Innovation in companies and product teams

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On September 12, 1962, John F. Kennedy said:
"We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too".

Let's discuss the innovation in companies and product teams in 2019: what is hard, how we set the goal, how we organize our energies and measure our skills, what challenges do we face and what challenges are we willing to accept!

Our sponsor and host for this evening is Valtech

18:30-18:50 Arrival,
Networking&Food&Drinks

18:50-19:00 - Product Management @Valtech

19:00-19:30
"Success factors for innovation" with Axel Hermes
Axel’s journey in the digital world started more than twenty years ago, during his studies in Industrial Design in Wuppertal. After working as an Information Architect at Sapient Düsseldorf for clients like Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Group and Lufthansa, as Head of UX at HRS in Cologne, where he build up an internal UX team of 11 people and a year in a customer experience agency in Düsseldorf, he started in March 2017 as Sr. Consultant in the Product Strategy team at Valtech Germany in Cologne. He supports the digital transformation of small to medium sized companies as well as big enterprises with a customer centric view on business models, product strategy and organizational design. He also leads the Product Strategy Circle to further develop an adequate methodology kit for Valtech and its clients.

19:30 - 20:00
"Design Thinking in B2B - Why it doesn’t work and what you can do about it" with Marc Pudelski
Marc Pudelski currently works at SMS digital as a product manager for building an industrial platform to unlock new productivity gains for the steel industry. In the past, he's had the chance to work on product development that combines contemporary innovation methods and traditional B2B approaches. Marc holds a master’s degree in Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship from TU Berlin, where he focused on customer-centric and lean product development. In his free time, he enjoys running long distances and learning about the Chinese culture.

20:00 - 20:15 - Networking&Food&Drinks

20:15 - 21:30
"Ex Navy turns Pirate" with Mladen Panov
Mladen is a co-founder at Innovatio Kickbox & COO at Vorwärts. As an entrepreneur, he has seen first hand what is the life of an early stage startup, made a ton of mistakes and learned what people building innovative products should focus on in the beginning. He has also taught hundreds of innovators (employed people & startup founders working on new ideas) all the way from Japan to the USA to build products and provide them with a shortcut to validating innovative ideas.
He totally loves traveling around the world with his wife and 2 kids and is passionate about skiing, diving, playing chess and backgammon as well as having a beer at the Black Sea coast in Bulgaria.

21:30 - 22:00 Networking&Food&Drinks