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Private engagements are funded by sponsors to advance the innovation in specific fields. Feel free to apply to any of the projects listed below.


Optimizing Sales of Contact Lenses

We are assembling a high-caliber panel of 15 U.S. Optometrists to discuss the future of contact lenses purchasing over a 4-day engagement. Ideal participants will have a pulse on emerging sales trends in contact lens industry.

This "Design Sprint" will be launching on Tuesday, 6/20.

Seeking Expert Participation

U.S. Optometrists

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The Future of Biologics Manufacturing

We're assembling an online Advisory Board to explore disruptive technology innovations and market trends in biologics manufacturing with a focus on pharma that is shaping the next wave of manufacturing concepts.

Ideal candidates will possess knowledge of the biologics manufacturing. We are looking for a wide range of experts like pharmacists, R&D directors, experts in biologics and protein synthesis.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Biologics manufacturing experts (scale-up, industrialization)
- Project leaders, product development managers, and R&D engineers
- Biologics and protein synthesis experts
- Pharmacists
- Research scientist
- Protein synthesis experts
- Background in biotech therapeutics: (stem cells, next gen therapeutic antibodies/protein and therapeutic genome editing)

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The Future of Payment Technologies

We are assembling an exclusive virtual Advisory Board to discuss the Future of Payment Technologies.

Ideal candidates will have a pulse on push payments. We are looking for forward-thinkers and experts in this field.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Digital Payments Experts
- P2P/Push Payments
- Product Development Specialists
- Technical Delivery Experts

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Effective Late Stage Customization

We're assembling an ongoing Advisory Board to discuss the latest trends and innovations in Late Stage Customization. We will also explore best practices focusing on process and organizational structure in this space.

Ideal candidates will possess knowledge related to late stage customization efficiency. We are looking for a wide range of backgrounds including, but not limited to logistics and distribution experts and packaging experts with commercial experience.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Logistics and distribution experts
- Packaging experts in commercial space
- Product manufacturing
- Product development

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Opportunities in Sustainable Nutrition

We are assembling an ongoing virtual advisory board to discuss the latest trends and innovations in Sustainable Nutrition to get an accelerated view of the future of this space, including consumer understanding and how this concept may influence/alter consumer purchase and behaviors.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Sustainable Nutrition experts
- Consumer Behavioral Science
- Regulatory experts
- LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability)
- Green marketers

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Integrated Utilities Moving to Cloud Operations

We are seeking to explore new business models and capabilities that present the best opportunities for integrated utilities to shift into a cloud operation.

We're assembling a panel of 15-20 top forward-thinkers and global experts in integrated utilities with knowledge of regulatory constraints, cloud solution, blockchain energy, and peer-to-peer to identify the innovations, trends, and white spaces that will transform the future of this space.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Utility integration experts
- Integrated cloud solution specialists
- Blockchain energy innovators
- Peer-to-peer platform
- Receiving legal tender for energy
- Global regulated industry professionals
- Knowledge of regulatory constraints

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Next Gen Batch Manufacturing Techniques

We are assembling an ongoing virtual advisory board to discuss the future innovations in batch manufacturing.

Ideal participants will possess knowledge in process development for large scale manufacturing, bioprocessing, and cell biology.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Experts in cell biology
- Process development for large scale manufacturing (mostly on upstream side)

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The Future of Materials in Packaging

We are assembling an ongoing virtual advisory board to explore the new materials, upcoming technologies and developing trends for healthcare packaging.

Ideal candidates will possess knowledge in the healthcare packaging industry as it relates to personalized medicine with a focus on material science to discuss the innovations, trends, and white spaces that have the potential impact on the future of this space.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Healthcare packaging experts
- Personalized medicine
- 3D printing
- Startups/Entrepreneurs in this space
- R&D material packaging

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Digital Tech To Transform Sustainable Palm Oil

We are assembling an ongoing virtual Advisory Board to discuss the use of digital technologies that have the potential to reduce the cost of Sustainable Palm Oil Certification and increase adoption of Sustainable Palm Oil practices.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Sustainable palm oil certification experts (RSPO)
- CSR and Stakeholder Engagement thought-leaders
- Sustainable Supply Chain professionals
- Environmentalists
- Forest Sustainability experts
- Knowledgable experts in GIS, Blockchain and Big Data Analysis

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Best Practices in Cloud Solution Architecture

We are assembling an ongoing virtual Advisory Board to discuss the future innovations and technological trends in Cloud Solution Architecture for Enterprise Applications.

