2016 Wharton DC Innovation Summit

Raise your Innovation I.Q. April 26 - 27 2016.

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About the Summit


Are you eager to hear from singular experts about the critical innovations and key leaders in DC and across the globe? We have a place for you. You'll learn on the spot, and go back to work refreshed and motivated to apply what you've learned.

If your team wants to sift the wheat from the chaff visible in fast-growing innovative outfits (industry, tech, government and the agile smaller businesses), we can help. Our thought-leader keynotes and many workshops offer you a solid decision path.

Join us to hear Chris Surdak on Big Data, Susan Dentzer (NEHI) on healthcare's tough new issues, Google's Gopi Kallayil on new venture lessons learned. “Lunch and learn” with two innovation legends: Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, co-inventors of the key internet protocol and critical to its growth globally. You'll learn in crucial sessions about starting up, funding, venture capital deals and much more.

Join our 3rd Wharton DC Innovation Summit - April 26-27, 2016 in downtown Washington, DC (FHI 360, 1825 Connecticut Ave.). With 1 ticket, you capture 2 days of new insights, rewarding ideas, challenging models and build up your innovator network.

#WDCInnovation2016

50+

Aggregate Hours

To learn, share and connect with like-minded innovators.

16+

Keynote Speakers

From several sectors and industries who lead their field in thought leadership and practice.

60+

Panels

Covering early phases of innovation to commercialization of R&D.

2016 Schedule


April 26, 2016
8:00am - 8:30am
Breakfast + Networking
Venue: Academy Hall

8:30am - 8:45am
Welcome and Introduction
Venue: Academy Hall

8:45am - 9:15am
Keynote (Innovation by legacy firms does not have to be an oxymoron)
Prof. Jerry Wind
Venue: Academy Hall

The latest in Jerry’s research: Identifying errors that were done in the past by (large) corporations in managing innovation with suggestions on remedies and how to avoid the pitfalls. These pieces of wisdom are also of great value to new corporations that may otherwise be the victims of the same errors.

9:15am - 9:30am
Break + Networking
Venue: Academy Hall

9:30am - 10:45am
Driving Value Through Education Technology
George Churchwell; Kate Day; Robb Doub; Milind Gurjar; Rich Kochman
Venue: Academy Hall

A group of innovative and cutting-edge EdTech executives and investors in the formal and corporate education space take the stage to discuss the latest trends and thought leadership in education technology, and how this affects the future of learning, training, and employment. Topics to be covered include learning analytics, predictive analysis, personalized education, integration of technologies, and what this all means for educators and students alike.

9:30am - 10:45am
Energy: Society’s lifeblood -- impacting how we live, work and play.
Josh Yu; Amy Chen; William Bryan; Joaquin Aviles-Lopez; Slav Gatchev
Venue: Vista Room

The 100 year old US power grid has changed little – likewise, its regulations. Coal and carbon-laden fuels have climate implications and create unhealthy pollution (so Bill Gates is working to bring nuclear power to China). Energy costs reflect a second issue. We review the development and deployment of UrbanLabs, a distributed micro powerplant and communication hub for urban areas. The pilot (on view in Taipei), will be deployed in Liberty State Park, in the Statue of Liberty’s shadow. Another UrbanLab is proposed for South Bronx. Among our questions: How will power demand change? Which entrenched interest will respond, and how?

9:30am - 10:45am
The IP Factor: Patents Provide Proprietary Protection
Venue: Balcony D

You’ve just developed a piece of innovative technology -- now what? Copycats are waiting to reverse-engineer your idea and turn it into their profits. The good news: There are tools to protect your IP (Intellectual Property) and ensure that your R & D and creativity further your business goals. Key to IP is the patent, allowing you to protect your technological inventions to restrict competitors’ ability to use patented technology by licensing the technology (or suing them if they infringe). Laura Chung and Jonathan Schlaifer, two experienced patent prosecutors, explain the process for getting patents and using patent portfolios as valuable business tools. Included in this session: Discussion of new developments in patent law and policy which impact how patents are obtained and applied. Plus: A review of strategies they’ve developed and applied successfully to serve clients seeking patents in light of the new developments.

9:30am - 10:45am
Keys to Social Impact Investing
Jacob Gray (Moderator); William Michael Cunningham; Pamela S.B. Wise, CFP, CRPC; Nate T. Yohannes
Venue: Balcony E

Sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI) assets in the US grew 76% between 2012 and 2014, according to a survey by US SIF. Assets managed by investment firms considering environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues increased more than three-fold. US institutional investors, including pension funds, expanded SRI assets by 77%, and assets held by private equity and other alternative investment funds considering ESG factors rose 70%. This panel discussion will explore the motivations for SRI investing, new research on financial returns and long-term impact in private equity, and the future state of the field, from capital innovations in new issue areas and geographies to the next generation of metrics and measurement.

10:45am - 11:00am
Break + Networking
Venue: Academy Hall

11:00am - 12:15pm
With New Data Integration, How Close is ‘Interoperability’?
Chris Surdak; Radhesh Nair
Venue: Academy Hall

As we integrate growing data sets, we search for SMART (NOT BIG) DATA insights. Healthcare evolves constantly and clinicians need new tools to harmonize + analyze the exponentially growing data from many sources. The goal: better, faster care. Do you know your top API options? Our experts review new interoperability paths with field-proven tools (APIs, NLP, machine learning) and discuss how these offer deeper insights into patients' cases.

