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Ed Catmull

KEYNOTE: What Makes Creative People Tick? Structuring and Operating Creative Organizations

Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios

Kathy Fish

KEYNOTE: Transforming and Accelerating Innovation at P&G

P&G

Apr 24
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9:45am - 10:00am

Morning Welcome from your FEI 2018 Host

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10:00am - 10:45am

KEYNOTE: What Makes Creative People Tick? Structuring and Operating Creative Organizations

Ed Catmull outlines techniques and ideas on leading creative organizations. Some of the leadership philosophies he explores include: Addressing hidden barriers to creativity, uncoupling fear and failure, preparing for unknown problems and ensuring that a company’s communication structure does not mirror its organizational structure. He also discusses the importance of getting the team right if you want to get the ideas right and always working on making the process better, but knowing the goal is to make something great.

  • Ed Catmull - President, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios
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10:45am - 11:40am

Morning Networking Break

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12:45pm - 2:00pm

Lunch

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Showing of Streams
4:00pm - 4:45pm

Afternoon Networking Break

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4:45pm - 5:30pm

KEYNOTE: Transforming and Accelerating Innovation at P&G

Innovation has been at the core of P&G’s success model for its 180-year history, and continues to drive our growth. P&G has a long history of innovation, and has consistently innovated how we innovate. We are undergoing a significant transformation of our innovation capability, with investments in digital Innovation, Connect & develop, and Lean Innovation capability. this transformation is occurring on our big brands as well as new ideas across the company. Learn how we are learning faster, failing faster, creating “startups” inside P&G, partnering externally, and running more experiments on both products and business models in Front End Innovation to accelerate learning and ultimately speed to market.

  • Kathy Fish - Chief Research, Development and Innovation Officer, P&G
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5:30pm - 6:30pm

Cocktail Reception

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8:15am - 9:45am 90 mins
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Coffee with Keurig
Coffee with Keurig
  • Rachel Schwartz - VP, Product Management & Innovation & General Manager Keurig Connect, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
  • Jeff Hadden - Director, Product Management, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.

Morning Coffee (Keurig style!) and conversation that will center around Consumer IoT. This chat is for industry professionals that work internally to a consumer products, consumer goods, retail, or other consumer oriented companies.

8:15am - 9:45am 90 mins
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Morning Yoga with Lululemon
Morning Yoga with Lululemon
  • Lindsay Angelo - Strategist, lululemon

Lululemon’s love for yoga runs deep: it rejuvenates our body, calms our mind, and it’s the core of who they are. Participate in a 30 minute yoga class followed by refreshments and conversation with lululemon’s growth strategist.

8:15am - 9:45am 90 mins
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CPG Breakfast with Mars Wrigley & Clorox
CPG Breakfast with Mars Wrigley & Clorox
  • William Singleton - New Ventures Business Development Leader, Wrigley
  • Wayne Delker - former Chief Innovation Officer, Clorox
  • David Gardner - VP, Marketing, Chaordix

Industry specific breakfast specifically for executives responsible for innovation in Consumer Packaged Goods organizations. Share common challenges and solutions in an
off-the record setting.

8:15am - 9:45am 90 mins
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Morning Run
Morning Run

A morning run will help give you that extra energy boost you need to make the most out of a busy FEI schedule the rest of the day. Join peers for an informal run followed by snacks and conversation.

8:15am - 9:45am 90 mins
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Art of Culinary Creativity
Art of Culinary Creativity
  • Chef Richard Rayment - Chef, Seaport Hotel

The pace of change in the culinary industry is unrivaled. Every day requires new passion & creativity. Join the Seaport’s Award-Winning Executive Chef in this interactive session while making & eating your own culinary creations.

8:15am - 9:45am 90 mins
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Morning Manicures
Morning Manicures

Treat yourself! A relaxing way to start your day, join with colleagues for a little pampering as you get to know each other over manicures, refreshments, and great conversation.

8:15am - 9:45am 90 mins
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Manufacturing Breakfast with Corning
Manufacturing Breakfast with Corning
  • Laura Bissmeyer - Director Global Source to Pay Operations, Corning

Industry specific breakfast specifically for executives responsible for innovation in manufacturing organizations. Share common challenges and discuss solutions in an off-the record setting.

8:15am - 9:45am 90 mins
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Digital Transformation Breakfast with Unilever
Digital Transformation Breakfast with Unilever
  • Gail Martino - Senior Project Manager, Emerging Technologies, Unilever

Informal breakfast conversation for companies who are transforming for big better faster innovation through digital tools.

