Serious innovation has evolved beyond continual improvement to transformational, often disruptive change. Linear thinking and cautious change is inconsistent with the demands of our hyper-competitive marketplace of ideas. IBM technology evangelist David Barnes talks about the dynamics of invention and game-changing innovation, including ways that IBM (with over 50,000 patents!) continues to meet this challenge. David will be joined by Heather Howell, Chief Tea Officer of Rooibee Red Tea, for a discussion of how innovation is embraced from both a large and small entrepreneurial company perspective.
Presented by the Kentucky Community and Technical College.
Much more than a conference, the IdeaFestival is a catalyst for high-speed innovation, product development, and creative endeavors. This series of events attracts leading thinkers and curious minds from across the nation and around the globe.
Early in his career David worked as both a hardware engineer and software engineer, focusing on IBM mainframes. During the birth of the PC in 1981 he became IBM's first official â"technology evangelist" traveling the world, updating customers on IBM's software strategy. Later David went on to lead IBM's evangelism and strategy efforts around Web services, SOA, and then IBM's WebSphere software offerings. Most recently David managed the IBM Solutions Experience Lab in Austin Texas, and the IBM Extreme Blue innovation laboratory, also in Austin. Today he is helping shape IBM's strategic efforts around innovation in BigData and other emerging technologies.
As the Chief Tea Officer of Rooibee Red Tea, Heather Howell leads the Rooibee Red Tea(m) expansion into a national manufacturer and distributor of its line of USDA organic ready to drink teas. A female partner in the business, Howell identifies with Rooibee Red Teaâ€™s target audience of women in a male dominated industry.