2016 Strategic Innovation Symposium
The Intelligent Enterprise
September 27 - 28, 2016
Harvard University, Cambridge MA

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The Strategic Innovation Summit and Symposia series was convened to enable multi-disciplinary discussions of senior leaders on relevant topics of the year. Unlike conventional, discipline-specific conferences, where topical content is narrow and participants are generally from the same discipline, the Summits bring together people from many sectors. These include government, business, education,...
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About the Summit

The convergence of megatrends including the Internet of Things (IoT), mobility, and cloud computing have led to a new operational paradigm known as the Intelligent Enterprise. As physical assets are given a digital voice, the Intelligent Enterprise allows businesses to run operations more efficiently and make better decisions with improved real-time visibility. Achieving greater enterprise asset intelligence offers businesses a sense of what is happening in their operations, provides them with a way to quickly analyze the information and gives them a platform to act on it to reach higher levels of growth, productivity, and service.

In order to further examine the Intelligent Enterprise, the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), with support from Zebra Technologies, is convening the 2016 Strategic Innovation Symposium: The Intelligent Enterprise. At the Symposium, we will define what an Intelligent Enterprise is and explore best practice and opportunities for organizations of varying sizes and industries. We will take a deep dive into topics concerning infrastructure, management, IoT technologies, and enterprise asset intelligence. We will focus our learning, sharing and discussions around key questions, including:

  • What are the key aspects and best practices of an Intelligent Enterprise?
  • What resources are needed to seed and foster innovation in Intelligent Enterprise?
  • What factors impact the readiness of businesses to transform their organizations?
  • How can businesses leverage existing tech investments at the edge of their enterprise in converting the physical to digital?
  • What successes, key learnings, and challenges do businesses face in this space and how do they overcome them?
  • How can organizations become more intelligent regardless of their level of investment to date? And what can organizations do now to be future-ready?
  • What is the explicit value of becoming a more intelligent enterprise in terms of productivity and service?

Key learnings from the Symposium will be gathered into a Findings Report that will evaluate key questions raised during the proceedings and feature relevant insights and case studies. Participants will receive priority access to insights and content.

This invite-only Symposium will bring together today’s leading executives, experts, thought leaders, and policy makers to explore these important topics. Other applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis. As attendance is limited, we encourage you to apply soon. This event is complimentary, and there is no tuition fee to attend. However, travel and hotel expenses are the responsibility of individual participants.

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David Ricketts

Symposium Chair, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH)

Kevin Ashton

Co-Founder, Auto ID Center , MIT

Anders Gustafsson

Chief Executive Officer, Zebra Technologies

Tom Bianculli

Chief Technology Officer, Zebra Technologies

Scott Drobner

Senior Director, Business and Market Intelligence, Zebra Technologies

Yogesh Dhingra

CFO&COO, Blue Dart Express Limited

Colleen Hughes Driscoll

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Nigel Jacob

Co-Founder, New Urban Mechanics

Alison Jones

Senior Director of NAR Logistics, Whirlpool Corporation

Tim Kottak

Chief Technology Officer, GE Healthcare

Brent Lawton

Director, Media Strategy and Business Development, National Football League

Yuri Quintana

Director and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Global Health Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

Rich Rao

Global Head of Revenue, Google Apps

Paolo Santi

Research Scientist, MIT