SDForum's Second Annual Open Innovation and Corporate Research Fair: 'Innovating in a Down Economy'



  • This years conference "Open Innovation and the Ecosystem" will be held on October 15, 2010. For speaking and sponsorship opportunities please contact Julie Welch at [email protected].

    Keynote Presentations 

    Sheryl Chamberlain, EMC
    Rich Friedrich, HP
    Deborah Magid, IBM


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    Sales are down, unemployment is at record levels, budgets are slashed and investment dollars are harder to get than ever before. How do companies continue to innovate during these economic hard times and plan for the future?

    Hear key influencers from Silicon Valley's leading high-tech corporations, including EMC, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Nokia and PayPal share their thoughts, insights and best practices on how not only to survive, but to identify market share and growth opportunities. Learn how industry leaders innovate and how to partner with them.

    Keynote Speakers Include:

    Gene Alston, PayPal
    Sheryl Chamberlain, EMC  
    Elizabeth "Betsy" Corcoran, 
    Rich Friedrich, Hewlett-Packard
    Deborah Magid, IBM Corporation
    John Shen, Nokia Research Center

    Morning Session Agenda (for paid registrants only)

     8:30am    Networking, Registration & Exhibits
     9:00am    Welcoming Remarks
                   Corporate Keynote Presentations
    9:15am        John Shen, Nokia Research Center
    9:35am        Deborah Magid, IBM Venture Capital Group       
    9:55am        Elizabeth Corcoran,
    10:15am    Morning Break
                   Corporate Keynote Presentations
    10:30am       Sheryl Chamberlain, EMC
    10:50am       Rich Friedrich, Hewlett-Packard
    11:10am       Gene Alston, PayPal  
    11:30am    Panel Discussion –"Open Innovation in Practice"
                       Don Clark, NEC Corporation          
                       Gary Getz, Strategos
                       Suzanne Harrison, Gathering2.0
                       Ron S. Laurie, Inflexion Point Group   
                       David Smith, Tynax
                     Moderated by: Mark F. Radcliffe, DLA Piper
    12:30pm    Closing Summary by Priya Ganapati – Wired Digital
    12:45pm    Lunch
      1:00pm   Technology Exhibitions: REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED - FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (lunch will not be provided)
      3:00 pm  Event Concludes


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    Santa Clara, CA 95054
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    Speaker Bios:

    Sheryl Chamberlain 

    is a Director at EMC responsible for directing, implementing, coordinating the strategic and operational activities for EMC’s Technology Alliance with VMware.  Prior to that Sheryl worked in EMC’s Outsourcer, System Integration Sales Alliance Organization and was responsible for developing, building and establishing global cross industry corporate and regional relationship with Computer Sciences Corporation, a 14 Billion dollar outsourcer and consulting organization.   Sheryl is an advisor to EMC’s West Coast Women’s Leadership Forum and was the founding President of the organization representing 5,000 people.   Sheryl founded a grass roots Leadership & Innovation Program for EMC in Silicon Valley.

    Don Clark, General Manager of Corporate Business Development, NEC Corporation of America. Don is responsible for venture development, business incubation, and licensing.  Don has lead the creation of several new NEC business lines, venture spin-outs and technology partnerships in such diverse areas as web 2.0, data security, and nanotechnology. In addition to negotiating transactions and structuring deals, he oversees the management teams that lead new business ventures.   Prior to 2000, Don was Founder and Equity Analyst for Polynous Capital Management.  Don received his BA from UC Davis and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

    Elizabeth "Betsy" Corcoran, is Executive Editor for technology coverage at Forbes magazine and She joined Forbes in 1999. At the magazine, she has written cover stories about subjects ranging from robotics to solar power. Online, she has helped make one of the most widely read business news sites in the world. She believes old media and new media can coexist surprisingly well. Earlier in her career, Elizabeth was an award-winning staff reporter for The Washington Post, covering high-tech issues in government and Silicon Valley. She once lost her car during reporting at CIA headquarters but it was located quite quickly. Unnervingly quickly, in fact. She also was an editor at Scientific American, where she wrote about supercomputing, quantum dots and the economic theories of Larry Summers. She lives in Silicon Valley.

    Rich Friedrich, is the Director of the Strategy and Innovation Office in HP Labs and reports directly to the Senior Vice President of Research. Leading a global team, he is responsible for the strategy and portfolio management of HP’s central research organization, applying Open Innovation to amplify and accelerate research results, and technology transfer to effectively monetize these technologies. In his strategic role he is responsible for research investments in nano-technology, exascale computing, cyber security, information management, cloud computing, immersive interaction, sustainability, social computing and commercial digital printing. HP’s Open innovation program is recognized for its uniqueness as the only global, open, competitive innovation program that has established deep and impactful research collaborations between HP and academia. Recent successes include awards to 61 professors in 46 institutions in 12 countries. Additionally, his team has developed ground-breaking Open Innovation programs, such as the Open Cirrus™ cloud computing research testbed which is a unique collaboration between major industrial partners such as Intel and Yahoo and 6 universities and government institutes.

