Over 30 sessions on key innovation topics:
Cybersecurity, funding options (venture, angels, others),
urban issues (water, energy, transport) & huge US & global market,
healthcare, innovation accelerators, and much more


Master Class: Developing and Leading a Creative Organization

Wharton Prof. Jerry Wind will lead an interactive session about the demand for innovative leadership and the need to develop a creative organization that engages internal and external stakeholders.  This interactive, hands-on session will help attendees understand 10 key principles that trigger the innovation required to weather an increasingly complex and uncertain business environment.  Each participant will produce a plan for experimentation to build a more creative and resilient organization.

Innovation Prowess: Leadership Strategies for Accelerating Growth

Achieving superior growth through innovation is a top strategic priority for all companies. Yet most management teams struggle to reach their firm’s ambitious growth targets and suffer slow growth. Wharton Professor George S. Day will describe how to achieve superior growth through innovation. Using several case studies, he will discuss how successful companies create a culture of innovation that enables accelerated growth in existing and new business domains. 

Imaging & Imagining the Future of Global Wellness: Seeing the Patient in New Ways with Biomarkers, Early Diagnostics, & Cognitive Analytics

Dr. Partho P. Sengupta, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Director, Cardiac Ultrasound Research and Core Lab, will deliver this keynote: Accelerating trends in the dynamic digital era has resulted in the emergence of novel algorithms that allow easy and accurate extraction and processing of large patient-centric data sets. This presentation highlights transformative diagnostic paradigms that employ advanced imaging and mobile-tracking devices for acquisition, visualization and interpretation of patient data sets. The use of these innovative cognitive algorithms with telemedicine and robotics can reduce the time to discovery of risk factors and disease instances, and patterns.  This  capability can then reduce the time required for immediate therapeutic interventions, and can also be applied to longer-term behavioral modifications, lifestyle changes needed to restore health and reduce the impact of chronic disease. Opportunities for new academic-industry collaborations will speed the delivery of newer tools for enhancing patient care.
Expanding the Innovation Economy

What are the lessons from the success of US and emerging market innovation centers that are adaptable to other contexts? This panel discussion offers perspectives from the private sector, universities, investors, government and non-profits on how cross-sector collaboration, targeted investment, commitment to diversity and cultural engineering can facilitate sustainable innovation that can foster economic growth.

The Global Race for Innovation Capability

This session will combine the perspectives and resources of two of the most knowledgeable research organizations on innovation and its economic impact: the National Academy of Sciences and Gallup.  This session will highlight common myths about innovation, and how these mistaken assumptions threaten the U.S. as a leader in economic strength and in innovation. This session will challenge assumptions on the post-manufacturing economy, the role of venture capital, and the image of sole inventors operating outside government support. 

The Role of Innovation in Reaching World Markets 
This panel will provide an overview on the global perspective on innovation. Speakers will provide their perspectives on innovation trends and drivers in different regions of the world that are helping fuel this economic growth and cite examples of companies that have enjoyed success. Finally, the speakers can provide a roadmap on how such eclectic global innovation can help companies in reaching world markets.
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Changing Behaviors in Patients and in Medical Practice: Data Analytics as a Driver for Innovation in Healthcare

Two innovative areas of healthcare will be explored in this panel. One is the power and potential of data analytics, specifically in the context of solving for the lack of data standards in health care. The other is the challenges and benefits of innovatively changing patient behavior to deliver more efficacious and affordable care.

New Models for Healthcare Service Delivery

Demands on the healthcare system continue to grow, straining existing resources. This panel will examine how new service models and technology can alleviate that strain and improve the delivery of care.

The Impact of Government Policy on Healthcare

In this session, panelists will discuss specific ways government impacts healthcare innovation, from the ACA (Affordable Care Act) to research funding. They will also assess the impact of several agencies and their associated regulatory processes and innovative changes brought on by government incentives.

Biotech Innovation

Biotechnology has been an extraordinary success story in marrying revolutionary progress in basic research with innovations in informatics, drug manufacturing technology, and clinical research.  It is also a field with extraordinary obstacles to success. This session will highlight the practical experience of entrepreneurs in vaccine development, oncology, and other areas to show how innovators confront these challenges to fight major global diseases: cancer and pneumonia.


