Read the full text in Spanish here. Read the full text in Portuguese here. The next Innovation Leaders Birds of a Feather (BOF) event is coming soon in September. For the first time ever Brightidea and innovators from around the world are heading to Latin America for BOF LATAM 2012! There will be not only one, but two BOF events – September 4-5 in Santiago, Chile hosted by Empresa Nacional de Energia ENEX S.A. and September 11 in Campinas, Brazil hosted by CPFL Energia. This latest BOF is sure to bring together an exciting group of innovation experts and practitioners from LATAM, an area that has been gaining momentum with an unprecedented uptick in innovation programs emerging in top regional companies.
September 4-5 ENEX, a leading energy company born out of the Shell Group, will be hosting the first BOF LATAM at its headquarters in Santiago, Chile. Speakers will include Brightidea's CEO Matthew Greeley and Guillermo Beuchat, Senior Business Strategy and Innovation Consultant at Transforme Consultores. ENEX's BOF LATAM 2012 will start off with a pre-event where attendees will be going on a Chilean wine tour near Santiago to get a unique look at innovations at smaller, boutique vineyards. The main event will include insights and presentations from elite local innovation program managers including a talk from the government agency CORFO about how the Chilean government is sponsoring innovation.
September 11, innovation program managers from Brazil will come together at CPFL Energia, the largest private holding company in Brazil's electricity sector, headquarters in Campinas, Brazil. Sharing their best practices and speaking about their experiences in corporate innovation will be keynote speakers, Matthew Greeley, CEO at Brightidea, Cristiano Kruel, senior business strategy and innovation consultant at Simplez, Vinicius Teixeira, from CPFL Energia, Miguel Alacantara, CIO of CVC, and Ivan Goncalves, from Positivo, the largest computer manufacturer in Latin America.
Register today, spots are limited. Please note, while we try to accommodate all requests, Brightidea customers are given priority access to all BOF events. What's in store for you at BOF, check out the video of our last BOF hosted by Motorola Solutions!
The latest Birds of a Feather (BOF) Innovation Leaders event drew an impressive group of elite innovation practitioners to Motorola Solutions headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois. Attendees hailed from top global companies including Pepsico, Sara Lee, Humana, Whirlpool Corporation, Farm Credit Services of America and more. Each person gained invaluable insight through direct peer-to-peer discussions, informative presentations and breakout sessions all set within an exclusive setting that took attendees inside Motorola Solutions innovation center. As Paul Tran, Director of Business Development at Brightidea states people "shared success that could only be learned by real practitioners".
Besides an interactive tour of Motorola's Innovation Center, attendees were treated talks from renown practitioners Heidi Hattendorf, Director of Innovation Development at Motorola and Michele Egger, innovation Capability Operations, at Chevron as well as Jeffrey Phillips, author of "Relentless Innovation". The eventful day also included a screening of filmmaker, futurist, and 'epiphany addict' Jason Silva's short film "Imagination" and smaller breakout sessions where attendees were able to participate in more in-depth discussions that covered the how-to's for innovation programs, latest enhancements in ideation technology, best practices, and more.
On behalf of Brightidea, we would like to thank Motorola Solutions for generously hosting this year's BOF Americas Region. They are a valuable partner and contributor to making BOF a reality. Join other leading innovation practitioners online in the BOF community at http://bi.brightidea.com/bof. Don't forget to check out Facebook for even more exclusive photos and get involved with innovation discussions on LinkedIn.
Coming up… we are going south for BOF LATAM 2012!!!
EllisDon, one of the largest building contractors in Canada, was present with their Web Application Manager, Christine Zakrajsek, to discuss the company's innovation strategies. After her presentation we had a chance to catch up with Christine for a quick interview and when asked about how the company defines success, she responded, "We define success at EllisDon about engagement because we believe that engaged employees are happy employees and happy employees are successful business." Christine continued by saying, "once you get the sharing and the engagement, the innovation almost happens naturally, and once you have that natural organic innovation the ROI bubbles up."
Heidi Hattendorf, Director of Innovation Development at Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) came BOF event to discuss the company's recent use of Brightidea software and when asked in her interview about the challenges, she responded, "One of the things that we're looking at is, how do we provide the business context around some of the challenges, because you can ask people to innovate and create ideas, but we want them to have relevance, something that's going to be brought to market, something that's important to the company that we're going to invest in."
