Innovation Pre-Con, December 9, 2019 at The Conference Board, NYC:
Innovation Labs: From the Ground Up
Global innovation leaders will discuss what it takes to build an innovation lab that delivers breakthrough ideas, revenue and growth. Whether you’re beginning your journey or benchmarking, gain invaluable insights on:
- Location and why it matters
- Partners and how to share IP
- How to connect and collaborate with business units without being neglected or smothered
- Incubating startups
- Scaling up
Hear from leaders who have built innovation labs from the ground up around the world, then visit NYC innovation labs for hands-on insights.
8 - 9:00 am
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 am
Welcome and Introductions
9:10 – 9:50 am
Dialogue: When You Should – and When You Should Not – Launch a Lab
Take a deep dive with innovation leaders who have done the benchmarking and analysis to decide whether an innovation lab structure fits their goals – including those who decided against it and well as those who decided to move forward with a lab. Bring your questions and experiences as we exchange insights on the key factors that should determine when and where an innovation lab is the right fit for your organization’s goals.
Rita Shor, Program Director, The Conference Board
9:50 – 10:30 am
New Partnerships and Collaborations
Learn how businesses are creating new forms of partnerships and collaborations with universities and clients, as well as with businesses in unrelated sectors, to develop remarkable innovations that may not have come about any other way. Get into the details on how relationships are structured and IP is shared, and the most important elements of successful partnerships.
Beth Ladd, Director - Caterpillar Data Innovation Lab, Caterpillar Inc.
10:30 – 10:45
10: 45 am – 11:25 am
Navigating Lab and Business Unit Relationships: Remaining Independent, Supported, and Essential
The structural and geographic separation that is designed to spark transformative innovation in a lab are the same elements that can make meaningful connections with and support from business units more challenging. Learn from innovation leaders who have faced these challenges how to remain independent, supported and an essential part of others units’ success.
Mark Rieder, Head of Innovation, NFP
11:25 am – 12:05 pm
Incubating Startups: What Works and What Doesn’t
The potential upside of the combination of startup agility and large firm resources has inspired the launch of many corporate incubators. But as we know, achieving that best-of-both-worlds scenario requires a delicate balance: informing without overwhelming startup thinking; embracing wide-ranging possibilities while still ultimately adding value. Hear from corporate incubator leaders who have faced these challenges on what works to create an incubator that is a win-win for startups and for the larger business.
12:05 – 1:00 pm
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Site Visits: Experience Some of NYC’s Most Exciting Innovation Labs
Following lunch, we will head downtown for hands-on experiences of some of the most exciting innovation labs in New York City, including the Samsung NEXT NYC lab and the Verizon 5G Lab. These curated site visits will provide a unique opportunity to engage with cutting-edge innovators at industry-leading companies on the processes behind their breakthroughs. Lab focus areas will include fields such as:
- Digital Health