The latest issue of the Autodesk Labs newsletter features some work that the Office of the CTO is doing around what we refer to as The Innovation Genome Project. Basically one of my colleagues, Corporate Strategist, Bill O'Connor, is studying innovation in the same way that the human genome was eventually mapped.
In addition to early-adoption-minded customers, many Autodesk employees receive the newsletter. One of those is Senior Principal Engineer and Technical Evangelist, Brian Pene. Many of you know Brian from his work on augmented reality or integration of Autodesk software with devices like the Leap Motion. Using the link from the newsletter, Brian was watching the video regarding The Innovation Genome Project on his phone.
Last week Brian just stopped by to tell us that his 3 year-old daughter also watched the video. He relayed the story as:
- I got the Innovation Edge newsletter email from Scott and said: "Oh wow, Bill has a new video — cool!"
- I clicked to open and watch it on my phone.
- My daughter came up and sat on my lap to join in the viewing.
- She was really engaged by the graphical treatment of the storyboard images of various past innovations.
- She said "Hey daddy, look they made fire into yum yum."
- Then she muttered "innovation" after Bill said it.
- Finally after eyes glued to the screen and the video finished she says: "That was good daddy, let's watch it again."
Brian noted that his daughter never sugar coats her points of view (most 3 year-olds don't). Even more so, she rarely says stuff is good as her quality standards are very high (to which a fellow employee quipped: "Sounds like CEO material...").
In our subsequent discussion, we think we may have reached out to our youngest audience yet. Perhaps we should do more of these in the spirit of See Dick Run? If you wish to connect with your inner child with regard to innovation:
Leg pulling is alive in the lab.