If you can’t be in the audience at the annual TED conference, watching in-house speakers and a simulcast on a big screen of TED 2015 live from the main stage in Vancouver, Canada is the next best thing! NCR was one of 200 hosts of a local TEDx event with its first TEDxNCRLive on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. NCR staff had an opportunity to spend a day learning from world-renowned thinkers and innovators.
Nearly one-hundred NCR employees joined us to hear from the following thought leaders live. In typical TED talk fashion, they made us think and then rethink our preconceived notions.
•Rick Marquardt, EVP Services, ISC, T&T, Eng. & Enterprise Quality, NCR, whose appropriately titled talk, THINK, taken from early NCR salesman, Thomas Watson’s mantra, shed light on how the NCR Services team is leveraging big data to enable better service. Thinking differently, independently and with new perspectives is a great path to follow in life and in business. By looking at issues from different frames of reference — answers, insight and discoveries often emerge. Concluding his powerful speech, Rick quoted one of the greatest thinkers of all, Albert Einstein: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
•Rich McKay, President & CEO, Atlanta Falcons, generated great excitement from the audience in his talk, Innovating in a space that doesn’t innovate. Rich discussed designing and building the world’s greatest stadium with a focus on innovation in an industry where timeline and budget have historically driven the design process. He described the team’s approach to designing a truly iconic stadium that will not only be a beautiful design, but deliver a superb fan experience.
•Jose Resendiz, Chief Innovation Officer, Digital Insight, an NCR company, wove a fascinating story of his own physical transformation in training to complete an Olympic triathlon and the parallel lessons that translate to technology innovation in his talk, Sink or swim: the right stroke for innovation. He took the innovation principles of customer empathy and rapid experimentation and applied them to a branch banking process to create a truly exceptional and seamless mobile/in-person customer transaction experience.
After the live speakers, we tuned into the TED 2015 simulcast to learn more from the innovators, scientists and artists who shared their vision of what’s on the horizon in technology and society.
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