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Innovation Is Combinatorial: Bridging Technologies to Transcend Boundaries

  • Tepper School of Business, Mellon Auditorium 5050 Tech Street Pittsburgh, PA, 15217 United States (map)

In a sense, all innovation is based on the adaptation and combination of other ideas and technologies that came before it. From the wheel to the internal combustion engine to the integrated circuit, each invention not only constituted a recombination of different pre-existing components, but in turn became a component of a future invention soon afterward. It's a cycle that has continued since the dawn of human civilization.

However, looking at the past 100 or even 10 years, it's clear that there's something different about the present pace of innovation, with massive paradigm shifts around work, play, communications, and travel taking place within the course of the past generation. The move toward a globalized digital economy has meant that access to new technologies and their components is near-universal and often free. With billions of people now accessing an abundance of APIs, open-source software, computing power, cheap/advanced manufacturing, etc., the engine of innovation has changed.

Advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, connected devices, brain-computer-interfaces, and other leading-edge technologies are already quickly disrupting the ways we live, work, play, and interact with the world around us. This event will feature a panel of experts from each of these domains, who will share what they see as the current state of the art and what they think might have the most combinatorial potential.


5:30pm |
 Doors open, food served (Choolaah Indian BBQ, vegan options available)
6:00pm | Introduction: The essence of combinatorial innovation
Kenny Chen, Innovation Director, Ascender
6:05pm | ANA Avatar XPRIZE: The pathway to robotic avatars
Jacki Morie, Advisor, ANA Avatar XPRIZE
6:30pm | Panel discussion: Bridging Technologies to Transcend Boundaries
Ryan O'Shea, Founder, Future Grind [Expertise: Human augmentation] (Moderator)
Jennifer Collinger, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh [Expertise: Neuroprosthetics]
Christopher Martin, Director of R+D Intelligent + Secure IoT, Bosch [Expertise: Security, IoT]
Jorgen Pederson, Founder & CEO, RE2 Robotics [Expertise: Robotics]
7:30pm | Networking
8:30pm | Doors close

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