6 May 2016 I Houston, Texas, USA I
Topic: Persistant Drones
Topic: Creative Destruction at Work
Topic: Failure in Pursuit of the Next Big Thing: Identifying the Better Next Thing
Topic: Brave Leadership
Topic: Technology and Innovation as the New Growth Barrel
Topic: Under the Hood: A practical look at driving earnings from innovation in the energy sector
Keynote Speaker: Vivek Wadhwa
Topic: Wiped Out: How old industries will be come toast - while new industries bring home the bacon
Vivek Wadhwa is a Fellow at the Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; and Faculty and Advisor at Singularity University. He is author of The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent, which was named by The Economist as a Book of the Year of 2012, and of Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology, which documents the struggles and triumphs of women.
Vivek Wadhwa researches exponentially-growing technologies that are soon going to change our world. These advances – in fields such as robotics, Artificial Intelligence, computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine, and nanomaterials – are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the grand challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health, and security. They will also disrupt industries and companies which can understand and lead the disruption will be tomorrow’s leaders.
In 2012, the U.S. Government awarded Wadhwa distinguished recognition as an “Outstanding American by Choice”, for his “commitment to this country and to the common civic values that unite us as Americans”. In September 2015, he was second on a list of “ten men worth emulating” in The Financial Times; in June 2013, he was on TIME magazine’s list of “Tech 40”, one of forty of the most influential minds in tech; and in 2012 he was named one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine.
Wadhwa lectures on subjects such as entrepreneurship and public policy; helps prepare students for the real world; and leads groundbreaking research projects. He is an advisor to several governments; mentors entrepreneurs; and is a regular columnist for The Washington Post, and a contributor to TechCrunch, LinkedIn Influencers blog, and the American Society of Engineering Education’s Prism magazine. Prior to joining academia in 2005, Wadhwa founded two software companies.
Co-Founder of iRobot and CEO of CyPhyWorks
In 1990, along with Rodney Brooks and Colin Angle, Greiner co-founded iRobot, a robotics company headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts, which delivers robots into the industrial, consumer and military markets. She co-designed the first version of the iRobot Roomba.
Ms. Greiner served as President of iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT) until 2004 and Chairman until 2008. During her tenure, iRobot released the Roomba, the PackBot and SUGV military robots. She built a culture of practical innovation and delivery that led to the deployment of 6,000 PackBots with the United States armed forces.
In addition, Ms. Greiner headed up iRobot’s financing projects, raising $35M in venture capital for a $75M initial public offering.
She has said she was inspired to work with robots by R2D2 in the original Star Wars. She has worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
Ms. Greiner is currently CEO of CyPhy Works, home to the Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) and Pocket Flyer multi-rotor drones. She also serves on Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF).
Vice President, Chief Technology and Marketing Officer
Derek Mathieson is Vice President, Chief Technology and Marketing Officer of Baker Hughes Incorporated. Before this appointment, he was Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. Mathieson’s previous positions at Baker Hughes include President, Western Hemisphere; President, Products and Technology; and Chief Technology and Marketing Officer. He joined Baker Hughes in 2008 from WellDynamics Incorporated, where he served as Chief Executive Officer. His oil and gas career also includes roles at Shell Exploration & Production and WoodGroup in the United Kingdom.
Mathieson earned a Ph.D. in micro electro-mechanical systems and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering from that institution. He is a chartered engineer with the United Kingdom Engineering Council, a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Principal – Innovation Impact, LLC
Ram Shenoy is a Principal at Innovation Impact LLC, working with venture capital firms on business, strategic and technological issues with startups and with corporate boards on enterprise risks and the impact of technology on business, strategic, policy and operations. Dr. Shenoy has 24 years of experience in the oil & gas industry having worked both on the oil & gas operator and the integrated oilfield services parts of the E&P value chain. He was previously Chief Technology Officer at ConocoPhillips, the largest independent E&P operator. Before that, he spent 20 years with Schlumberger in a variety of technical and management roles, his last role being Vice President of Research, responsible for all of Schlumberger corporate research activities.
Dr. Shenoy has given invited presentations on industry trends and technology innovation in a variety of industrial and academic settings. He currently sits on a number of advisory boards, including the Advisory Board to the US Secretary of Energy, as the sole representative of the oil & gas industry. He obtained a B. A. and M.A. in Electrical Sciences from the University of Cambridge UK, a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca NY, and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Consultant, Silicon Valley
Larry Tesler has done and led innovation in user-centered computing for over 50 years at places like Stanford, Xerox PARC, Apple (Chief Scientist), Amazon (VP of Shopping Experience) and Yahoo! (VP of User Experience and Design).
In 1990, he co-founded ARM, the microprocessor IP company, recruited its first CEO and served on its board for thirteen years.
Since 2010 he has been a consultant and advisor to companies in the energy, finance, archival storage, consumer electronics and health care industries.
In 2011, ACM SIGCHI gave him that year's Lifetime Practice Award for his contributions to the design and development of cut/copy-paste and other interaction techniques that have become standard in computing.
Author, Speaker, and Counsel at ExxonMobil
Gindi Eckel Vincent is an author, speaker, blogger, and Counsel at ExxonMobil Corporation. Gindi writes and speaks nationally on brave leadership. Her first book, Learning to Lead, released in 2013, and her second book on the life cycle of brave leadership is in progress.
In addition, Gindi has practiced law for almost 20 years, helping energy companies across the energy value chain solve complex legal challenges. Gindi has served in numerous leadership roles including President of the Women’s Energy Network, the executive committee of Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of the Texas Young Lawyers Association.
She has been recognized as one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women, one of Houston’s Top 25 Role Models, and Houston’s Outstanding Young Lawyer. Gindi and her husband Bray are the proud parents of six year old triplets.
Senior Director, Upstream
Judson Jacobs is a Senior Director with IHS Energy, leading its Upstream Technology practice. In this role he studies the tactical applications and strategic implications of oilfield and digital technologies across the E&P sector. His recent research themes include upstream R&D spending trends and shifting technology development focus areas, the increasing role of digital technologies in field development and production operations, and the role of regulation in driving upstream technology development.
Prior to joining IHS Energy, Mr. Jacobs was a management consultant with the Mitchell Madison Group, serving the energy sector. His oil and gas industry experience includes senior field and corporate engineering roles with Schlumberger, where he was responsible for spearheading the introduction of new technology into the Gulf Coast region. He also worked as an exploration geologist with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in its international division.
Mr. Jacobs holds a BSE degree in Civil Engineering & Operations Research from Princeton University and an MS degree in Geology from Stanford University.