Corporate Innovation & Intrapreneurship 2018
2 days / 20+ talks, 20+ speakers / 4 workshops
@Algebra LAB

November 29th – 30th, Zagreb, Croatia


Please check the Schedule for the Corporate Innovation and Intrapreneurship 2018 Conference here!

Day 1

29th of November

Henri Jacobs, Futurist / Chairman @ Techventures

The future of corporate governance

09:00 – 09:40 | Conference Room
We live in a world which is changing at a dramatically high pace, where the development of new technologies and scalability of these new technologies like artificial intelligence, the blockchain, bots, … is exponential. Henri’s keynote asserts that the governance models of today’s organizations – which are based on standards and best practices of corporate governance over the past 30 years – are unfit for organizations of the future, and even today. And what does this mean for directors and the management? This look into the future is divided into 3 waves: short-term, middle-term and long-term future lenses.

Ken Finnegan, Harbour Innovation Campus

Digital Innovation is happening in Ireland

09:40 – 10:10 | Conference Room
The term ‘innovate or die’ has been used extensively over the past 25 years when it comes to digital innovation. However never has there been a more appropriate time to innovate. Technology is changing everything and with digital transformation there is immense opportunity out there for entrepreneurs and innovators. Ken will present on how Digital Innovation is happening in Ireland, the emerging trend of ‘open innovation’ and the journey companies must take in the era of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, 5G, Data, Blockchain etc.

Nick Schekelton Jones, PA Consulting Group

The future of learning, engagement and performance

10:10 – 10:40 | Conference Room
In the future we will need higher levels of performance and engagement from our employees, with even less time for training. In this session Nick will share examples of performance support & transformative experiences that together make up a very different approach to delivering learning.

Coffee Break

10:40 – 11:10 | Conference Lobby

Mark Vandeal, Bedenk

Digital or not, you will only succeed with the right innovation culture.

11:10 – 11:40 | Conference Room
Everyone is convinced that innovation is necessary. And by now we also know that digital will be the new normal. Disruption is on it’s way. Business models are turned upside down. Customer centricity is hot. And right here it becomes key not to forget our own internal customers, our employees. We can solve most of our innovation challenges from within our organization but we will only be able to succeed is we create the appropriate environment. Changing an organizational culture is though, but still possible by setting the right priorities. These can be derived from what our employees experience as climate. The nice thing to know is here that we can influence this climate and most of all, it is measurable! Welcome to CROMAX, the CReative Organization MAtriX.

Keith Dayton, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business

The importance of personal and team development in corporate innovation

11:40 – 12:10 | Conference Room
An engagement regarding stopping the use of the buzzword “innovation” only and employing strategies to develop personal and team skills to achieve measurable outcomes for organizations. (1) Starting an understanding of the skills and behaviors relevant to actually achieving an innovative workforce. (2) Then pivoting to lead a workforce to success through those skills and behaviors. (3) And in the wake of such an innovative undertaking, providing sustainable and transferable skills for your personnel to take on the next new product or service.

Leo Mršić, Algebra LAB

From I to X (via T). Talent Boost: Designing the future, challenging narratives and building relationships

12:10 – 12:30 | Conference Room
As more organizations start utilizing different creative tools we are encouraged to communicate our ideas fast, dirty and iteratively, no matter how speculative they may be. Lecture will cover talent and team harmonization talent aspects while working on innovation. I, X and T corresponds to “person shapes“ as per IDEO Tim Brown concept but with addition to how we can manage change from I to X and, especially, understand why we should take steps in that direction.

Aleksandar Musić, Epikratos; dr. Igor Mikloušić, Institut Ivo Pilar; mr. sc. Vedrana Pribičević, ZŠEM

PANEL ‘Utjecaj tehnologije na društvo’

12:40 – 13:30 | Conference Room

Što nam to radi tehnologija? Da li trebamo u fokusu imati samo ‘razvijajte biznis…’ ili ‘razmišljate o tome kako će to utjecati na ljude (i u organizaciji i u društvu)…’. Hoćemo li nam tehnologija ukrasti identitet? Na panelu ćemo napraviti odmak od ‘samo biznisa’ i otvoriti jedan drugačiji, filozofski pristup poslovnim temama. Bit će ovo zanimljivo poslušati.
Moderator panela je Aleksandar Musić (komunikacijski savjetnik, Epikratos.hr), a zanimljivu raspravu imat će s dr. Igorom Mikloušićem (sociobiologija i evolucijska psihologija, Institut Ivo Pilar) i mr. sc. Vedranom Pribičević (moderne grane ekonomske znanosti, ZŠEM)


13:30 – 14:20 | Conference Lobby

Amir Sabirović, TM7 IT Innovators

Demistifying the impact of Artificial Intelligence on organisations

14:20 – 14:50 | Conference Room
The professional information streams are flooded daily with headlines about job loss, automation, robotisation, overlords and end of the world. Artificial Intelligence is the main subject responsible for all the fuss. But what is Artificial Intelligence really, how does it compare to human intelligence and what is the brutal reality in the core of this hype.

Amir Sabirovic will focus on demystification of Artificial Intelligence based on standard and practical sense and share his insights from his experience in projects within enterprise and SME organisations.

Bruno Crnički, IOT NET ADRIA

Business changes are triggered by IOT – Sigfox network deployment in Croatia

14:50 – 15:10 | Conference Room

Sigfox is global IOT network present in 53 counties and implementation in Croatia is almost finished.
What does that means for businesses in Croatia?
How is IoT affecting present business models?
There are many opportunities and challenges ahead of us let’s talk about them.

