Pre-event: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | Google X, Executive Briefing Center

5:00pm | Bus Pick-Up: Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel to Google X, 250 Mayfield, Mountain View, CA 94043
5:30pm | Cocktail Networking Mixer: Executive Briefing Center
6:20pm | Welcome


Executive Director, Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation

Solomon Darwin is the Executive Director, Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation and formerExecutive Director of Financial Reporting and Management, at the Haas School of Business. Prior to joining UC Berkeley he was an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California from 1996 – 2005. Solomon Darwin has over 13 years of Industry experience at Bank of America and Motorola.



6:30pm | Showcasing Gamechanging Technologies in Energy, Communication & Transportation



Advisor, X

Energy: Cheap-Safe-Clean Energy from Fusion
Mike Cassidy is a Vice President at Google. He is currently the Project Leader on Google X Project Loon (balloon-powered Internet for everyone). Prior to joining Google, Mike was the Co-Founder and CEO of four start-ups: Ruba, Xfire, Direct Hit, and Stylus Innovation. Ruba helped travelers share their favorite places and was acquired by Google.



Head of Special Projects, X

Communication: Emerging Breakthrough Technology
Krishnaswamy is the lead manufacturer for Google’s Project Loon, which attempts to use balloons for internet coverage. Previously, Mahesh held management and Sr. Engineering positions at Apple and Motorola.





Hardware Engineer, Google and Waymo

Transportation: AI in Autonomous Transportation
Simon Verghese is a Hardware Engineer at Google and Waymo. He holds a BS degree in physics and BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University. He also holds MS and PhD degrees in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. Verghese has also held prominent positions at MIT.



7:30pm | Networking Buffet: Informal Sit Down Table Discussions
8:30pm | Closing Thoughts: Professor Henry Chesbrough
9:00pm | Bus Pick-Up: Google X to Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel

Day 1: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | SAP Bldg. 8, 3475 Deer Creek Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304

7:15am | Bus Pick-Up: Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel

7:30am | Breakfast: Networking Buffet in Atrium, SAP Bldg. 8

8:15am | Introduction
Vice President, Design & Innovation, SAP

Philipp Skogstad is a Vice President in SAP Design. He currently serves as the Executive Director to SAP’s Chief Design Officer and Head of the Silicon Valley Next Talent Program, shaping both SAP’s product and personnel direction. Philipp is an expert in design thinking, innovation, and change management. In his fast-track career at SAP, he led special projects for the chairman, end-to-end experience for SAP HANA, SAP’s user experience and design strategy, open innovation, and global development processes, methods and tools.



8:35am | Welcome
Henry Chesbrough
Faculty Director, Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation

Henry Chesbrough, “Father of Open Innovation,” was the first person to clearly define this new innovation strategy that is restructuring R&D worldwide through his research and publications. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Haas School of Business, and Faculty Director at the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, UC Berkeley.




8:45am | Speed Dating: Networking and Relationship Session


9:45am | Keynote: “Impact of AI in Software-Centric Firms” Opportunities & Challenges for New Business Models



EVP & CTO, VMware

O’ Farrell joined VMware in April 2003 as an engineering leader during the early development of the ESX platform. Over the past decade it has been his privilege to manage and grow an R&D organization from a few hundred to many thousands of engineers with a truly global footprint.




President, Tech Mahindra

Manish Vyas is the President, Communications Business at Tech Mahindra. An accomplished leader with extensive expertise and experience across global markets, Manish has led large and diverse global programs and initiatives during his 20 year career. He is known for his ability to build high performance teams, drive profitability and growth through innovative solutions and create robust sales and go-to-market strategies.



Chief Digital Officer, SAP

Mr. Jonathan D. Becher has been the Chief Digital Officer of SAP SE since November 2014. Mr. Becher served as Chief Marketing Officer of SAP SE from August 30, 2011 to November 2014. Mr. Becher served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pilot Software Inc. and was responsible for overall strategic direction of Pilot Software. Mr. Becher served as an Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Accrue Software Inc. since April 18, 2002.



10:45am | Panel Discussion with Keynote Speakers, Moderated by Henry Chesbrough

11:05am | Coffee Break

11:30am | Value Creation through the Open Innovation Network within BIF Community
  • Stories, Case Studies and Usecases within Member Firms
  • Volunteer Member Panel, Moderated by Professor Solomon Darwin


General Manager,
Paradigm Mtuity, Inc.


