With the threat of disruption by non-traditional competitors becoming more of a reality than ever, large organizations face a new reality. It's not enough to just innovate. You need to innovate faster, partner smarter, and execute better.

Over the past 14 years, FEI has earned an industry reputation as the World Leader in Advancing Innovation™, continually serving as the industry's catalyst for change by masterfully facilitating the intersection of thinking and acting. FEI 2016 is designed to help you master the innovation process- from ideation through execution- via best in class case studies, hands on working sessions, executive masterclasses, and local innovation excursions. Transformation happens here.

Stay tuned for exciting programing updates. For now, here's a sneak peek at the 2016 keynote line-up:

  • Frank Stephenson

    Frank Stephenson

    Chief Design Officer, McClaren Automotive
  • Christian Gansche

    Christian Gansche

    Grammy Winning Conductor
  • Dan Heath

    Dan Heath

    Best-Selling Author, Switch, Made to Stick, and Decisive
  • Vijay Govindarajan

    Vijay Govindarajan,

    Thinkers 50 Winner, Best-Selling Author, Reverse Innovation, Coxe Distinguished Professor at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business

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    Susan Cain

    A Quiet Revolution: Changing How We Work, Lead and Innovate

    Susan Cain Best-Selling Author, Quiet: The Power of Introverts

    Did you know that many of the most effective business and political leaders possess traits typically associated with introverts (e.g., "soft-spoken," "quiet," "thoughtful") Did you know that some of our most creative and innovative moments come during times of solitary introspection, as opposed to in group or team settings? As todays leaders are all too aware, one of the central challenges of any business is to bring out the best in its employees—employees of vast and varied personality types and abilities.
    This is true regardless of institution—military, government, private or public. Drawing on years of research and the latest in neuroscience and psychology, Susan Cain—best-selling author, Co-Founder of Quiet Revolution, LLC, and renowned expert in leadership and innovation—delivers an enlightening, relatable and practical presentation that will radically change your view of the best way to develop leaders, manage teams, make smart hires and stimulate innovation.
    Steve Blank

    Dealing with Disruptive Innovation: How Big Corporations Can Think Like Lean Startups

    Steve Blank Author, Lean Start-Up

    Companies looking to be innovative face a conundrum: Every policy and procedure that makes them efficient execution machines stifles innovation. Facing continuous disruption from globalization, China, the Internet, the diminished power of brands, changing workforce, etc., existing enterprises are establishing corporate innovation groups. These groups are adapting or adopting the practices of startups and accelerators – disruption and innovation rather than direct competition, customer development versus more product features, agility and speed versus lowest cost. But paradoxically, in spite of all their seemingly endless resources, innovation inside of an existing company is much harder than inside a startup.
    For most companies it feels like innovation can only happen by exception and heroic efforts, not by design. This talk explains why innovation inside an existing corporation is so difficult and how companies can employ the tools and processes successful startups use to drive innovation.
    Seth Godin

    A Disruptive Take on the World: Marketing, Innovation, & What's Next

    Seth Godin Best-Selling Author

    Marketing Guru Seth Godin shares his take on the world incorporating marketing, innovation and what's next. (the connection economy, soft networks and the rest). A best-selling author 17 times over, Godin once again set the book publishing on its ear by launching a series of four books via Kickstarter.
    The campaign reached its goal after three hours and ended up becoming the most successful book project ever done this way. His latest, The Icarus Deception, argues that we've been brainwashed by industrial propaganda, and pushes us to stand out, not to fit in.
    Tom Kelley

    Leading with Creative Confidence

    Tom Kelley IDEO Partner, Best-Selling Author, Creative Confidence

    Creativity has become a key success factor for companies of all kinds, and Tom Kelley will show how creative methodologies like design thinking can contribute to innovation and growth. Drawing on research from his New York Times bestseller, Creative Confidence, and using real-life examples for illustration.
    Tom discusses: Blending technology with humanity at the front end of innovation, so that design and innovation resources focus on areas of human need; Using experimentation to reduce the cost of failure and gain valuable learnings before the launch of a new idea; and Leveraging the power of storytelling to communicate your message and accelerate the adoption of innovations.
    Salim Ismail

    Exponential Organizations

    Salim Ismail Partner, IDEO, Author, The Confident Creative

    Driven by accelerating technologies, a new breed of organizations, called Exponential Organizations, is today scaling at a pace unimaginable just a few years ago. For example, the convergence of reputation and payment systems, location awareness and social are transforming hotels and taxis via companies like Airbnb and Uber.
    Salim Ismail, founding Executive Director at Singularity University, has been studying how organizational models are evolving and has recently published his findings in an award-winning book, Exponential Organizations.
    He has found that ExOs are achieving 10x or more performance benchmarks compared to their peers. Salim will describe the characteristics and drivers of this new model and will talk through strategies for existing organizations to scale at the same pace.
    Dennis Hong