Ideal participants will have a pulse in the cloud solution architecture. We are looking for forward-thinkers and global experts in delivering cloud software implementations.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Solution Architects with cloud focus
- Cloud Architects
- Cloud Software Architects
- Architects that are presently engaged in delivering cloud software implementations

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Exploring the Effect of Blockchain on a Building's Lifecycle

We are assembling an ongoing virtual advisory board to explore the different ways blockchain technology can impact a building's life cycle and transform real estate.

We're looking for global facility managers, blockchain experts and those who are experts in lifecycle assessment.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Global facility managers
- Blockchain experts
- Building life cycle assessment

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Pain Points of Audit Board Committee Members

While financial auditing is important to businesses, shareholders/owners, lenders, investors and other stakeholders alike, new accounting changes are impacting Audit Board Committees members.

We are assembling an ongoing virtual advisory board to understand the pain points of Audit Board Committee members for both private and public companies and discuss best practices made for the new regulatory landscape.

Seeking Expert Participation

Audit Board Committee members (both public and private companies)
Board Directors
Chief Financial Officers
VP, Finance, Accounting, Audit, or Compliance

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Disruptive Technologies in Self-administered Drug Delivery for Medical Devices

We are assembling an ongoing virtual advisory board to discuss the disruptive models and new technologies in self-administered drug delivery for Medical Devices.

Ideal participants will have a pulse on emerging trends in this space. We are looking for a wide range of experts like healthcare innovators, KOLS, medical practitioners, nurses, and medical devices experts.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Healthcare innovators
- Medical device experts
- KOLs
- Nurse practitioners

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Disruptive Technologies in Self-administered Drug Delivery for Medical Devices

We are assembling an ongoing virtual advisory board to discuss the disruptive models and new technologies in self-administered drug delivery for Medical Devices.

Ideal participants will have a pulse on emerging trends in this space. We are looking for a wide range of experts like healthcare innovators, KOLS, medical practitioners, nurses, and medical devices experts.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Healthcare innovators
- Medical device experts
- KOLs
- Nurse practitioners

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Next Gen Solids for Agile Manufacturing

We are seeking to explore the new technologies that will enable more efficient cleaning of manufacturing equipment for agile production of pharmaceuticals. New cleaning methods have the potential to prevent contamination while allowing faster change-over for batch manufacturing.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Quality Engineers
- Process Engineers
- Quality Assurance experts
- Cleaning Validation
- Electrical Engineers with spectra experience
- Experts within solids manufacturing, cleaning validation of manufacturing equipment
- Experts in lean concepts and operations

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Exploring eIFUs for Medical Devices

We are assembling an ongoing virtual advisory board to identify latest trends, best practices, and innovations in (EIFU) e-labeling of medical devices.

Ideal participants will have a possess International regulatory knowledge for medical devices. We are looking for a wide range of experts in packaging, labeling design, and IT.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Label design and control
- EIFU design and control
- IT systems requirements
- Medical device packaging experts

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Disruptive Next Gen Technologies for Pharma Supply Chains

We're assembling an online Advisory Board to explore disruptive next generation technologies that will influence the future of Pharma Supply Chains.

Ideal participants will have a pulse on the pharmaceutical supply chain industry. We are looking for forward-thinkers and global experts in this space.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Thought leaders
- Supply chain executives
- Wholesalers
- Pharma distributors

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Understanding Oral Care Professionals

We are assembling an ongoing virtual advisory board to explore the buying habits in oral care products.

The goal is to understand the oral care product landscape. Identify when and why dental professionals recommend certain products to patients and if purchasing habits are influenced by those recommendations.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Dental professionals (mix of admin, assistants, hygienists, dentists)

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Best Practices for Launching Crypto Coins

We are assembling an ongoing virtual advisory board to explore the best practices for launching an ICO (Initial Coin Offering). We're interested in learning about different ways of launching cryptocurrencies to support business incentives and gamification.