Principal Scientist, Open Innovation.
J.M. Smucker Co.


Senior Director,
 Open Innovation Gateway, Fujitsu

12:30pm | Networking Lunch Buffet

1:30pm | Expanding Services Through Open Innovation – Fireside Chat, Moderated by Professor Solomon Darwin
Global Head of Innovation, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, NY

Alex has a proven track record of navigating industry disruption. His growth mindset will help lead Hyatt forward into this next chapter of discovery, one that’s anchored in data and insights and chartered by design thinking and innovation. Zoghlin moved into the newly created position three years after joining Hyatt as the global head of technology. A lifelong entrepreneur, he is the founder of five technology companies, including Orbitz, for which he also served as chief technology officer. Prior to entering the private sector, Zoghlin spent four years in the U.S. Navy.


Vice President and Head of Business Model Innovation, SAP SE

Claus von Riegen is Vice President and Head of Business Model Innovation at SAP SE. He chairs the BMI Service Center that shapes the design and implementation of new business models across board areas. In this role, he acts as a transformation agent and helps SAP pursue new business models in an agile way – managing the trade-offs with the corporate immune system that focuses on optimizing our current business model.



2:30pm | Coffee Break

2:45pm | Keynote Topic: “Impact of AI in Hardware-Centric Firms” Opportunities and Challenges for New Business Models


Vice President & General Manager, New Devices Group, Intel

Jerry leads Intel’s New Devices Group – focused on wrist worn devices (smart watches launched for Fossil, Tag Heuer, and New Balance); as well as headworn glasses (Recon JetPro- for enterprise, Oakely Radar Pace glasses – Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing) and future Augmented Reality efforts. 



CTO, IoT and Industries, Cisco

Shaun Cooley is CTO for Cisco’s IoT and Industries business units. vIn his role as CTO, Shaun focuses on long term technology strategy, product architecture, innovation, security, privacy, regulation, standards, partnerships, and industry engagement. Prior to Cisco, Shaun was a Distinguished Engineer for Norton, at Symantec, where over his 18-year tenure he was a driving force in Norton’s shift from utilities to security.


President & CEO, (NTT i3) Nippon Telegraph & Telephone

Nina Simosko serves as President and CEO of NTT Innovation Institute Inc. (NTT i3), the prestigious Silicon Valley-based innovation center for NTT Group, one of the world’s largest ICT companies. Focused on fostering strategic innovation, NTT i3 works with established enterprise companies interested in investigating new approaches.

3:45pm | Panel Discussion with Keynote Speakers, Moderated by Professor Solomon Darwin

4:15pm | Coffee Break

Special Guest At The Berkeley Innovation Forum

Fireside chat with Henry Chesbrough and Marissa Mayer
Artificial Intelligence, the Acceleration of  Technology, & Disruption of Business Models


CEO, Yahoo
Marissa Mayer is President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Yahoo! Inc. Since joining in 2012, Ms. Mayer has led Yahoo’s focus as a guide to digital information discovery through search, communications, and digital content products. Ms. Mayer also helmed Yahoo’s digital advertising strategy across mobile, video, native, and social. Under her leadership, Yahoo has grown to serve over 1 billion users worldwide, with over 600 million mobile users. Prior to her role at Yahoo, Ms. Mayer spent 13 years at Google where she led various initiatives including Google Search for more than a decade, and other early stage products such as Google Maps, Gmail, and Google News. Ms. Mayer holds a bachelor’s degree in symbolic systems and a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University.
5:30pm | Bus Pick-up: Transport to Hanahaus (456 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301)

6:30pm | Creative Networking Dinner Event at Hanahaus 456 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Head of SAP Innovation Center Silicon Valley, Co-host, Hanahaus






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HanaHaus is a café and community workspace that fosters a vibrant culture of technology innovation. It is the brainchild of Dr. Hasso Plattner, co-founder of software company.

