2014 Wharton DC Innovation Summit

Linking Innovators to National & Global Resources. April 29-30, 2014.

About the Summit


A high value, high impact way for entrepreneurs, business executives, government officials and others dedicated to become more successful leaders by leveraging the power of innovation.

If you are in that group of action and results-oriented leaders, it will help you create, stimulate, test and harness big ideas to achieve better real-world results in your business or organization of any size.

The Summit will inspire and enable you deal to more effectively with the realities of today's competitive global economy.

Innovation's vital role, domestically and internationally, is key to the 'Growth Through Innovation' theme to the Wharton School's next Global Forum, Beijing in June.

Meanwhile, in a convenient downtown DC location. the DC Summit will provide an interactive environment to help you find public and private sector partners with the resources and interest to help you succeed as an innovator.

With the Summit's expected 300-400 attendees (already representing over 150 private and public organizations), the 48 keynote and other sessions to which you will have access feature an all-star lineup of more than 135 speakers.

Keynotes and panelists include distinguished Wharton professors, and leading innovators in business, science, technology and government.

36+

Hours

Of speakers, panels and networking.

130+

Speakers

And keynotes from Wharton professors and other top innovators.

48

Sessions

Covering funding, innovation accelerators, healthcare, urban, DC region resources, global and much more.

2014 Schedule


April 29, 2014
7:45am - 8:30am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Venue: Main Entrance

Sign in and collect name tags and program materials.

8:30am - 8:45am
Welcome - General Introduction to the Summit
Venue: Main Hall

Welcome and opening remarks from Wharton Club of DC.

8:45am - 9:30am
Keynote (Innovation Prowess)
Dr. George Day
Venue: Main Hall

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

9:30am - 10:45am
Master Class: Developing and Leading a Creative Organization
Dr. Jerry Wind
Venue: Track 1

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

9:30am - 10:20am
Expanding the Innovation Economy: Pushing Against Social & Geographic Boundaries
Adam Bly; James Chung; Nikunj Jinsi; Dr. Corinna Lathan
Venue: Track 2

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

9:30am - 10:20am
Beyond the Product: Eight Paths to Disruptive Innovation
Kaihan Krippendorff
Venue: Track 3

9:30am - 10:20am
Workforce 1 - Using STEAM to Power the Workforce of the Future
Dionne Toombs; Julie Kantor; Ted Wells
Venue: Track 4

10:20am - 10:45am
Break
Venue: Main Hall

Time to meet and greet others at the summit.

10:45am - 11:35am
Funding 1 - Federal and State Innovation Accelerators
Sean Glass; Michael Goldstein; Paul Singh; Evan Burfield
Venue: Track 1

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

10:45am - 11:35am
The Global Race for Innovation Capability
Sujai Shivakumar; Joe Daly
Venue: Track 2

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

10:45am - 11:35am
The Innovation Platform Revolution: How Mobility and the Cloud Change Business Models
Karina Homme; George Churchwell
Venue: Track 3

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

10:45am - 11:35am
Workforce II - Inspiring Workforce Innovation in Uncertain Times
Michele Welander-Quaid; Paul Lawmaster; Laurie Gallo; Hilary Fordwich; Darrell West
Venue: Track 4

11:45am - 1:00pm
Lunch + Keynote
S. A. Ibrahim
Venue: Main Hall

1:00pm - 1:50pm
Opening the Aperture: Driving Innovation in Big Companies
Val Livada; Mark Drapeau; Grant Allen; Max Wessel; Debra Mangone
Venue: Track 1

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

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

1:00pm - 1:50pm
Regional Innovation Centers: SBDC's and other Resources for Entrepreneurs
Philip Auerswald; Jenifer Boss; Charles
Venue: Track 2

Innovation and entrepreneurship are increasingly recognized to be a foundation for local economic development. With the initiation of local venture funds to support startup initiatives, tech transfer from local universities, SBDCs, ​training programs in entrepreneurship, ​and the development of tech corridors, localities such as Montgomery County, Arlington County, and D.C. support the translation of innovative ideas into operational business ventures. The panel will explore how some of these initiatives operate, and also highlight results, opportunities, and challenges to spurring economic growth through innovation.