DC Innovation Scene: Tales from Entrepreneurs

How much potential does the DC region really have to warrant comparisons to famed innovation hubs such as Silicon Valley, New York or Boston? DC area-based entrepreneurs will offer their perspectives on the topic, sharing their challenges, success stories and well-qualified opinions.

Innovation in Practice: Entrepreneurs' Stories & Lessons Learned

What are the conditions for entrepreneurial success? How do entrepreneurs gather the capabilities they need with limited resources, and respond to uncertainty and business challenges? This session will highlight how companies like Valaurum and Fastcase succeed by inventing and changing business models in response to changing conditions for business development.

Cybersecurity and National Security Innovation

Cybersecurity experts from the federal government and private sector will walk participants through the evolution of government cybersecurity.  Current risks and relevant solutions will be discussed, as well as how effective public-private partnerships have resulted in innovative approaches to cyber warfare and crime.

Cybersecurity: Challenges Met since 9/11 and New Ones Now Being Addressed

Our panel members all have substantial expertise in cybersecurity, earned in the commercial or government sectors or a combination of the two. They will address the evolution of cybersecurity in both the private and public sectors and the opportunities for joint-venturing and leveraging between those sectors. Several are involved in entrepreneurial ventures and will discuss the specifics of how they have grown their companies in highly competitive environments.

Public-Private Partnerships in Practice

One of the pillars of innovation in the US is the world-leading system of research universities, several of which are located in the National Capital region.  The session will show how public-private partnerships - connecting university research, federal agencies, and private entrepreneurial initiatives - can create extraordinary opportunities for business innovation and economic growth.  Representatives from Johns Hopkins, George Washington, and the entrepreneurial side will come together to discuss these opportunities. 

Government Resources to Support Innovation Practice:  National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Program

At one time, governments supplied grants and left innovators to succeed or fail on their own.  This session will explore how programs such as the extraordinary National Science Foundation I-Corps initiative help train entrepreneurs to take best advantage of university-based research and federal grants that support innovation. 

Regional Innovation Centers – Tech Corridors, Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) & Other Resources for Entrepreneurs

Innovation and entrepreneurship are increasingly recognized to be a foundation for local economic development.  With the initiation of local venture funds to support startup initiatives, tech transfer from local universities, SBDCs, ​training programs in entrepreneurship, ​and the development of tech corridors, localities such as Montgomery County, Arlington County, and D.C. support the translation of innovative ideas into operational business ventures. The panel will explore how some of these initiatives operate, and also highlight results, opportunities, and challenges to spurring economic growth through innovation.
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The world’s largest growth market is “the city.” With the global urban population expected to double by 2050, this panel will explore the opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs in resource-constrained cities around the world.

Transportation Transformation

This panel will discuss the need for new, more innovative transportation systems that can move more people and goods, more quickly and to more places than ever before. Along with sustainability issues, topics will include shared mobility, the driverless car, bike-sharing and dynamic induction (plugless) charging.

A panel will analyze emerging concepts for faster, more efficient, and more energy-conscious transportation systems that are taking root across the U.S. Building on the highly successful transportation series in New York City, the panel will address concepts like shared mobility (AutoShare), the driverless car (Google), dynamic-induction charging (Plugless Power) and bikeshare (Lock8).

Energy; Lifeblood of the Global Economy

Skyrocketing population and higher per capita energy consumption in developing markets are projected to drive global energy demand up another 30 percent by 2050. Fracking? Nuclear? Fuel cell? Solar and other renewable sources?  The panel will address energy challenges that need to balance the threat of increased use of fossil fuels with demands for increased energy availability. This panel will also discuss the need for cities to develop innovative energy solutions that will allow for control of demand and ultimately increase energy supply.

The most essential resource on the planet is at risk in places a far as China and as close as the Midwest. A panel of experts will discuss how water challenges can be addressed through new solutions, as well as the possibility of improving the implementation of existing technologies.
Angel Investors: What They Want and Who They Fund

They are called angels for good reason.  Entrepreneurs with great ambitions hope for a blessing not from the venture gods, but from the angels, who will give them enough money to get market traction on their product beyond the first few customers, and maybe some guidance on how to do it right.  This panel will enable would-be successful entrepreneurs to hear from experienced angel investors and learn what an entrepreneur with a great idea, and maybe a great team, can expect from investors, and what investors will expect from them.

The State of Venture Capital

During this session, several prominent venture capitalists will offer their views on the state of venture capital in 2014. Their topics will include the tough fund-raising environment, the JOBS Act and equity crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding and the JOBS Act: Game Changer, or Much Ado About Nothing?

On this panel, several experts will explore several facets of equity crowdfunding. These include its legal status, the impact it is having on their businesses, and its future impact on institutional investing.

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    Uncertain economic conditions demand a focus on effective talent management. These panels will examine ways businesses can accelerate their talent management strategies to ensure that, when an economic turnaround is at hand, they are positioned to take full advantage of it.

    Four sessions focus on how to attract and retain top talent at a time when dropping revenues, more global competition, and rising uncertainty create instability in the labor market:       

    • Using STEAM to power the workforce of the future – Women and STEAM
    • Inspiring Workforce Innovation in Uncertain Times
    • What does the workforce of the future look like, and how do we get there?
    • Are people really your most important asset?


    Harvesting Intangible Assets: Strategists for Driving Growth and Shareholder Value

    This session will focus on the legal and strategic aspects of managing and monetizing intangible assets and intellectual property portfolios to drive innovation and new revenue opportunities. The discussion will provide examples of actionable strategies to highlight key trends and best practices in innovation management, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) systems, and the roles and duties of leaders and board members to properly manage these assets. 

    Opening the Aperture: Driving Innovation in Big Companies

    Last year's list of the 50 Most Disruptive Companies (MIT Technology Review) is chock full of startups from Facebook and Square to Rethink Robotics and Leap Motion. Still, technology titans and 'old school' vanguards such as Microsoft, Intel, IBM and ABB manage to introduce new products and reinvent themselves to stay relevant in fiercely competitive and fast-changing marketplaces. Other companies such as Audi, in spite of glacial industry innovation, chart new paths and reshape the image of sleek, efficient transportation. And still many others, from Blockbuster to Borders, fail to adapt and face the consequences.

    So how do these large companies overcome their own bureaucratic inertia and succeed at fighting the Wall Street headwinds of near-term profitability, earnings achievement, and concomitant cost-cutting to continually innovate?  This panel explores the drivers of innovation and the tools and processes companies deploy to move from sustaining innovations to truly disruptive innovations which drive long-term corporate viability and profitability. The panelists will relay good (and bad) examples of corporate innovation and shed light on creative destruction and product re-imagining, M&A strategy, spin-outs and skunkworks and the fast-evolving field of corporate venture capital.

    Incubators and Accelerators

    This panel will bring together experts on the incubator model and entrepreneurs who have gained traction from the incubator environment. They will discuss the latest trends and how to make the most of available resources.

    The Innovation Platform Revolution: How Mobility and the Cloud Change Business Models

    As the adoption of social, mobile and cloud computing continue to transform industries, organizations increasingly value how these technologies can improve customer engagement, forge new partnerships and drive competitive advantage. Although these technologies are innovative and disruptive on their own, together they are revolutionizing business and society, disrupting old business models and creating new leaders. The session will show how Amazon, Google, Salesforce, and eBay are platform-based businesses that generate an environment for business creation and innovation. 

    Disruptive Innovation in Practice

    Disruption is a powerful word, but what does it really mean?  This session assesses varied technologies that have the potential to change industries and business processes in fundamental, dramatic ways.  Panelists will explore how graphene, nanotechnologies, and advances in business simulation have the potential to open markets and change traditional ways of doing business in many industries.

     Innovation Tools

    This session on will address advanced data analytics capabilities from companies such as Saffron Technology and perspectives from the world of design, which can be conceived of as innovation generators.  These platforms and techniques confront problems in multiple domains, which may have been previously resistant to effective solutions. 
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