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Ignite 2018 is where the world’s innovation leaders meet to discuss the latest trends and strategies in innovation. Learn from and connect with over 200 innovative minds from the biggest brands in the world, and leave with actionable take-aways that will have immediate impact on your innovation program.
Why Spigit Ignite is different
Ignite brings together an unrivalled network of innovation practitioners and executives from around the world – all looking to share, collaborate and learn.
From battle-tested strategies for growth to real-world case studies, the practical advice at Ignite that can increase the value of your innovation program is unparalleled.
Ignite isn’t just a conference, it’s a 2-day experience that immerses you in the realm of innovation, giving you fresh perspectives and new ideas to drive business success.
"What’s exciting about this event is the captive audience of innovators in one room that are all working toward a common goal [of how] to scale their innovations faster."
Marcus Shingles is the Chief Executive Officer of The XPRIZE Foundation (www.XPRIZE.org), a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded by its Executive Chairman, Dr. Peter Diamandis. XPRIZE is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models that utilize the unique combination of gamification, crowd-sourcing, incentive prize theory, and exponential technologies to solve the world’s grandest challenges.
Marcus has over 20 years of experience, and prior to his most recent roles at XPRIZE and Deloitte, he was a successful entrepreneur founding a management consulting business working with Fortune 500 leadership teams on innovation, technology, and analytics initiatives. Earlier in his career he was the leader of the Consumer Products CRM consulting practice at Ernst & Young, and he started his career in industry at the Kellogg Company in Sales & Marketing, Global IT, and the Customer Strategy departments.
Damion Heredia is VP of Watson Strategic Partnerships at IBM Watson.
Damion Heredia is the Vice President of the “With Watson” business across IBM. He is responsible for strategic partnerships with ISVs (e.g. Slack, Twitter, Salesforce, etc) using Watson technology in their products and services to differentiate in the market.
Damion Heredia was previously head of Products & Design for IBM Bluemix, the world’s largest Cloud Foundry based platform-as- a-service. Damion also launched IBM’s MobileFirst software strategy and led the acquisition of Fiberlink MaaS360, the leading Mobile Device Management platform. Previous to IBM, Damion was VP of Product for Lombardi Software and Trilogy Software in Austin Texas. Damion holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
Futurist and innovation coach Robert B. Tucker has brought his practical and empowering message to thousands of audiences around the world. A former adjunct professor at UCLA, Robert is the author of seven books. His latest, Innovation is Everybody’s Business, focuses on how all of us can unleash the innovator’s mindset, toolset and skillset to meet the challenge of accelerating change. In addition to his live presentations, Tucker is a frequent contributor to publications such as Forbes, Strategy & Leadership, Journal of Business Strategy, and Innovation Excellence. He has appeared on Channel News Asia, PBS, Bloomberg, CBS News, and was featured on the recent CNBC series The Business of Innovation, hosted by Maria Bartiromo. A multi-year winner of the Top Five Speaker Hall of Fame, Tucker was recently awarded the prestigious Brand Personality Award by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation, for his contributions to the field of innovation.
Lale Kesebi is Chief Communications Officer & Head of Strategic Engagement at Li & Fung, a role she has held since 2014. She is responsible for the company’s brand and corporate foundation and oversees the workshop, Li & Fung’s newly formed open innovation unit. Lale joined Li & Fung in 2003, has worked in Asia since 1998 and began her career as a litigation lawyer in Canada.
Chuck Whitlock has more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry and currently serves as a senior vice president in Duke Energy’s Cincinnati office. Chuck has managed Duke Energy’s Midwest Electric Distribution business serving 1.6 Million customers; led its natural gas transmission and distribution systems serving 500,000 customers in Ohio and Kentucky; served as interim president of Duke Energy’s commercial businesses including Duke’s renewable and international investments; and served as president of the company’s competitive generation and marketing business. Chuck joined Duke Energy (then Cinergy Services) in May 2000 as a power trader after beginning his career at Arco Alaska Inc. where he worked in the finance organization, and later helped grow its natural gas business.
Christian Weh leads the Innovation Council for the Consumer SC Environment for Johnson & Johnson. He’s an organic chemist by training, who early on had a chance to engage in the Johnson & Johnson pharma development and innovation processes. After an MBA training and moving into Supply Chain and various procurement functions of increasing priority, Christian had the chance to work out of Switzerland, Singapore and Belgium. It is through these key development steps, that he has reached reached his position today.
John is a middle child, Frankenstein lives in his basement, he eats Reese cups by the bagful, and he likes to make stuff. Currently, John is a member of the Pfizer Worldwide Innovation team responsible for accelerating innovation in the everyday across the 96,000-person organization. He is trained as an innovation champion facilitating teams in solving large business problems using innovation and experimentation tools. He is also responsible for figuring out how to use technology to enable and empower innovation through the large, global enterprise. Before joining Pfizer, he led the deployment of large, enterprise software systems in the healthcare space. he also has worked in the finance and nonprofit sectors enabling those businesses through technology. He resides in Connecticut with his wife and 3-year old twins.
Julie serves as Director Innovation Support in the Southern Company Energy Innovation Center (SEIC). In that role Julie and her team support innovation activities across the enterprise by leveraging technology and platforms, engaging with the innovation ecosystems internally and externally, and identifying tools that can enhance innovation activities.
Jason Tilghman is Director of Innovation Programs at Fidelity Investments, a role he has held since 2015. He is responsible for engaging with associates at all levels to unlock insights that create business value. He conducts this work at scale, working with every business group at Fidelity, reaching over 26,000 associates each year. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and 3-year-old son.
"I’ve had tremendous conversations with some really smart, passionate folks. Getting me to think differently, expanding upon my ideas, and having these really great innovators build on those ideas."
Ignite 2018 is the premier event for companies looking to engage innovation practitioners and senior leaders from the global Fortune 500.
Gain brand exposure, demonstrate thought-leadership, and connect with the most innovative companies in the world with promotional branding, speaking opportunities, access to exclusive networking events, and more.
Ignite 2018 will return to historic Bently Reserve in San Francisco, the city’s old Federal Reserve Bank. As one of San Francisco’s greenest special events venues and cultural landmarks, the Bently Reserve is conveniently located in the heart of the Financial District, right amongst the buzz of the tech capital of the world.
301 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111