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3rd World Innovation Convention: Cannes, 28-30 November 2012

Date: 28 November 2012 - 30 November 2012
Location: Cannes, France, 09:00 - 17:00
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The World Innovation Convention is the annual global networking event that innovation practitioners rely on to meet legendary innovators and discover emerging innovation trends from those who are setting them. World Innovation Convention is the international innovation conference of choice for CEO’s, managers, consultants, innovation enthusiasts, inventors, high-ranking government officials, media, academics, technology gurus, and designers. Offering the perfect blend of topics, speakers, location, format, and diversity, this event ranks first in its class.

After its first two hugely successful editions, this pivotal innovation platform in its 3rd edition in 2012 will be held in celebrity style, in a five-star retreat at the heart of the French Riviera in spectacular Cannes – an inspiring playground for the birth of new ideas. The event is scheduled for November to cover the year’s latest developments and give you a headstart on 2013.

WIC2012’s format is designed to maximize collaboration and provide valuable opportunities to ask questions and extend your innovation network. Content is specially designed to uncover business intelligence undergoing various stages of approval.

  • Case studies reveal real-world stories and practical hard-to-get information.

  • Keynote speakers provide privileged accounts of their innovations and patents.

  • Interactive workshops by industry champions cultivate unforgettable expertise.

  • Roundtable discussions give you the chance to discover and share ideas on key issues.

  • Informal sessions offer close-up opportunities for acquiring needed professional advice.

Participation empowers you to capitalize on current and future innovation trends to increase your ROI and expand your customer base. By participating, you can use innovation knowhow gained to reinvent your strategies, processes, and products, and you can charge the brands you launch today with the currents of tomorrow’s innovation. Attend and you will learn how to:

  • optimize innovation for your company size and type

  • reinvent your infrastructure to accelerate innovation

  • minimize innovation risks and maximize its returns

  • innovate effectively and sustainably

  • build a culture of continuous innovation


Parial list of speakers:

Dr. Wido Menhardt

CEO of the Philips Innovation Center (PIC) in Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Topic: Innovating in India

Dr. Ray O Johnson

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation

Topic: How Innovation and Technology Can Shape the World in 2050

Martha Heitzmann

Member of AREVA's Executive Operations Committee, in charge of Group R&D Portfolio, Intellectual Property and technological innovation. 

Maria B. Thompson

Director of Innovation Strategy at Motorola Solutions.

Topic:  Directed Innovation Methods for Generating High-Value Solutions to Gnarly Problems 

Lisa Arie 

Founder of Vista Caballo Innovation Ranch, Colorado

Topic: The Power of The Unexpected 

Linda Bernardi 

Founder and CEO of StraTerra Partners

Topic ProVoke: and The Culture of Disruption 

Dr. Horst Wenck

Corporate Vice President for Research, Beiersdorf Group

Topic:Alignment of discovery projects with business needs 

Dr. George W. Coulston

Vice President of Innovation Ventures for Kennametal Inc,

Topic: Kennametal’s path to innovation

Steffen Frankenberg 

Vice President at DHL Solutions & Innovations

Topic: Challenges and Lessons-Learnt from Managing Innovations at DHL

Ton Langeler

External Innovation Director for Mars Global Chocolate

Topic:  Achieving higher innovation returns through external approach and partnership engagement models for mutual gain

Dagmar Chlosta 

Vice President for Global Marketing, Adidas

Topic: Virtualisation – Innovating the Value Chain 

Dr. Stefan Uhrlandt

Head of Research & Development and Ethicon Mesh Technology Center at Johnson & Johnson MEDICAL GmbH

Topic:  Open Innovation at Johnson & Johnson Medical  – Key Success Factors & Best Practices 

Vince Voron

Head of Design, Coca Cola

Topic: Evolution of Design in Business

Kamel Chida

Associate Director, Open Innovation, General Mills

Topic: Connected Innovation at General Mills 

Christian Verstraete

Chief Technology Officer, Hewlett Packard Cloud Strategy Team Worldwide.

Topic: Cloud Computing, a vehicle for Innovation

Scott Seaborn

Head of Mobile Technologies, Ogilvie

Topic:  Look at the future in terms of mobile technology and the human condition.

Ken Tencer

CEO, Spyder Works

Interactive Workshop: Win-novation: Winning Through Innovation

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