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SRI International to Host Global Innovation Forum: Silicon Valley
May 27, 2011 (01:05 PM EDT)

MENLO PARK, Calif., May 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In partnership with San Jose State University Lucas Graduate School of Business and IBM, SRI International will host the University's first Global Innovation Forum. The Silicon Valley event, to be held at SRI's headquarters in Menlo Park on Thursday, June 16 from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will focus on Innovation and the Digital Generation. Leaders in business, government, and academia will identify critical issues, share best practices, and initiate future research.

The conference will address how the digital generation will affect companies' ability to innovate quickly and effectively. How can universities help the digital generation fully develop their creativity and innovative potential? How can companies engage the digital generation as customers and employees to sustain competitive advantage?

Event panelists will explore these questions and discuss opportunities and challenges of innovating in the digital generation. Speakers include innovation leaders such as

  • Stephen Ciesinski, SRI International
  • Nobel laureate Carl Wieman, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Jim Spohrer, IBM Global University
  • Dave Blakely, IDEO
  • Isabella Bunn, Oxford
  • Rich Friedrich, HP Labs
  • Salim Ismail, Singularity University
  • Luke Hohmann, Innovation Games
  • Howard Lieberman, Silicon Valley Innovation Institute
  • Andreas Neus, Karlsruhe Service Research Institute
  • Ven Reddy, Annex Ventures

as well as digital-generation entrepreneurs and innovators.

The conference will provide the chance to network with executives, managers, entrepreneurs, business owners, and academic professionals to learn best practices for fostering innovation and implementing the innovative process for the next generation of students, employees, and customers. Attendees will also have the opportunity to influence the discussion and shape the future agenda in a white paper to be produced at the end of the conference.  

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About SJSU

San Jose State University is one of 23 campuses of the California State University system. It is located in the city of San Jose, the heart of the Silicon Valley, about midway between San Francisco and the Monterey/Carmel area at the sunny southern end of San Francisco Bay. It has about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students studying for 134 Bachelor's and Master's degrees with 110 concentrations.

The College of Business is accredited by the AACSB and enrolls about 5,000 students studying in eleven concentrations. The Sally and Donald Lucas Graduate School of Business offers nine Masters degrees including MBAs, Master of Science, and joint degree programs with other colleges.

About SRI International

Silicon Valley-based SRI International, a nonprofit research and development organization, performs sponsored R&D for governments, businesses, and foundations. SRI brings its innovations to the marketplace through technology licensing, new products, and spin-off ventures. Commemorating its 65th anniversary in 2011, SRI is known for world-changing innovations in computing, health and pharmaceuticals, chemistry and materials, sensing, energy, education, national defense, and more.

SOURCE SRI International