There's no shortage of innovation within EMC. I've previously suggested it to be one of the key elements that keeps me so engaged here.
Our annual Innovation Conference is being held in Franklin, MA. this week... While innovation is part of the very fabric of EMC culture, this two-day event helps celebrate by bringing together a group of global employees to discuss, debate and consider new areas of investment and focus.
Leading up to the event, teams of employees collaborate on new ideas for consideration, and submit for review. Last year, there were 300 such submissions. This year - 984 (see - EMC'ers really like this stuff). Ideas are voted on by the community, and ultimately 30 or so are selected as finalists. These finalists make up the very core of this event - and much of day two is spent reviewing their submissions.
Last year, there were 300 attendees. This year, over a thousand. In fact, to help scale the event and in the interest of being responsible global citizens, the team has added an interactive broadcast component. Having tuned in to the early introductions, I see over 15 broadcast points spread across the globe, enabling remote employees to get together and participate without jumping on a plane. Of course, ample opportunities to interact with a video broadcast and live Q&A mechanism.
Oh right - and did I mention EMC ONE was at the very center of this event? Yeah... that makes me feel pretty good ;)
Some pictures of the early on...
Jeff Nick, EMC SVP and CTO, opens the day
Last years winners, and who's that in the crowd?
Also, interesting to note that Yammer has become a rather important back channel for the event... Enabling the invaluable hallways conversations often missed by virtual attendance.