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July 7-8, 2015

Hosted by: Xerox PARC, Palo Alto, CA

Topic: How Large Companies Deal and Interact with Start-ups


Benefits of Attending

The networking benefit of the CTO Forum has been proven to help R&D departments advance their competitiveness in this ever-changing economy. The forum allows your company’s CTO/CIO to network across industries and find solutions to your organization’s greatest R&D challenges through a cross-fertilization of ideas.

By taking part in this forum, attendees are given the opportunity to speak with other senior science and technology professionals who may be grappling with similar issues and constraints in their respective industries. Participants share and discuss how they deal with such issues, as well as learn from one another techniques for managing R&D departments more efficiently and effectively.

Past forum topics ranged from issues of climate change and the sustainable use of raw materials, to open innovation for breakthrough products, and even post-recession R&D management

The CTO Forum’s attendance list boasts some of the top names in global Research and Development. Each meeting is kept to a manageable size to facilitate healthier discussion relevant to the agenda designed and structured by the scheduled attendees. For that reason, attendance to each forum is by invitation only.


Companies whose CTO/CIO has participated in the past include:

Air Liquide
Alcoa, Inc.
Applied Materials, Inc.
Archer Daniels Midland
Avon Products, Inc.
Ball Aerospace
The Boeing Company
Ceramatec, Inc.
Chevron Corporation
The Clorox Company
Crown Holdings, Inc.
Deere & Company
Digital River
Eastman Chemical Company
General Electric
General Motors Company
Honeywell International, Inc.
Hormel Foods
Johns Manville
Air Products & Chemicals
Land O'Lakes
Lockheed Martin
Nalco Company
National Renewable Energy Lab
Owens Corning
Procter & Gamble
Rockwell Automation
Sandia National Laboratories
Sealed Air
Sharp Labs
SK Innovation
The Timken Company
Valspar Corporation


If your organization's CTO/CIO would like to be placed on our invitation list for future CTO Forums, please email Ana Escobar.


Previous CTO Forum Topics:

What Will the Future of R&D/Innovation Look Like Relative to Changes in the Workplace and Workers?

June 203, 2014, Cleveland, OH
Hosted by Sherwin-Williams


Global Economics and the Impact of Innovation

May 23-24, 2013, Washington, DC (in conjunction with IRI's Diamond Jubilee)
Hosted by Lockheed Martin

Business Models for Innovation

June 14-15, 2012  Golden, Colorado
Hosted by CoorsTek

R&D Post-Recession:  Sustainability, Leadership and Sourcing Innovation in the Recovering Economy

May 5-6, 2011 Chicago, IL
Hosted by USG and The Boeing Company

Open innovation: Extended supply chain partnerships to create breakthrough products

May 2-3, 2010, Seattle, WA
Hosted by Weyerhaeuser Company

Summary Report

Energy for the 21st Century:  Balancing Reliability, Environment, and Economic Development

September 8-9, 2009, San Ramon, CA
Hosted by Chevron Corporation 

Strategy for Dealing with Global Climate Change and Sustainability

September 26, 2008, Chicago, IL
Hosted by The Boeing Company

Summary Report