It is with great pleasure and a huge honor that I can now announce to everyone a special guest speaker for the Las Vegas Innovation Weekend event taking place from October 17, 2010 until the 18th! Vinnie Mirchandani, blogger (Deal Architect and New Florence), mentor, Enterprise Irregular and author of “The New Polymath” will be joining us to kick off the event in a special “keynote” to talk about innovation and inspiration!
For those who don’t know Vinnie, you have to go and check out his blogs and see for yourself – I’ve had lots of contact with him over the years and each time I feel I walk away knowing and understanding more. Vinnie is a former technology industry analyst (with Gartner), outsourcing executive (with PwC, now part of IBM) and entrepreneur (co-founder of sourcing advisory firm, IQ4Hire).
He’s currently been on a world tour around his new book and we were lucky to find an opportunity where we could bring him to our event! His book “The New Polymath” is loaded full of examples of innovations happening all around us and in places many never dreamed of but yet Vinnie has not only found them but brought them to light in an interesting way and now he’ll be at the Innovation Weekend in Vegas to share his insights on true innovation with a group of people from the SAP communities who are about to take on a challenge of taking an idea to prototype inside of 30 hours with some of SAP’s newest innovative technologies and those of our partners! He’ll also be a member of the jury reviewing the prototypes at the end of the 30 hours to select the best one to join me during the Demo Jam event on stage the following night to showcase what they have come up with!
This won’t be the first time Vinnie has joined me on one of my crazy all night adventures he was also a guest on my last 24 Hour Marathon for the Doctors Without Borders so I’m very excited to have him joining us again for this event and I think his insights into the world of innovation will be a true inspiration for those attending the event! Plus I plan to sucker him into signing books when he’s there in exchange for letting him sneak out to sleep while we hack away for the 30 hours 😉 So bring your copy and come meet Vinnie during the Innovation Weekend in Las Vegas!