InnoCentive to Attend #EnelFocusOn in San Francisco

Posted by InnoCentive on May 4, 2018 12:07:37 PM

We are excited to announce that on Monday, May 14th, InnoCentive will join experts from around the world to participate in the 9th #EnelFocusOn event in San Francisco. InnoCentive President, Craig Jones, will be onsite to participate in a panel discussion with influencers in the energy industry to share ideas and begin dialogues about open innovation, technology, and a variety of other topics.

About #EnelFocusOn

#EnelFocusOn is a series of informal talks between Enel and the realm of digital influencers in the fields of communication, innovation and technology, with the aim of inspiring change and drive progress.

When the status quo remains, innovation stops. #EnelFocusOn aims to disrupt the normal way of thinking and pave the way for new, innovative technologies, strategies, and best practices that bring about progress in an ever-changing world.

Before the open panel discussion, a keynote speech will be given by Henry Chesbrough, the Executive Director of The Center for Open Innovation. The entire event will be live-streamed on Enel Social Media Channels (Facebook and Twitter) and

About the Keynote Speaker: Henry Chesbrough

Dr. Henry Chesbrough is a professor at the Haas Business School, UC Berkeley, and Executive Director for The Center for Open Innovation, which focuses on conducting research, publishing articles and developing teaching materials around open innovation. He created the theory and coined the term "open innovation" and his insights into open innovation models have restructured the world of research and development and created new landscapes of business development and innovation strategy.

An internationally acclaimed author, Dr. Chesbrough's open innovation concept was first introduced in his award-winning book, “Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology” (Harvard Business Press, 2003). This approach was further extended from technology innovation to business model innovation in his successful follow-up book, “Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape” (Harvard Business Press, 2006). His most recent work, "Open Services Innovation: Rethinking Your Business to Grow and Compete in a New Era” (Jossey-Bass, January 2011), which applies the open innovation concept to the services sector. Dr. Chesbrough recently launched and actively contributes to, a portal where innovators meet for the latest news, research, discussions and applications of open innovation. Follow him at @OpenInno.

Event Agenda

  • 09:00-09:10:  Introducing #EnelFocusOn by Isabella Panizza, Head of Communications Digital Hub and Ernesto Ciorra, Chief Innovability Officer at Enel
  • 09:10-09:30:  “Crowdsourcing for sustainable development” by Craig Jones, Executive Chairman of InnoCentive
  • 09:30-09:40:  Opening remarks by Francesco Starace, CEO and General Manager at Enel
  • 09:40-09:45:  Participants’ self intro round
  • 09:45-10:15:  Keynote speech by Henry Chesbrough, Executive Director at Center for Open Innovation, Berkeley
  • 10:15-10:55:  Open discussion
  • 10:55-11:00:  Closing remarks by Isabella Panizza and Ernesto Ciorra

The #EnelFocusOn event will be live streamed and free for the entire world to watch. Watch the event from start to finish by visiting:

Facebook: @EnelGroup

Twitter: @EnelGroup


More About Enel

Enel is a multinational energy company and one of the world’s leading integrated electricity and gas operators. The company operates in 35 countries spanning 5 continents, services 63.5 million end users, and employs more than 62,900 people who help promote their two cardinal principles: innovation and sustainability.

Enel is dedicated to creating innovative solutions that meet society’s changing needs. Through its OpenInnovability crowdsourcing platform, the company connects people and ideas from across the world, encouraging anyone to propose sustainable innovation projects and solutions that help develop local communities.

Enel is also committed to helping to achieve four of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  1. Access to affordable and clean energy
  2. Support for quality education
  3. Contributing to socio-economic development in the communities in which it operates
  4. The fight against climate change

Learn more about Enel on their website. 

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