    Humanoids: From Kicking a Ball to Saving Lives

    Dennis Hong Founder of UCLA Robotics Lab

    Can humanoid robots save lives? Will they have the capacity to be our friends? Hear how Dennis Hong, founding director of UCLA's Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory, is making this happen and meet some of his groundbreaking robots; "DARwIn," the hugely successful open source miniature humanoid robot for research and education; "CAHRLI," the United States' first full size autonomous humanoid robot with a goal of defeating the human WorldCup champions in soccer by the year 2050; "SAFFiR," a firefighting humanoid robot being developed for the US Navy; and "T.H.O.R.," the super hero humanoid robot for disaster relief which will one day save the world.
    Find out why the Washing Post called Hong "the Leonardo da Vinci of robots."
    Miki Agrawal

    Shifting Culture and Social Norms through Media and Products

    Miki Agrawal Author, DO COOL SH*T, founder of WILD and THNK

    From pizza to underwear to super heroes, Miki is shifting the culture of entrepreneurism, creating businesses that are focused on more than just the bottom line. Understand why integrating purpose driven missions should be a part of every businesses DNA. Miki demonstrates how technology and new innovations are shaping the way we can improve lives all over the world.
    Miki Agrawal is a force of nature. She was a recipient of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival's "Disruptive Innovation Award" and named 2013's Forbes' "Top 20 Millienials On a Mission". She is the founder of the acclaimed farm-to-table, alternative pizza concept called WILD in NYC. She has since partnered with CEO Tony Hsieh to open the concept in Downtown Las Vegas.
    Dustin Garis

    Human Innovation: Life's About to Get Interesting…

    Dustin Garis Former Chief Troublemaker at Coca-Cola

    According to a shocking study, "over 99.7% of employees and consumers are human." Assuming this is true, how could our approach to innovation be more human? To find out, Dustin Garis embarked on an around-the-world expedition, and what he uncovered was an innovation revolution taking place at global megabrands and entrepreneurial startups, fueling market disruptions that go beyond whitening teeth or quenching thirst, to innovate on the full human experience. Garis made this a priority while leading global innovation at P&G Futureworks, responsible for a billion-dollar portfolio of new brands, business models, technologies, and entrepreneurial ventures such as Tide Dry Cleaners and Shazam.
    The success of these initiatives come not from practicing innovation—it came from living innovation. For Garis, that means converting an elevator into his office, riding a 1,800-pound bull in a rodeo, eating lunch blindfolded, fetching well-water in rural India, and other life experiments that ignited an organizational movement.
    Eric von Hippel

    The User Innovation Paradigm

    Eric von Hippel T Wilson Professor of Innovation, MIT Sloan School of Management

    Studies now show that about 5% of national populations are user innovators. This means that many millions of individual citizens are collectively spending many billions of dollars annually developing and improving products for themselves. Individual user innovation and self-supply activities can increasingly be independent of producers. Indeed, in some ways users innovating and producing for themselves have advantages over producers.
    Fundamental laws protecting privacy and freedom of speech give user innovators advantages over producers in many respects. For example, users develop and diffuse information on new medical devices without concerns about the FDA: FDA regulatory authority extends to commercial activity only. This keynote presents our current understanding of the user innovation paradigm, and discusses future prospects and opportunities for both users and firms.
    Taylor Conroy

    Disruption for the Greater Good

    Taylor Conroy, Founder, Change Heroes

    Combining deep and meaningful personal insights with lessons on creating social impact, change making and community involvement, the inspirational story of Change Heroes will have us rethinking how we calibrate success and define happiness. This session is not intended to speak to you as a product developer or innovator. It will speak to you as a citizen of the world, rooting for good.
    Women Panel

    2nd Annual Women in Innovation Panel

    Denise L. Fletcher Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, Healthcare Payer & Pharma (HPP), Xerox Commercial Solutions, LLC

    Donna Sturgess Founding Partner & President, Buyology, Former Global Head of Innovation, GlaxoSmithKline, Executive in Resident, Integrated Innovation Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

    Karen Freidt Creativity & Innovation Design Program Manager, GROW Mentoring Program Manager, NASA Langley Research Center

    Kimberly Kleiman-Lee Lead, Senior Executive Leadership Development, GE Crotonville

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