What worked yesterday is obsolete tomorrow.

This year is for those willing to anticipate and those willing to back them.

Thurs May 28, 2015

The largest annual all-day gathering of tech decision makers. It’s about creating market expectations and establishing Waterloo Region as the best place on the planet for tech companies to start, grow and succeed.

A focus on visioneering

Tech and society change quickly. The best business ideas can be outdated in months. To stay on top today it takes visioneering: the process of building a dream into a workable application.

Waterloo Region

Because it just wouldn’t make sense to hold it anywhere else. Gain insights from renowned keynotes and take part in sessions led by industry experts. And best of all, connect with friends. All events will be held at Bingemans

EddieObengSpeakers

Eddie Obeng

Educator, speaker,
author and visionary
Keynote

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SusanCain

Susan Cain

Co-founder of Quiet Revolution and author
Keynote

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AriHorieSpeakers

Ari Horie

Founder CEO of
Women’s Startup Lab
Session

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Giff Constable

CEO, Neo
Session

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DavidSchonthalSpeakers

David Schonthal

Prof. of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Kellogg School of Management
Session

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matt

Matt Scobel

Manager, Canon Innovation Lab
T-Minus 5

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loren

Loren Padelford

Chief Sales Scientist, Shopify
T-Minus 5

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James Slifierz

Co-Founder SkyWatch
T-Minus 5

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Keynotes and Sessions

Susan Cain

Keynote Speaker

Susan Cain is the co-founder of Quiet Revolution LLC and the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller QUIET: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has been translated into thirty-six languages, has appeared on many “Best of” lists, and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine, which also named Cain one of its Most Creative People in Business. Cain’s book was the subject of a TIME Magazine cover story, and her writing has appeared in the The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.

Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed over 10 million times, and was named by Bill Gates one of his all-time favorite talks. Cain has also spoken at Microsoft, Google, the U.S. Treasury, the S.E.C., Harvard, Yale, West Point and the US Naval Academy. She received Harvard Law School’s Celebration Award for Thought Leadership, the Toastmasters International Golden Gavel Award for Communication and Leadership, and was named one of the world’s top 50 Leadership and Management Experts by Inc. Magazine. She is an honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. In 2014, Cain partnered with office design company Steelcase to create Susan Cain Quiet Spaces, with a range of architecture, furniture, materials and technology to empower introverts at work. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons.

Eddie Obeng

Keynote Speaker

About Eddie: Eddie is an educator, global TED speaker, author and visionary

Eddie's the person behind the innovation bursts at Allianz Cornhill, Danone, Rank, Cadburys; the delivery of successful innovation projects at IDEO, Telefonica, JPMorgan, GlaxoSmithKline, Cazanove, Electronic Arts; the successful deployment of technology at Citigroup; inspiring change and leadership in HSBC, Co-op; the turn-around of Rolls Royce Motor cars & Magnet; and much more...

What do people think of Eddie:
A ‘leading revolutionary’ - Financial Times
Energetic and impassioned - Google
An agent provocateur - Financial Times
The remarkable Eddie Obeng - TED
Eddie is fab! - IDEO
The Rockstar of Business Education - Duke
High energy, inspiring, thought-provoking, highly effective - Microsoft
Videos Books
  • New Rules for the New World
  • Putting Strategy to Work
  • Never Re-organise again
  • Making re-engineering Happen
  • Money Making Machine
   

Giff Constable

Session speaker

Innovation Studio: A New Method for Disruptive Innovation. R&D labs. Incubators. Crowdsourcing. Startup partnerships.  Large companies have tried many different attempts to spur innovation inside their companies, with a fairly dismal track record.  In this talk, Giff Constable will present a new approach to embracing disruptive innovation. The Innovation Studio builds on lessons from the startup ecosystem and Neo's direct experience working with large companies.  Giff will walk through specifics on structure, team, hiring, governance, metrics, incentives, and more.

Ari Horie

Session Speaker

Impact. Be inspired from seeing how a non-traditional approach to change can make a big impact. Taking action leads to possibilities, even when a step seems insignificant and a new future looks beyond reach.  Join Ari Horie, to experience how a few small acts in her life lead to what is now possible for Women’s Startup Lab. The journey to build a new business, for an entrepreneur or intrapreneur, is full of uncertainty, challenges, surprises and joy. The drive and persistence shown by entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs comes from inspiration. Inspired and passionate to make a difference, entrepreneurial people strive to bring change, have an impact. Doing the extra to go beyond ordinary. Ari Horie, Founder and CEO of Women’s Startup Lab, shares key moments in her life underpinning the creation of this company. Participate in her personal journey as an entrepreneur as she builds a company designed to grow more successful female entrepreneurs and bring an intraperneurial culture to existing companies. Within a unique community, based on the concept of “Hito” (人), founders develop a network of powerful support. Giving back, sometimes in the smallest of ways, can make a huge difference. A startup founder and their ideas are inseparable, so strong and effective skills in startup development and founder/leader competencies combine to grow a business and drive to success.

David Schonthal

Session Speaker

Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that integrates the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success. Global design and innovation consultancy IDEO applies design thinking to transform the way organizations develop products, services, processes, and strategies for industries ranging from hospitality to education to food and beverage. In this session, David Schonthal (professor at Kellogg School of Managment, business designer at IDEO, and co-founder of health-tech incubator MATTER) will discuss how a human-centered approach, combined with technology, might transform the future of healthcare. By now, it's a foregone conclusion that technology has the capacity to improve healthcare's efficiency and effectiveness. We can point to countless examples where technology has helped us treat diseases, improve outcomes, and reduce costs. While technology's contribution to healthcare is undeniable, a focus on outcomes often comes at the expense of the user experience. In our efforts to improve “health”, we too frequently forget to improve “care.” Schonthal will explore how we might harness the power of technology—and technologists—to design healthcare's future in a way that's not only results-driven but ­­­human-centered.

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Killer keynotes. Valuable sessions. Time to chat.

Here's a peek at what the day will look like. Agenda is subject to change and update, of course.

Sign-in, breakfast and networking

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM


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Welcome

09:00 AM - 09:15 AM


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T-minus 5 – James Slifierz, SkyWatch

09:15 AM - 09:20 AM


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Keynote – Susan Cain

09:20 AM - 10:20 AM


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Networking, coffee, expo

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM


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Key learning sessions

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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Lunch

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM


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Morning recap

01:00 PM - 01:05 PM


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T-minus 5 – Loren Padelford, Shopify

01:05 PM - 01:10 PM


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Michele Romanow

Keynote – Michele Romanow

01:10 PM - 02:00 PM


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Networking, coffee, expo

02:00 PM - 02:30 PM


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Matt Scobel

Canon

T-minus 5 – Matt Scobel, Canon

02:30 PM - 02:35 PM


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Eddie Obeng

Keynote – Eddie Obeng

02:35 PM - 03:35 PM


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Closing remarks

03:35 PM - 03:45 PM


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Reception, networking, expo

03:45 PM - 04:45 PM


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