Robert Brunner’s career as an industrial designer is iconic in the high technology arena. As director of industrial design at Apple Computer, he founded the Industrial Design Group and developed the original Macintosh PowerBook, Newton, and 20th Anniversary Macprelude to the iMac. As a partner at Pentagram, one of the world’s most influential design firms, he worked with Fortune 500 companies, including Nike, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Dell, and Nokia, as well as developed new products for many global enterprises. In early 2007, Robert founded Ammunition, a product design, brand, and interactive development consultancy. His product designs have won numerous awards from the Industrial Designers Society of America and BusinessWeek, including eight best of category awards. His work is included in the permanent design collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Robert also teaches advanced product design at Stanford University.
Deepa Prahalad is a business strategist with experience in a wide range of industries. She holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Passionate about emerging markets and innovation, she began her career researching how to increase efficiency in UN procurement, and later moved to Singapore to become a commodities trader with Cargill. She has also worked as a management consultant specializing in the opportunities at the intersection of consumer experiences, technology, and strategy.
Ravi Sawhney is founder and CEO of RKS, a global leader in strategy, innovation, and design. Sawhney's contributions to the industrial design profession are legendary. At Xerox, he was sole Industrial Designer working with a team of 20 cognitive and social scientists to develop the world's first touch-screen interface. Sawhney has been recognized with nearly every major industrial design award, and has helped RKS's elite clients generate more than 150 patents. He invented the popular Psycho-AestheticsSM design strategy presented in his book Predictable Magic, an approach that has been profiled as a Harvard Business School case study.
Luke Williams is a leading consultant, speaker, and educator in the areas of innovation strategy and disruptive thinking. For more than a decade, he has worked internationally with industry leaders like American Express, Sony, General Electric, Crocs, Virgin, Disney, and Hewlett-Packard, to develop new business models, products, services, and brands.
Williams is a Fellow at frog design--one of the most influential innovation companies in the world--and an Adjunct Professor of innovation at NYU Stern School of Business. He speaks throughout the international community, and his opinions have been featured in BusinessWeek, Fast Company, and The Wall Street Journal.