Let’s uncover the next best thing together.

September 27th–28th, 2016
St. Louis Union Station

Innovation is happening all around us. We’re making it real and applicable to the business community.

The Innovation By Design Summit aspires to be nothing short of a transformative experience that fuels corporate innovation. We’re celebrating the intersection of innovation and behavioral design. Think, innovation…from a human-centered perspective.

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A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer.

The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.

In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.

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Steve Wozniak

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.

In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.

In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.

Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.

Wozniak is chief scientist at Primary Data and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality shows Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory. In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity,” and was inducted into the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame.

Wendy De La Rosa

Wendy De La Rosa is the Lead Behavioral Researcher for Irrational Labs. Founded by behavioral economist Dan Ariely, Irrational Labs is a nonprofit organization that applies behavioral economics findings to product, marketing, and organizational design problems.

She focuses on designing user and employee experiences using behavioral economic theories.

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Wendy De La Rosa

Wendy De La Rosa is the Lead Behavioral Researcher for Irrational Labs. Founded by behavioral economist Dan Ariely, Irrational Labs is a nonprofit organization that that applies behavioral economics findings to product, marketing, and organizational design problems. She focuses on designing user and employee experiences using behavioral economic theories.

She is also the co-founder of Common Cents, a research lab funded by the MetLife Foundation, focused on creating interventions to help middle Americans make better financial decisions.

Prior to joining Irrational Labs, Wendy was a researcher at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where she collaborated with Dr. Adam Grant on research and application projects related to organizational behavior, employee motivation and burn-out. She was also a private equity investor at Goldman Sachs and Centerbridge Partners.

Wendy’s interest in behavioral economics started during her time at The Wharton School where she received a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Management and Finance. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

In her spare time, Wendy leads two monthly behavioral economic reading and discussion series in New York City and San Francisco.

Nir Eyal

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.”

Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford.

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Nir Eyal

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.

In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today.

Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn), Happy Bits, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, and Symphony Commerce.

Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.

Jeremy Gutsche

Jeremy Gutsche is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning innovation expert, one of the most requested keynote speakers on the planet, and the founder of TrendHunter.com, the world's #1 most popular trend website, attracting over 2 BILLION views from 100,000,000 total visitors.

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Jeremy Gutsche

Jeremy Gutsche is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning innovation expert, one of the most requested keynote speakers on the planet, and the founder of TrendHunter.com, the world's #1 most popular trend website, attracting over 2 BILLION views from 100,000,000 total visitors. Prior to Trend Hunter, Jeremy grew a $1 billion portfolio for a bank and today, over 300 brands, billionaires and CEOs rely on his unique expertise to FIND BETTER IDEAS FASTER.

Before his dot-com success, Jeremy studied innovation at Stanford, completed an MBA from Queen's University, became a Chartered Financial Analyst, and graduated as a Chancellor Scholar from The University of Calgary, where he was later awarded Graduate of the Decade. He is routinely sourced by the media, from The Economist to CNN and Entertainment Tonight to The New York Times.

He has been described as "a new breed of trend spotter" by The Guardian, "an eagle eye" by Global TV, an "Oracle" by the Globe and Mail, an "intellectual can of Red Bull" by Association Week and "on the forefront of cool" by MTV.

This isn’t your typical innovation conference.
Join the movement.

Be Inspired

Listen and collaborate with world-renowned speakers and doers.

Get Connected

Gather with event attendees and experts for spontaneous one-on-one meet-ups based on similar interests through peer to peer Brain Dating Lounges.

Get Immersed

Participate in Innovation Safaris — experiential opportunities to see what others are doing to innovate.

Discover Insights

Tackle challenges using a proven formula through Innovation Labs.

Get “Tip-sy”

Sip on molecular cocktails while networking and sharing innovative tips and tricks at the Creative Sparks Happy Hour.

Catalyze Change

Work with other corporate innovators on a Design Challenge specific to the St. Louis community to accelerate positive change.

