Jack Hughes is an entrepreneur/founder/investor in open-innovation, community-based business models. Mr. Hughes has founded, designed and managed numerous companies through their entire lifecycle: inception -> funding -> scale -> ongoing operations. Mr. Hughes was founder/CEO of Tallan, Inc. (a software consultancy) and TopCoder, Inc. (a community of over 1 million software developers and data scientists) -- both recognized multiple times as Inc. magazine and Deloitte and Touche 500/50 fastest growing companies in the United States. Mr. Hughes is a founding investor/board member of Tongal, Inc. (community-based video production), eFabless, Inc. (community-based circuit design) and other open-innovation, community-based startups.
Mr. Hughes is chair of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
Mr. Hughes received a B.S. in computer science from Boston College in 1984.
Hila Lifshitz-Assaf is an assistant professor of information, operations, and management Sciences at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. Professor Lifshitz-Assaf’s research focuses on developing an in-depth empirical and theoretical understanding of the micro-foundations of scientific and technological innovation and knowledge creation processes in the digital age. She explores how the ability to innovate is being transformed, as well as the challenges and opportunities that result for R&D organizations, professionals, and their work. She investigates new forms of organizing for the production of scientific and technological innovation such as crowdsourcing, open source, Wikipedia, hackathons, makeathons, and artificial intelligence. She conducted an in-depth three-year longitudinal field study of NASA’s experimentation with open innovation online platforms and communities. This study received the best dissertation Grigor McClelland Award at the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) 2015. Her studies follow a field research approach, deeply engaging with the industry, leading her to receive the Industry Studies Association Frank Giarrantani Rising Star award (2017). Prior to academia, Professor Lifshitz-Assaf worked as a strategy consultant for seven years, specializing in growth and innovation strategy in telecommunications, consumer goods, and finance.
Professor Lifshitz-Assaf received a Doctor of Business Administration in management from Harvard University in 2014.
Fiona Murray is the associate dean of innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management, William Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship, and co-director of MIT’s Innovation Initiative. She is also the faculty director at the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT. Dr. Murray serves on the British Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology and has been awarded for her services to innovation and entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom. Dr. Murray is an international expert on the transformation of investments in scientific and technical innovation into innovation-based entrepreneurship that drives jobs, wealth creation, and regional prosperity. She has a special interest in the commercialization of science from idea to impact and the mechanisms that can be effectively used to link universities with entrepreneurs, large corporations, and philanthropists in that process.
Dr. Murray received a Ph.D. in applied sciences from Harvard University in 1996.
Zoe Szajnfarber is an associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at The George Washington University. She also holds a courtesy appointment in Space Policy in the Elliott School of International Affairs, also at GWU, and holds a research appointment in the Institute for Data Systems and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She studies the design and development of complex systems, primarily in the aerospace and defense sectors. Her work is deeply empirical and considers both the organization and technical system architectures to “design-in” an ability to achieve performance goals across extended and highly uncertain operational lifetimes. Recent projects examine the nature and function of scientific and technical expertise in the design process, particularly in the context of open innovation. Dr. Szajnfarber serves as an associate editor for the journal Systems Engineering and is on the executive committee for the International Council of Engineering Systems Universities. Dr. Szajnfarber received a Ph.D. in engineering systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011.
Christian Terwiesch is the Andrew M. Heller Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a professor in Wharton’s Operations, Information, and Decisions department and co-director of Penn’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management. He also holds a faculty appointment in the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. Professor Terwiesch’s latest book, Innovation Tournaments (published by Harvard Business School Press) has led to innovation tournaments in organizations around the world. In the healthcare space, some of Professor Terwiesch recent projects include the design of patient-centered care processes in the VA hospital system, the impact of emergency room crowding on hospital revenues and the patient experience at Penn Medicine, and the usage of patient portals and remote patient monitoring.
Dr. Terwiesch received a Ph.D. in management from INSEAD in 1997.
Norman Whitaker is a Microsoft Distinguished Scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research Special Projects. As managing director of Microsoft Research Special Projects, he provides a structure for projects with focused objectives aimed at altering and expanding what people imagine is possible with technology. Previously, Dr. Whitaker served as deputy director of the Information Innovation Office at DARPA. Dr.Whitaker also served as deputy director of the Transformational Convergence Technology Office, as special assistant to the DARPA director, and as program manager for the DARPA Urban Challenge autonomous-vehicle program. He also was centrally involved in planning DARPA’s 2005 Grand Challenge. Before his work at DARPA, Dr.Whitaker was CEO of the Escher Research Institute (which he co-founded in 2003), CTO of Puritan Research, and a program manager at DARPA. From 1986 to 1997, he was on the research staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Dr.Whitaker received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986.
Brian Wright is a professor of agricultural economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the director of the University of California’s Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics and an economist with the Agricultural Experiment Station. Dr. Wright’s research interests include economics of markets for storable commodities; market stabilization; agricultural policy; industrial organization; public finance; invention incentives; intellectual property rights including the comparison of patents, prizes, and research contracts as research incentives; intellectual property licensing; and the economics of conservation and innovation of genetic resources. He has co-authored or co-edited several books, including Storage and Commodity Markets; Reforming Agricultural Commodity Policy; Saving Seeds: The Economics of Conserving Genetic Resources at the CGIAR Centers; and Accessing Biodiversity and Sharing the Benefits: Lessons from Implementing the Convention on Biodiversity.
From 2004 to 2005, Dr. Wright served on the National Academies’ Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in Genomic and Protein Research and Innovation.
Dr. Wright received a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1976.
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