11:00am - 12:15pm
MOBILITY: From Bikes to Driverless Cars, Cities on the Move
Ario Keshani; Holly Parker; Philipp Meyer-Schmeling; Chris Dattaro; Bryan McClelland; Scott Kolber
Venue: Vista Room

Mobility is under a massive transformation, and with it will be a massive transformation of the urban landscape. Uber valued at $62 billion; Google’s driverless cars imminent; Apple is rumoured to be developing the iCar… Using Hoboken as the case study, the panel will explore where cities will be in the near future.

Pre-questions

  1. How is the demand equation changing (quantitatively and qualitatively)?
  2. Who are the entrenched interests?
  3. What is needed to deploy the autonomous car?

11:00am - 12:15pm
Creating Your Blue Ocean Strategy Tools
W. Douglas Wendt
Venue: Balcony D

Learn how the globally recognized Blue Ocean breakthrough strategy process can guide your team to develop new, uncontested markets and create new customers as you make the competition irrelevant. The session will include individual exercises that help you apply Blue Ocean Strategy to your own organization, and empower you to leave with new tools and insights you can apply today.

11:00am - 12:15pm
Comparing The Rates of International Innovation
Sara Haq (Moderator); Dave Reibstein; Andreas Larsson; Djordjija Petkoski; Lisa LaBonte
Venue: Balcony E

What are the “formulas” for national innovation? While people’s needs and resources may seem similar across the globe, a northern European country will address needs differently from an Asian nation. This creates a different pace of innovation – from identifying needs, to addressing and satisfying them with new types of innovations – in each country. And that pace is always changing. Wharton Professor David Reibstein will share his advanced research on how innovation “looks” in different countries -- and the marketing edge it offers in each case. We then review case studies from Sweden, the World Bank and the Middle East.

12:15pm - 1:15pm
Keynotes
Gopi Kallayil; Chris Surdak
Venue: Academy Hall

Ever wonder what makes the Google the holy grail of productivity and creativity?

Destination 2020: Changes, Opportunities and Challenges in the Next Four Years

1:15pm - 2:30pm
What Lessons Have Wharton Entrepreneurs Learned from Their Journeys?
Venue: Academy Hall

The Wharton School’s comprehensive and distinguished program produces outstanding alumni each year. Featured on this panel: 3 alumni with unique, thriving entrepreneurial ventures. While each serves in other roles, one alum has shifted from ebusiness (McKinsey) consulting to launching an ecommerce trust company offering guaranteed shopping programs. A second co-founded a cloud-based software analytics company and (earlier) led a company thru an IPO and next-level funding of $180MM. The third has helped grow one company with assets of $20 million to over $2 billion. Each will reflect on the journeys that led to their successes.

1:15pm - 2:30pm
Connectivity
Peter Torrellas; Jason Van der Schyff; Tim Meyer; Laetitia Gasel-Anthoine
Venue: Vista Room

Connectivity represents a city’s nervous system. It’s critical to transportation and energy innovation. Example: Smartphone “architecture” enabled the evolution of bike share from smart-dock (Cabi) to smart-bikes (Hoboken). Connectivity is also critical to successful roll-out of driverless cars and energy-efficient buildings. We review New York’s new LinkNYC -- being deployed by Google’s Sidewalk Labs (NYC) and globally the fastest municipal Wi-Fi system (no cost to taxpayers). Also in NYC, unused payphone booths are being replaced by high-powered kiosks; some 7,500 will be deployed citywide. How will LinkNYC impact phone companies? What are the entrepreneurial opportunities with self-driving cars, deliveries, bike share?

1:15pm - 2:30pm
Leading Edge Healthcare Innovation
Dr. David Fajgenbaum; Dr. Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson
Venue: Balcony D

LEADING EDGE HEALTHCARE: WHICH ARE THE GROWING ”GREEN SHOOTS”? America’s greatest strength is its world-leading medical research. New treatments are coming out of laboratories and R&D pipelines that promise great value. We review new treatment research by U of Penn Medical School’s leading lights – targeting big medical challenges and creating successful research to support them.

1:15pm - 2:30pm
Innovations in Government Acquisition
Venue: Balcony E

Innovations in Government Technology and Services Acquisitions - Gain insight from senior government procurement professionals about next generation procurement, acquisition and contracting models, the drivers behind agile acquisition, and how you can compete in these new acquisitions.

  • What is category management and how will it help me?
  • What innovative acquisition strategies is the government adopting? Show-don’t-tell procurements, buyers’ clubs, contracts with shorter periods of performance?
  • How does acquisition need to change to accommodate digital innovations like cloud, agile development and mobile?
  • How do small companies get their ideas heard?
  • How are we preparing the next generation of acquisition professionals and contracting officers on the changes in the federal technology market?

2:30pm - 2:45pm
Break + Networking
Venue: Academy Hall

2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Changing Role of the CIO
David Shive; Joyce Hunter; Rich McKinney; Tony Scott
Venue: Academy Hall

During the next two years the primary role of the Chief Information Officer will change from directly managing IT to becoming strategic Innovation partners. Come listen to CIOs in the government share their perspectives and innovation journeys leading their respective organizations to:

  • Ensure that everything IT does is positioned to support business value
  • Focus on information intelligence and innovation
  • Share how their new role includes management of innovation, information intelligence, customer experience and digital business presence

2:45pm - 4:00pm
Cybersecurity in Health: What is the C-Suite Battle Plan?
Mary Ellen Callahan; Greg Cullison; Mark Eggleston
Venue: Vista Room

We know that US healthcare is the industry hardest hit by cyber attacks weekly (and this includes a raft of new ransomware attacks in DC). Our experts look at big picture of cybersecurity risk planning, cover the latest guidance and focus deeply on key executive challenges of protecting operations and health records -- plus review the must-know tools for executives and managers.

2:45pm - 4:00pm
Startups Redesign City
Shaun Abrahamson - Tom Glendening (Moderator); Shaun Abrahamson; Carlos Pujol; Ario Keshani; Josh Yu; Bryan McClelland; Laetitia Gasel-Anthoine
Venue: Balcony D

Join Shaun Abrahamson on a riveting review of the role start-ups are having on the design of cities. This panel will include participants in earlier urban panels. Specific participants may include Bambikes, Lock8, Split, UrbanLabs, Connecthings and Sizung.

2:45pm - 4:00pm
IoT (Internet of Things): Is it hype or reality?
Ruwan Salgado (Moderator); Sandra Baer; Chris Calabrese; Jeremy Spaulding
Venue: Balcony E

The Internet will become ubiquitous as all sorts of appliances and machines will have their own connection with the Internet. The news that even the humble toaster will have its own webpage would make obvious that communication with many items that constitute our environment in everyday life will become possible. This will obviously allow greater control and coordination of these items, not only for each one of us but also for larger communities. Sandra Baer will tell us how these new technological developments would benefit such communities, including entire cities. But an abundance of communications entails problems of cyber security which, itself as an issue, has to face the concordant problem of personal privacy. Chris Calabrese will enlighten us on the practical developments regarding these issues today.

4:00pm - 4:15pm
Break + Networking
Venue: Academy Hall

4:15pm - 5:30pm
Angel Investment Panel and Company Pitches – The Truth About Angels: How to Find Them, What They Want, and How To Be Successful With Them
S. Tien Wong (Moderator); Fred Gumbinner; Jiemin Jordan; Joe Kessler; John May
Venue: Academy Hall

Panel discussion with some of the region's leading angels. Learn who they are, how to find them, what they are looking for, "do's and don'ts" when pitching and negotiating, structuring the deal, and how to leverage them. Panel will be followed by a "rocket pitch" session by some of the most innovative early stage companies in the region. Presenting Companies will be announced on April 15.

4:15pm - 5:30pm
Administration Transition: What the Incoming Leaders Should Know
Venue: Vista Room

The 2016 Wharton DC Innovation Summit is proud to partner with Jivango, the Partnership for Public Service, ACT-IAC, MeriTalk and American University to engage in a collaborative effort to provide feedback for the next Presidential Administration. These thought leaders are working to submit recommendations on areas of policy, technology and innovation that the next administration should focus on to ensure the momentum of efforts to date continues to grow and improve. Each of these organizations welcomes input from YOU and has posted their topic areas. The open comment period is through April 22nd and after submissions have been made, the organizations will present their findings at the Wharton DC Innovation Summit to be held on April 26-27th at the FHI360 Conference Center in Washington DC. Register at whartondcinnovation.com to have an opportunity to attend and listen to the feedback.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to contribute! We look forward to hearing your thoughts to help us all engage, educate and enlighten us with your feedback, ideas, and recommendations!

The Wharton DC Innovation Summit, Jivango, Partnership for Public Service, ACT-IAC, MeriTalk and American University

4:15pm - 5:45pm
Innovation from Within: Harnessing Your Mind's Potential to Transform How you Lead, Learn and Live
Venue: Balcony D

An innovator's mindset drives how he or she sparks creativity, leads disruption, and creates the future. In this session, learn how you can master your mind to unlock your innovative potential, enhance your health and well-being, and transform how you lead, learn and live.

Amita Shukla, an innovator, entrepreneur and the author of Enduring Edge: Transforming How We Think, Create and Change, will present a powerful new framework on the mind that offers attendees practical tools for unlocking the potential of their own minds.

Neeraj Bhushan, MD and Jisele Alter, RN of Benchmark Health Systems will share how they are blazing a new trail in proactive health management through a primary focus on education and prevention of chronic medical diseases to create "healthy solutions for life."

Join this dynamic, interactive session to learn how to be at the top of your innovation game in mind, body, and being. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Amita Shukla's book.

4:15pm - 5:45pm
Drones, UAVs and Your Business Model -- Can They Co-Exist?
Dr. Hans Mumm (Moderator); Jordan Engel; Jay Snyder; Joel Coulter; David Bither
Venue: Balcony E

Drones, UAVs and Your Business Model -- Can They Co-Exist? From the White House lawn to the battlefield to your backyard, drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are changing the world around us. People are now asking how UAVs will affect their lives and their businesses. Technology is changing the world faster than world leaders and governments can align policies, governance, and the rule of law to these new technologies. UAVs and other robotic technologies offer an excellent example of this challenge. Planned change keeps you in control; forced changed moves you closer to obsolescence. Come interact with a panel of UAV industry and policy experts to discuss how this technology will change your life and your business. Learn now what information you will need in order to align with these changes and profit from them today and into the future.

5:30pm - 5:45pm
Break + Networking
Venue: Academy Hall

5:45pm - 6:15pm
Keynote
Susan Dentzer
Venue: Academy Hall

THE FORCE AWAKENS: Innovations in Advancing Health and Health Care

6:15pm - 6:30pm
Closing Notes
Venue: Academy Hall

6:30pm - 8:30pm
Reception
Venue: British Embassy

April 27, 2016
8:00am - 8:30am
Breakfast + Networking
Venue: Academy Hall

8:30am - 8:45am
Welcome and Introduction
Venue: Academy Hall

8:45am - 9:15am
Keynote (Startups Will Redesign Cities)
Shaun Abrahamson
Venue: Academy Hall

Cities are humanity’s greatest creation. They’re unparalleled sources of opportunity and creativity. Today, there are more people living in cities than at any other time in human history.