Boris Agatić, Blocksize

The most compelling use cases for Blockchain technology

15:10 – 15:30 | Conference Room
Blockchains are enormous catalysts for change that hit at governance, ways of life, traditional corporate models, society and global institutions. Blockchain infiltration will be met with resistance, because it is an extreme change. Blockchains defy old ideas that are locked in our minds for decades, if not centuries. Blockchains will challenge governance and centrally controlled ways of enforcing transactions and any type of informations. Let’s talk and see the most compelling use cases that will change how we allocate trust.
Davor Šibenik, BonsAI

We need thinkers, not clickers

15:30 – 15:50 | Conference Room
There are two main killers of innovative in companies – people being overloaded with boring repetitive work and also, they didn’t get the memo 🙂 Having highly-skilled employees spending large chunks of time on boring automatable tasks, rather than on value-add activities is not only a waste of time and money but has a negative impact on morale, as employees become bored and frustrated with the repetition of efforts. People also they don’t know how to innovate or that they should do it in the first place, since it is not a common skill for which you are trained for throughout school and work life.

Span as one of leading IT companies in the region helps you buy back your employee’s time through the work done by our daughter company BonsAI and helps you create innovation process and foster the culture with the help of our IdeaHub program and application. Check out how we can help you work smarter, not harder.

Miha Valentinčič, Petrol

Digital innovation in Petrol industry

15:50 – 16:10 | Conference Room
Globally and locally, we are faced with significant societal and technological changes which can be captured concisely by the notion of ‘digital globalisation. All of this increases risks while also providing new opportunities. That is why we are on the path to develop successful business models through innovation, digital solutions, cost-effectiveness and partnerships.

Milica Šaravanja, Pliva

Innovation in Pliva & Digital innovations in Pharma industry

16:10 – 16:30 | Conference Room
Pharma industry is known as innovative industry – from the development of new active pharmaceutical ingredients, new final products development, using new technologies/automatization in production, supply chain, to the commercial and back office processes. Some examples will be shared how digitalization can help in all of those areas to do things better, smarter, faster in this highly regulated industry. In addition, world trends in healthcare will be touched with emphasis on potentials and barriers.


Mateo Juran, Kliker

Kliker or how to disrupt the Consulting industry

16:30 – 16:50 | Conference Room
For quite some time now, digital transformation (DX) is not only a buzzword used globally in corporate boardrooms, but an overarching opportunity and a threat to all industries. From media to automotive, retail to leisure, industries are being disrupted by the power of digital. DX advisory is estimated at $44 billion per year, and yet in its core it is dominantly operated in a traditional way, often not reflecting and understanding its clients’ needs.

You will hear a story about a small team from Croatia that decided to challenge the status quo and disrupt consulting industry with a digital product; Kliker – a consulting marketplace. Kliker is the first matchmaking platform in CEE that connects companies with top experts on demand. It managed to completely transform and enhance interaction between businesses seeking for expertise and carefully selected professionals.

You will hear everything about the beginnings, struggles, highs, and lows from Kliker team, as well as the steps required to build a digital product with an industry disruptive potential.


16:50 – 17:50 | Conference Room
Day 2: Workshop day

30th of November

We will have several workshops on the second day of the conference! At the workshops, participants in small groups, can at individual level with the lecturers, expand knowledge and gain practical experience. The workshops are interactive and exchange of experience helps participants to get ideas from real business, and together with the lecturers rate the best practice.

Amir Sabirović, TM7 IT Innovators

How to become a digital frontrunner in your market?!

09:00 -12:00 | Conference Room
I believe the future of organisations lays in the hands of the current workforce which has a thorough knowledge of all 3P’s (people, processes, products). To be able to coap with the advancement and exponational growth of the technologies organisations have to face their current reality and envision the dot of the horizon wherein they are a full digital organisation.
To enable this, we have developed the Digital IQ, which will be the main subject of the workshop. The Digital IQ will measure your current reality on three issues; Technology, Culture & Innovation.
The measurement and outcomes will form the base of our group discussion during the workshop. We will discuss the results per topic and define your vision and next steps for your organisation to become a digital frontrunner.
Nick Schekelton Jones, PA Consulting Group

Resources not courses: hands-on with user-centred design

09:00 -12:00 | Conference Room
The key to improving the employee experience whilst simultaneously improving performance is design thinking: putting your employees at the heart of the design process. In this hands-on workshop you will be introduced to new design techniques and gain hands-on experience of content creation.


ALGEBRA e-leadership INNOBIZ Design Methodology – an innovative business proposition workshop

09:00 – 12:00 | Conference Room
ALGEBRA e-Leadership programme will deliver a distinctively tailored innovative business proposition design methodology that suits most types of organizations, start-ups, SMEs, corporate, public sector and others.

The purpose of this 3 hour workshop is to lead participants through a process of ideation, conceptualization, strategizing and pitching of a technology oriented new business proposition based on innovative product, service or business model. Participants will be gathered in teams where the best team will be awarded a prize in a form of attendance on one of the ALGEBRA e-leadership program modules.

Henri Jacob, Futurist / Chairman @ Techventures

Ideation/venturing workshop

09:00 – 13:00 | Conference Room

The idea is to go really fast from challenges to 100 impactful solutions…
• Define challenges
• Generates 100 ideas / solutions
• Use lotus blossom method to converge and diverge ideas and solutions
• Dotmocracy (voting with dots) on ideas/solutions
• Define features (matrix method)
• Create a pitch (problem/need, solution, USP, features, … )

Outcome: The participants can copy this workshop and all learnings to do the same in their own organization with colleagues or their teams. Or they can learn how to present new ventures, ideas to the decision makers.

Workshop Data

Please click on the Workshops link above to find out more about the workshops that will be organized on a second day of the conference. And we have one special one on Lean Corporation that will be organized on 24.11.

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We have 4 great workshops this time. Please click on the button below to find out more about the workshops.

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