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Keynote Speakers

Steve Rader - NASA

Steve currently serves as the Deputy Director of NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI), which is working to infuse challenge and crowdsourcing innovation approaches at NASA and across the federal government. CoECI focuses on the study and use of curated, crowdsourcing communities that utilize prize and challenge-based methods to deliver innovative solutions for NASA and the US government. Steve has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Rice University and has worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center for 30 years. 

Keynote Presentation: Innovation and the Crowd

This speech will provide an overview of crowd-sourced “open innovation” methods that NASA and other organizations are using to stay relevant and competitive in a rapidly changing landscape.  It will explain how these new methods are effective and will include a number of examples where they have provided impressive value.  NASA has been working over the past 10 years to implement open innovation methods with both internal (employees) and external (public) crowdsourced challenges.  This speech will include lessons from this experience that includes executing over 400 challenges. Finally, it will provide a brief summary of the emerging trends around “open labor” (such as the freelancing and the gig economy) that are promising to change the very nature of work.


Steve Rader - NASA
Gavin McClafferty - Subsea 7 Limited
Gavin McClafferty - Subsea 7 Limited

Gavin McClafferty is an enthusiastic professional, with a record for delivering game changing solutions to business challenges. A 2013 MBA graduate with a research interest in agile ways of working. He works as the Open Innovation Lead for Subsea 7, running a first in industry programme focussed on searching for, acquiring and integrating technology into the organisation. He has worked for Subsea 7 since 2012.

Keynote Presentation: Game Changing Supply Chain Solutions

Unlocking the future explores a view beyond a traditional supply chain. It outlines some of the fundamentals required to accelerate and find game changing solutions, the difficulties which organisations may face and highlights some of the results which are possible.  

Tim Minshall

Tim is the inaugural Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation at the University of Cambridge, Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and Head of the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management (CTM). His research, teaching and engagement activities are focused on the links between manufacturing, innovation, and skills. Tim is a Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge, and a member of the board of directors for IfM Education and Consultancy Services Ltd and St John’s Innovation Centre Ltd. He is a member of the IET's Innovation and Emerging Technologies Policy Panel, and the UK Made Smarter Commission’s Expert Panel.

Keynote Presentation: Innovating across technology, management and policy boundaries

This is an extraordinary time for all those involved in innovation. Political and economic uncertainties coupled with ever more complex and fast-paced technical change present numerous challenges for organisations of all sizes and in all sectors. Many of these challenges can only be addressed through innovation across boundaries. This talk will explore why collaborative approaches to innovation are now so critical for us all, and how barriers to successfully managing collaborative approaches can be overcome. Case studies from the world of digital manufacturing and cyber-human systems will be used to show the critically of collaboration across technological, management and policy boundaries.

Tim Minshall
Riccardo Fini
Riccardo Fini

Riccardo Fini is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at the University of Bologna and a Fellow at Imperial College London. He also serves as Director of the Entrepreneurship Hub at Bologna Business School. He is a two-time recipient of the EU Marie Curie fellowship (IEF2010; CIG2012). His research interests include entrepreneurship, science commercialization and impact. His work is published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies and Research Policy. He's serving as Associate Editor for the Journal of Technology Transfer. His research was featured in Il Sole24Ore, Nature, Times Higher Education and The New York Times. 


Keynote Presentation: University Entrepreneurship and its Impact

Some of today's most influential inventions originated in university-labs. Yet, moving lab-based technologies to the marketplace is a bumpy, complex, and time-consuming process. In his talk, Dr. Fini will showcase how to effectively commercialize lab-based technologies, focusing on the determinants and impact of such a process. He’ll use research-based evidence from projects conducted in Italy, UK, and the USA, over the last ten years. He’ll first address the demographics and motivations of scientists who engage in commercialization activities. Then, he’ll discuss how organizational and institutional interventions may support or inhibit commercialization efforts. Finally, he’ll seize the impact of entrepreneurial activities at universities, for individuals and organizations who engage in it, as well as for public good and society at large.



Erkko Autio

Erkko Autio FBA is Chair in Technology Venturing at Imperial College Business School (previously at Aalto University; HEC Lausanne; CERN). He co-founded the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and the Global Entrepreneurship Index. His research focuses on digitalisation and entrepreneurial ecosystems, innovation ecosystems and business model innovation. He has been cited in some 400-500 news media globally. He has nearly 34 000 Google Scholar citations. His students have created several billion Euro in new market capitalization through new ventures. He has been recognised as one of the top 50 most impactful management scholars globally (graduation 1995 or later; Aguinis et al, 2012).

Erkko Autio

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