Meet the Innovators Forum & Innovators' Showcase


The 2018 Meet the Innovators Forum was held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

9:30 am
Registration Opens

Registration for the Meet the Innovators Forum will begin at 9:30am in the lobby of Spring Studios. Attire: Business casual.

10:00 a.m.
Innovators' Showcase Opens
10:00–10:15 a.m.
Welcome/Opening Remarks
  • Clinton Robinson, Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch; Edison Awards Steering Committee Member
  • Rajiv Satyal – PROGRAM FACILITATOR
10:15–10:30 a.m.
Renewable Offshore Energy
  • Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
10:30–10:45 a.m.
Bridging Past and Future Innovation
  • Erik Lindbergh, President, VerdeGo Aero
10:45–11:15 a.m.
“Challenges of Material Science Innovation ” —PANEL DISCUSSION
  • Mark Jones, Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow, Dow Chemical Company
  • Shravan Bharadwaj, Manager, New Enclosure Technologies, Apple Inc.
11:15 a.m–11:45 a.m.
“Building an Innovation Ecosystem” —FIRESIDE CHAT
  • Mike Docherty, Managing Partner, NextBig Inc. and author, Collective Disruption
  • Dr. Christine Gulbranson, Senior Vice President, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the University of California System
11:45 a.m–noon
“A Surgeon’s Journey From Idea to Invention”
  • Dr. Jan Akervall, Founder and President, Akervall Technologies Inc.
Noon–1:00 p.m.
LUNCH
1:00–1:30 p.m.
“Leveraging Intellectual Property”
  • Jim Behmke, Partner and Chair of the IP and Patent Group of PIB Law
  • Robbie Cabral, CEO, Benjilock
1:30–2:00 p.m.
“Future of the Factory” —PANEL DISCUSSION
  • Jonah Myerberg, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder, Desktop Metal
  • Don T. Jones, General Manager of Global Parts Strategy and Transformation, Caterpillar
2:00–2:15 p.m.
“Therapeutic Reprogramming of Tissue in the Live Body: A Non-Viral Non-Invasive Subsecond Procedure”
  • Dr. Chandan Sen, Director, OSU Center for Regenerative Medicine & Cell-Based Therapies
2:15–3:00 p.m.
“Space: The New Economy”
  • Todd May, Director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
  • David Hurst, Founder and CEO, Orbital Transports
3:00–3:45 p.m.
Visions of the Future: Innovating with Purpose
  • Rick Ambrose, Executive Vice President, Space, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Dale Bennett, Executive Vice President, Rotary and Mission Systems Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Marillyn A. Hewson, Chairman, President, and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Jeff Wilcox, Vice President, Digital Transformation, Lockheed Martin Corporation
3:45 p.m.
Wrap-Up/Adjournment

Edison Awards Gala


6:00 - 6:45 pm
Cocktail Reception
6:45 - 9:45 pm
Dinner And Awards Presentation
10:00 pm
After Party