1:00pm - 1:50pm
Government Services Innovation: The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) and Online Services as an Innovation Platform
David Webber
Venue: Track 3

1:00pm - 1:50pm
Workforce III - What Does the Workforce of the Future Look Like and How Do We Get There?
Balaji Ganapathy; Alan Malinchak; Jonathan Bennett; Rebecca Crane
Venue: Track 4

2:00pm - 2:50pm
Funding 2 - The State of Venture Capital
David Hall; Pascal Luck; Justin Klein; Philip Eliot; Tom Gillespie
Venue: Track 1

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

2:00pm - 2:50pm
International Innovation: Reacing World Markets
Jennifer Raskas; Dr. Wasif Syed
Venue: Track 2

This panel will provide an overview on the global perspective on innovation. Speakers will provide their perspectives on innovation trends and drivers in different regions of the world that are helping fuel this economic growth and cite examples of companies that have enjoyed success. Finally, the speakers can provide a roadmap on how such eclectic global innovation can help companies in reaching world markets.

2:00pm - 2:50pm
National Security/Cyber Security Innovation
Jonathan Aberman; Michael Geersten; Steven Chen; Greg Toth
Venue: Track 3

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

2:00pm - 2:50pm
Workforce IV - Are People Really Your Most Important Asset?
Fred Stahl; Hilary Fordwich
Venue: Track 4

2:50pm - 3:30pm
Break
Venue: Main Hall

Time to meet and greet others at the summit.

3:00pm - 4:20pm
Cybersecurity
Ken Fried; Rick Gordon; Mike Dorsey; Anup Ghosh; Greg Giammittorio; John Hillen
Venue: Track 3

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

3:30pm - 4:20pm
Funding 3 - Crowd Funding: The Good, the Bad, and the Watch Out!
Ryan Feit; Andrew Ross; Sara Hanks
Venue: Track 1

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

3:30pm - 4:20pm
Innovation Connections: Networking on Steroids
Bob Halperin
Venue: Track 2

3:30pm - 4:20pm
Disruptive Technologies - Threats and Opportunities
Venue: Track 3

3:30pm - 4:20pm
Harvesting Your Intellectual Assets
Andrew Sherman, Esq; Marv Petry, Esq
Venue: Track 4

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

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Keynote (Coalition for Green Capital)
Reed Hundt
Venue: Main Hall

5:30pm - 6:00pm
Wrap Up
Venue: Main Hall

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

April 30, 2014
7:45am - 8:30am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Venue: Main Entrance

Sign in and collect name tags and program materials.

8:30am - 8:45am
Welcome
Venue: Main Hall

Welcome and opening remarks from Wharton Club of DC.

8:45am - 9:30am
Keynote (Imaging and Imagining the Future of Global Wellness)
Dr. Partho P. Sengupta
Venue: Main Hall

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

9:30am - 10:20am
Social Entrepreneurship
Kenton Kuhn; Andrew Ross; Mark Hecker; Aneri Patel; Wayne Silby
Venue: Track 1

9:30am - 10:20am
Urban Innovation - Energy
Ron Smith; Angelique Mercurio; Brad Dockser
Venue: Track 2

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

9:30am - 10:20am
Healthcare 1 - Data Analytics as Innovation Platform
Dr. Partho P. Sengupta; Dr. William Kennedy Smith; Naimish Patel
Venue: Track 3

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

9:30am - 10:20am
Innovative Play and Playing to Innovate
Venue: Track 4

10:20am - 10:45am
Break
Venue: Main Hall

Time to meet and greet others at the summit.

10:45am - 11:35am
Funding 4 - Incubators and Accelerators: Launching the Business
Sean Glass; Michael Goldstein; Paul Singh; Evan Burfield
Venue: Track 1

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

10:45am - 11:35am
Urban Innovation - Transport
Rebecca Hough; Sebastian Schlebusch; Chris Wogas; Mike Calise; Scott Kolber; Karina Ricks
Venue: Track 2

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

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

10:45am - 11:35am
Healthcare 2 - New Models for Service Delivery: Mobile, Telemedicine, Care Coordination
Jody Ranck; Jeff Lee; Dendy Young; Dr. Robert Darling
Venue: Track 3

