.

Will you bore me with PowerPoints?

No. This is a presentation-free zone. No PowerPoints or presentations of any kind.

How will I get to the airport at the end of the event?

You will be responsible for your own travel to and from the event.

Can I get gluten-free or special meals?

Yes! Never hesitate to reach out to event team with your dietary requirements, The sooner the better though ... the deadline is two weeks before the event so we can arrange with our caterer(s).

Will you recommend hotels nearby?

Check back for our recommended hotels..

Is there a dress code?

Business casual, with the emphasis on casual.

Will the media be there?

No. All our sessions are confidential and off-the-record.

Will I have to sign an NDA?

Maybe. Depending on the site. However, this site does not require it.

Can I get a refund?

Event ticket purchases are final. However, you may substitute or transfer your registration to a colleague no later than 10 days before the start of an event. After this deadline, you will not be able to transfer your registration or receive a refund. Please request your transfer by emailing

What is the code of conduct at your events?

We are dedicated to creating a professional, safe, welcoming, and harassment-free environment for all our attendees. Please see our complete code of conduct here.

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