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09:00 - 09:20, Tom Ellis / Director at Brand Genetics

An experienced innovator & brand strategist, Tom leads insight and innovation consultancy Brand Genetics, having previously been Managing Director of Big Green Door and Director of Strategy & Research at 1HQ. Tom has extensive experience innovating with brands around the world and across categories - from beer in the US and China, to personal care in India, to white goods in Europe. He likes to move fast and break new ground and is constantly seeking for disruptive insights to help shape breakthrough opportunities - but ultimately he is passionate about helping clients find sustainable ways to grow their businesses and have a positive impact on consumers' lives.

09:20 - 09:50, Bruce Daisley / VP EMEA at Twitter

Can psychology and behavioural science help us fix the burnout epidemic at work. What can we do to re-engine work to maximise innovation and creativity? Bruce Daisley will take us through the latest action that firms are taking.

Autonomous commerce (aCommerce) gives money - and the ability to spend and earn it - to machines. It is to artificial intelligence what electronic commerce was to PCs, and mobile commerce to smartphones. Like previous digital waves, aCommerce is tiny now, but will transform industry and the economy by making transactions frictionless. aCommerce will capture both financial and non-financial values (like CO2 footprint), to mitigate environmental and social costs of today's economic system.

10:20 - 10:50, Daphne Fecheyr-Lippens / Business Designer & Innovation Consultant at Board of Innovation

We, humans, aren’t the center of the universe. We’re surrounded by an approximate of 8.5 million species, representing the 0.1% of successful innovators that survived evolution’s unforgiven test of time. How can we make sure that we keep being part of those “lucky” 0.1%?

Biomimicry encourages us to consult nature to gain insights into what makes innovations sustainable while creating conditions that are conducive to more life. It’s a creative problem-solving approach that inspires us to look at forms and functions, processes and behaviors, and entire (eco)systems. Biomimicry has inspired us to go from bullet-train to kingfisher-train, to learn from swarm intelligence to improve group-decision strategies, and to mimic the wood wide web to restructure entire organizations.

Learn more how we, at Board of Innovation, are experimenting with how to show biomimicry’s value and inspire corporate innovators to adopt it more broadly.

*Good news: We are part of nature!

11:10 - 12:40, Benjamin Evans / Inclusive Design Lead at Airbnb

Benjamin Earl-Evans uses design-thinking to help everyone - from creative professionals to business leaders - create more inclusive products and services. Currently, he works as Inclusive Design Lead for Airbnb where he leads a cross-functional product team dedicated to solving problems like racism, sexism and bias.

11:10 - 11:40, Bryce Townsend at Drone Racing League & Keith Lynn at Lockheed Martin

What’s the next “Deep Blue” moment that’s going to change the world?

In 1997, IBM’s “Deep Blue” computer defeated chess Grandmaster Gary Kasparov in a historic match that marked the end of an era where humans could win against machines playing complex strategy games. Today, AI bots can defeat humans in nearly every digital game we know, but they haven’t come close to beating humans in real-life sports -- at least not yet.

Join The Drone Racing League (DRL) Chief Partnerships Officer, Bryce Townsend, and Lockheed Martin AlphaPilot Innovation Challenge Program Manager, Keith Lynn, for an inside look into how they have been accelerating AI innovation and shaping the future of autonomous transportation, delivery, disaster relief, and even space exploration -- all through a futuristic sports competition in the Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit this fall.

Throughout the presentation, the execs will share learnings about the ongoing innovation happening through AIRR – where AlphaPilot Teams of top engineers have been putting their AI code to the test on high-speed, autonomous racing drones.

11:40 - 12:10, Albert Mundet / Head of Barça Innovation Hub and Head of Knowledge at FC Barcelona

Barça Innovation Hub is a key strategic project that aims to leverage FC Barcelona’s know-how to rethink the future of the sports industry. Barça Innovation Hub promotes research & innovation under an open and collaborative culture, working closely with leading brands, universities, research centres, and start-ups from around the world.

12:10 - 12:40, Hege Sæbjørnsen / Country Sustainability Manager at IKEA

We know that the linear business model of take, make, sell and dispose is no longer relevant and has brought us to the point where we are now, with the risk of the global economy consuming all the worlds resources at an unsustainable speed with catastrophic consequences. This is why IKEA has made the bold commitment to become a 100% circular and regenerative business by 2030. This means that 100% of products will be made from renewable and recyclable materials, the business will generate more renewable energy that it consumes (already ahead of 2020 target), design all products with circular principles at the core, and invest in innovation and the development of new business models such as leasing and buy back. As we approach 2020, the year starting a decade of climate action, it is more important than ever for designers, creatives, entrepreneurs, educators, communicators business owners and all of us to embrace this new challenge with a focus on solutions and action leadership.

