Past Event – Design Innovations

(Forum #7)

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Thursday, May 29th
5:30 – 8:30pm

5:30 Networking & Dinner
6:20 Temple U. Welcome: TBD
6:25 Introductions
6:30 Keynote: Harold Hambrose
8:00 Q&A
8:15 Optional Networking & Dessert

Temple University – Alter Hall (7th Floor)
1801 Liacouras Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Parking and Forum Detailed Map: Temple Map


Join your colleagues for this exciting 7th event of our Innovation Series (third of the 2nd series) at Temple University’s Alter Hall. Innovation is the lifeblood of growth and the sustenance of our economy! This ILF event will focus on the the exciting field of Design. Our Design Thought Leader, Harold Hambrose, will be both speaking about the new wave of design innovations that incorporates multi-disciplinary problem discovery and solution development with empathy and conducting exercises to demonstrate the concepts. This approach is critical for the Innovative Executive and Professional who seeks to create Solutions to dynamic problems with the Human Touch. As the world is continuing to grapple with Complexity, Uncertainty and Change, our solutions need to stop focusing on Technology as an object, rather in the service of a sustainable and flexible solutions that incorporate human utility! Harold is a Philadelphia treasure and has put his desi04_20_2009_Alter Hall Opening_RSBgn firm (Electronic Ink) on a high growth trajectory since its inception in 1990. He’s a well-respected author and speaker and we’re lucky to have him devote an evening of information and fun! There will be exercises incorporated into his talk that will focus on the Networking Experience! We will have Networking sessions before and after his talk so that you can practice what you’ve learned!… It is bound to be a stimulating session. Don’t Miss It!!


Harold Hambrose – Keynote Speaker & Design Innovations Leader— CEO and Founder, Electronic Inkharold_hambrose

As a Design major at Carnegie Mellon University, Harold Hambrose recognized that the burgeoning software industry he was drawn to was more focused on features and functions than on how well these products fit into the hands of human beings. Within a few years of graduation, Harold’s approach to technology design put him in the trenches of the design of the first public access banking machine for Citibank Corporation, the first computerized patient record for First Data Corporation’s Health Systems Group, and the user interface for IBM’s OS/2. Harold’s drive had created an industry, even though he didn’t know it yet.

Harold Hambrose founded Electronic Ink in 1990 to formalize Design’s role in the technology industry.

Over 20 years later, Harold’s influence in his industry has pushed technology and technologists to be more conscious of the human experience with software products. Harold is a pioneer in human-centered system development, and throughout his career as a thought leader, Electronic Ink has served the needs of Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurs alike.

In addition to serving the needs of a diverse list of clients, Harold has led Electronic Ink to receive international recognition by the design community. Most recently, the Museum of Modern Art Department of Architecture and Design requested to feature Electronic Ink’s award-winning 911 Command Center Radio Control Application design in its 2011 Talk to Me exhibition.

In 2009, Harold was compelled to address the issue of businesses wasting billions of dollars on information technology that doesn’t communicate clearly with the people who use it. In his book, Wrench in the System: What’s sabotaging your business software and how you can release the power to innovate (John Wiley & Sons), Harold shows executives and managers how to turn underperforming digital assets into powerhouse systems—how to specify small changes that dramatically boost productivity, reduce training costs, and ask vendors the right questions. To learn more, or to purchase Wrench in the System, visit

Throughout his career, Harold has lectured extensively in the U.S. and Europe on the importance of Design and consideration for the human context in the creation of business systems. He has spoken at conferences around the world, including the Internet World Conference Usability Workshop, the International Conference on Computer Human Interaction (ACM-CHI), IBM Interact, Carnegie Mellon’s Emergence 2007, and the Designing Digital Communities Workshop, a presentation of Temple University’s Fox School of Business and the Philadelphia Wireless Project.

In 2006, Carnegie Mellon University awarded Harold its Alumni Achievement Award for significant contributions to the fields of Technology and Design. In 2010, Harold was the keynote speaker at SAP’s Global Developers Conference DKOM in Walldorf, Germany, and most recently, Harold served on the panel at the Cass Business School event in London, where senior executives from the energy, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and financial industries shared insights and provided a look into the future of business systems and solution design.