CIE Emerging Technologies Group seminar 1/26

Innovation: What, Why, and How   by Dr. William Kao


Date: Jan 26, 2016 (Tuesday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)
Venue: ITRI Int’l, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA
Talk Abstract:
Today, we need innovators more than any time before. Every organization and business is feeling the impact of globalization, migration, technological and knowledge revolutions, and climate change issues.
Even though efficiency is essential for business success, in the long run, it cannot sustain business growth. Studies have confirmed that all businesses want to be more innovative.
Management expert Peter Drucker said that if an established organization, is not able to innovate, it faces decline and extinction.
So what is Innovation?   Innovation may be defined as exploiting new ideas leading to the creation of a new product, process or service. It is not just the invention of a new idea that is important, but it is actually “bringing it to market”, putting into practice and exploiting it in a manner that leads to new products, services or systems that add value or improve quality. Innovation also means exploiting new technology and employing out-of-the-box thinking to generate new value and to bring about significant changes in society. It possibly involves technological transformation and management restructuring.
In this seminar the speaker will cover:

•      What is Innovation? Difference with Creativity, Invention

•       Why: Drivers and Conditions for Innovation, why is important
•       Types of Innovation
•       The Innovation Process ( the steps) , Innovation Matrix, Funnel, and Pyramid
•       Skills for Effective Innovators
        Lessons about Innovation
Speaker Bio:
Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, Cadence Design Systems.
 Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers on semiconductor design in IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight US software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design.
Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter, where he was Chapter Chair in 2005 and 2006.
Dr. Kao currently teaches Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Business Sustainability courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension.  He is a consultant for several Clean Tech and VC companies in Silicon Valley, and a Clean Technology consultant for the Chinese Government, for the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology, and for the Malaysian Government on new Emerging Technologies.
Between  2009-2015 Dr. Kao has authored and presented more than  50 talks, seminars, and short courses on the subjects of Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Business Sustainability, and other Emerging Technologies such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Robotics, Internet of Things, Smart Cities  and 3D Printing.
Aside from technology Dr. Kao also frequently lectures on interdisciplinary education, soft skills, green MBA, and Chinese traditional philosophy (Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Sun Tzu).