Day 1: Front End of Innovation in Vienna

Earlier this month we attended the 9th annual Front End of Innovation conference in Vienna (FEI EMEA). FEI is a global event brand that has become the annual meeting place of the most seasoned innovators across the globe. The conference is packed with innovative companies and thinkers, great keynote speakers, workshops and field trips.

“It’s not about ideas, it’s about moving the company in the right direction the next 10 years”
Ed Hebblethwaite, Seymourpowell

The first day started with some great keynote speakers from Google, Disney, ShellShackleton Energy and Zaptec to mention some. Two of our friends from the space & energy industry gave us a real brain stretch. Both Jim Keravala from Shackleton Energy and Brage Johansen from Zaptec were invited to speak about their missions in space.

“Every company should have a space program”
Brage Johansen, Zaptec

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Jim talked about the worlds three big coming challenges: energy, fresh water and communication, and how their mission in space will help solve these problems. It is safe to say that the audience was mesmerized by his talk and perspective on the industry.

“It’s just like building an oil rig, only in space”
Shackleton Energy

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Our own Christian Rangen moderated the last session of the day and we got some great presentations from Christopher Chapman, Global Creativity & Innovation Director at The Walt Disney Company, and Michele R. Weslander Quaid, Chief Innovation Evangelist at Google.

“Find your purpose”
Christopher Chapman, Global Creativity & Innovation Director at The Walt Disney Company

 

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Christopher focused on the humane aspect of innovation. He was a great storyteller, as we would expect from a director at Disney. Michele from Google gave a great presentation where she talked about how they worked with innovation within Google. She also stated that the three biggest barriers to innovation is culture, policy and technology.

“Give people freedom, they will amaze you”
Michele R. Weslander Quaid, Chief Innovation Evangelist at Google.

Google’s Founding Principles 

  • Ideas comes from everywhere
  • Share everything you can
  • Rapid innovation, not perfection
  • Give employees a license to pursue dreams
  • Use data-based (apolitical) decision making
  • Focus on the users

The day ended with a visit to a traditional Austrian restaurant. We had an incredible innovation crew dinner with Google, Zaptec, RB, Bombardier, Phillips, Int, Innovation Dock, Holger Nils Pohl and Nordic Climate Lead.

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Day 1: Front End of Innovation in Vienna

A line-up of new workshops

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Over the last few months we’ve been hard at working in developing new workshops around our strategy & innovation tools.

We’ve been working with companies like Statoil, Aker Solutions and Tekna to test and refine our concepts. We’ve held keynote talks for companies like Siemenes, Schibsted/Stavanger Aftenblad, Aarbakke and Atea to share our thinking.

At the same time we’ve been invited back to both the World Innovation Convention and the Front End of Innovation to run new innovation workshops.

We are pleased to share our new work and hope to see many of you at some of these amazing innovation events.

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Making [X]happen” and ”Your Innovation Toolkit” are both developed for the World Innovation Convention in Cannes. A global platform for innovation leaders, the WIC is a superb arena to share, launch, test and experiement with new workshop formats. These two are both designed to give hands-on training in making innovation happen in established organizations.

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Front End of Innovation is one of Europe’s leading innovation event. For 2014, The World Leader in Advancing Innovation invite global innovators to join in both Munich (february) and Venice (March). Google, Samsung, IBM, HP and McLaren are just some of the top cases to be presented. Innovation experts Rowan Gibson (author of the excellent ”Innovation to the core” and Navi Radjou and John Bessant will share some of their latest thinking.

We are excited to run two half-day workshops. Our goal: help global innovators make innovation happen.We focus on powerful, hands-on, learning. and will help people master new visual innovation tools. Welcome. and hope to see you in 2014.

Learn more about the upcoming workshop Your future innovation tools: Strategy Tools for the Next Generation

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Are you interested in learning new strategy & innovation tools?
Are your company looking for new ways of creating strategy?
Do you want to make innovation happen faster?
Contact us to see how we can run these workshops at your company.

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A line-up of new workshops