But city life has come at a cost. Cities account for approximately 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. With urban populations set to double by 2050, we’ll have to re-imagine cities if we’re to continue to grow opportunities and also limit and adapt to climate change.

To address these challenges humanity needs to radically re-imagine cities. This is happening: from bike share and other approaches to urban mobility, a wide array of new ways to connect, and with virtually every other aspect of urban infrastructure, startups innovating at a blistering pace. But even more is needed.

9:15am - 9:30am
Break + Networking
Venue: Academy Hall

9:30am - 10:45am
Venture Capital Panel and Company Pitches – Latest Trends in the Changing Venture Capital Landscape
S. Tien Wong (Moderator); Randy Domolky; Todd Klein; Jim Pastoriza; Hank Torbert
Venue: Academy Hall

Panel discussion with leading venture capital investors regarding the latest trends in early-stage financing and the VC industry, including the Series A "gap," deal terms, hot investment ideas, accessing VC, and how best to source and negotiate with VCs in this market. Panel will be followed by a "rocket pitch" session by some of the most innovative early stage companies in the region. Presenting Companies will be announced on April 15.

9:30am - 10:45am
Why Bolstering Our Nation’s Infrastructure Will Drive Innovation
Venue: Vista Room

Across the US there is a need for a new wave of investment in infrastructure—a critical element of our nation’s prosperity, ability to innovate and capitalize on innovation.

Estimated needs in the U.S. and abroad are in the trillions of dollars for vital infrastructure—from buildings to water, sewer, communications and energy systems, to roads, bridges, rail lines, airports and ports to serve all modes of transportation.

This discussion will cover what needs to be done today and in the near future, and what innovations cities and nations around the world are implementing to strengthen their infrastructure.

9:30am - 10:45am
Startup SPACE Investing and Commercialization – A Moon Shot or Galaxy Dragon!
Chad Anderson; Hoyt Davidson; Rosemarie Truman
Venue: Balcony D

"Space is Big," as was proclaimed by the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. As of 2016, the dynamics in space investing could indeed be more accurately described as epic! The amount of venture capital invested between 2000-2005 has grown by more than an unprecedented 10X from 2011-2015. Between 2000 and 2015 only 80 angel- and venture-backed startups have received capital and 8 exits have occurred at a total value of $2.2B. In 2015, more than 50 VCs invested in 22 firms at a total of $1.8B.

This panel will discuss the changing landscape of space investing, the changing anatomy of the space startup as well as disruptive commercialization and investment models that are starting to take root in the space industry. We will also discuss what the future looks like in space commercialization….for example, when will Rhiana go to space in the Virgin Galactic spaceship on which she put a 500K pound deposit .

While space travel appears somewhat of a fairy-tale at present, in the words of John F. Kennedy, May 1961, SPACE IS OPEN TO US….and …IT IS NOT MERELY A RACE!

9:30am - 10:45am
Social Risk: Understanding the Human Impact
Bryan Bloom (Moderator); David Cattler; Michelle DiGruttolo; Odile Prevot-Mussat, JD
Venue: Balcony E

A panel of diverse industry experts presents unique perspectives on:

  • Alternative solutions that pinpoint, forecast, and mitigate the impacts of social risk on public and private sector initiatives
  • Methods to re-conceptualize how populations, political systems, and industry intersect
  • Current solutions and future challenges to mitigate the negative impacts of social risk (e.g., protests, strikes, litigation, and violence)
Communications technologies empower people, accelerate changes in perceptions, and increase competition for limited resources. Organizations responsible for providing services cannot keep pace and are ill-equipped to address rapidly evolving beliefs, social tensions, and basic needs. Traditional methods, corporate social responsibility, and development models struggle to forecast and mitigate challenges emanating from populations. Many practitioners have turned to big data solutions to solve complex social challenges. This has added a layer of complexity where access to unlimited data leads to indecision. A paradigm shift is required to empower decision-makers to optimize their initiatives.

10:45am - 11:00am
Break + Networking
Venue: Academy Hall

11:00am - 12:15pm
Evolving Innovation at Penn/Wharton
John Whitman; Mark Allen; Michael Poisel
Venue: Academy Hall

Innovation is not a nicely developing process. Indeed, it often jumps brutally between from one paradigm to another. Nanotechnology is a new paradigm from which many other fields of knowledge are reassessed bringing with it new understandings about these fields and new opportunities. Dr. Mark Allen, Director of the Singh Center for Nanotechnology at Penn and his team are therefore taking a new look at electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry and materials science at the very small level of the observation. John Whitman at the Wharton MBA HealthCare Management Program will instruct us of the many new issues and developments in the fast changing world of Health Care and how Wharton directs its efforts to achieve successes in this world. Michael Poisel, Director of Penn Center for Innovation Ventures at Penn builds programs to accelerate the commercialization of Penn technology through entrepreneurial ventures.

