THURSDAY / JUNE 2, 2016 / 9:30 AM
How you can learn to inspire innovation
Inspiration for new ideas can come from many sources — in trying to solve a problem, from other industries, from frustrating situations and from other people, whether they be customers or staff. Many organizations get ideas from startup companies pitching their solution. In this session, you’ll hear out-of-the-box thinking that led to new ideas for new technology experiences.
Travis Beaven | Chief Product Officer | UIEvolution
Travis Beaven has been a leader in the space of connected experiences for over 20 years, working with companies like Microsoft, AT&T, Disney, Carnival Cruise Lines, DIRECTV, Toyota and many more. A technology futurist, Travis focuses on delivering solutions today while building a platform for tomorrow. As Chief Product Officer for UIEvolution, Travis is an award-recognized innovator in the space of mobility, signage, in-car infotainment and IPTV solutions around the world, with a careful eye toward recognizing guest trends and adapting solutions that focus on experience first.
Brandon Elliott | Digital Strategy & Technology Advisor | Infusion
Brandon is a first generation “digital native” who grew up with the latest technology device, game system or computer in his hands. This childhood hobby is what triggered Brandon’s life-long passion for technology and his relentless drive to create, improve, innovate and transform the way we live, work and play. Brandon specializes in Information Technology and is a former business owner with 24+ years of hands-on experience including engineering, development and management; he’s customer centric and results driven with experience working with IT, executive management and key business personnel to bring business strategy and technology innovation together.
Sarah Furnari | VP, Retail Experience | BEHR
As Vice President of Retail Experience for Masco Architectural Coatings, Sarah Furnari leads strategy and operations for the BEHR and KILZ brands in-store. In 2015, her team launched a new Color Solutions Center to help consumers more easily find their perfect color. Their next goal is to inspire confidence and fun in the color selection process through an enhanced in-store experience. Sarah has been with Masco since 2005, and prior to that, held roles as a Formulator, Process Engineer, Raw Materials Buyer, and Product Manager for The Sherwin-Williams Company
Christopher Hall | Managing Director | ICX Association
Christopher Hall is Managing Director of ICX Association. Prior to this position he was managing editor of content for B2B publisher Networld Media Group, and the editor of DigitalSignageToday.com, the leading news portal for the digital signage industry, covering digital out of-home advertising, digital billboards, experiential digital branding, and digital signage hardware, software and displays. An award-winning former newspaper reporter and magazine writer, Christopher is a five-year veteran of the digital signage and kiosk industries who has consulted for and spoken on the digital signage industry sector-wide.