Ideal candidates will possess knowledge of cryptocurrency. We are looking for blockchain experts, lawyers and accountants.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Cryptocurrency and blockchain experts
- Individuals who were an integral part of a team who successfully launched an ICO
- Influencers in the crypto-currency and blockchain sphere (bloggers, YouTubers, etc.)
- Lawyers & Accountants experienced in cryptocurrency related challenges

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Exploring Best Practices in Brand Awareness

We are assembling an ongoing virtual advisory board to explore sustainability strategies that impacts corporate brand awareness and value. The goal is to identify the best practices in creating corporate social responsibility, organizational sustainability and longevity.

Ideal candidates will possesses the knowledge in organizational sustainability, corporate social responsibility, branding, and stakeholder engagement.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Sustainability experts as it relates to a large organization
- Corporate social responsibility experts
- Branding experts
- Stakeholder engagement specialists

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Energy Saving and Sustainability Goals

We are seeking to explore different ways energy savings and sustainability goals are being met and the measures taken to achieve those goals.

We're assembling a panel of 15-20 top experts in food & beverage, automotive, other manufacturing, aerospace, hospitals, large commercial buildings, data centers, pulp & paper, greenhouses, plastics & packaging to discuss the trends and white spaces that have the potential impact the future of this space over a 4-day, online "Design Sprint".

Seeking Expert Participation

- Chief Sustainability Officers
- CFO's, Chief Operations Officers
- Facility executives
- Energy managers
- Utility managers

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The Future of PLM

We are assembling an ongoing advisory board of leading innovators to discuss the future of PLM. How will new data and technologies transform today's corporate PLM systems?

In this exclusive online advisory board of experts, you'll have the unique opportunity to gain and share insights on the subject and advance thinking in the field with future-oriented thinkers and practitioners like yourself from around the world.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Experts on the cutting edge of PLM and Industry 4.0
- Experts in IoT and Big Data applications to PLM

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Bringing Innovation into Company Workflow

With new data sources, analytics methods and technologies, the pace of change is increasing faster than ever before. In order to keep up, how can companies bring innovation out of program offices and into everyday workflow?

In this exclusive online advisory board of 15-20 thought leaders, you'll have the unique opportunity to gain and share insights on how organizations can adopt new methods and technologies to become more innovative.

All participation is online and at your convenience. You are only committing to participate at least once a week (or as inspired) at your convenience.

You'll explore questions like these:

- How will organizations learn to adapt faster to new technologies and new models of work?
- What needs to be true about future solutions such that innovation is moved out of the program office and into the workflow of business?

Seeking Expert Participation

- Market Researchers
- Heads of Strategic Planning
- Consultants
- Information services leaders
- Heads of data analytics
- Organizational change and effectiveness leaders
- Directors of Innovation teams

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The Future of Caregiving for Elderly Adults

We are assembling an ongoing virtual advisory board to explore developing trends in Elderly Care and identify the areas that present the most opportunities for innovation.

Ideal candidates will reflect on a range of backgrounds including gerontologists, doctors or nurses who work in assisted living facilities, startups that operate in caregiving, technologists specializing in devices and applications for aging populations, and anyone currently taking care of their parents/friends/family members.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Practitioners and professors of gerontology
- Researchers of adult populations/demographics
- Innovators/entrepreneurs in wellness for senior adults
- Technologists specializing in devices and applications for aging populations
- Assisted living MDs and directors

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Anticipating Next Gen Technologies in Liquid Manufacturing

We are assembling a panel of 15 leading experts to explore how trends like IIoT and Personalization is changing manufacturing for liquids including surfactants and emulsions. All participation is online and at your convenience.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Manufacturing experts of liquid consumer products in surfactant, cleansers and emulsions
- Process engineers with deep appreciation for innovation
- IIoT and Personalization subject matter experts

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The Future of Developer Ecosystems for Wearables and Consumer IoT

We're assembling an online Advisory Board to discuss the future of developer ecosystems for wearables, smart devices and consumer IoT applications. More specifically, we'll explore ways in which one can establish the foundation of a developer ecosystem in a new arena, and the benefits that must be true to succeed (beyond trackers, Apple or AndroidWear).