12:40 - 13:10, Sara Monteabaro / Senior Officer Learning Community at MIT Solve & Solver Teams

Solving the world’s most pressing problems through open innovation and partnership.
Solve was born out of MIT in 2015, a natural offshoot of MIT’s commitment to open innovation and MIT President L. Rafael Reif’s vision to ensure that everybody has a place at the problem-solving table. Each year, Solve selects the most promising Solver teams who will drive transformational change. It advances lasting solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address the world’s most pressing problems.

14:00 - 15:30, Frank Müller / Business Development Manager at Playmobil

PLAYMOBILpro is an innovative modelling kit for professionals which encourages problem solving and creative thinking in the workplace.
The system is based around the iconic PLAYMOBIL figure, which for generations has served as an educational toy encouraging imaginative play. Now it can also be used by adults in the frame of a professional context to aid in prototyping, project management, creative workshops and much, much more. PLAYMOBILpro was born out of an interest and demand for gamification tools that introduce playful elements into work processes to achieve better results.
Will you be a PLAYMOBILpro?

14:00 - 14:30, Caitlin Kalinowski / Head of Hardware, VR at Facebook

Caitlin Kalinowski heads up Hardware at Oculus, the team responsible for the mechanical architecture and product design engineering of the Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, Touch controller, and Quest. Before working at Oculus, Caitlin was a technical lead at Apple on the Mac Pro and MacBook Air lines, and was part of the original unibody Macbook Pro team. Caitlin received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Caitlin is passionate about increasing the number of women and other underrepresented minorities in the fields of technology and design. She believes the next generation of products must be designed and engineered by people with different backgrounds and experiences in order to output the best possible product. Caitlin is on the strategic board of Lesbians Who Tech, a community that creates summits and network events around the world for over 30,000 LGBT women members and allies in technology. She lives in San Francisco.

14:30 - 15:00, Maximilian Kerz / Chief Technologist G4A at Bayer

Dr. Maximilian Kerz is the Chief Technologist of Bayer’s G4A Partnerships and serial entrepreneur, passionate about transforming healthcare through digital health.

At G4A, we strive to change healthcare by building lasting partnerships with transformative digital health companies as well as provide seed investments to support visionary entrepreneurs shape our healthcare of tomorrow. In his current role, Maximilian oversees company evaluation and selection as well as manages the portfolio of 160 companies G4A has worked with since 2013.

15:00 - 15:30, Luke Mansfield / Chief Strategy Officer at Harley-Davidson

How can a 116 year-old company own the future while honoring its past? Harley-Davidson is building an exciting future for riders, and surprisingly that future is electric. How did this iconic motorcycle company lean into quiet, clean technology whilst keeping its coveted spot as the world’s most tattooed brand?

16:00 - 16:30, Gelong Thubten / Buddhist Monk, Meditation Teacher & Author

Everyone looks externally to find contentment, we think material possessions will unlock our happiness. How and why we need to look within, and connect to our true essence, in order to find peace. Everyone has the potential to be happy, after all, we're all 'hardwired' for happiness.
Gelong Thubten, a Buddhist monk who has worked with everyone from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to Ruby Wax and Benedict Cumberbatch, explores the theme of happiness and explains how to bring meditation into our busy 21st century lives with simple exercises.

16:30 - 17:00, Lonny Webb / Neurobehavioral Psychotherapist

Across the globe the field of education has been in “crisis”. In the US alone, this conflagration has burned for nearly 70 years. Billions have been spent, yet problems have compounded, with many educational systems across the world struggling with its own approach. There is no single answer but you, the innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs at this conference are uniquely qualified to lead and develop systems/design thinking models to create hyper-local solutions in the communities from which you come. Want to know how?

17:00 - 17:30, Adriana Marais / Theoretical Physicist, Technologist and Aspiring Extraterrestrial

Dr Adriana Marais, theoretical physicist, technologist and aspiring extraterrestrial, believes that we are living at a unique point in the history of life on Earth. Developments in engineering and science are taking place at an unprecedented rate, and the expansion of our society beyond this planet is within reach.
In December 2020, she and her team will depart for an overwinter, off-world settlement simulation experiment in Antarctica to demonstrate community living and off-grid capabilities, from life-support to communication systems, in the harshest and most isolated environment on Earth. The expedition is an initiative of #ProudlyHuman; pioneering new frontiers in research and technology for a sustainable future on Earth, above and beyond.

17:30 - 18:00, Tom Ellis / Director at Brand Genetics

An experienced innovator & brand strategist, Tom leads insight and innovation consultancy Brand Genetics, having previously been Managing Director of Big Green Door and Director of Strategy & Research at 1HQ. Tom has extensive experience innovating with brands around the world and across categories - from beer in the US and China, to personal care in India, to white goods in Europe. He likes to move fast and break new ground and is constantly seeking for disruptive insights to help shape breakthrough opportunities - but ultimately he is passionate about helping clients find sustainable ways to grow their businesses and have a positive impact on consumers' lives.