9:00pm | Bus Pick-up: Return to Hotel and SAP Bldg. 8

Day 2: Thursday, April 20, 2017 | SAP Bldg. 8, 3475 Deer Creek Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304

7:30am | Bus Pickup: Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel

7:45am | Breakfast: Networking Buffet in Atrium, SAP Bldg. 8

8:30am | Keynote Topic: “Impact of AI in Healthcare-Centric Firms” Opportunities and Challenges for New Business Models
Chief Innovation Officer, OptumLabs, UnitedHealthcare

Inspire growth-dedicated teams to discover deep business insights, create a compelling strategic and new product vision and then execute exceptional growth through breakthrough innovation, powerful marketing and win/win strategic partnerships. OptumLabs Chief Innovation Officer; now leading new Center for Connected Patient Innovation based in San Francisco Bay area. Former CEO of Zeo, Inc.,digital health startup, and COO of cord blood stem cell banking pioneer (StemCyte,Inc.)



CEO, Apollo Hospitals Group, Hyderabad, India

Senior operations and marketing professional with experience of 25 years in healthcare industry. Track record of setting up and managing strategic business units with overall P&L management. Mr. Subramanyam has experience in brand management, consultant management, vendor development and engagement.





Chairman, CARE Hospitals Group, India

Dr Soma Raju pioneered the use of telemedicine as a platform to connect District Hospitals to city-based superspeciality hospitals. His work in the State of Tripura, with the Government-owned GB Pant Hospital, provided a template for providing superspeciality services in the North Easter Region of India. Many lives were saved through telemedicine based interventions. Through CARE Foundation, Dr Soma Raju facilitated the training of more than 300 nurses from the NE region in general and speciality nursing.



9:30am | Panel Discussion with Keynote Speakers, Moderated by Professor Solomon Darwin

10:00am | Coffee Break

10:30am | Adapting, Adopting and Adjusting to the changing AI Landscape Fireside Chat, Moderated by Professor Henry Chesbrough


Director, Open Technology and Cognitive Systems

Spohrer is a computer scientist leading the development of a new science of service systems, often known as Service Science, Management and Engineering. He has been the Director of IBM Global University Programs since 2009. Between 2003 and 2009, he was the Director of Almaden Services Research with IBM at the IBM Almaden Research Center.



Executive Fellow, Berkeley Haas
Former Chief Innovation Officer & CEO, Citi

Debby Hopkins is an Independent Board Member, and an active advisor in the Silicon Valley startup community. Her C suite experiences in finance, technology and innovation across multiple industries allow her to bring a unique view to support management teams in pursuit of growth. Based in Silicon Valley since 2010 Debby founded and was CEO of Citi Ventures, and Citi’s Chief Innovation Officer. Debby and her team introduced a systematic process into Citi to manage and respond to the digital disruption engendered by the many new competitors and technologies emerging in financial services. 


11:30am | Happenings at Berkeley: Professor Henry Chesbrough/Solomon Darwin

12:15pm | Commentary & Analysis by: Professor Henry Chesbrough – Feedback Survey Administered

12:30pm | Boxed Lunches provided – Official Program Ends

1:20pm | Open Innovation Presentation by Professor Henry Chesbrough

2:30pm | Bus Pick-up: Transport to Silicon Valley Renault Innovation Lab & Nissan Research Center
3:00pm | Visit to Silicon Valley Renault Innovation Lab & Nissan Research Center (1215 Bordeaux Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94089)

Open Innovation  & the Future of Mobility — Autonomous Vehicles

Innovations at the Renault – Nissan Alliance, Moderated by Professor Solomon Darwin


Serge Passolunghi

Director, Open Innovation, Renault

Greg Dibb

Director of Strategy & Operations, Nissan


1) Combining Capabilities of Cultures (Renault + Nissan)
2) Future Vehicles Powered by Open Innovation & AI
3) How Mobility is Changing the Game — OEMs Business Models
4) On the Road to Autonomous Future

5) Social Science & Innovations


5:00pm | Networking Reception follows the interactive tours and presentations
6:30pm | Bus Pick-up: Return to SAP Bldg. 8 & Hotel


Post-Event: Friday, April 21, 2017 | IBM Executive Briefing Center, 425 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94105

8:15am | Bus Pick-up: Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel to IBM Executive Briefing Center
9:30am | IBM Executive Briefing Center, 425 Market St., San Francisco, CA, 94105
                  Empowering Disenfranchised Populations with AI Technologies for Economic Growth

Dr. V. Valli Kumari

Vice Chair, State Council for Higher Education, AP, India

Leveraging Open Innovation & Data for Inclusive Governance

Jim Spohrer

Open Technology and Cognitive Systems

Gurvinder Ahluwalia

CTO Technical Solutioning Cloud,

11:30am | Lunch and return transportation on your own