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The Business of Innovation Conference

Philadelphia, PA

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1682 is a one-day conference focused on the successes and setbacks of innovation programs.

1682 has been curated for leaders in business, technology, and design who are passionate about exploring the behind the scenes business realities associated with innovation. “Innovation” has become a buzzword, largely drained of its substance, because conversations about innovation typically skirt one critical question: what does risk and return look like when managing innovation initiatives? We often hear about the concept as something ground-breaking and exciting, but rarely hear about what went wrong, off-course, or failed to meet financial objectives.

1682 will unite decision makers to highlight the moments of insight, growth, and humility associated with starting and running innovation programs.

From the Makers of Forge


  • Adam Furtado Headshot


    Kessel Run, U.S. Air Force

    Adam Furtado is the Lab Director & Branch Chief for Kessel Run, a U.S. Air Force digital transformation initiative revolutionizing how the Air Force builds and delivers software. The Air Force veteran leads a team of 200+ government disruptors who are changing the way the DoD does business. Kessel Run has introduced agile and lean principles to the Air Force and navigated the complexities that come with rapid growth and is driving significant change within the world's largest bureaucracy.

  • Edy Liongosari Headshot



    Edy Liongosari is Accenture's Chief Research Scientist and Managing Director. He is responsible for the agenda and outcomes of Accenture Labs' applied technology research across all seven Labs locations globally. The research defines the future for large enterprises, shapes the technology market and creates strong business results for our clients. Edy has been with Accenture for over 30 years. Edy and his team have received numerous patents and awards for innovation. A copy of his research work has also been placed into the Smithsonian's permanent research collection. Edy has a Master's degree in Computer Science from Indiana University.

  • Kelsey Oh Headshot


    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

    Kelsey Oh is part of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation (OEI), which encourages an entrepreneurial spirit throughout the organization by identifying and promoting innovative solutions for pediatric healthcare broadly. Before joining the OEI team in 2016, Kelsey managed an FDA-funded medical device consortium at CHOP, where she facilitated connections with medical device developers, hospital leadership, and the FDA to generate medical devices for pediatric patients. Prior to joining CHOP, she earned her degree in Biomedical Engineering, and worked in the medical device industry in Project Management and Clinical Research.

  • Melissa Doran Rayer Headshot

    Doran Rayer


    Melissa Doran Rayer is Director of Digital Consumer Strategy at SEI. Leveraging over 30 years' experience in wealth management, financial planning and product development at SEI, Melissa leads SEI's effort to expand their direct-to-consumer business. She oversees the development and distribution of digital solutions based on investors' diverse and unique needs. Melissa received her MBA in finance from Villanova University and her B.A. in economics and political science from Yale University.

  • Andy Verone Headshot



    Andy Verone is the Global Vice President for Oracle's Construction and Engineering Global Business Unit responsible for Innovation and Industry Strategy globally. Andy is also the co-founder of Oracle's Construction and Engineering innovation lab located in Chicago, IL. Andy has over 30 years of executive and international business experience across the globe in the Engineering and Construction industry. His background includes the implementation of global project-based information and delivery systems and knowledge management programs, as well as Board of Directors-level experience developing IT Strategic Plans and Governance programs. He also has managed large capital projects and government contracts.

  • Greg Willrich Headshot



    Greg Willrich is Vertex's Director of Enterprise Incubation. He leads a business unit focused on disruption in the world of digital commerce, regulation and taxation. Still in its nascency, his team collaborates with an ever-growing network of customers, partners, and universities to run disciplined experiments with new business models and technologies. Greg has been with Vertex for fifteen years and served in a variety of strategic and operational roles.

  • William Toms Headshot


    REC Philly

    William Toms is the Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer of REC, serving as the visionary behind the company's endeavors. Will's experience guiding successful marketing efforts for artists such as Eminem, Ice Cube, and Pearl Jam has solidified his position as a true futurist. Powered by his innate innovative aptitude, Will's dream is to scale REC's model to span across international communities, establishing a network of independent creators that all have access to the resources, strategies, and opportunities necessary to own their future.


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The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | Philadelphia, PA 19130

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$500 Early Bird – Ends Aug 26th

$650 Regular Price

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