Improving our innovation engine for water treatment

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Kuger/Veolia has had innovation as a core value since its beginnings in 1853. This presentation will highlight some of the recent initiatives taken to modernize and adapt our "Innovation Engine" to the needs and expectations of our customers, in a more complex ecosystem with more startups, venture capital firms, etc. 

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Hervé BUISSON  is currently Vice President - Process Engineering with Veolia Water Technologies Americas, based in Cary, North Carolina.  He has worked for over 20 years with Veolia in various senior technical positions including Managing Director of the Corporate Research Centre of Veolia Water near Paris.  Prior to his positions in Veolia, Hervé worked a Program Director at the Wastewater Technology Centre in Burlington, and at the Tunisian National Research Institute near Tunis.   A recognized global water and wastewater expert, Herve is a frequent invited speaker in water and innovation events.   He has also participated in various technical and scientific advisory boards, including for the SCELSE Biofilm project in Singapore, MEDRC Desalination Centre, Canadian National Research Council, and European Framework R&D programs.

A graduate in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Toulouse National Polytechnic Institute in France, with post graduate studies at Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal and Mc Master University in Canada, Herve Buisson is a citizen of France, Canada and USA.     


 Justin Nifong, Ty Hagler, Digital Ideation

Raising baby elephants

Fidelity Investments has become one of the respected giants in the financial sector. As a powerful player in this space, many competitors fear competing head-on. Now what? How does Fidelity ensure that we can continue to not only survive, but thrive in the dynamic world of financial services? What will future generations of Fidelity look like, and how do we spawn and grow the next generation of leaders? 


Fidelity Labs incubates new product or services ideas for Fidelity Investments and its related businesses. Our team combines practices from Lean Startup, Design Thinking, and Agile development to rapidly create, test, and bring to market innovations. Duke Chang is currently Head of Product. 



ecosystem approach to economic growth

The Internet of Things is predicted to have more economic benefit than the internet itself. Tom Snyder discusses how an ecosystem approach of large and small businesses working collaboratively and in partnership with government and universities creates more business than when companies try to go it alone. Strategies for partnership will be discussed. 

Tom Snyder, RiOt

Tom is Executive Director of RIoT, supporting Internet of Things and disruptive technology industry growth. By day he runs RIoT Labs at HQ Raleigh. In his spare time, Tom co-instructs Product Innovation Lab, a Forbes award winning multi-disciplinary course in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at NC State.

Prior to joining RIoT, Tom held an executive leadership role at the ASSIST Center, a National Science Foundation sponsored effort to create wearable electronics for healthcare monitoring. Previously, he spent two decades in product development and technology incubation in NC.

He’s passionate about creating and fostering collaborations across disciplines, markets and cultures. He enjoys the outdoors, woodworking, boardgames, big crowds, craft beer and ideas that are just crazy enough to work.



Innovating through the startup ecosystem 

The AICPA  recently launched a startup accelerator to transform the future of the accounting profession.  This is a proactive strategy to address macro-level trends impacting the profession to ensure its long-term relevance and value to society.  The accelerator, a first of its kind in the accounting ecosystem, pairs select startup founders with thought leaders and luminaries, provides targeted access to technical expertise, and provides capital to help select startups grow.  Although this case is specific to the accounting profession, the model is easily applicable to other companies in any industry as a less expensive alternative to corporate venture capital.

Mark brooks, aicpa

Mark is Associate Director, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships for the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. An entrepreneur at heart, he has a 16-year record of translating complex business needs into strategic and technological solutions in emerging markets.

Mark’s current role at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants is to steward the future of the profession.  Specific areas of focus include co-founding and leading the Association and Startup Accelerator, developing strategic partnerships that expand the global reach and capabilities of the Association, and enhancing the culture of innovation.


Building Bridges: Successful Ways Entrepreneurs and Established Organizations Work Together

During this session we will highlight novel methods for selecting collaborators, showcase different ways teams are leveraging venture capital to fund promising initiatives and discuss new approaches for involving ecosystem partners earlier in the innovation process. 

