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May 16
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9:15am - 9:30am 15 mins
FEI 2019 Host Welcome
  • Shawn Nason - CEO & Chief Ecosystem Disruptor, Nason Group
9:30am - 10:00am 30 mins
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Session TBA

10:00am - 10:15am 15 mins
Being Responsible for 1.2 Billion People
  • Jack Morgan - Senior Designer, Duolingo

Approximately 1.2 billion people are learning a new language. The majority are doing so in pursuit of a better life. As part of our mission to make education free for everyone, we studied millions of people spanning every country on the planet until we made a shocking discovery that led us on a journey around the world, throughout the Middle East and eventually inside one of the world’s largest refugee camps in Azraq, Jordan - where even more unexpected discoveries awaited.

10:15am - 11:00am 45 mins
Open Innovation: Where We’ve Been, and Where We Need to Go
  • Henry Chesbrough - Faculty Director, Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business

Open Innovation has become an important aspect of most companies’ innovation activities. While there are many success stories, there have also been many disappointments. For open innovation to really pay off, it’s critical that it moves from the front end of innovation into the business units of each company. In short, it’s not what you start, it’s what you finish. Examine effective practices to connect open innovation more effectively to the rest of the company and finish the innovation job.

11:00am - 11:45am 45 mins
Networking Break
12:15pm - 12:45pm 30 mins
Flexibility: The Future of Work
  • Greg Caplan - Founder & CEO, Remote Year

I will outline how technology has changed the face of work and then talk about how culture is now evolving to reflect those changes. I will then go through how this impacts talent acquisition and the changing ways that companies will organize.

12:45pm - 1:00pm 15 mins
The Peripatetic Prognosticator’s Dilemma: Theories of an Itinerant Semiotician
  • Mikel Cirkus - Global Director Conceptual Design, Flavors Division, Firmenich Inc

The Peripatetic Prognosticator’s Dilemma is knowing how to identify the right indicators, that will lead to the most relevant inspiration, which in turn will provide the necessary insights for innovation. This is NOT another trend-spotting futurist slide show of artifacts from the future. This is a course in awareness. Part art, part science, and part magic – these are Signal Detection Tools and Insights that will empower you to identify the “what’s next” BEFORE it becomes a trend.

1:00pm - 1:30pm 30 mins
Get Involved!

Contact Elizabeth Hinkis at or 646-616-7627

1:30pm - 2:30pm 60 mins
2:30pm - 3:00pm 30 mins
How Out of the Box Thinking Can Lead to Massive Growth
  • Serena Sheldon - Director, Consumer Insights, Taco Bell
3:00pm - 3:30pm 30 mins
Evolving Industrial Design: Future Macro Trend Impacts on Consumer Preference & Products
  • Kiki Redhead, CMG - Color & Trend Lead – Industrial Coatings, Sherwin-Williams