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Innovation- Recipe For The Secret Sauce

Monday, January 20, 2014, 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM
City Gate Grill in Calamos Investments building -- Meeting Room at Plaza Level below restaurant
2020 Calamos Court
Naperville, IL  60563
Gregory G Gocek
Monthly in Western Suburbs
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Innovation- Recipe for the Secret Sauce

Innovation is often at the core of entrepreneurship, providing the creative spark that can establish and sustain an enterprise. But just as creativity may seem driven by a fickle muse and more suitably classified as a matter of art rather than science, so can business innovation appear mysterious and at best ascribed to personal gifts as opposed to a coherent and replicable process.

Join us to hear experts who have started companies recognized by the World Future Society as potentially deploying industry changing technologies and devoted longtime systematic analytical focus to learn their perspectives on how to be most effective preparing the “next best thing”. Find out if while every case is different, some underlying principles can be applied to your own efforts to harness the shock of the new. As a member of our January audience at our interactive forum, you will be well positioned to gain insights on topics like:

Best practices in innovation and sustaining them across new markets
Developing accurate forecasts for emerging opportunities
Effective management of technological and business risks
Identifying and cultivating appropriate talent to execute in new contexts


Praveen Gupta, Prysm, Inc. 

Praveen, a frequent speaker internationally (and prior Booth ER presenter) on education in innovation and making innovation more pervasive, predictable, and profitable, is the founding Editor of International Journal of Innovation Science, and founding Director of Center for Innovation Science and Applications at IIT School of Applied Technology. Author of several books including Business Innovation in the 21st Century, and The Innovation Solution, he has co-edited the Global Innovation Science Handbook (McGraw Hill). 
Previously at Motorola’s Semiconductor, Communication and University sectors, and AT&T Bell Laboratories and a consultant to roughly 100 small to large size companies including Motorola, Telular, Abbott Labs, Dentsply, Experian, FORD, ITW, and SSA, he currently is on assignment at a Silicon Valley maker of large HD display solutions relying on patented Laser Phosphor Display (LPD) technology. Praveen has taught Operations Management at DePaul University’s MBA program, and Innovation to Engineering and Information Technology students at UIC, and IIT. He earned his BSEE from IIT Roorkee in India and his MSEE from IIT Chicago.

Praveen is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB), Professional Engineer (PE), Quality Engineer (CQE), Software Quality Engineer (CSQE), and Master Business Innovator (MBI). A recipient of multiple CEO Awards at Motorola, and of the IIT Chicago Alumni Achievement Award, he was included in IIT India’s Global 101 List. 

Adam Siegel, CEO, Inkling Markets 

Adam founded this company which offers a prediction market platform to collect and aggregate predictions about a future event. By asking questions and using fantasy currency, your employees, business partners, or customers make bets on expected outcomes which produces a probabilistic forecast, much like a weather report to indicate the likelihood of occurrence. Adam previously spent 10 years as a consultant at Accenture, working with a long list of Fortune 100 and Government Agencies and also heading research initiatives around next generation user experiences. Adam has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Indiana University.

Greg Topel, CEO, Tangible Haptics

Greg launched Tangible Haptics with founders and Northwestern University faculty J. Edward Colgate and Michael Peshkin.  The company is developing Surface Haptics, which is a suite of patented multi-sensory touchscreen technologies enabling users to feel what is seen on a touchscreen such as edges of keys, the snap of a toggle switch, and directional impacts in a game, all on a flat piece of glass.  Tangible secured a strategic investment from a major OEM in the spring of 2013 and assembled a core team to develop a market solution targeted to launch at the end of 2014.  Greg’s leadership experience crosses a variety of companies and electro-mechanic product lines including Motorola, Visualize (an engineering consulting firm), and Life Fitness.  Before joining Tangible Haptics, Greg was R&D Manager at ITW’s Technology Center where he oversaw mechanical and manufacturing efforts and technology evaluations for innovative product entries. Greg has a BSME from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Moderator: Greg Gocek


Ideally timed as a reality check for the seasonal tradition of New Year economic forecasts, our audience will enjoy the special opportunity to connect with the most accomplished founder of our venue. John Calamos of Calamos Investments has graciously offered to provide his firm’s latest quarterly financial market update to kick off our program. So in addition to ideas for driving long term business growth via innovation, attending that evening will offer the views of some of the most insightful financial analysts in the Chicago area about near term business prospects to start 2014.


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