Get inspired by thought leaders in the field of innovation, design thinking, customer experience and human behavior. Be encouraged to take action.

Industry Talks

The Power of “The Many”

The world has never been smaller and its inhabitants more connected. Technology empowers us to transform industries and solve social problems. Let’s discuss the science & art of crowdsourcing innovation.

A Reimagined Future

What does our future hold? Trending data provides clues about which industries will dominate the economic landscape, and the mid and long-term health of our global economy. Hear it from the experts.

Creative Reaction Lab

Our social hackathon partner Creative Reaction Lab uses design thinking and creative problem solving to address complex community issues. Spurred by the unrest in Ferguson, these guys are taking action.

Cultivating Innovation Cultures

Is innovation a priority within your organization’s culture? Learn how to cultivate a system that inspires the next big idea.

Generational Trends

What does it take to drive innovation among millennials? Does it differ for other generations? Research on generational preferences helps us optimize leadership practices that spur innovation for every age.

10X Recruiting

Looking to discover new talent using the latest trends? In this session, we will showcase how utilizing innovative recruitment will target top talent in your industry.

Education Mind Shift

Interested in rethinking old mindsets for better learning? Through exploration of current trends and insights, attendees can expect to alter perception in the realm of education.

Innovation Labs – Metrics Discussion

How do you measure the output of your organization’s innovation program? Untangle metrics by analysis of insights compiled by a leader in the space.

Innovation Change Management

Shifting gears? Implementing change in the workplace requires thoughtful planning and execution. In this session, examine innovative change management strategies that enable smooth transitions for all.

Partnering with Academia to Power Corporate Innovation Programs

Does your company have a robust innovation strategy? In this session, explore how corporations can develop relationships with top universities to fuel internal plans.

Fueling Grassroots Innovation

Are you interested in scaling a local project? Attend this session to discover how to maximize and elevate community-led sustainability initiatives.

Building a Future Safe for Design Thinking

Design thinking is gaining traction in the marketplace, as it applies to innovating goods and services. How can we use this important tool to create value for humans and for the earth on which we live?

Approaches to Human-Centered Insights that Fuel Innovation

Design thinking based on a deep understanding of humans can spur innovation within an organization and beyond.

Incentives and the Power of Human Motivation

People are motivated based on a variety of triggers and circumstances. Discover the emotional and rational drivers of human motivation and how implementing an incentive strategy can make all the difference.

Accelerating New Business

Are you starting a business from the ground up? Or, are you an entrepreneur at heart? Learn what it takes to develop a business model, build a strong team, seek funding and rebound from fail fast attempts.

The Power of White Space

Looking to be more productive, more creative and less stressed? White space is the answer! Discover how organizations are tapping into this powerful exercise to reach greater levels of business success.

Creative Process Game Storming

"Gamestorming" injects fun and originality into the brainstorming and strategic planning process. Explore new pathways to creativity and generate people-centered insights and results.

Story Telling – Putting Words Into Actions

Stories are essential drivers of change. More memorable than simple facts and figures, stories harness empathy and curiosity to create action. Learn how to elevate your communications through stories.

Business Model – Lean Canvas

Become “fast and lean” by examining the basics of hyper-efficient business planning. Design core offerings, customer segments, and success metrics using Lean Canvas tool best practices.

Fundraising

Develop strong crowd sourcing and crowd funding strategies to take your idea from concept to investment. Explore tools that amplify the simplicity, credibility and appeal of your fundraising efforts.

Learning How Corporations Can Plug Into Innovation Districts

“Corporate vs Start-Up” is a common narrative, but the two are not at war. Learn how corporations are tapping local innovation districts to spur long-term growth for all involved.

Google Sprints – Rapid Prototyping

Design sprints consist of structured brainstorms based on design thinking and agile development. Join experts in the space as they showcase ways to prototype like a pro!

Behavioral Design Thinking – Case Studies

Small groups will evaluate various cultural scenarios and review options for strengthening leadership behavior to achieve design thinking outcomes.

