(PRWEB) February 26, 2015
Innovation is more urgent than ever. Radical business models are emerging from unexpected parts of the world and transforming global markets in industry after industry. From agriculture to manufacturing to health care, disruption is constantly underway.
As technology proliferates and environmental realities and socio-political trends shake the foundations of established business models, large-scale innovation is the key ingredient for CEOs to survive the next wave of mega-change.
This wave will wipe out many incumbents, but the dinosaurs that learn to dance will propel their industries forward. This requires more than just a Silicon Valley startup state of mind. It requires keen foresight, the ability to disrupt from within your organization and manage innovation via multiple channels. CEOs across industries must be prepared to quickly adapt their business-models to threats and opportunities that have not yet materialized.
The Economist Events’ annual Innovation Forum will make its debut in Chicago on March 26th to explore the necessity of innovation in established industries.
The conference, chaired by The Economist's China business and finance editor, Vijay Vaitheeswaran, will push the innovation challenge beyond Silicon Valley. Attendees will learn from real-world leaders at companies, including Google, GE, Honeywell and HP, who are driving profits and contributing to global economic growth.
"What makes this year's Forum so interesting is that we are bringing a diverse group of industry leaders at the forefront of innovation to a city that is an economic powerhouse--to discuss how disruption can drive profits and contribute to global economic growth," said Vijay Vaitheeswaran.
Event sessions include drivers of change, user-generated innovation, global innovation for local markets, lessons from health care and agribusiness and an Oxford-style debate on whether entrepreneurs are born or trained.
Some of the confirmed speakers include: Jordan Brandt, Technology futurist, Autodesk, Vivienne Goldstein, Director, innovation acceleration and co-founder, GE Fastworks, GE, David Cote, Chairman and chief executive, Honeywell, Margo Georgiadis, President, Americas, Google and Mehmood Khan, Chief scientific officer, global research and development, PepsiCo.
A full program can be found here: http://econ.st/17SAYKQ.
One Million Acts of Innovation is a supporting association of this event. Save $400 on standard rate tickets with our code: EMPMPONE. Register here.