Prof. Jerry Wind
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.
George Churchwell; Kate Day; Robb Doub; Milind Gurjar; Rich Kochman
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.
Josh Yu; Amy Chen; William Bryan; Joaquin Aviles-Lopez; Slav Gatchev
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?
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.
Jacob Gray (Moderator); William Michael Cunningham; Pamela S.B. Wise, CFP, CRPC; Nate T. Yohannes
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.
Chris Surdak; Radhesh Nair
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.
Ario Keshani; Holly Parker; Philipp Meyer-Schmeling; Chris Dattaro; Bryan McClelland; Scott Kolber
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.
- How is the demand equation changing (quantitatively and qualitatively)?
- Who are the entrenched interests?
- What is needed to deploy the autonomous car?
W. Douglas Wendt
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.
Sara Haq (Moderator); Dave Reibstein; Andreas Larsson; Djordjija Petkoski; Lisa LaBonte
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.
Gopi Kallayil; Chris Surdak
Ever wonder what makes the Google the holy grail of productivity and creativity?
Destination 2020: Changes, Opportunities and Challenges in the Next Four Years
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.
Peter Torrellas; Jason Van der Schyff; Tim Meyer; Laetitia Gasel-Anthoine
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?
Dr. David Fajgenbaum; Dr. Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson
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.
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?
David Shive; Joyce Hunter; Rich McKinney; Tony Scott
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
Mary Ellen Callahan; Greg Cullison; Mark Eggleston
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.
Shaun Abrahamson - Tom Glendening (Moderator); Shaun Abrahamson; Carlos Pujol; Ario Keshani; Josh Yu; Bryan McClelland; Laetitia Gasel-Anthoine
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.
Ruwan Salgado (Moderator); Sandra Baer; Chris Calabrese; Jeremy Spaulding
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.
S. Tien Wong (Moderator); Fred Gumbinner; Jiemin Jordan; Joe Kessler; John May
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.
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
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.
Dr. Hans Mumm (Moderator); Jordan Engel; Jay Snyder; Joel Coulter; David Bither
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.
THE FORCE AWAKENS: Innovations in Advancing Health and Health Care
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.
S. Tien Wong (Moderator); Randy Domolky; Todd Klein; Jim Pastoriza; Hank Torbert
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.
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.
Chad Anderson; Hoyt Davidson; Rosemarie Truman
"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!
Bryan Bloom (Moderator); David Cattler; Michelle DiGruttolo; Odile Prevot-Mussat, JD
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)
John Whitman; Mark Allen; Michael Poisel
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.
W. Douglas Wendt
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.
Judy Murphy; Jody Ranck; Andrew Ray
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.
Swetha Ramesh; Sejal Makheja; Kritika Singh
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.
Vint Cerf, PhD; Bob Kahn, PhD
“Fathers of the Internet” Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn – The Internet’s Challenges – Past, Current, Future
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.
Kendall Almerico; Claiborne Booker; William Cunningham; Thomas Lawson; Jamie Terbeest
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.
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).
Geoff Orazemis; Tom Weithman
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.
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”:
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.
Dr. Sachin Kamal-Bahl; Lori Reilly; Laurel Todd; Shelly O’Donovan
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?
Lee Dudka; Eric McGinley
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.
Jason Hite (Moderator); James Quigley; Kirsten Brecht Baker; Matt Doucette
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.
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.
Kendall Almerico, J.D.
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.
Dr. Bill Hearl
How a creative business strategy and a novel funding approach can make a success story possible in biotech.