The conference chair is Cheryl Perkins, who I met in 2006 when she was Chief Innovation Officer of Kimberly Clark and I gave an open innovation orientation to senior managers of Kimberly Clark. Soon after that, she left K-C and started her own open innovation consulting firm, InnovationEdge.
For me what was most interesting were the pre-conference workshops and the managerial interest that they imply:
- Business Models Changing the Landscape of Open Innovation
- Identifying, Prioritizing & Managing the "Critical Few" Metrics of Open Innovation
- Complex Deal Structures - Finding the Right Approach for Successful Partnerships and Mutual Gain
- Leading Innovation - Creating a Growth Engine
On Feb. 15, I will be delivering the final of the five keynote presentations. More later.