Past Meetup

Improving and Accelerating Innovation from a Strategy Perspective

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Price: £5.00 /per person
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Regardless of whether you are a start-up or a multi-national player, access to financial capital is a key enabler to drive the transformation of innovative ideas into social and marketplace realities. The UK’s technology sector received more than £2.5 billion in VC funding in 2015 - a record figure, up 70% from 2014 - but it remains a challenge for companies to make best use of these funding opportunities. Coupled with a rapidly evolving interplay between technology ecosystems, the challenges of funding innovation brings renewed focus to the question of technology strategy.

This event features Luciano Oviedo and is jointly organised by London Futurists and the Strategic Management Forum. The event explores topics such as:

• What processes can be adopted to identify and support the most promising new technology products and services?

• How can applications or solutions be identified that have sustainable value?

• What business models are available that help increase the potential to transform a technology idea into market and humanitarian success?

• In a fiercely competitive environment, what can be done to accelerate and improve innovation?

• Despite the constraints of competition, what options exist for collaborations to improve the process of technology strategy?

• How is the role of technology strategy likely to evolve in the future?

Note: as an experiment, for this event, registrants will be asked three short questions when they RSVP to attend. Answering these questions is optional, but any answers will help the speaker to prepare.

About the main speaker:

Luciano C. Oviedo is a corporate and business strategist at Intel Corporation ( Luciano is involved in emerging markets and technologies such as 2D and 3D computational imaging, video analytics, cognitive computing, and augmented reality. He specialises in strategy processing, structuring strategic decisions, and the impact of strategy on competitiveness.

Luciano is also active with the Santa Fe Institute ( (as a Business Network Fellow exploring strategy and innovation as complex systems) and the Strategic Management Society ( (as a director for open strategy workshops held over the past year in Madrid, San Francisco, and Denver).

Luciano works in Silicon Valley, California, but is visiting the UK in pursuit of his vision to bring strategy practitioners and academics together to create new insights and novel collaborations.

About the Strategic Management Forum:

The Strategic Management Forum ( has the purpose to advance the professional practice of strategy management. It is run as a social enterprise, for the benefit of members: people who need to think, plan and act in ways that will have a significant impact on the fortunes of the business or organisation they work for, regardless of their function, job title or level of seniority.

The founder and CEO of the Strategic Management Forum, Paul Barnett (, will be attending this event and will be commenting on the topics discussed.

Meeting logistics:

2pm-4pm, Saturday 27th February 2016.

Venue: Room B20, Birkbeck College (, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room B20 is on the basement level in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms (, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ.

Event hashtag:

#LonFut (

To use the venue's wifi during the event

WiFi Network: BBK-Guest

Username: Londonfuturists1
Password: vbDbDi
(case sensitive)

This account will be active from from 12:00 to 18:00 on the day of the event.

In case of any difficulty, please make sure your wireless adapter is set to dynamically obtain an IP address.

Covering meeting costs:

A small fee (£5) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP.

This will be refunded if the meeting is cancelled or rearranged, or if the attendee cancels at least 3 days before the meetup.

Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)

Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organiser, notifying us in advance of your plans to attend.