We’re 1 month away from the Innovation Conference; here’s a quick update on the contest and view into next month’s conference.
In my last post on the EMC Innovation Conference, I discussed how this year, the judging was a mixture of a judging panel and community voting. The semi-finalists were evenly split between the popular vote and the judges, with 1/8 overlap (high number of community votes and high ranking from the judges). The judges then reviewed all of the semi-finalists to narrow down to 30 finalists.
Since there was a relatively low number of overlaps in the semi-finalists, I was impressed to see that ~1/2 of the finalist ideas (14 of 30) were community semi-finalists (and ~2/3 [21 of 30] were judging semi-finalists). The finalists included a diverse population of EMC, including teams from 7 countries from a broad spectrum of the organization. I’d like to offer special congratulations to 3 EMC bloggers who have ideas in the finals: Steve Todd, Barry Burke and Craig Randall.
EMC’s new Bangalore facility, which will be the primary location for this year’s innovation conference, has opened. You can see a picture of the facility here (you will also note that it is a “LEED” certified Green Building). BusinessWeek did a nice writeup:
EMC is signaling strongly that it seeks innovation from India—not just cheaper labor. When the company holds its third annual global innovation conference on Oct. 14, the main stage for the virtual event will be at the Bangalore campus…EMC is doing some interesting things to engage its global workforce. But, for now, the main point I want to make is that this company is doing the right thing vis a vis its Indian employees. It doesn’t treat them as commodity brains to be had on the cheap. It signals that it expects great ideas and work to come from them. I bet it will.
A key piece of the conference at each location will be a panel discussing local innovations. Not only will this be great for the local conferences, but the sessions will be recorded so that they can be shared internally with the global workforce.
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