Brightidea, Inc. / CEO

Matthew Greeley

Matt Greeley co-founded Brightidea in 1999 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He previously consulted for Wrenchead.com, helping them raise over $100 million in venture funding from investors including CBS Corporation, Polaris Ventures, and Goldman Sachs. Before joining Wrenchead.com, Mr. Greeley co-founded Silicon Valley enterprise software provider Alyanza Software.

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“The Lean Startup” / Author & Entrepeneur

Eric Ries

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup, which has been translated into nearly thirty languages. He is the creator of the Lean Startup methodology, which has become a global movement in business, practiced by individuals and companies around the world.

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GE Additive / Engineering Leader

Josh Mook

As an engineering leader for GE Additive, Josh Mook is leading a team to accelerate additive adoption across GE and to provide engineering consulting outside of GE to facilitate customers on their own additive design and manufacturing journeys.

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Lockheed Martin / Corporate Innovation Manager

Ed Danis

With over 20 years of experience in the defense industry, Ed Danis has worked as a software and systems engineer on projects from satellites to submarines. He’s currently the Corporate Innovation Manager at Lockheed Martin, where he oversees the company’s portfolio of innovation projects and hosts events such as innovation challenges, workshops, and hackathons.

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U.S. Bank / Senior Vice President, Innovation Design

Stephanie Hammes-Betti

Stephanie Hammes-Betti is a senior vice president at U.S. Bank and leads the company’s innovation design team.

Innovation design is the practice of assessing the value of new ideas for organizations and their customers. At U.S. Bank, Hammes-Betti’s team is the front door to the innovation process, using insights from research, customers, employees and trends to steer idea development. The team also explores digital and social innovation for the bank and delivers enterprise-wide innovation education and training programs.

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U.S. Bank / Innovation Community Manager, Innovation Design

Russ Gowda

Rohith “Russ” Gowda joined US Bank in 2016, to be the Innovation Community manager. In his time at the bank Russ built the framework for a crowdsourcing and collaboration program, formed the relationships to create a thriving a community and launched the platform in January of 2017.

Prior to joining US Bank Russ was a part of the Innovation team for Target Corporation. Prior to which he graduated with a masters in Integrated Innovation for Products and Services from Carnegie Mellon.

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The Inevitable / Author

Kevin Kelly

Kelly is the founding executive editor at Wired magazine, former editor of the Whole Earth Review, founder of various visionary nonprofits and an esteemed writer. He’s admired for his acute perspectives on technology and its relevance to history, biology and society. His new book, The Inevitable, just published, explores 12 technological forces that will shape our future.

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BT / Head of BT New Ideas

Steve Healey

Steve Healey is the Head of the BT New Ideas Scheme within Research and Innovation at BT. The New Ideas Scheme is a dedicated innovation program which crowdsources thousands of creative ideas from BT’s 100,000+ employees worldwide. Under Steve’s leadership, BT has won numerous national awards recognizing the success of its innovation program.

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GE / Director, Open Innovation & Advanced Manufacturing

Dyan Finkhousen

Dyan leads the Open Innovation Center of Excellence, building crowd sourcing and collaborative business models to make innovation more accessible and redefine what’s possible. Dyan also collaborates closely with the GE Global Research Center, business verticals, and entrepreneurs to establish the company’s vision for and execution of advanced manufacturing business models.

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Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. / Open Innovation Manager

Mike Murray

Mike Murray leads open innovation at Stanley Black and Decker. Mike is responsible for scaling the global program amongst Stanley Black and Decker’s diverse business units as well as expanding it outside their walls to external partners. His team helps manage the innovation challenge process through deep understandings of business needs by partnering with their multiple innovation teams in order to identify unique problems. And by providing prototyping and data analytics expertise they are able to help drive more results with higher impacts directly to the bottom line.

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