Chief Designer of Motorola RAZR to Speak at MIT Enterprise Forum of Chicago

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Motorola Chief Designer and RAZR Cellphone Executive Jim Wicks to Speak on Strategic Innovation: How Cutting-Edge Design & Technology Created an Iconic Market Leader.

The MIT Enterprise Forum of Chicago announced today that Jim Wicks, Motorola's Chief Designer, will speak at their 2005-2006 season premiere on September 13th. Jim will highlight his experience as Director of MOTO's Consumer Experience Design organization, which drove development of the iconic RAZR cellphone and is now working on other products (soon to be introduced) that will build on the RAZR's stunning success.

The speaker's presentation will be followed by a dynamic Q&A session where attendees will be able to pose questions.

ATTENDEES WILL LEARN:

  • How cutting-edge design was used to drive technology and engineering innovation
  • How the introduction of the RAZR has helped Motorola sharpen its corporate brand recognition
  • How creative thinking was harnessed to create an iconic, market-leading product that has already been purchased by nearly 10 million customers
  • How an engineering dominated corporation was taught to embrace a radical and innovative new approach to product development, branding and marketing

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Jim Wicks

Chief Designer

Vice President and Director,

Consumer Experience Design

Motorola, Inc.

Jim leads a staff of over 200 employees worldwide that reflects a mixture of right- and left-brain thinking, including sociologists, psychologists, musicologists, engineers, graphics designers and software and colors specialists.

Jim holds a BFA in industrial design from the University of Illinois and a graduate degree in design from Nihon University in Japan. Jim spent many years in Japan, first as a designer for GK Design associates and then with Sony Corporation. He later joined Sony's design group in the US with a focus on personal communications, computing and new audio products, culminating with his establishment of the Sony Innovation and Design Center in San Francisco.

After spending a year with Sapient Corporation as Director of Strategy for their San Francisco office, Jim joined Motorola in 2001 as Director of User Interface Design and Human Factors and served in this role until he was appointed to his current role in 2004.

Jim is the recipient of multiple global design awards and holds over 50 design and utility patents.

EVENT INFORMATION

When:

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2005• 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Registration and Cocktail Networking• 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Speaker Presentation and Q&A Session

Where:

  • Gardner Carton & Douglas, LLP, 191 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 3700, Chicago, IL 60606

Cost:

  • $20 if registering before 5:00 PM September 9, 2005; $25 at the door

Registration:

ABOUT THE MIT ENTERPRISE FORUM

The MIT Enterprise Forum is a non-profit volunteer organization that promotes world-class innovation and entrepreneurship through its executive education programs, workshops and events. The Forum offers provocative new ideas, business cases and professional networking opportunities to senior business leaders while showcasing MIT's contributions to innovation and entrepreneurship in communities around the world. The intent of the Forum is to serve as a focal point for senior business leaders to learn, exchange views, and accelerate their ability to market, acquire and manage technology-driven innovation.

Established in 1983, the Chicago chapter is part of a network of 23 chapters worldwide. articipation and membership is open to the general public.

For more information please visit us at: http://www.mitefchicago.org

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