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The RocketSpace Corporate Membership brings together the biggest corporations across industries to capitalize on the most disruptive technologies. Member companies gain exposure not only to game-changing startups and other innovative corporations, but also to tactical toolkits to partnering with them. 

The Summit, which is part of the Corporate Membership, is a 2 day interactive event that immerses attendees in emerging technology trends, introduces them to some of the best startups for potential partnerships and brings peers together with hands-on workshops.

Date: January 23-24, 2017

Location: RocketSpace, 180 Sansome Street, Floor 3, San Francisco, CA


Day 1:  Monday, January 23, 2017












Opening Remarks: Michele McConomy

Tech in Europe, the UK and London: The new RocketSpace UK Campus


Keynote: Jonathan Reichental, CIO, City of Palo Alto

Corporate Innovation Presentations & Discussion

Technology Trend Presentation

Startup Showcase

Travel to TRES

Dinner at TRES

Day 2:  Tuesday, January 24, 2017 












Keynote: Dr. Frederick G. Pferdt, Chief Innovation Evangelist, Google Inc.

Corporate Innovation Partnership Case Studies


Workshop: "Next Practices" of open-innovation focused intrapreneurship


Technology Trends Presentation

Startup Showcase


Cocktail Hour: Startup-Corporate Mixer

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Jonathan Reichental is the CIO of the City of Palo Alto. Multiple award-winning senior executive responsible for planning and directing a forward-thinking and innovative technology strategy that assists City departments in providing quality services to the citizens, businesses and visitors of Palo Alto. Currently focusing on modernizing the existing technology environment, implementing enhancements to the citywide SAP implementation, as well as pushing the boundaries of innovation in local government such as open data and broader civic participation through mobile devices. An experienced IT leader with over 25 years of success in driving and achieving organizational goals in both the private and public sectors in a variety of key technology positions including Chief Information Officer (CIO), IT Innovation Director, Software Engineering Senior Manager, and external IT Consultant.
Dr. Frederik G. Pferdt

Dr. Frederick G. Pferdt is Google's Chief Innovation Evangelist and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University. His passion is to develop the capacity to innovate in everybody and believes creativity exists in all of us. He leads a talented team which helps Googlers solve anything creatively by building a thriving innovation culture and trains people on how to build a better future through technology, fast. Frederik is co-founder of “The Garage”, Google’s hacker/designer/maker space and created the CSI:Lab (Creative Skills for Innovation), which develops innovators and generates hundreds of new-to-the-world ideas with teams from YouTube to Chrome, the HR team to [x]. As an Adjunct Professor at Stanford’s d.school, he feels lucky to empower students through user-centered, prototype-driven design so that they can do cool things that matter in the world. He was nominated as a visiting scholar at the Center for Design Research, Stanford University and research scholar at EdLab, Columbia University where he researched the convergence of design, technology and education and is a regular guest speaker at Singularity University to help leaders think exponentially and invent a desirable future.

Frederik holds a Master of Science in Business and Human Resource Education from University of Konstanz and a Doctorate in Learning Design & Technology from the University of Paderborn. His creative views on innovation culture, leadership and future technology have earned him invitations to transform an array of Fortune Global 500 organizations and were featured in FastCompany, Spiegel Wissen, brandeins, Der Spiegel, Manager Magazin, FAZ, NZZaS, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt, Google Asia Blog, Google Blog, Financial Review, FvF, FastCompany, The Telegraph, Time Magazine, Spiegel Buch, Handelsblatt, Oggi, El Mercurio, BBC Radio and on NDR and he acts as Global Innovation Consultant to the UN. He currently lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and draws inspiration from the playfulness and explorer mindsets of his three children.


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