During this exclusive online advisory board, you will be one of 15-20 experts: 1. trend spotting; 2. answering weekly or semi-monthly questions; 3. reacting to the latest reports in this space. This is a unique opportunity to demonstrate your thought-leadership, and learn from equal caliber peers and advance the thinking in your field. All participation is online and at your convenience.

By applying here, you are committing to participate once per week, for as little as 15 minutes, at your convenience.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Software Developers for smart devices, wearables and IoT applications
- Industry leaders with experience growing developer platforms and community ecosystems
- Hardware manufacturers of wearable devices
- Analysts and thought-leaders that can speak to the evolving landscape and trends of this space

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Direct-To-Consumer Startups

We are assembling an ongoing advisory board to understand growth, investment, and profitability journeys for Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) start-ups, especially (but not only) consumer goods subscription models.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Individuals who have directly worked in DTC start-ups and can provide insights and specific benchmarks on the above objective.
-Experience in companies like Proactiv, Madison Reed, Dollar Shave Club, Warby Parker, Casper, Baby Center, Uber, Birchbox, and Rodan & Fields is helpful.

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Novel Ways to Collect and Use Data from IoT Wearables and Smart Devices

We are assembling an ongoing advisory board to discuss the data trends and implications from connected home and personal environments. More specifically, we'll explore the consumer experiences of personalized in-home products and wearables and understand the activities that drive meaningful and actionable data insights while evaluating privacy limitations and consumer tradeoffs.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Data Scientists and Analytics leaders with experience driving actionable insights and product features from IoT data sources
- Product & user experience leaders designing personalized/digitalized products for the smart home (e.g. Nest, Alexa, August Smart Lock, Notion)
- Marketing & commercialization professionals for consumer IoT & connected homes
- Privacy experts for consumer IoT
- Experts in the connected home ecosystem, home automation devices, and home privacy

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Branding in an Age of Extreme (mis)Information

We're assembling an online Advisory Board to discuss the latest trends and best practices in brand communication in an age of extreme information. While there is a trend of increased awareness and perceived risks of consumer goods, much of the information often available to consumers seeking to learn is incomplete or just wrong.

We've brought together leaders in external relations/PR, branding, and marketing to explore the various approaches in communicating effectively and dispelling misinformation.

Seeking Expert Participation

- External Relations and PR professionals representing in the business-to-consumer (B2C) space
- Leaders branding
- Corporate communications professionals or consultants
- Professional bloggers
- Sustainability and CSR experts

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Innovation in Transportation Logistics

We are assembling an ongoing virtual advisory board to discuss innovations impacting transportation logistics and relevant future business models (ridesharing, electrification, autonomous vehicles, et.al.)

Seeking Expert Participation

- Transportation Futurists
- VCs and angels specializing in transportation investments
- Industry analysts

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Men's Grooming/Buying Habits

We're assembling an exclusive online Advisory Board to discuss the innovations and trends impacting men's personal care. We will explore usage triggers, shopping behavior, social trends, and advertising communications that drive men towards particular brands.

Seeking Expert Participation

Branding Experts, Barbers (High end and standard), Big Box Retailers (Executives and managers), Social Psychologists, E-Commerce Retailers (Executives and managers), Men's Fashion Retailers, Fragrance Specialists, CPG Executives, Men's Grooming Influencers, Men's Style influencers

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Trends in Podiatry Practices & Orthotics

We're assembling an ongoing Advisory Board to discuss the latest trends and innovations in Health & Wellness. We will also explore best practices focusing on the lower extremities.

During this online engagement, you'll join a high-caliber board of 20 Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, and Reflexologists representing various specialties. We will explore the latest technologies in treatment, creams, and orthotics that are improving patient health and shaping the future of the space.

You'll have the unique opportunity to learn from respected medical professionals, demonstrate your knowledge, and advance innovation in your field - in addition to earning a monthly honorarium.