8:15am - 9:45am 90 mins
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Healthcare Breakfast with 3M & Xerox
Healthcare Breakfast with 3M & Xerox
  • Cristin Moran - former Front End Manager, 3M
  • Denise Fletcher - Chief Innovation Officer, Payer & Pharma, Xerox

Industry specific breakfast specifically for executives responsible for innovation in Healthcare organizations. Share common challenges and solutions in an off-the record setting.

8:15am - 9:45am 90 mins
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Financial Services Breakfast with Fidelity USAA
Financial Services Breakfast with Fidelity USAA
  • Sean Belka - Senior Vice President, Fidelity Center for Applied Technology
  • Mick Simonelli - Principal, Simonelli Innovation LLC

Industry specific breakfast specifically for executives responsible for innovation in Financial Service organizations. Share common challenges and discuss solutions in an off-the record setting.

8:15am - 9:45am 90 mins
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Pharma Breakfast with Lily, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca
Pharma Breakfast with Lily, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca
  • Amber Anderson - Innovation Incubator Manager, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Tom Wagner - Director, Global Digital Strategy & Innovation, AstraZeneca
  • Bret Huff - Vice President, Small Molecule Design and Development, Lilly

Industry specific breakfast specifically for executives responsible for innovation in Pharmaceutical organizations. Share common challenges and solutions in an off-the record setting.

8:15am - 9:45am 90 mins
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Improv for Leading Creative Teams
Improv for Leading Creative Teams
  • Michelle James - CEO/Chief Emergence Officer, The Center for Creative Emergence

Using principles and practices form improv theater to for creative team building and getting to know other conference attendees

Join us for a facilitated session to meet your fellow conference participants in a fun, energizing, and light hearted atmosphere as you learn creative team building practices. You'll meet other attendees quickly and easily through a series of engaging exercises while having a good time. Today’s business world requires leaders, innovators, and influencers to be consistently creative and engage the creativity of others – just like improvisers. Creative team leaders and improvisers both have to cultivate new ideas, listen proactively, and get others creatively engaged and productive...as each unique situation dictates. Improv-based learning gets to the heart of creative team leadership. Come experience the principles and practices of improvisational theater in a safe space. This workshop enhances core leadership competencies such as thinking creatively, adapting spontaneously, and inspiring/motivating others while generating more creativity, collaboration and connection in your teams….while getting to know other conference attendees. People who improvise together bond quickly. Bring business cards, an open mind, and a readiness to have fun as you learn!

Note: Please be there on time as it is a facilitated session and the activities will build on each other and the core improv principles. 

9:45am - 10:00am 15 mins
Morning Welcome from your FEI 2018 Host
10:00am - 10:45am 45 mins
Info
KEYNOTE: What Makes Creative People Tick? Structuring and Operating Creative Organizations
  • Ed Catmull - President, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios

Ed Catmull outlines techniques and ideas on leading creative organizations. Some of the leadership philosophies he explores include: Addressing hidden barriers to creativity, uncoupling fear and failure, preparing for unknown problems and ensuring that a company’s communication structure does not mirror its organizational structure. He also discusses the importance of getting the team right if you want to get the ideas right and always working on making the process better, but knowing the goal is to make something great.

10:45am - 11:40am 55 mins
Morning Networking Break
11:40am - 11:45am 5 mins
TRACK 1: PARTNERING ACROSS THE ECOSYSTEM (FEI CORE)
Chair Welcome
11:40am - 11:45am 5 mins
TRACK 2: DESIGN THINKING (FEI CORE)
Chair Welcome
  • Matt Phillips - President, Phillips & Co.
11:40am - 11:45am 5 mins
Info
TRACK 3: CUSTOMER DRIVEN INNOVATION (FEI CORE)
Chair Welcome
  • Ivy Eisenberg - Founder, Our IdeaWorks, LLC
11:40am - 11:45am 5 mins
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TRACK 4: INNOVATION LABS, INCUBATORS & ACCELERATORS (FEI X)
Chair Welcome
  • Charles Ogilvie - Head of Innovation, J. Walter Thompson Atlanta
11:45am - 12:15pm 30 mins
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TRACK 1: PARTNERING ACROSS THE ECOSYSTEM (FEI CORE)
Building Ecosystems of Uncommon Partners
  • Amanda Manna - Former Head of Narrative and Partnerships, Lowe's Innovation Labs

Join this session to learn how the founder from Lowe’s Innovation Labs introduced a behavioral transformation approach rooted in narrative and neuroscience that led the Fortune 50 retailer to build partnerships that led to augmented and virtual reality stores, in-store autonomous robots, the first store in space, and exoskeletons for store employees.