    Priya Ganapati is a staff writer for She covers gadgets, IT hardware and emerging tech including research from universities and corporate labs. Previously she has worked for and Red Herring. Ms. Ganapati has an undergraduate degree in electronics engineering and a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University. In 2007, she was the recipient of the South Asian  Journalists Association scholarship to attend a seminar for business journalists at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Gary Getz, Gary Getz is a Managing Director of Strategos who, in thirty years as a strategist, marketer, and consultant, has worked with companies to address their most significant business strategy, innovation, corporate growth, and customer and channel management issues. Gary joined Strategos in 1996.  From 1999 to 2003 he was a Managing Principal at Integral, an innovation consulting firm affiliated with Professors Clayton Christensen (“The Innovator’s Dilemma”) and Hank Chesbrough (“Open Innovation”).  He returned to Strategos in 2003. Gary’s publications include the book Customer Equity (with Robert Blattberg, Ph.D., and Jacquelyn Thomas, Ph.D.; Harvard Business School Press, 2001) as well as articles in the Harvard Business Review, Fortune Magazine, Harvard Management Update, European Management Journal, The Handbook of Business Strategy, The San Jose Mercury News, Internet World, and Planning Review.  Gary holds a BSE in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard.

    Suzanne Harrison, is the Founder and CEO, Gathering2.0. Gathering2.0 is the first online peer community for Intellectual Property professionals.  Prior to her current position, she was a Director with LECG and a co-founder of ICMG, a consulting firm specializing in helping companies extract value from their innovations. Since 1988, she has been helping companies leverage their intangible assets into value.  Ms. Harrison is a convenor of the ICM Gathering and the IP Forum, a group of 25 companies who have been meeting since 1995 to define, create, and benchmark best practices around ICM and IPM. 

    Ms. Harrison is the recipient of the Licensing Executives Society North America Fellowship.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California at Davis, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Ms Harrison has written numerous articles and is a frequent speaker about how companies can extract value from their innovations.  She is the co-author of Einstein in the Boardroom published by John Wiley & Sons in 2006 and Edison in the Boardroom also published by John Wiley & Sons in 2001.

    Ronald S. Laurie, Chairman, Inflexion Point Group.
    Ron Laurie has worked in Silicon Valley for over forty years, initially as a computer programmer and systems engineer, and then as an intellectual property lawyer.  In 2004, he co-founded Inflexion Point Strategy, LLC. Prior to launching Inflexion Point, an intellectual property advisory firm, Ron was a founding partner of Skadden Arps' Palo Alto office where he chaired the firm's IP Strategy and Transactions Group for six years.

    For over 30 years as a lawyer, Ron advised clients in the semiconductor, computer, software, communications, media and financial services industries on intellectual property strategy -- a subject which he taught at Stanford and Boalt (UC-Berkeley) law schools -- with a primary focus on the strategic use of IP assets in complex business transactions including mergers and acquisitions, technology divestitures and spin-outs, joint ventures and strategic alliances. At Skadden, he led IP teams in some of the largest technology deals ever done, worth over $50 billion. 

    Deborah Magid, Director of Software Strategy, IBM Venture Capital Group. Deborah Magid represents IBM’s $22B software business in the company’s 9-year old Venture Capital Group. Her expertise spans several industries. Deborah is responsible for building ecosystems for IBM by sharing insights about emerging markets, technologies, and business models with venture firms and entrepreneurs around the world. She also brings insight form the venture community to the development of IBM’s growth strategies. She scouts for emerging business opportunities, and shares views on innovation and growth areas of the market. Deborah’s relationships are global, and extend into emerging geographies. Deborah is a frequent spokesperson on topics of relevance to entrepreneurs and investors, and is on the board of SDForum, the Silicon Valley emerging technology network.

    Previously, Deborah held positions in product management, marketing, and user-centered design at Taligent, GE Information Services and AT&T.  Deborah holds degrees in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Connecticut.

    Mark F. Radcliffe, Partner, DLA Piper. Mark concentrates in strategic intellectual property advice, private financing, corporate partnering, software licensing, Internet licensing and copyright and trademark. Leading international legal publishers consistently rank Mr. Radcliffe among the top lawyers in his profession. The respected English publishers Chambers and Partners names him in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, describing him as "outstanding" and noting that he is "regarded as one of the big names in open source technology." Legal 500 also recognizes him, commenting: "His expertise in providing strategic IP advice, with particular specialism in open-source matters, has won him plaudits. Indeed, one client describes him as 'probably the best lawyer in his field.

    John Shen, Research Fellow, Head of Nokia Research Center. Dr. Shen leads the System Research Center in Nokia Research Center Palo Alto. Prior to joining Nokia in 2006, he was the Director of the Microarchitecture Research Lab at Intel, which was responsible for developing innovative microarchitecture and system architecture techniques that can be incorporated in microprocessor products and platforms from Intel. His teams of researchers (located in Santa Clara CA, Austin TX, and Hillsboro OR) worked closely and effectively with product development teams to create innovative technologies in the areas of out-of-order superscalar processors, speculative multithreading and memory prefetching, 3D die-stacking technology and architecture, and heterogeneous multi-sequencer architectures. Prior to joining Intel in 2000, Dr. Shen was a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Carnegie Mellon University, where he supervised a total of 17 PhD students and numerous MS students and received multiple  teaching awards. Dr. Shen received his BS degree from the University of Michigan and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Southern California, all in Electrical Engineering.

    David Smith, Founder, Tynax. David is currently the founder and chairman of Tynax Inc. a global patent and technology exchange and managing partner at Cambridge Manhattan Group, a startup creation and incubation company. Author of the book "Zero to IPO", David has also founded more than ten technology startups in a high-tech career spanning over 25 years. As Apple World Marketing Manager in the early 1990's, David was responsible for Apple Computer's marketing programs in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. David's inventions have been awarded U.S. patents and his software and multimedia products have won critical acclaim. David holds a BSc.(Hons.) Computer Science & Economics from the University of Leeds (U.K.), a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the University of Westminster (U.K.) and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law (U.S.). 

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