Leslie Wainwright, RTI International

Leslie leads RTI International's Innovation Advisors health practice, working within the team and across RTI to promote development and delivery of emerging health care innovations. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation, and has experience that spans academic research, pharma/biotechnology and healthcare delivery. Leslie has worked with executive teams from multi-national organizations and startups alike to design growth strategies, create alternative business models and evaluate emerging clinical and care delivery technologies. Additionally, she has spent several years addressing innovation and how healthcare organizations build their own sustainable innovation competencies. Leslie is a frequent speaker and facilitator on the future of healthcare, enabling technologies, disruptive innovation and emerging business models, both domestically and abroad. 

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Here's to the Crazy One's

Steve Jobs called them "The Crazy Ones". They are the entrepreneurs. How do they affect the world of corporate innovation and technology? Whether with lean startup, accelerators or co-habitation, how do you use their passion to move your innovation and technology vision forward? 

Dan Roselli, Packard Place

Dan and his business partner and wife, Sara Garces, are co-founders of Charlotte's entrepreneurship center called Packard Place. Packard Place is devoted to developing fast growth entrepreneurial companies and was recently ranked as one of the 5 largest tech and innovation centers in the country. Packard Place also houses the QueenCity FinTech Accelerator (Financial Services), which Dan co-founded and where he is the Managing Director. The QCFintech program is one of the top Fintech Accelerators in the World and recruits companies from all over the world to come incubate their startup in Charlotte and has over 50 alumni companies with over $35M in raised capital. 

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Panel Discussion: seeing the big picture - Using Visual Tools to Speed Innovation in Large and Small Organizations

This session, led by Patrick McGowan and Raven Manocchio of The Service Design Group, will
feature 3 panel members that will discuss visual tools and how they can be used by organizations of
all sizes to speed innovation. Panel members are Katy Cagle , Sr. Manager Digital Solutions at
Novozymes ; Scott Broaddus , Business Lead at Bayer Crop Science and David Rose , Founder and


Patrick McGowan and Raven Manocchio, The Service Design Group

The Service Design Group is the premier service design consultancy in the U.S. specializing in service innovation, management and process engineering. Most recently, they have assisted organizations including the Veterans Administration, Johnson Controls, and Novozymes. Patrick has a blended background in UI/UX and strategic management and holds design and MBA degrees. Raven is an entrepreneur and experience design professional with a track record of building design-based businesses that create exceptional value and long-term success. He has a BA in Art History and Exhibition Design from Hampshire College and is a current MS candidate at the Parsons School of Design.


When the customer becomes the teacher

There are many times that discovery calls are exchanges of specific information to help the purchasing of goods such as material properties and pricing.  What if these calls were there to help determine new research methods, prototyping processes, or even future product development?  Jennifer will share case studies of industrial design methods used in enhancements with large and small corporations and how they have influenced work at Eastman.   

jennifer peavey, eastman chemical

Jennifer Peavey completed her Master’s in Industrial Design from North Carolina State University to add to her two degrees in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University. This new ID degree will allow her develop insights from design research to inform multi-disciplinary teams in the creation and production of materials that connect directly with human needs.

Being a rock star product manager in a lean and agile world

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You’ve got the product idea and it’s time to kick off development.  But where do you even begin?  Which methodology is best?  How do you innovate with external collaborators?  What tools should we use to deliver on time?  And how do we make this all dead-simple to avoid wasting precious development time?  Whether you’re a startup, an industry giant, or somewhere in between, this session will provide a framework to accelerate innovation.  

Zach McDowell, planview

Zach McDowell is an industry subject matter expert in collaborative work management (CWM) and passionate about helping organizations get work done with improved efficiency. In his 5 years at Planview, Zach has held multiple positions within the Products organization, all focused on driving innovation and improving user experience.  He is currently the Senior Product Manager for Projectplace.  In this position, Zach has managed cross-functional and development teams across three continents, spearheaded large-scale product launches, and worked tirelessly to support and grow its global user base.