11:45am - 12:15pm 30 mins
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TRACK 2: DESIGN THINKING (FEI CORE)
Incubating the Entrepreneurial Spirit: How to Use Human-Centered Design to Build an Internal Startup Team
  • Hannah Lippe - Principal Design Strategist, Fidelity Labs

Hannah & Carly share stories and learnings from the last two years of building a highfunctioning team and launching a new business, all while navigating the internal complexities of a large diversified financial services firm. they discuss the emotional ups and downs of an incubator team in Fidelity Labs. Learn how to apply the mindsets of human-centered design – taking risks, celebrating failure, and putting emotional needs at the forefront – to building a team.

11:45am - 12:15pm 30 mins
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TRACK 3: CUSTOMER DRIVEN INNOVATION (FEI CORE)
Get Involved!

Contact Liz Hinkis, Sponsorship Director at elizabeth.hinkis@KNect365.com or 646-616-7627 for more details

11:45am - 12:45pm 60 mins
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TRACK 4: INNOVATION LABS, INCUBATORS & ACCELERATORS (FEI X)
DOUBLE SESSION: Making the Case: How Corporate Innovation Labs Lure Top Talent
  • John Valentine - Manager, Technology Discovery & Communications, Thales xPlor
  • Steve Thompson - VP of Innovation, USAA Labs
  • Vijay Patel - Director, Strategic Partnerships and Digital Innovation, CVS Health
  • Christopher Moss - AVP, Head of Solaria Labs, Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Sandy Lacey - North America - Lab of Forward Thinking (LOFT), John Hancock

the recent explosion in venture funding and ICOs has made founding and joining startups and exciting and potential lucrative option for top tech talent. Google, Facebook, Amazon, and others are attracting innovators to new research labs centered around core technologies like artificial intelligence, big data analytics, robotics, and blockchain. these corporate innovation leaders have faced these threats head-on and built strategies to recruit top talent to their teams. this panel is a deep dive into how they made it happen.

12:15pm - 12:45pm 30 mins
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TRACK 1: PARTNERING ACROSS THE ECOSYSTEM (FEI CORE)
Thinking Deeper on Speed - Lessons from John Wooden, Sprinters and 20 Years of Hearing "We Need to Move Faster"
  • Barry Calpino - Former VP, Innovation, Conagra and Professor, Kellogg School of Management

"Speed" is, was and always will be a huge part of innovation. Today more than ever the industry is obsessed with Speed, "Sprints", etc.

A key question is have we gone too far and have we lost perspective with what actually matters and counts - which are innovation outcomes, successes - people buying our new offerings - loving the and buying them again (vs how many days it took us to come up with the idea).

I've been in the arena with a consistent "need for speed" for over 20 years and have recently been doing a lot of thinking about the topic of speed. I will share those thoughts, including where the linkage is highest between speed inputs and innovation outcomes - and where speed can work AGAINST your success.

12:15pm - 12:45pm 30 mins
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TRACK 2: DESIGN THINKING (FEI CORE)
Digital Prototyping a New Airport Experience with Southwest Airlines (Just in Time for Boarding)
  • Lee Moreau - Principal, Service and Experience Design, Continuum

Continuum partnered with Southwest Airlines to redesign the in-airport experience, from ideation all the way through to a full-scale prototype in Dallas Love Field. Continuum leveraged Southwest’s innovative spirit to make new changes to the airport experience. From user-friendly flight boards to updated gate signage, to refreshed network displays and a new mobile app, learn how Continuum iteratively prototyped through every stage of work to advance concepts and get real ideas out into the world.

12:15pm - 12:45pm 30 mins
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TRACK 3: CUSTOMER DRIVEN INNOVATION (FEI CORE)
Unleashing Innovation by Letting the Customer Lead
  • Brian Hoff - Director of Corporate Innovation, Exelon Corporation
  • James R. Schulte - Director, Exelorate Growth, Exelon Corporation

Exelon leverages the best from venture and entrepreneurial approaches to launch net new businesses in areas that might surprise you. Learn how Exelon gets deeply immersed in customer problems in order to design solutions to meet needs they didn’t even know they had. Hear how Exelon leveraged gritty lean startup style entrepreneurship leveraging a MVP approach with an eye to a solution that can scale leveraging blockchain ledger technology.

12:45pm - 2:00pm 75 mins
Lunch
2:00pm - 2:30pm 30 mins
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TRACK 1: PARTNERING ACROSS THE ECOSYSTEM (FEI CORE)
Patient-Centric Innovation: Partnering to Address Patient Needs
  • Chandra Ramanathan, Ph.D., M.B.A. - Vice President & Head, East Coast Innovation Center, Bayer

Chandra will share Bayer’s approach to strategic alliances –coordinated by Bayer’s innovation centers in the U.S. Hear insights on various ways of partnering with different stakeholders, the common obstacles in establishing alliances and specific ways to establish a mutually beneficial partnership between two entities with different cultures sharing a common goal - to address unmet patient needs.