Empathy Mapping

Empathy mapping is revolutionizing the way we interact with people important to our business and our lives. Learn the art of empathy mapping and walk away with the tools to train others in your organization.

Customer Journey Mapping

Understanding your customer’s journey before, during and after they experience your brand is vital to maintaining a valuable relationship. Discover these key touchpoints using journey mapping.

Concept Clustering

Looking to innovate by brainstorming new ideas? This is the workshop for you! Concept clustering exercises enable you to combine multiple ideas into one, innovative idea.

Design Lab Experience

Design Labs are a proven technique to generate creativity and collaboration. This energetic, engaging experience will provide you with a framework for guiding others using design thinking practices.

Corporate Ventures

Venture Capitalists will discuss best practices for new funds creation, corporate oversight, identifying target investment characteristics, and approaches to equity structuring and portfolio strategy.

Working with Startups and Accelerators

Join us as our panel of entrepreneurial experts share best practices within the startup and accelerator ecosystem, including how to optimize fundraising, messaging, and partnering with corporations.

An Elegantly Simple Method to Improve Your Observational Skills

We all want to become expert observers of our customers, their behavior, and their interaction with our offerings. In this session, we’ll learn a new tool to become more “visually intelligent.”

Design Thinking at Work

Discover how several different organizations implement design thinking methods and probe the panel to help you uncover the best design thinking path for you and/or your organization.

The Power of Start-Up & Corporate Partnership

Join several up-and-coming start-ups that have accelerated their businesses in St. Louis with the mentorship and guidance of corporations.

 

Roll up your sleeves and get immersed in experiences that will teach you new skills that can be applied to your own real-world situations.

Workshops

Hear from a diverse set of thought leaders in the fields of innovation and design, and get answers to your most burning questions.         

Panels

Join us this September in St. Louis,
a growing hub for innovation.

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Let’s uncover the next best thing.

The Innovation By Design Summit aspires to be nothing short of a transformative experience that fuels corporate innovation. We’re celebrating the intersection of innovation and behavioral design. Think, innovation…from a human-centered perspective.

Register Now

September 27th–28th, 2016
St. Louis Union Station

Steve Wozniak

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer.

Read more >

Wendy De La Rosa

Wendy De La Rosa i​s the Lead Behavioral Researcher for Irrational Labs. Founded by behavioral economist Dan Ariely, Irrational Labs is a nonprofit organization that applies behavioral economics findings to product, marketing, and organizational design problems. She focuses on designing user and employee experiences using behavioral economic theories.

Read more >

Nir Eyal

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford.

Read more >

Jeremy Gutsche

Jeremy Gutsche is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning innovation expert, one of the most requested keynote speakers on the planet, and the founder of TrendHunter.com, the world's #1 most popular trend website, attracting over 2 BILLION views from 100,000,000 total visitors.

Read more >

This isn’t your typical
innovation conference.
Join the movement.

Register Now

Be Inspired

Listen and collaborate with world-renowned speakers and doers.

Get Connected

Gather with event attendees and experts for spontaneous one-on-one meet-ups based on similar interests through peer to peer Brain Dating Lounges.

Get Immersed

Participate in Innovation Safaris — experiential opportunities to see what others are doing to innovate.

Discover Insights

Tackle challenges using a proven formula through Innovation Labs.

Get “Tip-sy”

Sip on molecular cocktails while networking and sharing innovative tips and tricks at the Creative Sparks Happy Hour.

Catalyze Change

Work with other corporate innovators on a Design Challenge specific to the St. Louis community to accelerate positive change.

Industry Talks

Get inspired by thought leaders in the field of innovation, design thinking, customer experience and human behavior. Be encouraged to take action.

Workshops

Roll up your sleeves and get immersed in experiences that will teach you new skills that can be applied to your own real-world situations.

Panels

Hear from a diverse set of thought leaders in the fields of innovation and design, and get answers to your most burning questions.

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Join us this September in
St. Louis, a growing hub
for innovation.

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