WITI Virtual Panel: Driving Innovation In Today’s Modern, Connected World

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Vecna Robotics’ CTO, Dr. Zachary Dydek will speak at Women in Technology International (WITI) Boston’s upcoming virtual event, Driving Innovation in Today’s Modern, Connected World on July 15th, 5-6PM EST. Register now, here! 

Of the more than 30,000 new products introduced every year, 95 percent will fail, according to the late Clayton Christensen. And the average cost of launching a new product in the U.S. is on the rise. The average cost of bringing a new product to market in the U.S between 1997-2010 was $15 million, according to a Forbes study. Currently, the average R&D investment to bring a new product to market is $25 million.

Emerging technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and internet of things (IoT) pose new challenges, risks and opportunities for organizations and innovators — especially in light of the growing popularity of connected devices. Engineers are tasked with selecting the best design platform for their needs, collaborate in real time with global teams and make product changes and improvements simultaneously — while ensuring that the final solution tackles a major challenge and positively impacts society.

At this event, panelists will discuss:

  • Types of innovation — incremental, disruptive, architectural and radical — and how each translates for an organization
  • Current trends in product development
  • Designing products for the connected world (drones, wearables, robots, automated cars)
  • Modern tools innovators are utilizing to design in real time
  • Mentoring and training future innovators
Zachary Dydek - Director of Software

Zachary Dydek, Chief Technology Officer at Vecna Robotics

As CTO for Vecna Robotics, Zac Dydek, PhD will speak on setting long-term product vision and architecting Vecna Robotics’ world-class proprietary autonomy stack. Prior to taking on the role of CTO, he led the Navigation and Control functional team and later, drove cross-product decision making across all disciplines of software development as Director of Autonomous Systems. Under Dr. Dydek, the Vecna Robotics team performs cutting-edge research in the areas of navigation, high-level autonomy, manipulation, control, and machine perception.

Dr. Dydek will speak alongside Parna Sarkar-Basu, CEO and Founder, Brand and Buzz Marketing, LLC; Sharon Rossmark, CEO, Women And Drones; Jon Hirschtick, Founder of Onshape and President of PTC’s SaaS business; and Jeanette Numbers, Co-founder and Principal, Loft LLC.

WITI’s mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity. WITI Boston strives to provide content-rich programs in a comfortable networking environment to support attendees in improving their personal and professional networks and provide valuable insight into a variety of topics.

Register for the panel here.