Seeking Expert Participation

1) Physical Therapists & Physiotherapy (recovery & rehabilitation, sports medicine, massage therapy)
2) Chiropractors
3) Reflexologists

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Whitespace in OTC Personal Care

We're assembling an exclusive online Advisory Board to discuss how innovations in OTC personal care are developing in retail channels and presenting opportunities to CPG manufacturers, especially in the areas of health, vitality and better breathing.

Seeking Expert Participation

- CPG futurists
- Retail market insights experts
- Entrepreneurs and VCs who work in the space

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The Tech, Climate and Urban Trends that will Transform Cities of the Future

While external forces such as climate and public health risks impact the way we live, advances in urban design and planning are shaping our cities to mitigate these elements.

We're assembling a cross-disciplinary Advisory Board of 15-20 experts in urban design, planning, and architecture to explore ways in which these professions are thinking and preparing for the future - specifically in Asia and China.
We also plan to identify promising urban innovations and examples that have the potential reduce the impact of outside elements.

This is a unique opportunity to learn from a diverse group of peers, demonstrate your knowledge, and gain recognition for advancing innovation -- in addition to receiving an honorarium.

Participation is done 100% online and at your convenience.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Urban Planners, Designers, and Architects
- Specific to China and Asia cities

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IoT Reducing Inventory Requirements

We are assembling an ongoing virtual advisory board to discuss the future of IOT technology relevant to reducing inventories across manufacturers' distribution.

Seeking Expert Participation

IOT Manufacturing and Distribution
IIOT Experts
Supply Chain Experts
SCM Experts
Inventory Operations Experts

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Application of Bioelectronic Medicine

We are assembling an ongoing virtual Advisory Board to discuss the emerging scientific field of bioelectronic medicine.

Ideal candidates will possess knowledge of the application areas for the following modalities (electrical impulses, ultrasound, and magnetic), and have the ability to make the distinction between bioelectronic med and neuromodulation.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Scientists with a focus on the nervous system
- Researchers focused in emerging medical fields
- Neurologists
- Background in Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, and Cancer treatment
- Neuromodulation and neurostimulation experts
- Experts in deep brain stimulation, spinal cord stimulation, sacral nerve stimulation, and vagus nerve stimulation

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Proactive Behaviors in Personal Health & Wellbeing

We are assembling an ongoing virtual advisory board to discuss the innovations in personal health and wellbeing that drive the adoption of new positive behaviors (fitness, diet, lifestyle) and how individuals adhere to those routines.

Ideal participants will possess knowledge related to Health and Wellness. We are looking for a wide range of experts like nutritionists, fitness experts, behavioral psychologists, life coaches, substance abuse counselors, and military training.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Behavioral psychologists
- Substance abuse counselors
- Military training
- Fitness experts
- Dietitians
- Nutritionists
- Clinical Psychologist
- Life coaches
- Hypnotherapists
- Food science industry professionals
- General practitioners

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Nutritional Perspective on Gut Health

We are assembling an ongoing virtual advisory board to explore different global trends in gut health from a nutritional perspective to gain an understanding of consumer interests, the type of products that are selling and what will be available in the future.

Experts will reflect on a range of backgrounds including functional foods and beverages, dietary supplements, digestive health and immunity, and health and wellness.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Marketing directors in FMCG, especially in functional foods and beverages as well as dietary supplements.
- Market researchers with knowledge on the gut health market, main associated markets of digestive health and immunity, and the relevant ingredient categories.
- Consumer experts who follow trends and have insights in the health and wellness industry.

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Air Care Solutions

We're assembling an online Advisory Board to explore the various technologies and innovations to create better consumer experiences in places such as cars, luxury vehicles, ride-sharing services (Uber), public transit, and those that are generally "on-the-go."

Experts will reflect on a range of backgrounds including user experience, air care, fragrance, chemistry, and air conditioning.

Seeking Expert Participation

- Innovators & user experience professionals in the automotive, ride-sharing, and transportation sectors
- Air conditioning designers/engineers
- Those responsible for designing systems to improve air quality and urban health (e.g. prevent Asthma)
- Scientific experts in air quality monitoring & control, malodorous materials removal, membrane technologies, and environmental quality
- Public transit engineers

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