11:00am - 12:15pm
Brand-Driven Leadership – Your Roadmap
W. Douglas Wendt
Venue: Vista Room

Brand-Driven Leadership is a proven methodology that enables CEOs and executive leaders to align their businesses to succeed in a challenging marketplace. In this informative workshop, you’ll learn about the five marketplace challenges, then explore the three core components that comprise your brand. You will also learn which elements of your brand you can control, and which ones you can’t. Plus: Participants will receive a free copy of Brand-Driven Leadership: Ten Essential Strategies for Business Growth.

11:00am - 12:15pm
Mobile Health Winning Paths - Whys and Hows
Judy Murphy; Jody Ranck; Andrew Ray
Venue: Balcony D

MOBILE HEALTH WINNING PATHS: AMONG the MANY WHYs and HOWs of mobile health “winning” tools, which are the success paths? Many wearables, we know, tend to morph into "unwearables" (thru side effects, drops in usage). Our experts look at the promising new ones (from Oculus to the “refreshed” Google Glass and more). All these are creating new tech-enabled communities and patients, and making healthcare far more pervasive everywhere.

11:00am - 12:15pm
Next Gen Innovation: Regional High School Innovators
Swetha Ramesh; Sejal Makheja; Kritika Singh
Venue: Balcony E

Innovation does not discriminate by age. The perspective brought by young thinkers is often valuable for its freshness, for being independent from mainstream industry philosophy. As the doers of Generation Z mature into adulthood, they will be faced with challenges and opportunities unique to a globalized, digital world. In this panel we will hear from local high schoolers on their experiences in innovating and creating as youth.

12:15pm - 1:15pm
Keynotes (2 Views on the Internet’s Challenges – Past, Present, Future)
Vint Cerf, PhD; Bob Kahn, PhD
Venue: Academy Hall

“Fathers of the Internet” Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn – The Internet’s Challenges – Past, Current, Future

1:15pm - 2:30pm
Women Innovators: Exceptional Case Studies
Venue: Academy Hall

Women innovators and entrepreneurs face the same challenges male counterparts face. However, women innovators face additional challenges, including a lack of visibility and access to support networks, and sometimes cultural acceptance. There are great examples of women who are leading successful enterprises or blazing the trail with new ventures. As a result, the entrepreneurial playing field is continuing to expand. As women innovators inspire other women innovators, this panel presents four exceptional examples of women innovators who will speak about their journeys, provide their perspectives on leadership and innovation, and share their views on culture, community and resources.

1:15pm - 2:30pm
Crowdfunding: Latest Developments and Pros and Cons
Kendall Almerico; Claiborne Booker; William Cunningham; Thomas Lawson; Jamie Terbeest
Venue: Vista Room

This panel discusses the latest developments in crowdfunding including Regulation A+ which significantly improves the prospects and process for equity crowdfunding. It will also provide an overview of the new "equity crowdfunding" law, Title III of the JOBS Act, that goes into effect on May 16, 2016 which will allow start-ups to raise up to $1 million online by selling stock in a private company through a "funding portal" and discusses efforts to develop those funding portals and the supporting infrastructure required for equity crowdfunding. More details about utilizing Regulation A+ and equity crowdfunding will be provided in the accompanying, supplementary workshop: Can the SEC's New Reg A+ Boost Your Startup Funding? Panelists include Kendall Almerico, an attorney and expert in Crowdfunding who was named in 2014 by VentureBeat to be the 17th "Most influential Leader in the Crowdfunding Industry" and other leading lights.

1:15pm - 2:30pm
Spirited Innovation from Raven Beer
Venue: Balcony D

Join RavenBeer founder Stephen Demczuk (Ph.D Biochemistry/Molecular Biology) for insight into the fast-growing (and competitive) craft beer industry. Follow the product and branding development from its origins in Germany to the building of a brewery in Baltimore, including current expansion plans involving merchandising and overseas exporting. During this session you can enjoy a guided tasting of various styles of beer from the literary themed Edgar Allan Poe brands (must be 21 or older for the tasting).

1:15pm - 2:30pm
Digital Gen Z + Y Millennial Integrated
Venue: Balcony E

2:30pm - 2:45pm
Break + Networking
Venue: Academy Hall

2:45pm - 4:00pm
Regional Incubators and Accelerators: Perspectives & Success Stories
Geoff Orazemis; Tom Weithman
Venue: Academy Hall

The Washington DC Metropolitan area is positioning itself as a hub for start-ups and innovation. Featuring strengths in the B2B arena, such as software, government, politics, cyber security and enterprise, as well as industries like healthcare, finance and education, the DC area continues to shape its identity as a vital growth engine for innovation. This panel will feature three great examples of incubators and accelerators in the region as they share their perspectives and success stories from their journeys.

2:45pm - 4:00pm
Reducing Your Risk – Improving Your Enterprise Security Value Chain
Venue: Vista Room

It takes a village to protect a village…

Although cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities capture headlines and conversations nearly every day, we are still trying to tackle the challenge with mainly point solutions and siloed discussions. In true Wharton fashion, this novel panel of experts will broaden the discussion to embrace the true shared risks and responsibilities throughout the entire community.

With esteemed representatives from both industry and government and with solution providers both small and large, we will dive into the full scope of the threats – and of the potential solutions.

Moderator Robert Katz will interweave all attendees into the hyper-interactive discussion as he helps everyone navigate through his “six Ps of cyber”:

  • Problem
  • Perspective
  • Platforms
  • Proactivity
  • Partnerships
  • People
Real examples will span all major sectors, including finance, insurance, retail, transportation, and education, throughout industry, government, academic, and even the national laboratories.