2:00pm - 2:30pm 30 mins
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TRACK 2: DESIGN THINKING (FEI CORE)
Design Thinking to Design Doing - Results Driven DT Sessions
  • David Dombrowski, IDSA - Director, Industrial Design & Innovation, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare
  • Anthony Lambrou - Corporate Strategy and Innovation Lead, Pfizer

Why is it we attend these dt workshops and we come away all excited only to have ideas lose momentum once everyone gets back to the office. Who is responsible for bringing these ideas to life? We will unlock the secrets of a great dt session that yields results!

2:00pm - 2:30pm 30 mins
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TRACK 3: CUSTOMER DRIVEN INNOVATION (FEI CORE)
Making the Consumer Part of Your Innovation Team
  • Jim Longo - Co-Founder & VP of Research Solutions, Discuss.io

Everyone is talking about being “customer obsessed.” What does that mean for the innovation process? Using live video conversations enables brands to engage consumers early and often as they work through the innovation pipeline. discuss.io Co-Founder, Share client case studies and examples of how brands have democratized the voice of the consumer in order to drive innovation and
customer obsession within their enterprises.

2:00pm - 2:30pm 30 mins
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TRACK 4: INNOVATION LABS, INCUBATORS & ACCELERATORS (FEI X)
Innovation Center Groundswell: Building Short-Term Momentum to Achieve
  • Vasilios Roussos - Managing Director, DCU FinTech Innovation Center

Hear strategies used for enhancing the Center’s exposure within the organization, engaging executive leadership in innovation activities, and hitting
measurable short-term milestones. This discussion will provide valuable insights for leaders launching a new innovation center and ecosystem veterans alike.

2:30pm - 3:00pm 30 mins
Info
TRACK 1: PARTNERING ACROSS THE ECOSYSTEM (FEI CORE)
Get Involved!

Contact Liz Hinkis, Sponsorship Director at elizabeth.hinkis@KNect365.com or 646-616-7627 for more details

2:30pm - 3:00pm 30 mins
Info
TRACK 2: DESIGN THINKING (FEI CORE)
Paying Attention to the Right Signals
  • Kes Sampanthar - Executive Director, KPMG Innovation Lab

In a world of accelerating change and disruption, customer behavior is fundamentally changing, and the new challenge is paying attention to right signals to be able to predict where your customers
are going even before they know themselves. Knowing how to mine and analyze the signals from the noise requires combining the twin powers of 'design thinking' and 'data science' together to understand the true impacts of both long-wave and short-waves signals.

2:30pm - 3:00pm 30 mins
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TRACK 3: CUSTOMER DRIVEN INNOVATION (FEI CORE)
An Innovation Revolution: Nest
  • Elizabeth Merrick May - Head of Customer Insights, Nest
  • Lindsey Belknap - Global Brand Strategy, Nest

Nest discusses how consumer insights have led them to continue to innovate and evolve the nest product offering. Why it’s important to innovate with your customer in mind and the lessons learned along the way.

2:30pm - 3:00pm 30 mins
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TRACK 4: INNOVATION LABS, INCUBATORS & ACCELERATORS (FEI X)
Using the Accelerator Model to Drive Cutting Edge Technologies into New Industries
  • Carla E. Small - Senior Director, Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator, Boston Children's Hospital

As disruptive core technologies like blockchain, big data, Ar/Vr, artificial intelligence, and voice interfaces emerge from labs and progressive industry players, the race is on to build new products and services to take advantage of these innovations. At the Boston Children’s Hospital digital Health Accelerator, Carla Small and her team have successfully bridged the gap between these technologies and breakthrough healthcare applications. Attend this session to learn more about this unique model for surfacing, vetting, and scaling innovations that may influence your own work.

3:00pm - 3:30pm 30 mins
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TRACK 1: PARTNERING ACROSS THE ECOSYSTEM (FEI CORE)
Accelerating Innovation Through University Partnerships
  • Tracey Dodenhoff - Business development Consultant, Office of Industry Engagement and Commercial Venturing, Brown University

Dynamic Innovation Expert and Entrepreneur Tracey Dodenhoff will share strategies for engaging with Universities to accelerate your innovation programs. Tracey will share the stage with a surprise Corporate collaborator, who will share case studies for successful models of Industry/University engagement.