The Spirited Union is a botanical rum distillery, on a mission to introduce a new approach to rum, one away from artificial aromas and sickly-sweet spirits. It has a flavour first approach working with nothing but the finest natural botanicals to create vibrant and exciting new tastes.

08:30 - 09:00, Lotte Mikkelsen / Laughter Yoga Master Trainer

Kick off your second day at Global Innovation Forum with an invigorating shared laughter. Connecting with people is one of the keys to success and it is a well-known fact that people who have fun get more done. Your body and your mind have the opportunity to experience a true wake-up call-to-action in this Laughter Yoga session where Lotte will take you through a fun and bonding laughter session. You will get ideas of how to cope with stress, stay focused, create great relationships and wake up every day in a good mood!

09:00 - 09:10, Tom Ellis / Director at Brand Genetics

An experienced innovator & brand strategist, Tom leads insight and innovation consultancy Brand Genetics, having previously been Managing Director of Big Green Door and Director of Strategy & Research at 1HQ. Tom has extensive experience innovating with brands around the world and across categories - from beer in the US and China, to personal care in India, to white goods in Europe. He likes to move fast and break new ground and is constantly seeking for disruptive insights to help shape breakthrough opportunities - but ultimately he is passionate about helping clients find sustainable ways to grow their businesses and have a positive impact on consumers' lives.

09:10 - 09:40, Mr Bingo/ Artist

Mr Bingo will be speaking about procrastination, becoming a dominatrix by mistake, selling anything, tricking clients, rap, social media, doing the opposite, humour, being bored, High Treason, alternative careers, doing nothing and art amongst other things.

09:40 - 10:10, Stephen Gates / Head of Design Transformation at InVision

Digitalization is adding complexity and isolation to our work and lives, our companies are dysfunctional, we aren’t sure where our careers are going and we never admit to any of those problems in public. Creative people have the opportunity to affect business in ways we haven’t seen since the Industrial Revolution yet too many of us don’t know how to get our voice heard, deal with imposter syndrome or how to create the real change we all want. In this session, Stephen Gates will share the challenges, insights, and solutions he has seen as part of the world’s largest study of design maturity done by InVision and through his work as Head Design Evangelist coaching and teaching some of the world’s biggest brands and best design teams.

10:10 - 10:40, Ben Strutt at Cambridge Design Partnership & Stephanie Monty at Ostique

Innovating successfully is challenging enough, without exposing ourselves to additional risks that, in many cases, can be significantly reduced by deploying a range of front-end innovation tools and techniques. Systematic practices during the exploratory phases can enhance, rather than reduce, both the creativity and the confidence of the teams charged with filling the innovation funnel.
I present a reflection on how keeping some common pitfalls during the period of discovery, creativity, and validation, front of mind, can allow us to deliver more robust FEI pathways, and specifications that more naturally improve the lives of the people we are designing for.

11:00 - 12:30, Butzi / Magician, Author and Actor

This workshop brings you on an in-depth creative journey. Butzi will help you to understand the creator’s mindset and master tools that top artists, magicians, actors, writers and entrepreneurs use every day to see the world through a different lens. You too can re-invent yourself, adapt to change through creativity and generate mind-blowing solutions and ideas -even when you are not inspired.

Through magic and simple exercises of divergence, connection and brainstorming, Butzi will show you how to overcome doubts and blocks, learn from your mistakes and understand the creative process to bring more meaning and efficiency to your work.

You will learn:

• How to reconnect with your natural creative superpowers and how to unleash your imagination.
• How to brainstorm properly -individually and in groups, expressing yourself and using others ideas to create new connections.
• How to use constraints as a creative boost and to get unstuck from complex situations.
• How to generate interesting ideas and solutions for your personal and professional life!

11:00 - 11:30, Mick McConnell / Former SVP, Head of Design Innovation at WeWork

By using both qualitative and quantitative methods, design is now driving business-oriented solutions to problems. Prototyping and iteration are becoming more important than perfection and the discussion will focus on several examples of how this is happening in the workplace.

11:30 - 12:00, Albert Shum / CVP of Design at Microsoft

Design impacts people’s lives. That impact can be positive or negative – and we are responsible for both. Today, as technology scales the planet and people’s experiences are tied up in an increasingly digital transformation, the role of “design” has come front and center. Everything is designed. Every screen, every interaction, every innovation has the potential to affect and alter human behavior. Every decision from the miniscule to the systematic has repercussions, many of which we’re only now coming to terms. How did we get here, and how do we be more responsible in the future? Join Albert Shum, CVP of Design at Microsoft, for a discussion on the unique power of design to ask why, to be thoughtful, and to build more responsible technology on behalf of humanity.