Attendees will leave with a clearer understanding of the depth and breadth of the cyber threat. This will provide them all with a better understanding of their own roles in building a shared solution approach to protect their enterprises, and the critical infrastructures on which they rely.

This exciting panel will be Wharton Innovation Summit’s launch of an on-going inter-disciplinary, whole-of-community conversation focused on heightening the cyber security posture of the whole community.

2:45pm - 4:00pm
How Do We Balance Biopharma Innovation, Value and Pricing?
Dr. Sachin Kamal-Bahl; Lori Reilly; Laurel Todd; Shelly O’Donovan
Venue: Balcony D

HOW DO WE BALANCE BIOPHARMA’S INNOVATION, VALUE and PRICING? Pharmaceuticals and biotech now focus sharply on creating truly new value thru new drugs and novel forms of generics. But as this growing quest for value plays out, we see a new focus on patients and pricing. How are biopharma’s innovations balancing these key areas as they create new cures and life-extending drugs?

2:45pm - 4:00pm
Digital Gen Z + Y Millennial Integrated
Venue: Balcony E

4:00pm - 4:15pm
Break + Networking
Venue: Academy Hall

4:15pm - 5:30pm
Retooling Your Network for Innovative Results
Lee Dudka; Eric McGinley
Venue: Academy Hall

RETOOLING YOUR NETWORK for INNOVATIVE RESULTS Networking – top executives tell us – is THE top business skill of our times, but it’s actually critical for solving project issues in innovation teams. How keen are your networking skills AND project know-how? This workshop helps you retool your network (your “social assets”) to tackle the tough work in innovation teams – those steps that demand sharp thinking to create new, beyond-the-box outcomes. We’ll use business research, 2 teams, time-tested guides and a key planning tool to help you drive more efficient outcomes -- and boost your project/personal prospects.

4:15pm - 5:30pm
Landing & Retaining the Best Talent for Your Organization
Jason Hite (Moderator); James Quigley; Kirsten Brecht Baker; Matt Doucette
Venue: Vista Room

In today's global business environment it is important to stand out from the competition. Attracting today's top talent requires more than just attractive compensation and benefits packages. Today's workforce is looking for organizations that they can assimilate with. Developing a talent brand is the next evolution in building an organization of thought leaders and partners. Come listen to a panel of industry experts bringing a multi-dimensional perspective on developing your talent brand.

4:15pm - 5:30pm
Monetary Innovation - Show Me the Money!
Venue: Balcony D

Monetary Innovation is solving problems from Wall Street to the world’s unbanked. Three experts will discuss the solutions that cutting-edge digital currencies, nanotechnology manufacturing, and block chain tech offer. Everyone is affected but not everyone understands how.

4:15pm - 5:45pm
Workshop: Can the SEC's New Reg A+ Boost Your Startup Funding?
Kendall Almerico, J.D.
Venue: Balcony E

For companies that need funding (and who doesn't?) the JOBS Act and crowdfunding seem like the magic answer to many capital raising problems. Are these new securities laws and SEC regulations right for your company? And if so, how can your company utilize these groundbreaking capital raising regulations safely, legally, effectively and affordably?

In this workshop, you will learn the nuts and bolts about Regulation A+ that allows companies to raise up to $50 million in a "Mini-IPO" online, with anyone (not just rich and well-connected folks) being allowed to invest. You will get a sneak preview of the new "equity crowdfunding" law, Title III of the JOBS Act, that goes into effect on May 16, 2016 and will allow start-ups to raise up to $1 million online through a "funding portal" that sells stock in your private company to the general public. You will also hear about "accredited investor crowdfunding" where your company can use online methods and marketing to raise money from wealthy investors through Section 506(c) - Title II of the JOBS Act.

This practical workshop will be hosted by Kendall Almerico, who Forbes called "one of the top JOBS Act and crowdfunding attorneys in the country." Kendall is not your typical lawyer. He is also a successful entrepreneur who knows how to make these laws work to raise money for your company. Kendall operates the JOBS Act funding platform BankRoll and practices law with the DC-area law firm DimuroGinsberg. Kendall will not only discuss the legal and financial aspects, but also the all-important marketing component of these laws that will make or break your company's online funding campaign.

5:30pm - 5:45pm
Break + Networking
Venue: Academy Hall

5:45pm - 6:15pm
Closing Keynote (Biotech Success Story)
Dr. Bill Hearl
Venue: Academy Hall

How a creative business strategy and a novel funding approach can make a success story possible in biotech.

6:15pm - 6:30pm
Closing Notes
Venue: Academy Hall

6:30pm - 8:30pm
Closing Reception
Venue: Main Are

2016 Keynote Speakers


  • jerry-wind

    Dr. Jerry Wind

    Professor, Wharton

    gopi-kallayil

    Gopi Kallayil

    Chief Evangelist Brand Marketing, Google

    christopher-surdak

    Christopher Surdak, JD

    Technology Evangelist, Award-Winning Author

  • vint-cerf

    Vinton “Vint” Cerf

    Vice President at Google and its Chief Internet Evangelist

    bob-kahn

    Robert “Bob” Kahn

    Chairman, CEO and President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI)

    bill-hearl

    Dr. William Hearl, PhD

    Founder and CEO, Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc.

  • susan-dentzer

    Susan Dentzer

    President and Chief Executive Officer, The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation

    shaun-abrahamson

    Shaun Abrahamson

    Founder, Urban.Us

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Dr. Jerry Wind
Professor, Wharton
Jerry (Yoram) Wind, Lauder Professor, Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School Director, SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management; Academic Director, The Wharton Fellows Program & The Future of Advertising Program Jerry (Yoram) Wind joined Wharton in 1967 with a doctorate from Stanford. He has edited top marketing journals, published over 250 articles and 20 books, and received the 4 major marketing awards: Buck Weaver, Charles Parlin, Converse, and AMA/Irwin Distinguished Educator Award. He was one of the original Legends in Marketing, with an 8-volume anthology published by Sage in 2014. He has consulted with over 100 companies, sits on various advisory boards, and testifies in intellectual property and antitrust cases. In 2015, he will be inducted into the inaugural cohort of the AMA Fellows Program. His current research explores marketing-driven business strategy, the Network Challenge; reinventing advertising; creativity and innovation; and challenging our mental models.
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Gopi Kallayil
Chief Evangelist Brand Marketing, Google
Gopi Kallayil is the Chief Evangelist, Brand Marketing at Google. He works with Google’s sales teams and customers and helps grow customer brands through digital marketing. In his prior roles he worked as Chief Evangelist for Google+, led the marketing team for the Company’s flagship advertising product, AdWords, in the Americas and Asia Pacific, and the marketing team for AdSense, Google’s publisher-facing product.

Before joining Google, Gopi was on the management team of two Silicon Valley venture funded startups. While a consultant with McKinsey & Co., he worked on engagements helping the management teams of large corporations improve business performance and maximize revenues. He has also led large Information Technology projects for global corporations in India, China, and the US.

Gopi earned his Bachelors degree in electronics engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India. He received his Masters in Business Administration degrees from the Indian Institute of Management and The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an avid yoga practitioner, triathlete, public speaker, global traveler and Burning Man devotee. He has spoken at TEDx, Renaissance Weekend, The World Peace Festival and Wisdom 2.0. He hosts a TV program on cable and YouTube called Change Makers.
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Christopher Surdak, JD
Technology Evangelist, Award-Winning Author
Christopher Surdak is an industry-recognized expert in Mobility Social Media and Analytics, Big Data, Information Security, Regulatory Compliance, and Cloud Computing with over 20 years of professional experience.

Mr. Surdak has held similar roles with other leading companies such as Accenture, Siemens, Dell and Citibank. Mr. Surdak began his career with Lockheed Martin Astrospace, where he was a spacecraft systems engineer and rocket scientist.

Mr. Surdak holds a Juris Doctor from Taft University, an Executive Masters In Technology Management and a Moore Fellowship from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s Certificate in Information Security from Villanova University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Mr. Surdak is author of “Data Crush: How the Information Tidal Wave is Driving New Business Opportunities”, published by AMACOM Publishing, recipient of GetAbstract’s International Book of the Year Award, 2014.

He is contributing author to the book “Big Data Combat,” a 2016 best-seller in China.

He is recipient of the Information Governance Initiative’s Evangelist of the Year for 2015.

He is recipient of the WhartonDC Benjamin Franklin Innovator of the Year Award for 2015.

Mr. Surdak is Honoured Consultant to the FutureTrek Community of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

He is also contributing editor and columnist for European Business Review, European Financial Review, China Business Review and HP Matter magazines.

Mr. Surdak provides talks, guidance and advice to global leaders on a range of technology, policy and business topics, including over 300 public speaking engagements in the last 3 years.
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Vinton “Vint” Cerf
Vice President at Google and its Chief Internet Evangelist
Vinton "Vint" Cerf is Vice President at Google and its Chief Internet Evangelist since 2005. He is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies that support the development of Google's advanced internet-based products and services.

Known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet" (with Bob Kahn), Cerf is co-inventor of the internet’s architecture and basic protocols. President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf (and colleague Robert E. Kahn) for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf are recipients of the ACM Alan M.Turing Award (2004), often called the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science."

President George Bush awarded Cerf (and colleague Bob Kahn) the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Cerf and Kahn also received the prestigious Japan Prize. Cerf was chairman of the board of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and founding president of the Internet Society. Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, which helps speed the introduction of the new Internet protocol.

Vint Cerf has received many awards (selected list): Marconi Fellowship, the Charles Stark Draper award of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Medal of Science (Tunisia). He is a Fellow of the IEEE and past president of the ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, plus the Computer History Museum, the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is now also a Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society. (Earlier, People magazine named Cerf one year among its "25 Most Intriguing People.")

Cerf holds a B. S. in Mathematics (Stanford), M. S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science (UCLA). He holds 20 honorary degrees, and with Bob Kahn, received the Queen Elizabeth II Prize in Engineering (the "Engineering Nobel").
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Robert “Bob” Kahn
Chairman, CEO and President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI)
Bob Kahn is Chairman, CEO and President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), which he founded (1986) after a 13-year term at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). CNRI is a not-for-profit that provides leadership and funding for research and development of the National Information Infrastructure.

Bob Kahn has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton, and a BSEE-City University. After work at Bell Laboratories he served as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT, then moved to join Bolt Beranek and Newman, where he was responsible for the system design of the Arpanet, the first packet-switched network. At DARPA as Director of DARPA's Information Processing Techniques Office (IPTO), he launched the US government's billion dollar Strategic Computing Program, the largest computer R&D program ever undertaken by the federal government. He conceived the idea of open-architecture networking.

With Vint Cerf, he is co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocols and responsible for originating DARPA's Internet Program, coining the phrase "National Information Infrastructure" (NII). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of key societies (IEEE, AAAI, ACM). He was a member of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee, and the President's Advisory Council on National Information Infrastructure.

