Leveraging Innovation Globally II
The July Roundtable meeting will extend the discussion started at the May meeting aimed at investigating how organizations can become more effective at leveraging innovation globally. For our purposes, the terms mean the following:
- Innovation is the creation of value through the implementation of new knowledgeand ideas. It embraces idea conception, feasibility assessment, development, and introduction to use.
- Leveraging embraces engaging suppliers, customers, academic institutions and other potential partners into the innovation activity to enhance the effectiveness of the value creation process.
- Globally includes transferring an innovation from one organization or function to another, whether across the road or internationally.
Once again, people from two HSATM Partners will facilitate our discussion. Mike Zecca, one of three "Innovation Champions" at ARDEC, will discuss ARDEC's initiative at using social media applications to publicize their work -- to the extent it can be disseminated in public forums -- to get potential feedback on ideas. He will also discuss pilot use of a "crowd sourcing" tool among employees to help select the best projects for funding. Alcatel-Lucent will share details on how they are leveraging expertise from their organizations around the world as well as from external organizations, including competitors, on "Project Greentouch"mailto:, aimed at reducing power consumption in telecomm networks by several orders of magnitude.
The meeting will be hosted by ARDEC, Picatinny Arsenal, who is kindly providing a light networking lunch from 11:30-12:30. The Roundtable session will begin at 12:30 and will continue formally until 4:00 PM. If any participants are interested in continuing the discussion, there will be opportunity to extend it until 4:30.
ARDEC has graciously offered meeting attendees the opportunity to visit the Picatinny Arsenal Collaboration Innovation Laboratory (CIL). The CIL is a space to promote the development of new ideas. It supports collaboration among the many project groups at Picatinny, focusing on innovation and new technologies as a key to enabling the collaborative development of the best products for the Warfighter. The optional CIL visit will take place from 10:30-1130, preceding the Roundtable luncheon and meeting. The visit to this facility will provide an excellent preamble to our discussion on leveraging innovation. Because of security regulations at Picatinny Arsenal, we regret that only US citizens will be able to attend the tour and the Roundtable meeting.
Dress code is business casual. Please register with Sharen Glennon (201-216-5381 or Sharen.Glennon@stevens.edu), and let her know if you will be attending the tour and the luncheon. Please also let Sharen know your vehicle's make, model and license plate number so you can be pre-registered with Picatinny Security. If you are joining us for the tour, please plan to arrive at the Picatinny Visitor Control Building by 10:00 AM. If you will not take the tour but will join us for lunch, please arrive at the Visitor Control Building by 11:00. If you are not joining us for lunch, please plan on arriving at the Visitor Control Building by noon.