Innovation in America and Around the World
Conversations about the evolution of innovation in other parts of the nation and world.
Ricardo dos Santos, Head,
Innovation Network and Venture Fest, Qualcomm Dave Blakely, Head, Technology Strategy Practice,
A candid discussion about motivation, accomplishments, and challenges in designing and managing the five years of Qualcomm’s internal venture accelerator program, the Venture Fest., which fosters a global culture of competitive entrepreneurism. Led by Ricardo dos Santos, Head, Innovation Network and Venture Fest, Qualcomm; and Dave Blakely, Head, Technology Strategy Practice, IDEO.
As the finale event of its 25 Anniversary Celebration year, Churchill
Club proudly presents Igniting Innovation & Mastering Change: A
Day-long Conversation in Three Acts, a series of discussions presenting
new perspectives and examining opportunities for advancing information
locally, nationally, and around the world. Speakers and audience members
will engage in discussions and focus on takeaways and insights
throughout the day in three segments: 1) Here: Innovation in Silicon
Valley; 2) There: Innovation in America and Around the World; 3) …&
Then: Inventing the Future
Churchill Club is Silicon Valley’s premier business and technology
forum. The 25 year old, 7,000 member, nonprofit organization has built a
reputation for dynamic, in-the-news programs featuring Silicon Valley
CEOs, up-and-coming executives and national leaders. Members of the
Churchill Club represent a range of industries, companies, and
expertise. Individual and corporate members include influential leaders
from Silicon Valley’s top companies, managers of both technical and
non-technical groups, entrepreneurs, and executives from the service
Dave Blakely leads the Technology Strategy practice at IDEO, which explores the business opportunities created when emerging technologies are linked with customer needs. As a Senior Director based in Palo Alto, Dave manages various strategic business relationships and advises executives of technology-focused companies. Much of his advisory work involves helping IDEO clients — from Silicon Valley executives to NASA officials — build cultures of innovation and develop products and services to maintain market leadership.
Dave also conducts innovation workshops, speaks to academic and business groups, and serves on several advisory boards. He is particularly proud to serve on the board of University of California, Berkeley’s College of Engineering, where he assists his alma mater in adjusting its engineering curriculum to the needs of a rapidly changing global economy, and as a faculty adviser at Singularity University, a new academic institution that strives to educate and inspire people how to develop technologies to address broad challenges to humanity.
Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics and a master’s in mechanical engineering with a controls specialization from UC Berkeley. In his free time, he tries to keep up with his two teenage sons.
Ricardo dos Santos
Ricardo dos Santos is head of Innovation Network and Venture Fest at Qualcomm.
Ricardo dos Santos, Senior
Director of Business Development at Qualcomm, discusses the Venture Fest
program he started, which has employees compete against each other to develop
the most useful innovations.