CRI Founding Director Tracey Dodenhoff, presented a session titled ‘University 2.0: New Models for Partnering with Research Communities to Super-Charge your Innovation Ecosystem’. The talk centered around moving beyond traditional approaches to academic/industry partnering, and highlighted the innovative models Northeastern is using to cultivate high impact relationships with industry.
The conference also featured several interesting keynotes and panels, where companies shared their insights on open innovation, and how organizations can best position themselves for sustained success. Speakers included Greg Brandeau, the former SVP of Technology for Pixar, Taylor Conroy, CEO of ChangeHeroes.com, Frank Stephenson, Chief Design officer at McLaren Automotive, and Christian Gansch, Grammy Winner and World-Renowned Conductor. Each of these leaders in fields ranging from movies, to cars, to humanitarian efforts, and music, described how true innovation and a willingness to think “outside the box” can create lasting and impactful change.