Program Agenda

Innovation School 2017 attendees toast during a networking event

 

The OSA Foundation has redefined The Innovation School done in a virtual way.   This digital school will be jam packed with impactful networking, mentor power hours, hands-on workshops, industry speakers and fireside chats, & VC happy hours. 

 

SUNDAY – 12 July

15:00 EDT........Pitch Assembly (presentations due) 
17:00 EDT........Rock the Vote: Voting Must be Submitted By 24:00

MONDAY – 13 July

10:00 EDT ........Welcome, Meet the Mentors and Make Some Waves
11:00 EDT........Ideas, Ideas, Ideas…the Art of Recognizing Original Ideas
12:00 EDT……..Lab Snack Time & Group Networking
12:30 EDT……..Coffee with the Expert: Mary Lou Jepsen, Founder & CEO, Openwater
13:00 EDT……..A Random Walk on the Tightrope: Forming Teams  
14:00 EDT……..Out on a Limb: How to Conduct Customer Research
16:00 EDT……..Mentor Power Hour + lunch, dinner or nightcap
17:00 EDT……..The Road Less Traveled; How to Hypothesize and Build a Strategy
18:30 EDT……..VC Happy Hour!
  

TUESDAY – 14 July

10:00 EDT........Make Some Waves; Team Break Outs
11:00 EDT........Fools Rush In: Customers and Evidence Gathering  
12:00 EDT……..Lab Snack Time & Group Networking
13:00 EDT……..Born to Rebel:  How to Shake Things Up  
14:00 EDT……..Preparing for the Marathon: Patience & Attitude to Help you Lead a Start-Up
16:00 EDT……..Mentor Power Hour (team check in’s) + lunch, dinner or nightcap
17:00 EDT……..Drinks with the Expert: Zak Naizi, Founder and CEO, Circle Optics
 

WEDNESDAY – 15 July

10:00 EDT.......Making Waves: Team Presentations & Feedback
11:00 EDT…….A Bolt of Energy: How to Create MVP’s, + Prototypes
12:00 EDT …….Lab Snack Time and Groupthink Time
12:30 EDT…….Coffee with the Expert: Ruth Houbertz, CEO & Managing Director, Multiphoton Optics
13:00 EDT…….Cont. A Bolt of Energy: MVP’s and Prototypes
14:00 EDT…….Growing Pains: Team Presentations and Feedback
15:30 EDT…….Movers & Shapers: Innovation as a Career
16:30 EDT…….Mentor Power Hour (team check in’s) + lunch, dinner or nightcap
17:30 EDT…….Strength in Small Numbers: The Science of Innovation Teams
18:30 EDT…….VC Happy Hour

 

THURSDAY – 16 July

10:00 EDT.......Making Waves: Team Presentations & Feedback
11:00 EDT…….Give and Take: Best Practices for the Perfect Pitch
12:00 EDT…….Lab Snack Time and Groupthink time
13:00 EDT…….Meet with the Designer
14:30 EDT…….Coffee with the Expert: Peter de Groot, Executive Director of R & D, Zygo Corporation 
15:00 EDT…….Mentor Power Hour (team check in’s) + lunch, dinner or nightcap
16:30 EDT……Pitch Perfect: Finalizing Your Winning Pitch  
18:30 EDT……VC Happy Hour  

 

FRIDAY – 17 July

10:00 EDT........Making Waves: Final Team Preparation + Rehearsal
12:00 EDT........Final Pitches + Judging
13:00 EDT........Coffee with the Expert: Katharine Schmidtke, Director, Sourcing, Facebook, USA 
13:30 EDT........Cont. Final Pitches and Judging
14:30EDT.........Lab Snack Time + Group Networking
15:15 EDT........Pitch Panel Results
15:30 EDT........Closing Reception