Autodesk Labs is part of the Office of the CTO, more specifically the Corporate Strategy and Engagement group. Our group works on a variety of big ideas that are important to Autodesk and its customers. One of our group members is Bill O'Connor.
Here are some of the things Bill works on:
Corporate Strategy and Engagement designs, scripts and coordinates the opening and closing presentations at AU. Last year Bill was part of a team that redesigned the overall AU experience — not just the opening and closing. This year, Bill created a large part of the open session keynote address, helped organize the Innovation Forums, and made contributions to the closing session.
Burning Man is a music and arts festival in the Nevada desert. For a week every summer, 50,000+ people gather to experiment with art, design, technology, and social structures. It is where people look to see the leading trends in the maker movement, digital fabrication, and radical architecture. In hallway discussions, Bill has spirited opinions about activities for employees who wish to attend on their own time.
Bill O'Connor crafts papers, speeches, visuals, and videos to support the CEO, CTO, and other members of Exec Staff in sharing Autodesk's thought leadership in the areas of technology and innovation. To help Autodesk customers innovate, Bill often shares his Innovation Genome Project that is based on studying millions of years of evolution looking at what innovations have in common — in essence, innovation DNA.
Point of View
The Autodesk Point of View (POV) Dispatch is a monthly A360 column that provides useful information and perspectives about strategy, innovation, and design. The POV features contributions from the Corporate Strategy and Engagement group as well as from thinkers and innovators throughout Autodesk. Bill edits each issue and often writes the lion's share of the articles.
The IDEAS Innovation and Design Series is an invitation-only event that attracts business and thought-leaders to explore unanswered questions about the nature of design, business, and innovation. It is a forum for discussions worth having. Our IMAGINE DESIGN CREATE book was an offshoot of our IDEAS work. Though not directly involved in IDEAS itself, Bill helped with sections of the book.
Today is Bill's birthday. Happy Birthday, Bill.
To mess with him further, I made this JibJab video:
If you want to see the real Bill in action, check out this Innovation Genome video:
A celebration is alive in the lab.