Where innovation leaders meet
San Francisco | May 1 & 2, 2018

Additional Speakers: Southern Company, Duke Energy, and Ameren!
Keynote Speaker: Marcus Shingles, Former-CEO, XPRIZE
Join Fortune 500 executives and innovation leaders that want to transform business as usual

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.

The Ignite Difference

Why Spigit Ignite is different

The community

Ignite brings together an unrivalled network of innovation practitioners and executives from around the world – all looking to share, collaborate and learn.

The insights

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.

The experience

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."

Damion Heredia
VP of Watson Strategic Partnerships, IBM
When you attend Spigit Ignite, you’re in good company:
The brightest minds in innovation on stage at Spigit Ignite
2018 keynote speaker
Keynote Speaker
Marcus Shingles, XPRIZE
Marcus Shingles, Former-CEO, XPrize Foundation

Marcus Shingles was 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.

Scott Raskin
CEO, Spigit
Geoff Tuff
Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Mohan Nair
Senior VP and Chief Innovation Officer, Cambia Health Solutions
Katherine Manuel
SVP of Innovation, Thomson Reuters
Jeff George
VP of Research & Development, Americas, Campbell Soup Company
Chris Morris
Chief Innovation Officer, Herbalife
Rebecca Cameron
Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Nasdaq
Curtis Kopf
Senior Vice President, Customer & Digital Experience, Premera Blue Cross
Torben Nielsen, Premera Blue Cross
Torben Nielsen
Vice President, Innovation & Strategic Investments, Premera Blue Cross
Sarah Hickman Auger
Former Director Library Product Strategy, Innovative Interfaces
Yi Hoo Ong
Vice President, Li & Fung
Shawn Herrera, Pepperdine University
Shawn Herrera
Director of Corporate Partnerships, Pepperdine University
Gareth Bradley
VP of Product Management, Spigit
Linda Lavelle
Linda Lavelle
Director, Knowledge Management, Johnson & Johnson
Wayne Bush
Wayne Bush
Director - HR Business Partners & HR Operations, NuSkin
Patricia Forts
Deputy Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Claire Kingston
Claire Kingston
Director of Platform Innovation and Design, Bioresearch Quality and Compliance, Johnson & Johnson
Katherine Curtin
Katherine Curtin
Associate Director - Strategy & Innovation, Moody's Analytics
John Klick
Senior Manager, Worldwide Innovation, Pfizer
Jesse Arundell
Senior Open Innovation Consultant, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Julie Pigott
Director Innovation Support, Southern Company
Joe Tannery
Energy Technology Advisor, Dominion Energy
Christian Weh
Sr. Director Global MAKE, Johnson & Johnson
Don Morrison
Executive Vice President, Spigit
Erica Church
Improvement Specialist – Corrections & Policing, Government of Saskatchewan
Mike Walker, Raytheon
Mike Walker
Innovation Center Lead, Raytheon
Jonathan Wylie
VP of Product, GLIDR
Edwin Martinez
Edwin Martinez
Innovation Manager, adidas
Eli Gerson
Eli Gerson
Innovation Business Analyst, Ameren
Paul Lesner
Director, Cross Function Analytics and Grid Analytics, Duke Energy
Clinton Bonner
Clinton Bonner
Director, Customer Innovation, Topcoder

"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."

John Klick Jr
Senior Manager - Worldwide Innovation, Pfizer
DAY 1: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
8:00am — 12:00pm
Innovation Strategy Workshops (Optional)
Customers only, with limited seats - additional registration required.
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12:00pm — 1:30pm
General Registration and Lunch
1:30pm — 1:40pm
Welcome to Ignite
Scott Raskin, Spigit
1:40pm — 2:05pm
Perspective Shift - the Pace of Innovation
Marcus Shingles, former-CEO, XPrize
2:15pm — 2:40pm
The Innovation Report Card
Don Morrison, EVP, Spigit
2:45pm — 3:10pm
Beyond Ideation: Bringing innovative ideas to life with Speed, Visibility and Passion
Linda Lavelle, Director, Knowledge Management, Johnson & Johnson
3:10pm — 3:30pm
Afternoon Break
3:30pm — 4:00pm
Breakout Sessions
Track 1: Turning Ideation into a Key Business Discipline for Growth

Wayne Bush, Nu Skin

How do you build a culture of innovation in a way that transforms the way people work and becomes the key business lever in the company’s growth strategy? In this session, learn from Wayne Bush, Global Director of HR at Nu Skin International, the blueprint to leveraging ideation and innovation to impact your business and culture.

Track 2: How to Ideate Effectively Across Brands with Distinct Cultures

Julie Pigott, Southern Company

In this session, Southern Company’s Julie Pigott will share the evolution of the energy company’s thriving innovation program. She’ll explain the importance of having an execution plan that enables employee innovation and delivers measurable business value – from the incremental to the transformative. Pigott will provide insights on how Southern Company engages employees across a dozen subsidiaries – each with its own priorities and strong brand identity – located in 18 states.

