Provocative Content, Straight Answers, and Exceptional Networking: NineSigma Takes its Open Innovation Conference to the Next Level

April 26-27 Innovation Leadership Summit in Atlanta Exposes New Strategies to Keep Companies on the Leading Edge

Mar 03, 2016, 10:05 ET from NineSigma

CLEVELAND, March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Open innovation (OI) is all about "tapping the global brain" to advance breakthroughs and keep companies on the leading edge. But ironically, today's OI executives have had few opportunities for quick, frank, and proven guidance from their professional peers from the outside world—until now.

NineSigma—the company that helped invent OI—is diving deeper into topics that are integral to the design and execution of OI programs. From April 26-27, 2016 in Atlanta, the firm will host its Innovation Leadership Summit 2016—a chance for OI champions to talk openly about their successes, struggles, and the strategies that keep their organizations ahead of their industries.

The Atlanta event, "Open Innovation Exposed," will feature speakers from Lockheed Martin, BP, J.M. Smucker Company, Pfizer, Sealed Air, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, and many others from the public and private sectors. Through provocative topics and panel discussions, they'll tackle tough questions while shedding light on the latest OI approaches. Among topics:

  • A behind-the-scenes look at prize-based innovation challenges; "ah-ha" moments, lessons learned and buy-in needed to make these initiatives soar. 
  • Setting the "Ground Rules" to a successful Solution Provider and Solution Seeker relationship—the fundamentals of how to navigate this relationship to achieve success for both parties.
  • Is OI 'Open' enough? How can organizations establish internal alignment and build the right processes to propel OI forward?
  • The Internet of Things: Exposing the need and possible solutions for this hot topic through OI.

"Today's OI executives are under pressure to deliver business value--fast. They need straight answers from peers about what it takes to implement a new strategy, when to fail an OI initiative, and how to 'rewire' their organizations to take advantage of new opportunities. This conference will provide them with actionable information and a strong network to leverage for continuous learning and support," said Dr. Andy Zynga, CEO, NineSigma.

During a pre-conference workshop, NineSigma will also launch a new approach to accelerate the benefits of OI—Open Design Thinking™. This blends the best of OI and Design Thinking to help companies speed time-to-market with products that delight the customer.

Innovation executives are encouraged to take advantage of discounted pricing through March 15, 2016. For more information, please go to www.ninesigma.com/OpenInnovationExposed

About NineSigma

NineSigma connects organizations with external innovation resources to accelerate innovation in private, public and social sectors. NineSigma has the largest open global network of solution providers and an extensive database of existing solutions spanning numerous industries and technical disciplines. In 2015, the company was again named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. Learn more at www.ninesigma.com or www.ninesights.com.

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