12:00 - 12:30, Cecilia Weckstrom / Sr Director, Diversity, Inclusion & People Innovation at LEGO

How is it ok that only 13% of employees around the world are emotionally engaged with their work? That 70% of jobs in the US require little or no originality according to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics? That globally we are becoming smarter, while creativity is declining at an alarming rate? And that by now you have far outlived the average lifespan of most big businesses (18 years)? What got us here will not get us there. We need to re-connect with creativity, with one another, and with the world to build happier lives, better businesses and a more engaged society.

12:30 - 13:00, Maggie Philbin / CEO at TeenTech & Teenage UK students

TeenTech helps young people understand the opportunities in the science, technology and engineering industries, no matter what their gender or social background. Our lively, focussed age appropriate initiatives help young people 8-18 understand their potential and raise their aspirations.

Merle Hall is CEO of Kinneir Dufort, a world leading user-centred innovation and product development consultancy.

She has 20 years’ experience in consultancy, an expert in design thinking, strategy and innovation, launching products and services globally focusing on Healthcare and wellbeing. The team at KD are collectively driven to design a better world by creating impactful change and positive outcomes for clients and the people they are designing for.

Merle sits on the boards of the Design Business Association (DBA) and Kerning the Gap, championing women in design leadership, as well as partnering with STEM organisations Teen Tech and the Big Bang, focusing on the next generation of innovators, designers and engineers.

14:10 - 14:40, Nancy Douyon / User Experience Research at Uber

Every design decision has the potential to include or exclude customers. Global Research emphasizes the contribution that understanding user diversity makes to informing these decisions, and thus to including as many people as possible. User diversity covers variation in capabilities, needs and aspirations. At Uber, the Global Scalable Research program is intended to influence product teams at HQ and around the world, to design and test in global regions: currently Mexico, India, Brazil. In this talk, I’ll discuss how we use Global Research to prioritize what product teams really need to build well and understand if their designs have relative ease of use that translates well to non-US users. Our Global Research priorities addresses some of the most challenging problems facing our global users today.

14:40 - 15:10, Ken Lashley / Artist at Marvel

Ken has always loved comics from when he was a young boy growing up in Toronto. His mother bought him his first book…Black Panther. Ken is pretty sure his mom never read the issue before she gave it to Ken…it was the Black Panther vs the KKK. A few years into his career Ken was given the opportunity to draw Black Panther with Hollywood producer Reggie Hudlin doing the writing. It was considered one the best runs in Black Panther history.

Ken has been comic book veteran working on such titles as Excalibur, X-caliber age of Apocalypse, Black Panther, Xmen, Spiderman, Flash, JLA, Superman, Superman- DOOMED and others. Outside of comics ken has worked for Hasbro, Lucasfilm, Mattel and Fox Sports, creating designs for such line as G.I Joe, Transformers, Spiderman, Avengers and Star Wars. The work created for Fox Sports was nominated for a Emmy.

15:10 - 15:40, Rachel Stanford / Global Innovation Transformation Director at Unilever

Rachel is currently the Global Innovation Transformation Director at Unilever. She is responsible for driving the growth ambition for innovation through the Lean like a start-up initiative embedding Lean principles and building capabilities across all brands, functions and geographies. This structured change programme is helping drive a full pivot on the way Unilever innovates, from multi-country big scale, up to agile small at speed relevant ideas rooted in innovation strategies. In the last 18 months she has curated the lean like a start-up programme that has seen over 1000+ internal founders complete bootcamps, building new brand launches, innovations and business processes across over 200 projects with circa 15% at 1st revenue moment live launch.

Her career to date includes time spent in the nuclear power industry with BNFL, ahead of a sponsored Ph.D placement with ICI for which is gained a doctorate in Chemistry. In 1998 she then joined Unilever on the graduate trainee scheme. At Unilever she has been a part of the global marketing teams responsible for innovation strategy and product philosophy for lowering cholesterol, creating “good clothes days” and encouraging people to do more by stopping them sweating! Rachel has built deep expertise in innovation development across R&D, Marketing, Local and Global posts bringing her full circle to transforming the way Unilever innovates utilising Lean principles.

15:40, Tom Ellis / Director at Brand Genetics

An experienced innovator & brand strategist, Tom leads insight and innovation consultancy Brand Genetics, having previously been Managing Director of Big Green Door and Director of Strategy & Research at 1HQ. Tom has extensive experience innovating with brands around the world and across categories - from beer in the US and China, to personal care in India, to white goods in Europe. He likes to move fast and break new ground and is constantly seeking for disruptive insights to help shape breakthrough opportunities - but ultimately he is passionate about helping clients find sustainable ways to grow their businesses and have a positive impact on consumers' lives.

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