Upcoming Live sessions

How Innovators Can Overcome Obstacles And Thrive In Corporate Environments – Tendayi Viki

Trending Topic Talk + Q&A (60 min)

When: 30 March 2020
10am EDT - 16:00 CEST - 22:00 SGT

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Whether large companies need to innovate is no longer a question. The challenge now is how to innovate in a consistent way. During this exchange session, we will address some of the obstacles that innovators face inside their companies; and also some of the mistakes they make. We will then have a conversation about how we can overcome these obstacles and develop a thriving innovation ecosystem.


Tendayi Viki
Author of The Corporate Startup and Associate Partner at Strategyzer

Tendayi Viki is an author and corporate innovation expert. As Associate Partner at Strategyzer, he helps companies innovate for the future while managing their core business. He has written two books; The Corporate Startup and The Lean Product Lifecycle. He previously served as Director of Product Lifecycle at Pearson, where he co-developed an innovation framework that won the Best Innovation Program 2015 at the Corporate Entrepreneur Awards in New York. Tendayi has been shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Innovation Award and was named on the Thinkers50 2018 Radar List for emerging management thinkers to watch.

Tendayi has over 20 years experience as a thinker and author and over 6 years experience in corporate innovation consulting. He has worked with: ABN Amro, Air France, Airbus, American Express, British Museum, Copenhagen Fintech, DeBeers, General Electric, Lufthansa-Airplus, Nordea, Pearson, Rabobank, Standard Bank, Salesforce, TD Ameritrade and Unilever.


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Impactful Storytelling For Innovators & Disruptors – Susan Lindner

Workshop (90 min)

1 April 2020
10am EDT - 16:00 CEST - 22:00 SGT

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How do leaders get customers to follow them in light of massive change and an uncertain future? By cracking the code on history’s greatest storytellers, Susan gives leaders a blueprint for creating their own stories that offer a vision, message, and path that the market can follow – with religious zeal. Whether you’re a corporate innovator or startup disruptor, this workshop is the critical link that lets you communicate your ideas and turn a message into a movement that others will follow.


Susan Lindner
Founder at Emerging Media PR

Susan got her start as an AIDS educator in the brothels of Thailand, helping turn prostitutes into entrepreneurs. Today, she’s the founder of Emerging Media, a branding, PR and marketing agency dedicated to helping tech founders reach their finish lines. Her award-winning strategies have gotten 10 companies acquired, and she is now hell-bent on sharing them with the world. Susan speaks to startups, innovators, and top executives from 60+ countries at GE, PWC, Deutsche Bank, Capital One and at global conferences, consulates and trade organizations about strategic storytelling, mastering the message and the media for maximum impact.


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Product Development Habits: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Nick Noreña

Workshop (90 min)

8 April 2020
10am EDT - 16:00 CET - 22:00 SGT

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Corporate innovators don’t starve for ideas, they drown in them. Frameworks like design thinking and lean startup help us focus on the right kinds of risks, but those frameworks often breakdown when we have to actually carve out time to run experiments and talk with our customers.

In this session, we’re going to talk about how to reflect on our own ways of working, and attempt to make experimenting a habit by designing our own habit loops that we can implement on our own projects right away.


Nick Noreña
Innovation Coach & Adviser at Kromatic

Nick Noreña is an innovation coach based out of San Francisco who has spent the last 6.5 years working in the startup and corporate innovation space. He has worked with over 100 businesses as a coach, educator, and entrepreneur. Nick specializes in helping early stage startup or corporate teams validate their business ideas. He has worked with companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, IDEO, Walmart, Center for Creative Leadership, Unilever, and the Asian Development Bank.


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The Crisis in Innovation, Transformation & Digital and Where We Go From Here – Mark Zawacki

Trending Topic Talk / Q&A

14 April 2020
10am EDT - 16:00 CEST - 22:00 SGT

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There is a worldwide crisis in innovation, transformation and digital (‘ITD’). We are approximately 25 years into the digital age and yet strategic ITD initiatives remain exceptionally challenging for large corporates – they are overwhelmingly NOT delivering value.

The published research and related statistics are downright disturbing. For instance, McKinsey’s research suggests 94% of executives globally surveyed are dissatisfied with their firms’ innovation performance, and further, 83% of digital transformations fail.

In this highly interactive and engaging session, Mark will illuminate the myriad of structural, organisational, methodological, political, behavioral, cultural and advisorial challenges (phew!) companies are battling internally to remain relevant and offers a fresh and bold ITD blueprint ambitious multinationals are now pursuing in order to reignite growth.


Mark Zawacki
Founder & Managing Partner 650 Labs

Mark is a business strategist & Board advisor, management researcher, author, keynote speaker and investor. Since 2001, he has led/supervised engagement teams on more than 400+ clients globally, working a myriad of revenue-related initiatives including growth, corporate strategy, disruptive innovation, business and corporate development, organisational change/transformation and variety of people issues (leadership development, organisational design, talent strategy, corporate culture, etc.)