He holds many awards (selected list): the Marconi Award, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the Computerworld/Smithsonian Award. He twice received the Secretary of Defense Civilian Service Award, and the National Medal of Technology, the 2001 Charles Stark Draper Prize (National Academy of Engineering), the Prince of Asturias Award, and the 2004 A. M. Turing Award (a.k.a. the "Computer Science Nobel").

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George Bush, and the C & C Prize in Tokyo. An inductee at the National Inventors Hall of Fame, he was also given the Japan Prize (with Vint Cerf). He holds the University of Pennsylvania’s Harold Pender Award plus 11 honorary degrees. In 2013, Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn were the first recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Prize for Engineering, considered the de facto "Engineering Nobel."
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Dr. William Hearl, PhD
Founder and CEO, Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc.
Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc. (ITI) is an experienced and successful life science businessman and entrepreneur. Dr. Hearl is adept at brokering mutually beneficial partnerships and identifying non-traditional collaborations and investment opportunities.

The advent of LAMP technology came from Dr. Hearl’s work with Dr. Tom August of Capital Genomix, Inc. and Johns Hopkins University. From that collaboration, ITI began operations in 2006. Dr. Hearl’s extensive experience in intellectual property management and business development led to the rewarding sub-license of the LAMP technology to Geron Corporation within 30 days of initiating operations.

Dr. Hearl is also founder of Capital Genomix, Inc. (CGI), a Maryland-based biomarker and drug discovery company, having served as its first chief executive officer from inception in 2000 to late 2002 when he assumed the role of chief scientific officer. Dr. Hearl raised seed funds and series A & B funding for CGI (~$5million in cash/debt). He also acquired the Dynex Technologies division of Thermo Scientific in a leveraged acquisition deal. Dynex was subsequently divested and yielded a remarkable 10-fold return to the company.

Dr. Hearl is also responsible for the acquisition and development of the core technologies of Capital Genomix: GeneSystem320™ was licensed exclusively from MD Anderson Cancer Center and the ImmunoMouse™ was invented by Dr. Hearl. Dr. Hearl also has an established record of scientific productivity over his 20 years of work in the biotech industry. He started his career as a bench scientist at Electro-Nucleonics, Inc. and developed blood based diagnostics for HIV, HTLV-I and Hepatitis C. He later worked at Life Technologies Corporation (now part of Invitrogen) and directed the immunodetection group. Under Dr. Hearl’s direction, the lab developed a number of innovative antibody-based detection kits and reagents. He moved into scientific management when he became the director of research and development at Kirkegaard & Perry Laboratories, Inc. in 1994.

Dr. Hearl earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Tennessee and B.S. from East Tennessee State University.
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Susan Dentzer
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation
Susan Dentzer -- President and Chief Executive Officer, The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation -- a nonprofit, non-partisan health policy institute focused on enabling innovations that improve health, boost health care quality and lower costs. She is a leading national expert in health care and health policy, and is one of America’s most respected health care thought leaders.

Previously, she was Senior Adviser -- the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy focused on US health and health care. She is an on-air analyst on health issues with the PBS NewsHour and regular commentator on health policy for National Public Radio, Al Jazeera America and other TV and radio networks.

Dentzer served from 2008-2013 as the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation’s leading journal of health policy. She also previously led the NewsHour’s health unit, reporting extensively on-air about health care reform debates.

Dentzer is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the IOM’s Board on Population Health. She is also an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance; and a fellow of the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics research institute. She graduated from Dartmouth, is a trustee emerita of the college, and chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization.

Dentzer is also on the board of directors of Research!America, an alliance working to make research to improve health a higher priority; is a public member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties, which assists 24 medical specialty boards in the ongoing evaluation and certification of physicians; and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Health Institute, the nonprofit organization addressing public health issues and solutions nationwide. She is also a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the RAND Health Board of Advisors, the March of Dimes national advisory board and the national advisory committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows.

Dentzer holds an honorary master's degree from Dartmouth and an honorary doctorate in human letters from Muskingum University. She, her husband and their three children live in the Washington, DC aree.
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Shaun Abrahamson
Founder, Urban.Us
Shaun is a member of the investment committee, and he leads investment selection and communications with portfolio companies, members of the Network, and limited partners in Fund II. Before founding Fund I, Shaun was an active angel investor, investing in more than 20 firms between 2007 and 2013 in his personal capacity. Early-stage investing and advising is informed by his experiences building MediaSentry (acquired by SafeNet in 2005), Starmedia Network (acquired by France Telecom) and Oculus Technologies (MIT CADLab spin-out). In 1999, he was an early employee at govWorks, one of the earliest startups focused on serving local government. govWorks was ahead of the market and failed during the dot com bust, becoming the subject of the documentary Startup.com in 2001. Shaun has written for organizations such as The Economist Intelligence Unit, The Huffington Post, and CNNMoney. Crowdstorm, published by Wiley, was his first book and is a guide to working with large online crowds to find and evaluate ideas. The book is a based on Shaun’s experience working with Starbucks, Omnicom Group, $300 House, and Life Edited. Shaun has an MSc from MIT; an MBA from the Berlin School of Creative Leadership; and a BSc from the University of Cape Town. He is papai to his children, Max and Oli, and the number-one fan of his partner, artist Andrea Nhuch. When he is not at work or with his family, you will most likely find him swimming, Onewheeling, or voiding a warranty.

2016 Contact


Contact Details

Venue Address

1825 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009