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

10:45am - 11:35am
Play to Learn: Innovation in Education
Venue: Track 4

11:45am - 1:10pm
Lunch + Keynote
Sonal Shah; Michael Chasen
Venue: Main Hall

1:15pm - 2:05pm
Innovation Tools: Analytics and Tools to Enable Innovation
Kyle Sylvestro
Venue: Track 1

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

1:15pm - 2:05pm
Urban Innovation - Water
Julianna Barbieri; N. Coates; Sandra Baer
Venue: Track 2

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

1:15pm - 2:05pm
Healthcare 3 - The Impact of Government Policy on Healthcare Innovation
Dr. Ross Hoffman
Venue: Track 3

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

1:15pm - 2:05pm
Government Resources to Support Innovative Practice: NSF I-Corps Program and NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovation
Edmund Pendleton
Venue: Track 4

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

2:10pm - 3:00pm
Funding 5 - Angel Investors - Who They Will Fund, What They Want from Entrepreneurs
Liz Sara; Tien Wong; Richard Greene; Dan Mindus; Frank Ball
Venue: Track 1

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

2:10pm - 3:00pm
DC Innovation Scene: Tales from Entrepreneurs
Dan Mindus; Bobby Ocampo; David Adelman; Peter Corbett
Venue: Track 2

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

2:10pm - 3:00pm
Parallel Innovation in Hardware and Applications: Life Sciences Hardware Examples
Sean Roddy; Arkesh Mehta; Matt Gardner; Dr. Michael Mauk
Venue: Track 3

2:10pm - 3:00pm
Innovation Partnerships: University-Based Tech Transfer
Dipanjan Nag, PhD, MBA; Dr. Jennifer Elisseeff; Steve Kubisen; Charles
Venue: Track 4

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

3:00pm - 3:30pm
Break
Venue: Main Hall

Time to meet and greet others at the summit.

3:00pm - 4:20pm
Structured Networking
Lee Dudka
Venue: Track 1

3:30pm - 4:20pm
Innovation in Practice - Tales from Entrepreneurs
Phil Rosenthal; Katherine Long; Adam Trexler; Marissa Levin
Venue: Track 2

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

3:30pm - 4:20pm
Parallel Innovation in Hardware and Applications: Life Sciences Hardware Examples
Sean Roddy; Arkesh Mehta; Matt Gardner; Dr. Michael Mauk
Venue: Track 3

3:30pm - 4:20pm
Biotech Innovation: Disease Prevention and Cancer Therapeutics
Jeff Geschwind; Carolyn Chen; Lew Bender; Mary Ann Shallcross
Venue: Track 4

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

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Keynote (Plenary on Healthcare Transformation)
Dr. Jennifer Elisseeff; Dr. Jeff Geschwind, Susan Dentzer
Venue: Main Hall

5:30pm - 5:45pm
Wrap Up
Venue: Main Hall

5:45pm - 7:30pm
Reception
Venue: Main Hall

2014 Keynote Speakers


  • george-day

    Dr. George Day

    Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor; Professor of Marketing; Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management

    s-a-ibrahim

    S. A. Ibrahim

    Chief Executive Officer, Radian Group Inc

    angelique-mercurio

    Angelique Mercurio

    CEO, EnerKnol, an ESF Company

  • jerry-wind

    Dr. Jerry Wind

    Professor, Wharton

    partho-sengupta

    Dr. Partho P. Sengupta

    Mount Sinai Hospital Center, Director, Cardiac Ultrasound Research and Core Lab

    jeff-geschwind

    Jeff Geschwind, MD

    Director, Interventional Radiology Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital; Founder & CEO PreScience Labs LLC

  • jennifer-elisseeff

    Jennifer Elisseeff, Ph.D.

    Johns Hopkins University

    michael-chasen

    Michael Chasen

    Founder & former CEO, Blackboard; Founder & CEO, Social Radar

    reed-hundt

    Reed Hundt

    CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital, former Chair of the FCC and member of Intel Corp's Board of Directors

  • sonal-shah

    Sonal Shah

    Georgetown University, Founding Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation

    susan-dentzer

    Susan Dentzer

    Senior Adviser, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation