Silicon Valley Innovation Leadership Week

5 Days  ·  7 Topics  ·  12+ Experts

Helping executives learn about disruptive technologies & build innovative teams

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Responsible for leading your company's innovation?

Interested in understanding disruptive technologies from the leaders?

Help your company advance with new strategies, technologies and a transformative framework now.

October 29 - November 2, 2018

Held in Berkeley and Silicon Valley. Apply by August 31, 2018.

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Program Overview

This program guides leaders to transform their organizations with new insights on strategy, disruptive technologies and creating innovative cultures.

Advance Disruptive Innovation in your Firm

Get insights on how to be at the forefront of innovative trends with the Berkeley Method of Innovation Leadership framework.

Understand Emerging Technologies

Hear from UC Berkeley's thought leaders in Blockchain, AI, Robotics, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Cognition.

Learn from Silicon Valley Executives

Obtain insight from executives, entrepreneurs, VCs, and UC Berkeley faculty on their successful practice of innovation.

Network with Global Leaders

Join general and technical leaders from firms around the world including Pacific Rim, Europe and South America.

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Who Should Attend

  • Executives and Founders
  • VPs
  • General Managers
  • Directors
  • Architects or Technology Leaders 
  • MBA Candidates
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What to Expect

  • Learn Berkeley Method of Innovation Leadership
  • Executive level discussions on the most relevant disruptive technologies
  • Plan your firm's innovation via project & feedback from UC Berkeley faculty
  • Enhance your company culture for innovation
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Course Format

  • Learn about emerging business models
  • Visit innovation centers in Silicon Valley
  • Receive feedback from Silicon Valley executives, entrepreneurs and UC Berkeley faculty
  • Network with global business leaders

Typical Speakers

Academic Thought Leaders and Industry Innovators

Ikhlaq Sidhu

Faculty Director & Founder
SCET, UC Berkeley

Marc Tarpenning

Co-Founder
Tesla

Anca Dragan

Assistant Professor
EECS, UC Berkeley

Steve Blank

Entrepreneur &
Adjunct Professor
Stanford University

Shomit Ghose

Managing Director & Partner
Onset Ventures

Hap Klopp

Founder,
North Face

Pieter Abbeel

Professor, AI/Robotics,
EECS, UC Berkeley
Co-Founder, Embodied Intelligence, Verizon

Gigi Wang

Chair & Director
Berkeley Start-up Boot-camp & Collider Workshops

 

Allen Yang

Executive Director,
Center for Augmented Cognition,
UC Berkeley

Wayne Delker

Former CIO
Clorox

Robert Strand

Executive Director
Center for Responsible Business
Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Margaret Schmidt

Vice President of Product Development
Intuit

Ken Singer

Managing Director
Sutardja Center for
Entrepreneurship & Technology

Danny Lange

Vice President, AI & Machine Learning
Unity Technologies

Charles Fan

Former SVP, VMware
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Founder
MemVerge

 

Jocelyn Weber

Director of Executive Programs,
Sutardja Center, UC Berkeley

Featured Speaker: Pieter Abbeel

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Working to break AI out of its ivory tower is Pieter Abbeel, electrical engineering and computer science professor at UC Berkeley, (who) is "puppeteer(ing) the robot around in a way that the robot experiences exactly what it’s going to experience when it’s doing it itself," says Abbeel. "That way a robot can learn much more efficiently." By using VR, Abbeel and his team have shortened the robotic skill-acquisition process from months and weeks down to a single day.

Read more about Abbeel's approach to moving AI and robotics forward to solve real world problems.

Featured Speaker: Steve Blank

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"Almost every large company understands that it also needs to deal with ever-increasing external threats by continually innovating. To ensure their survival and growth, corporations need to keep inventing new business models. This challenge requires entirely new organizational structures and skills."

Read more about Blank's famous approach to innovation

Program Details

Location

Silicon Valley and UC Berkeley Campus

Program Timing

October 29 - November 2, 2018 through Monday to Friday

Application Deadline

August 31, 2018

Program Fee

$9,750 USD inclusive of tuition, cases, materials, and lunches

Launched in 2012, this program has brought together candidates from across the globe with renowned Berkeley faculty and Silicon Valley executives to learn and work on the challenge of driving continuous innovation from leaders as diverse as shipping industry executives to leading hospital administrators.  Originally part of a joint, exclusive effort by Berkeley Engineering and Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Executive MBA program, this week is now an open enrollment program, expanded to include select leaders from around the globe and from Silicon Valley to increase the diversity of thought and provide a broader, global network to the cohort.

FAQ & How to Apply

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Testimonials

"The course was excellent; it was perfect to share our experiences and knowledge from different backgrounds and realities." — General Manager, Sodimac Chile

“The lessons you learn in SVIL are organizational changing.” — CEO Latin America retailer

“My key takeaways included the following:

  • My company needs to make better use of big data
  • Innovation process for horizon 3 will be critical to the company's future
  • The state of the art of different technologies and tendencies (AI, big data, marketing, VR)"
  • How to approach the innovation processes among organizations
  • The skills and perspective that entrepreneurs and managers must have or develop” —

    Chief Acceleration Officer, Digevo

“It was a fantastic week.” — VP of Innovation, Volvo Penta