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The Future of Innovation and Consumer Electronics

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From broadband spectrum to HDTV, from gaming to Hollywood and social media, innovation is happening through industry, entrepreneurs and technology advances. How is consumer electronics driving innovation in the U.S. and abroad – and what role does design play in consumer electronics innovation? Come hear from the head of an organization that represents 2,000 technology companies and produces the International CES Conference – in conversation with a CE innovation and design leader.



Gary Shapiro Pres & CEO Consumer Electronics Association

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the U.S. trade association representing over 2,000 consumer electronics companies and owning and producing the continent’s largest annual tradeshow, the International CES®.

Shapiro leads a staff of 150 employees and thousands of industry volunteers and has testified before Congress on technology and business issues more than 20 times. Washington Life magazine has named him one of the 100 most influential people in Washington. Gary authored the 2011 bestselling book The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream (Beaufort). Through this book, as a weekly columnist and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Daily Caller and other publications, he has helped direct policymakers on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy.

Shapiro led the industry in its successful transition to HDTV. He is a charter inductee to the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, and received its highest award as the industry leader most influential in advancing HDTV. As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), Shapiro led the manufacturers’ battle to preserve the legality of recording technology and consumer fair use rights. Shapiro has held many exhibition industry leadership posts, and received the exhibition industry’s highest honor, the Pinnacle Award.

Kevin O'Malley Pres TechTalk/Studio

Chairman of the Business and Leadership Forum at the Commonwealth Club of California; developing, producing and moderating programs and series on a variety of topics.

With an international background in cross-cultural communications and linguistics, Kevin applies unique training and coaching skills and partnership building to the world of corporate speaking and events. His approach successfully brings disciplines such as deconstruction and semiotics into executive development and face to face interactions with targeted audiences.

Richard Watson Co-founder & Partner Essential

Design catalyst, product alchemist, columnist and Silversmith, Richard Watson is a leading advisor to companies on product innovation and an authority in the field of design strategy. Richard drives innovation in organizations, helping them navigate complex design issues in rapidly changing environments.

Founding partner of the research, strategy and development consulting firm Essential, Richard helps business leaders create innovative products and services in consumer, healthcare, and commercial markets + brings them together with his team of researchers, skilled translators, industrial designers and engineers.

Richard speaks on the business power of design strategy, design vision and trends analysis and is an active and extremely accomplished designer of successful, award winning products. His clients include Dell, Pyrex, iRobot, P&G, Altec Lansing, EMC and Puma.

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