It’s been about two months since we made the trek to Boston for the 13th Annual Front End of Innovation conference at the seaport. We’ve taken some time to reflect on our experiences there: meeting new people with new ideas, ideating around points heralded by the keynote speakers and the general vibe of so much innovation all under one roof! After some good, old-fashioned rumination, here’s what we learned:

 

  1. You can be just “whelmed.”
  2. And it isn’t a bad thing! Attendees loved the field-trips and external events at the conference — including the pop-up innovation loft environment we created just outside the expo floor. Keynotes and panel discussions kept things moving, but the in-between networking and innovation sessions provided a chance to really engage.

     

  3. Interaction is key.
  4. The FEI keynotes were great, and the agenda was full of tracks to keep you occupied and using your brain. But having interactive exhibits — including games and brainstorming activities — really helped to pull the whole event together.

     

  5. Disruption is hot!
  6. No matter what space you’re innovating in, disrupting the everyday flow and way of thinking is the best way to get the creative juices flowing and gain team alignment. Whether it’s a mini session or a full, three-day workshop, a little disruption is just what you and your team need.

     

  7. YOU have what it takes.
  8. The innovation community is growing, and more people are discovering the value of innovation training. Let our knowledgeable facilitators be your guide to innovation! Our upcoming two day TeamStorming Facilitator Training will be an immersive brainstorming methodology session that will allow you to engage in fun and informative training modules to equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to lead your organization in highly-effective team building, brainstorming, and creative collaboration exercises. This comprehensive experience will help you overcome common meeting obstacles by using group thinking to ideate new outcomes. Click HERE for more info.

     


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