3:00pm - 3:30pm 30 mins
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TRACK 2: DESIGN THINKING (FEI CORE)
The Design of Design Thinking
  • Jackson Wang - VP of Design, L’Oreal USA

You’ll learn how it all started back in 2006 with P&G, the #1 consumer goods company, the tools, the challenges and the impact.

3:00pm - 3:30pm 30 mins
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TRACK 3: CUSTOMER DRIVEN INNOVATION (FEI CORE)
Driven from the Gut: How Empathic Connection Drives Winning Ideas and Strategies
  • Tim Urmston - CEO, SEEK Company

Every brand strives to create products, messages and strategies that resound with their customers, but after years of research, R&D and customer understanding are left asking, ‘so now what?’ Tim Urmston, founder and CEO of SEEK, has helped brands reinvent themselves and their innovation streams by reconnecting them with their core customers at an empathic level, and turning their gut response into deeply relevant ideas and strategies. In this talk, Tim will highlight the connection between the gut and the strategic instinct, and offer tools for how to turn empathy into lasting strategy.


3:00pm - 4:00pm 60 mins
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TRACK 4: INNOVATION LABS, INCUBATORS & ACCELERATORS (FEI X)
DOUBLE SESSION: How Corporate Leaders are Partnering with Startups to Drive External Innovation
  • Emily Reichert - Chief Executive Officer, Greentown Labs
  • Julie Ferland - General Manager, Shell TechWorks
  • Bernhard von Vacano - Head, North American Center for Research on Advanced Materials (NORA), BASF
  • Mike Phillips - CEO and Co-Founder, Sense
  • Miguel Galvez - CEO, NBD Nano

Partnerships between large, successful organizations and nimble, early-stage startups are proving to be an excellent approach to advancing the large company's technology and innovation strategies. Hear how Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator, works with their multinational corporate partners to facilitate and develop relationships, engagements and often investments, between Greentown Labs' startup community and the larger organization. Learn how your company can work with entrepreneurial ecosystems to push your company's innovation strategyforward.

3:30pm - 4:00pm 30 mins
Info
TRACK 1: PARTNERING ACROSS THE ECOSYSTEM (FEI CORE)
Get Involved!

Contact Liz Hinkis, Sponsorship Director at elizabeth.hinkis@KNect365.com or 646-616-7627 for more details.

3:30pm - 4:00pm 30 mins
Info
TRACK 2: DESIGN THINKING (FEI CORE)
The Intersection of Intelligence, Analytics, and Design-Thinking
  • Kobi Gershoni - Co-Founder & Chief Research Officer, Signals Analytics

How can you manage your innovation initiatives with the precision intelligence of a military grade operation? This talk will present proven successes of global brands in deploying military intelligence principles to optimize and execute on more successful design-thinking initiatives and product planning. Through connecting the dots between consumer unmet needs, disruptive technologies and changing ecosystems, this talk focuses in on early identification of "why" some products succeed and many others fail.

3:30pm - 4:00pm 30 mins
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TRACK 3: CUSTOMER DRIVEN INNOVATION (FEI CORE)
Leave Nothing to Chance! Creativity and the Science of Innovation.
  • Ben Strutt - Partner, Cambridge Design Partnership

Innovation is essentially a problem-generating (finding and prioritising unmet stakeholder needs) and problem-solving (generating optimised solutions) process. While innovation investment naturally exposes pioneering businesses to risk, the cost of not innovating can be much higher. Our team is made up of individuals who have always been frustrated by the subjective way in which many innovation decisions appear to be made. As such, we have spent the last decade identifying and integrating tools and techniques that help structure and manage creative risk; work which has taken us to every continent in partnership with multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. From ‘Jobs-to-be-done’, to parameterising affective response through sensory engineering, to developing new quantitative user behaviour logging technologies in-house, we will reflect on how ‘research for innovation’ can be more focused, and validated more effectively than ever before.


4:00pm - 4:45pm 45 mins
Afternoon Networking Break
4:45pm - 5:30pm 45 mins
Info
KEYNOTE: Transforming and Accelerating Innovation at P&G
  • Kathy Fish - Chief Research, Development and Innovation Officer, P&G

Innovation has been at the core of P&G’s success model for its 180-year history, and continues to drive our growth. P&G has a long history of innovation, and has consistently innovated how we innovate. We are undergoing a significant transformation of our innovation capability, with investments in digital Innovation, Connect & develop, and Lean Innovation capability. this transformation is occurring on our big brands as well as new ideas across the company. Learn how we are learning faster, failing faster, creating “startups” inside P&G, partnering externally, and running more experiments on both products and business models in Front End Innovation to accelerate learning and ultimately speed to market.

5:30pm - 6:30pm 60 mins
Cocktail Reception