To date, he has worked in over 80 countries. His clients span a wide variety of sectors, most notably financial services, mobile/telco, retail, media, automotive, healthcare, technology and energy sectors. He has also provided strategic counsel on growth and innovation to the European Union and the governments of The Netherlands, France, Turkey, Singapore, Mexico, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and others.


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Innovation Ecosystem at Scale – Sonja Kresojevic

Workshop (90 min)

15 April 2020
10am EDT - 16:00 CEST - 22:00 SGT

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Large enterprises facing disruption struggle to transform quickly enough—from becoming more innovative to improving processes, culture, and ways of working. In this talk, Sonja will be sharing her experience and case studies from Fortune 500 companies, looking at innovation as a holistic ecosystem: from clear innovation strategy and innovation management processes and structures to creating a culture in which long-lasting changes can be sustained.


Sonja Kresojevic
Co-founder at Seedtime Collective

Sonja Kresojevic is an innovation strategist, change agent, author, and keynote speaker. She is a founder of Seedtime Collective, a global community of thought leaders, practitioners, entrepreneurs, artists and healers aligned behind a common vision for a kinder, sustainable world, and well-being for all. Sonja strongly believes in inner transformative leadership work, and learning and helping each other become the best versions of ourselves.

She is passionate about empowering women, advising and mentoring executives as they transition in their careers, and innovation and transformation leaders fighting the status quo in their organizations.


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Building Resilience in Times of Uncertainty and Change – Joan Ball

Ask Me Anything (60 min)

17 April 2020
10am EDT - 16:00 CEST - 22:00 SGT

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Learning to navigate uncharted waters is an ongoing challenge for innovators–with or without a global pandemic.

So how might we help individuals, teams and organizations to gather the resources they need to approach uncertainty and change with a sense of optimism and curiosity rather than fear, anxiety and dread?


Joan Ball
Founder at WOMBLab

Joan Ball is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University and the founder of WOMBLab, an action research-based consultancy operating at the intersection of human capacity development, service design and social innovation.


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Meaningful Meetings – Douglas Ferguson

Workshop (90 min)

29 April 2020
10am EDT - 16:00 CEST - 22:00 SGT

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Poorly run & unorganized meetings come at a high cost to businesses both financially and culturally. What if our work environments could produce more meaningful and fruitful outcomes? In this interactive mini-workshop, Douglas will share practical strategies to make your meetings more productive.


Douglas Ferguson
President at Voltage Control

Douglas Ferguson is an entrepreneur and human-centered technologist with over 20
years of experience. He is president of Voltage Control, an Austin-based
workshop agency that specializes in Design Sprints and innovation workshops.
He recently published his first book, Beyond the Prototype, which offers a six-step plan for
companies struggling with the shift from discovery to launch. Douglas is
active in the Austin startup community where he serves on the board of
several non-profits, mentors startups, and advises early-stage ventures. He
spends his free time patching up modular synthesizers, playing guitar, and
taking photographs. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
State University.


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Upcoming Online Events

Innov8rs Barcelona - Online Event

22 April 2020, 13:00 - 17:30 CET

Instead of Innov8rs Barcelona, now postponed to 9-10 December 2020, we’re bringing together innovators from across companies and countries for a diverse range of talks, workshops and peer sharing sessions- online.

More info and first agenda via https://innov8rs.co/connect-bcn/

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Business Design & Venture Building

11-12 May 2020

Registration opens 2 April 2020

Talents & Teams

13-14 May 2020

Registration opens 2 April 2020

Innovation for Positive Impact

1-2 June 2020

Registration opens 2 April 2020

Funding, Metrics & Accounting

3-4 June 2020

Registration opens 2 April 2020

Foresight, Trends and Startup Scouting

15-16 September 2020

Registration opens 2 April 2020

Startup Collaboration & Ecosystem Engagement

17-18 September 2020

Registration opens 2 April 2020

Careers, Personal Development & Wellbeing

20-21 October

Registration opens 2 April 2020

Ideation & Idea Management

22-23 October 2020

Registration opens 2 April 2020

Innovation Strategy, Leadership & Governance

17-18 November 2020

Registration opens 2 April 2020

Innovation Culture & Entrepreneurial Mindset

19-20 November 2020

Registration opens 2 April 2020

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Upcoming Conferences

Innov8rs Zurich
7-8 October 2020




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For our 28th conference we (finally) set foot in Switzerland. In just two days, you’ll hear the in-depth stories from best local heroes and gurus, meet innovators from all over Europe and discover what is happening in Zurich.

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Innov8rs Barcelona
9-10 December 2020




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