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2015 Global Innovation Summit. February 17–19 • Silicon Valley, California
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JOIN THE GLOBAL INNOVATION SUMMIT, AND FIND OUT. Learn how to build innovative, entrepreneurial ecosystems anywhere.  Discover how to catalyze innovation at scale: across companies, organizations, and communities.  The Summit features hands-on design labs at each table, plus expert discussions, case stories, breakthrough methodologies, practical tools, hands-on application, and inspirational vision.  

If you’re counting on technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation to design new products, new solutions, and new ventures, the Summit is for you.  It’s the world’s greatest learning experience for builders of the new economy.

Below are some highlights you won't want to miss. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Victor W. Hwang (T2 Venture Creation)

Opening Ceremony
A New Paradigm for a New Economy

A new economic model, one that nurtures the growth of ecosystems that foster successful new ideas, solutions, and ventures.
  • Victor W. Hwang, Executive Director
  • Mark Newberg, Deputy Director
Kamran Elahian (Global Catalyst Partners)

Opening Keynote Interview
The New Capitalism

Entrepreneurs and innovators are defining a new style of capitalism, one that is based on collaborative teams, shared success among diverse parties. 

Interviewer: Mary Kay Magistad (BBC Radio and Public Radio International)
  • Kamran Elahian (Global Catalyst Partners)
Design Lab

Design Lab #1: The Rainforest Master Plan

All participants will be assigned to small teams in a massive real-time, hands-on “laboratory.” Every individual will get to build their own ecosystem. And they’ll also work on designing solutions for tough systemic challenges offered by their peers.
Dr. Leon Segal (Innovationship)

Hands-On Innovation: Prototype Locally, Innovate Globally

Hear stories of innovation through design thinking, the human-centered approach championed by Silicon Valley's leading companies, and practical advice for aspiring innovators.
  • Dr. Leon Segal (Innovationship)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bridget Russo (Shinola and Bedrock Manufacturing)

Opening Case Study
The Shinola Story

Why open a watch factory in Detroit? Shinola has created an entire ecosystem around the art of manufacturing and craftsmanship.

Interviewer: Loren Feldman (Forbes)
  • Bridget Russo (Shinola and Bedrock Manufacturing)
Design Lab

Design Lab #2: Ecosystem Mapping

When building an ecosystem, it always helps to view your challenges from multiple sides. Using leading edge design tools and approaches, the teams will begin to address the issues facing them all...and plotting the solutions.
David Fransen (2015 Waterloo Innovation Summit)

Regional Innovation Ecosystems: Foundations for Growth in the 21st Century

Using a pay-it-forward mentality, cutting edge computer science, and quantum information - a blue-collar community is transformed into a high-tech, startup supercluster.
  • David Fransen (2015 Waterloo Innovation Summit)
  • Iain Klugman (Communitech)
Conversation #1: Design 
Natalie Sweeney (Highmark)

Innovation Inside: Building Innovative Teams

The art of building innovative teams requires skill, vision, perseverance, and the right culture. But how do groups of distinct individuals become high-functioning teams?

Moderator: Joe Sterling (T2 Venture Creation)
  • Pablo Salazar Rojo (Naranya Ventures)
  • Natalie Sweeney (Highmark)
  • Jeanine Becker (Stanford Law School)
  • Patrick Davis (Calvert Foundation)
Maggie Hsu (Las Vegas Downtown Project)

Rubiks’ Cubed: Creative Problem Solving at Scale

Every ecosystem has its creative individuals, but what makes creativity happen at large scale? We’ll explore how to construct entire ecosystems in pursuit of creative solutions.

Moderator: Ade Mabogunje (Stanford University)
  • Megan Kachur (Walt Disney World)
  • Conrad Von Igel (Centro De Innovacion)
  • Maggie Hsu (Las Vegas Downtown Project)
  • Maryann Feldman (Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Mark Hatch (TechShop)

Educated Insight: The Reinvention of Learning

What happens to education when students seek innovation skills as much as raw knowledge? From charter schools and online universities, to maker-spaces and project-based learning, we’ll examine where education is heading, and how we should adapt for the benefit of workers everywhere.

Moderator: Diana Walker (Walker Impact Strategies)
  • Mark Hatch (TechShop)
  • Rick Beyer (Wheeling Jesuit Univ.)
  • Wanny Hersey (Bullis Charter School)
  • Wayne Li (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Tom Guevara (US Department of Commerce)

Case Studies: Design of Startup Ecosystems

How do you catalyze innovation from the very beginning, and how do you change entire systems to support the innovators themselves? These case studies will examine how large organizations, across entire regions, can become keystones of innovation ecosystems. 

Moderator: Tom Guevara (US Department of Commerce)
  • Prafull Anubhai (Ahmedabad University)
  • Marcelo Cabrol (Inter-American Development Bank)
Conversation #2: Capital
Jason Baron (US Trust)

Atlas Hugged: When Big Money Builds Global Ecosystems

Financial institutions are critical players in ecosystems. This panel will examine institutions that have responsibility for managing significant amounts of capital, yet are redefining the role of capital in growing more than their immediate portfolios. 

Moderator: Isabel Alvarez-Rodriguez (Inter-American Development Bank)
  • Jason Baron (US Trust)
  • Per Fredrik Ilsaas Pharo (Government of Norway’s Climate and Forest Initiative) 
  • Gordon Myers (International Finance Corporation)
Kevin Fong (GSR Ventures)

Catching Waves: Investing in Emerging Ecosystems

We’ll explore how early-stage investments are made around the world. Whether it’s microlending in Africa, venture capital in Asia and Latin America, or angel investors in urban America, 

Moderator: Allen Taylor (Endeavor)
  • Paul Breloff (Accion Venture Lab)
  • Kevin Fong (GSR Ventures)
  • Jessica Loman (Toniic)
  • Walid Bakr (The Abraaj Group)
Cathy Clark

Making it Matter: Impact Investing at the Cutting Edge

We’ll hear from some of impact’s leading practitioners, learn how they approach the dual challenges of making money while doing good, explore the ecosystem that has arisen to support their work, and dive into the decision-making behind investments that are changing the world.

Moderator: Cathy Clark (CASE i3, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University)
  • Raul Pomares (Sonen Capital)
  • Miguel Granier (Invested Development)
  • Johanna Posada (Elevar Equity)
  • Abigail Noble (World Economic Forum)
Case Studies: Designing Ecosystems
Ahmed Alfi (Sawari Ventures)

Case Study: Investing By Geography

How can a community leverage its resources to accelerate innovation? These case studies will examine the steps taken, and the process employed, to build innovative ecosystems in specific locations, and the lessons that can be applied wherever innovation seeks to spread.

Moderator: Ben Thornley (ICAP Partners)
  • Ahmed Alfi (Sawari Ventures)
  • Nasir Ali (Upstate Venture Connect)
Scott Schwaitzberg (Catchafire)

Case Study: The Catchafire Story

How do you ignite a market? How do you begin to transform a sector? Catchafire has created an ecosystem of service, driven millions of dollars worth of benefit to non-profits and companies, built a tech platform for good, and made a market where none existed. 

Moderator: Cynthia Muller (Arabella Advisors)
  • Scott Schwaitzberg (Catchafire)
Jennifer Tescher (Center for Financial Services Innovation)

Case Study: Financial Health: New Solutions for Underserved Markets 

What happens when an underserved market intersects with an overlooked opportunity? This case study will explore how firms collaborate to change the landscape of financial access in America.

Moderator: Arjan Schutte (Core Innovation Capital)
  • Jennifer Tescher (Center for Financial Services Innovation)
Jason Yuan (CircleUp)

Case Study: Crowdfunding: Circling Up 

How do you create capital ecosystems to invest in new ideas that couldn't access capital before? We'll focus on particular methods and real examples, while learning from a leader in the field. Building new ecosystems for capital can be transformational, and this case study will shed light on just how that transformation might be achieved.

Moderator: Mark Newberg (5 Stone Green Capital)
  • Jason Yuan (CircleUp)
Design Lab

Design Lab #3: Ecosystem Mapping

Everyone at the Summit gets to be an ecosystem architect. All teams will create 3-D models of a real-world solution to a difficult systemic challenge. 
  1. Synthesizing
  2. Ecosystem Prototyping
Startup Showcase

Startup Showcase

Featuring 10 of the most exciting startup companies from Europe, by European Young Innovators Forum.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Conversations #3: Leadership
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi (Afghan Institute of Learning)

Phoenix Rising: Triumph Over Crisis

We’ll explore leadership models that succeeded, stories of communities that pulled together, and the many ways that ecosystems can triumph over crisis.

Moderator: Michael Lesnick (Meridian Institute)
  • Dr. Sakena Yacoobi (Afghan Institute of Learning)
  • Jeff Finkle (International Economic Development Council)
  • Earl Robinson (RLMcCall Partners)
  • Chid Liberty (Liberty & Justice)
Ursula Oesterle (Vice President of Innovations, Swisscom)

Insight Included: Diversity by Design

We’ll talk about concrete steps, using real-world examples, that can help leaders of ecosystems everywhere enhance diversity into teams, accelerate the process for diverse parties to come together, and increase the speed of innovation at scale.
  • Kumardev Chatterjee (European Young Innovators Forum)
  • Ursula Oesterle (Swisscom)
  • Eric Ball (Oracle)
Mir Imran (InCube Ventures)

Case Studies: Leading the Technology Commercialization Process

How do you bridge the gaps between ideas, research, and actual product? We'll examine some of the leading methods to make the jump, using examples of life-changing products that spun out of research labs and into the hands of consumers across the globe.

Moderator: Soody Tronson (STLGip)
  • Victor Hwang (Liquidity Corporation)
  • Mir Imran (InCube Ventures)
  • Andrew Farquharson (InCube Ventures)
Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu (Managing Director & CEO, InfoGraphics Nigeria Limited)

Case Studies: Leading Public Policy to Grow Ecosystems

How can public policy forge an innovative culture? We'll learn from leaders who've been at the heart of ecosystem change, and have used the tools of public policy to make it happen.

Moderator: Greg Horowitt (T2 Venture Creation)
  • Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu (InfoGraphics Nigeria Limited) 
  • Juan Camilo Quintero (Ruta N)
Design Lab #4: Synthesis

Design Lab #4: Synthesis

How do you transition from the creative process to begin implementation?  This session guides participants to reflect and synthesize their learnings, then helps them shape their future to turn ideas into action and results.
     Nancy Pfund (DBL Investors) and Fadi Ghandour (Aramex)

Closing Keynote Conversation
Fostering the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Where does the entrepreneurial spirit come from? How to encourage more of it? This keynote interview features two of the most influential supporters of entrepreneurship in the world, one in social impact, and the other in the Middle East. They will share insights, stories, and lessons on how to foster innovative risk-taking everywhere.

Moderator: Loren Feldman (Forbes)
  • Nancy Pfund (DBL Investors)
  • Fadi Ghandour (Aramex)
Rainforest Recognitions Awards Ceremony

Rainforest Recognitions: The Innovation Ecosystem Awards

We announce the winners of the world’s leading awards for ecosystem building: The Rainforest Recognitions.
Thanks to Our Sponsors and Partners of Global Innovation Summit + Week:
University of Waterloo • Ford Foundation • J.M. Kaplan Fund • Innovationship Silicon Valley
European Young Innovators Forum • Forbes • Inter-American Development Bank • Advancing Science Serving Society
Kauffman Fellows • T2 Venture Creation • Bay Brazil • City of San Jose
Bay Bio • • Urban Innovation Exchange • DLA Piper
Bay Brazil • Global Privat • International Startup Marketplace • Impact Hub
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