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May 8-11, 2017
Seaport World Trade Center Boston,

FEI 2017: Transforming Ideas into Market Winning Strategies

Let’s get beyond the idea. FEI takes you through the entire innovation process- from ideation through to execution. Get the tips you need for creating fast, agile & opportunistic innovation teams to turn a great idea into a market winning product.

What's New & Can't Miss at FEI 2017

The Father of Disruptive Innovation

Clay Christensen is back on the FEI stage and ready to unveil his latest research into innovation models.

Chief Innovation Officer Forum

A candid outlook from CIOs at Intuit, Avon, Dell, Clorox, Xerox, , IBM, New Jersey Devils, Transamerica, Brookstone, USAA, ACT, AARP

Full Day on Partnering with Startups

On Monday, May 8th, the MassChallenge Accelerator hosts the hottest startups and Fortune 500 companies to talk all things partnering.

How Street Gangs Can Help You Overcome Bureacracy

Antonio Fernandez, Former Head of Latin Kings explores commonalities between driving change within a Fortune 500 company and hacking the culture of criminal organization.

Innovation Excursions

Get outside the conference walls and visit local innovation hot spots led by their innovation teams. Example? Sam Adams Brewery for a beer and prototyping session.

FEI Takes You through the Entire Innovation Process...

Design Thinking

Design thinking can and should be an effective tool for unlocking nascent innovation opportunities. So why is there so much uncertainty around how design thinking should work? This section of the program will focus on how human needs need to weigh in on the innovation practice in the form of design thinking, and what it takes to transform the business mindset to get there. Our speakers will make the business case that innovation should be 1% idea and 99% design thinking.

Customer Driven Innovation

Users are key driving factors in the market success or failure of new products and services. These sessions focus on going beyond traditional insights and integrating customers intensively into the innovation process for market-oriented innovation wins.

Disruptive Trends & Tech/Growth Strategy

The innovation landscape is changing fast. Innovators must learn how to work alongside the technologies that will shape their product/service/experience innovations of the future. This section of the program will focus on the trends coming down the line, hot tech sectors to be aware of, and how to link them all to innovation growth strategy.

Sparking Cultural Change

The common thread across all innovative organizations lies in strong leadership, high performing teams, and an environment that empowers, promotes, and accelerates the development of leaders as people. These sessions help you transform from a process driven corporate office into a collaborative and creative solutions center by concentrating on people rather than processes.

Business Model Innovation

Feeling unprepared as nimble disruptors come in and force your company to rethink everything? Business model innovation can be a powerful way to breakthrough, but in reality, many conventional business models today often effectively impede innovation. The ability to invent and implement new business models is what truly separates leading companies from followers.

Particular focus in 2017 will be given to LEAN and SPRINT methodologies

De-Risking Open Innovation and Partnering with Startups

The innovation function at large corporations is by nature fast-moving and volatile, building and executing initiatives and new processes to foster new ideas internally and collaborate with innovators from outside the four walls. However, the bureaucracy and conservative thinking that plagues large corporations often filters into innovation teams, the very units that were built to combat the issue. This day will center around strategies for open innovation leaders to de-risk external collaborations and usher in more efficient pathways into their core organizations.

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Overcome pervasive barriers to scalable, repeatable innovation at FEI.FEI: Front End of Innovation is the leading conference that senior level R&D, Innovation, and Product Development executives rely on to thwart the growing threat of disruption by non-traditional competitors. Large organizations are under fire to be more agile and opportunistic in their approach to innovation, adaptation, and disruption. That's why the FEI works with the innovation community to design a curriculum focused on helping you systematically tackle the innovation process- from ideation through execution- in order to capture immense innovation