From protecting frontline soldiers to reaching the moon, Lockheed Martin has a 100-year track record of innovation. From the humble beginnings of founders Glen Martin, Allan Lockheed and Malcolm Lockheed, an unrelenting journey began to continuously push the boundaries of technologies that promise a better, brighter, and accelerated tomorrow.
Marking its 100th anniversary, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is launching its first public innovation challenge, Innovate the Future Challenge. As a top global security and aerospace company that employs 61,000 engineers, scientists, and IT professionals, Lockheed Martin understands that great ideas can come from anywhere. Realizing the importance of early creativity, Lockheed Martin encourages and supports the next generation of inventors, students, researchers, mathematicians, engineers, and scientists to participate in the challenge. In conjunction with the public-facing challenge, an internal challenge will allow Lockheed Martin employees to contribute ideas for ways the company can create profitable growth in adjacent markets and innovate for affordability. The Innovate the Future Challenge creates a unique opportunity for Lockheed Martin to pursue affordability and collaboration through a systematic innovation program that taps both internal and external resources.
Powered by Brightidea, the global forum will be open for ideas from the public starting August 6th and ending on September 30th, 2012. Participants will be able to submit their ideas under nine categories – health, safety, technology, environment, security, transportation, energy, education, and other. Lockheed Martin's review committee will judge and score the submitted ideas based on three main areas: impact, creativity, expression. Up to 5 ideas will be selected for cash rewards: the first place winner will receive a $25,000 award, the runner-up a $10,000 award, and three third place winners will receive $5,000 awards. That's not all. The grand prizewinner will also receive an incubation contract with Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute at the University of Maryland to help further develop the idea.
Brightidea enables the company to effectively tap inside and outside sources of expertise and create a dynamic collaborative environment where innovation can flourish. Our backend evaluation tools support advanced review and efficient processing of a high volume of ideas, creating streamlined evaluation processes through scorecarding, private evaluator collaboration rooms, and much more.
Join Lockheed Martin! Share your ideas. Encourage others. Above all else, recognize your potential to make an important contribution by submitting your ideas today!
With the Olympics kicking off this week, we at Brightidea are inspired by the people behind innovation at the companies we serve. In the spirit of the games this new blog series highlights innovation champions that are pioneering innovation processes at top global companies. The pathway to innovation success demands an innovation champion at the helm, running successful programs that meet organizational needs that shift and change over time. The innovation managers pour their sweat and knowledge into creating innovation processes, triumphing through the use of proper tools, expertise, and a lot of passion. They go the extra mile, bringing together dispersed groups and interests while pushing organizational boundaries. They take risks, and defy odds, to make innovation a reality.
Jumpstarting the nine exclusive one-on-one interviews of innovation champions is Regina Lowery, Assistant Director of IT at Principal Financial Group (NYSE: PFG). Using Brightidea's software, Principal has successfully integrated innovation into different business units within the company. At Principal one of the goals is to create a stronger innovation culture that recognizes a need for transparency around employee ideation. Generating solutions for process improvements, new products, and better services, innovation managers like Regina truly embody what it means to be an innovation champion.
The Birds of a Feather community connects like-minded innovation practitioners around the world. So don't wait any longer, join our social communities online and connect with Innovation Champions like Regina today.
Peter Neumann, Innovation Manager at Bosch, a leading power tool and accessories corporation based in Germany, talks with Brightidea about the open innovation. When asked how he defines success, Peter stated, "Well one way is we have an open innovation from one of our Dremel Link group members and we're going to release this product in about another month."
Bosch is clearly demonstrating the power of open innovation through implemented product ideas and increased customer collaboration where unmet needs and wants intuitively inform the product roadmap.
Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), a leading multinational information technology company, brought their IP and Innovation Strategist, Silvi Steigerwald, to BOF where she talked to Brightidea about the company's innovation portal The Garage. We had a chance chat with Silvi directly about how the company utilizes Brightidea and she said, "We also use it to recognize our inventors and idea submitters too. We try to highlight news, hot ideas, so more than just gathering ideas and collaboration we use it as a communication vehicle."
We are just like you, constantly striving to find ways to continuously innovate. And innovate smarter. Our goal is to provide companies with solutions that help them become better innovators. It's just what we do.
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