WBI attends Innovation Conference as 2019 Impact Award finalist

07.02.20 04:03 PM By Jennie Hempstead

Steven Rader, Deputy Director for the Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation at NASA Johnson Space Center.

WBI attended the Innovation Leader 2019 Impact conference held in San Francisco, CA in October, 2019. Innovation Leader brought together 350 strategy, innovation, and R&D executives from around the world. WBI was selected as an Impact award finalist based on their innovation approach and support to AFRL/RY and JNWC in developing and transitioning a capability that effectively addressed a Joint Urgent Operational Need (JUON) . The Agile Meridian program demonstrated the rapid innovation approach that went from Need definition to Commercial solution in the hands of the warfighter in 14 months. The program was dramatically faster and substantially less cost than traditional methods.


While the Agile Meridan program has been a profound success, the recognition from Innovation Leader as a finalist for the Impact Award, competing with hundreds of innovative industry leaders, reinforces the value of WBI's innovation and commercialization services and the collaboration with AFRL.


In addition to learning from innovators at companies like General Mills, Slack, Cisco, Clorox, Impossible Foods, Fitbit, Nationwide, NASA, Royal Caribbean, and more, WBI connected with potential subject matter experts from nontraditional industry partners that may contribute to key AF programs. (like Skyborg).


Collective Next illustrator Bree Sanchez created graphical notes for several of the sessions at the event.