Panel: Getting your Innovation Program Off the Ground

adidas, Dominion Energy, Premera Blue Cross

4:05pm — 4:15pm
Accelerating Innovation through Smart Crowds
Clinton Bonner, Director, Customer Innovation Topcoder
4:20pm — 4:45pm
Culture Change: the Ideation Playbook for Radical Transformation
Rebecca Cameron, VP Corporate Strategy, Nasdaq
4:50pm — 5:30pm
Strategic Alignment: Connecting Your Innovation Program to Company Goals followed by Fireside Chat
Jeff George, VP of Research & Development, Campbell Soup Company
5:35pm — 5:40pm
Day One Closing Remarks
5:40pm — 7:30pm
Evening Networking & Cocktail Reception at The Bently Reserve
DAY 2: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
7:30am — 8:30am
8:30am — 8:40am
Day 2 Kick-Off
Spigit MC
8:40am — 9:05am
Getting Practical About Innovation in a Digital Age
Geoff Tuff, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
9:10am — 9:55am
Executive Panel Session
Nasdaq, Herbalife, Campbell Soup Company
Moderation by Innovation Leader
10:00am — 10:30am
Breakout Sessions
Track 1: Spigit Product Vision

Gareth Bradley, Spigit

Track 2: Customer Case Study Presentation

Jesse Arundell, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Track 3: Customer Case Study Presentation

Mike Walker, Raytheon

10:30am — 10:50am
Morning Break
10:50am — 11:35am
Industry Roundtable Discussions
11:45am — 12:15pm
Breakout Sessions
Track 1: Spigit Product Vision

Gareth Bradley, Spigit

Track 2: Unlikely Innovators

Christian Weh and Claire Kingston, Johnson & Johnson

Innovation helps undoubtedly to increase value for consumers, companies & shareholders. Frequently crowdsourcing is heralded as a potential driver to uncover these innovations. The Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain crowdsourcing journey presentation is a summary of the results from Quality & Manufacturing, two of the less likely functions finding themselves at the forefront. The presentation will capture a two year journey and be densely packed with data, real life learnings and conclusions.

Track 3: Springboard for Innovation

Patricia Forts, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Driving innovation and culture change in a conservative organization brings about certain challenges that one must navigate to see new initiatives come to fruition and thrive. In this session, Patricia Forts shares how ideation became a key pillar for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s business despite having to operate in a highly regulated industry, and how her team engaged employees to generate widespread enthusiasm for collaborative innovation.

12:15pm — 1:45pm
Networking Lunch
1:55pm — 2:20pm
Ready, Set, Go… Spigit as the Cornerstone of Herbalife’s Corporate Innovation Program
Chris Morris, Chief Innovation Officer, Herbalife
2:25pm — 2:50pm
How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge
Shawn Herrera, Director of Corporate Partnerships, Pepperdine University
2:55pm — 3:35pm
The Stolen Voice followed by Fireside Chat
Mohan Nair, Chief Innovation Officer, Cambia Health Solutions
3:35pm — 3:55pm
Afternoon Networking Break
3:55pm — 4:25pm
Breakout Sessions
Track 1: Driving Bottom Line Business Results with Ideation

Erica Church,Government of Saskatchewan

What can enterprises learn from the innovation efforts of a government organization? In this session, Erica Church shares the blueprint to the Government of Saskatchewan’s ideation success in the Ministry of Corrections & Policing including: the importance of sponsor commitment, an in-depth communication plan, defining success criteria up front to demonstrate success, and how the organization turned employee engagement into a driver of business results.

Panel 1: Creating & Sustaining Engagement

Moody’s Analytics, Thomson Reuters, Duke Energy

Panel 2: Maintaining your Challenge Pipeline

Li & Fung, Innovative Interfaces, Ameren

4:30pm — 4:55pm
Dare to Try: Lessons in Corporate Innovation from Pfizer’s 5 Year Innovation Program
John Klick, Senior Manager, Worldwide Innovation, Pfizer
5:15pm — 5:20pm
Final Closing Remarks
5:30pm — 7:00pm
Local wine tasting, Bently Reserve Mezzanine (sponsored by Napa Valley wineries)
Ignite Innovation Workshops — May 1, 2018
Ignite Workshops Now Full

Get even more value out of your trip to Ignite with Spigit’s Innovation Strategy Workshops. These optional workshops provide a unique opportunity to get hands-on advice from Spigit’s world-class innovation strategy team who advise some of the top brands on the planet. These interactive and practical sessions are designed to cover key topic areas to help you move your innovation program forward and deliver value, including:

  • Creating and sustaining internal and external crowd engagement
  • Surfacing transformational ideas
  • Measuring results and business impact

Note: innovation strategy workshops are now full.

Experience Spigit Ignite
View some of the presentations from Ignite 2017.

IBM Watson: Artificial Intelligence: The Future is Here

Innovation Resource: High Impact Innovation Leadership

Li & Fung: Enabling a Culture of Open Innovation


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The venue

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

There is no preferred hotel for Ignite, however we recommend staying close to the venue. Le Meriden Hotel and Hyatt Regency San Francisco are within a few minutes’ walk of the conference location.

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