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 an international authority in disruptive thinking, and in the practice of innovation as a leadership capability. He holds a faculty appointment at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where he is Executive Director of Entrepreneurship and Founder of the W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab. As Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing at NYU, he teaches one of the most popular electives for business students in both New York and Shanghai.
Williams is the inventor of 30+ U.S. patents and has designed more than 100 products in industries ranging from transportation to finance, and healthcare to consumer electronics. He is a fellow at frog design, one of the world’s most influential product strategy and design firms. His instruction on innovation has been sought by many of the world’s largest corporations and most agile startups.
Williams has addressed the UN General Assembly on the future of entrepreneurship; facilitated innovation workshops for the World Economic Forum; lectured in 21 countries, and has been featured in media ranging from Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Fast Company to The Wall Street Journal.