Innovation Heroes
Beyond the virtual happy hour: There has to be a better way

Beyond the virtual happy hour: There has to be a better way

March 25, 2021

We’ve seen countless examples of how innovation is helping us all stay connected and productive in this new remote everything world. But there are a few things business and IT leaders are still struggling to get right – like building a vibrant, meaningful workplace culture at distance. There has to be a better way than the virtual happy hour, right? 

 

To find out, Peter Bean meets with Wavy co-founder and CEO, Shawn Hewat. Since the start of the pandemic, she’s been on a mission to build meaningful, engaging experiences at a distance that promote healthy and purposeful office culture – and better business as a result. 

 

Plus: Peter shares his favorite pranks you can pull on your colleagues – at distance – for April Fools.  
 

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Innovation to the Rescue!

Innovation to the Rescue!

March 11, 2021

Welcome to Season 2 of SHI's Innovation Heroes — a podcast exploring the people and businesses giving us hope in a drastically disrupted world. In Season 1, we saw entire industries transform in the face of COVID-19. Now, as our world continues to evolve at an unprecedented rate, host Peter Bean will be looking to the future, exploring stories of hope, perseverance and achievement. New episodes coming every two weeks starting March 25, featuring the unsung heroes of the digital world, such as Intel’s VP of IoT Stacey Shulman, Google public cloud evangelist Omar Dajani and Wavy co-founder Shawn Hewat.

Ben Chodor and the Human Side of Virtual Events

Ben Chodor and the Human Side of Virtual Events

December 17, 2020

Ben Chodor is an entrepreneur, innovator and pioneer of social video, digital health and interactive, streaming content. As President of Intrado Digital Media, Ben leads the organization in expanding best-in-class solutions for more than 12,000 global customers with their mission-critical communications. He is also the author of the new book, “Transitioning to Virtual and Hybrid Events: How to Create, Adapt, and Market an Engaging Online Experience.” 

 

He met up with Peter to discuss the upheaval taking place in the billion-dollar corporate events industry -- and what the future holds for online, physical and virtual events. The bottom line: Virtual events are here to stay. But organizers will need to throw out the old playbook and start with a fresh, human-first perspective if they want to be successful during and after the pandemic. 

 

SHI’s Innovation Heroes will return in 2021. Subscribe now to be the first to hear our Season 2 trailer.

Jaron Lanier and The Social Dilemma (Enterprise Edition)

Jaron Lanier and The Social Dilemma (Enterprise Edition)

December 10, 2020

Jaron Lanier is a musician, computer scientist and renowned technology philosopher who has enjoyed a colourful career in art and technology. He is the author of “Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.” As one of the forefathers of virtual reality, he is also the inventor of the Nintendo Powerglove and Microsoft Team’s Together Mode. He was recently featured in Netflix’s The Social Dilemma, exploring the dangerous impacts of social media on our daily lives.

 

On today’s episode of Innovation Heroes, Peter and Jaron explore how social media’s dark side is creeping into the enterprise, the future of virtual reality and Jaron’s work with Microsoft through-out the COVID-19 pandemic, including Microsoft’s Together Mode.

 

You can learn more about Jaron at http://www.jaronlanier.com/

The Long Awaited Death of Cubicles

The Long Awaited Death of Cubicles

November 26, 2020

Has the rapid shift to remote working brought on the end of the cubicle?  Or was it just the much-needed kick in the ribs we needed to reinvent and reimagine the legacy office? For business leaders, maintaining employee productivity and business continuity are just the beginning. What about all that money they’ve spent on high-tech conference rooms and office real estate? How will they onboard new employees and positively embrace “Digital by Default” cultures, as we dance on the graves of boardroom meetings and water cooler chats? On today’s episode of Innovation Heroes, Peter Bean chats with Sam Kennedy, Chief Product Evangelist at Poly and Jared Kaplan, Global Head of Technology at Teneo, about the future of the modern workplace and how technology can help us get there.

 

Are you reinventing your modern workplace experience? See how SHI can help: SHI.com/digitalworkplace

Cisco’s COVID-19 Response: Welcome to the People First era

Cisco’s COVID-19 Response: Welcome to the People First era

November 12, 2020

When a global, life-altering event like COVID-19 hits, it sparks change -- even for the world’s largest businesses. Just ask Cisco, the iconic networking and enterprise collaboration solutions maker. When this crisis began, people were looking to the IT industry to provide solutions. And although tech tools are important, today’s guest Michelle Chiantera, VP of Growth Marketing, Americas at Cisco, understands the importance of driving a solutions-oriented business in a much more human way. Who are the companies we stick with and turn to when times get tough? They aren’t necessarily the ones doubling down on their marketing tactics. They’re the ones who are showing us they can help, and letting us know that’s what they’re here to do.

See how SHI and Cisco can help you transform your business: https://www.shi.com/Cisco

Hotels of the Future: Making Travel and Tourism Safer with Innovation

Hotels of the Future: Making Travel and Tourism Safer with Innovation

October 29, 2020

A few months before the pandemic hit, Intel helped create The Sinclair, easily one of the coolest, most futuristic hotels you’ve ever seen. Now, nine months into lockdowns, we’re being encouraged to stay home and stay safe, resulting in empty hotels and great uncertainty for the tourism and travel industries.

 

On today’s episode of SHI’s Innovation Heroes, Peter interviews Stacey Shulman, Vice President IoT (Internet of Things) at Intel. Together, they discuss the changes the tourism industry is making to keep guests safe and how hotels like The Sinclair might reveal the technological path forward to keeping the industry alive.

 

Connect with the Innovation Heroes at SHI to transform your business: https://www.shi.com/ 

To see photos of The Sinclair’s operator, Farukh Aslam, visit https://blog.shi.com.

The No Ivy League: The New Post-Secondary Experience in the Age of COVID-19

The No Ivy League: The New Post-Secondary Experience in the Age of COVID-19

October 15, 2020

The global pandemic forced educational institutions around the world to switch to online and hybrid learning in a matter of weeks -- making our schools more reliant on digital transformation than ever before. What followed was a crash course in adopting modern technologies and building up new, robust infrastructures to transform learning. But, what impact will this new model have on our students, particularly those in post-secondary institutions, as we shape the leaders of tomorrow? On the premiere episode of Innovation Heroes, host Peter Bean chats with Nina Angelo, VP of Product Marketing at Top Hat, about the future of higher education and what innovation heroes are doing to support change in a drastically disrupted world.

 

Connect with the Innovation Heroes at SHI to transform your business: https://www.shi.com/ 

 

Learn more about Top Hat’s education software and active learning app at https://tophat.com/

Welcome to Innovation Heroes

Welcome to Innovation Heroes

September 24, 2020

Welcome to SHI's Innovation Heroes — a podcast exploring the people and businesses driving change in our drastically disrupted world with your host, Peter Bean. This season, we’re chatting with IT leaders who tell their stories of technological transformation across industry in a post-pandemic era. Tune in on October 15th to hear incredible conversations with guests from Microsoft, Intel, Top Hat and more.

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