2012 Innovation Program

Our 2013 program will be announced later this year. In the mean time, please see below to see what we did last year...


Want to stay on top of the latest innovation trends in media, marketing and technology? 

Interested in being one of the first people in the country to get hands-on experience and training with Windows 8?

Looking to participate in a hackathon – and win prizes while developing new applications and learning from your colleagues and coaches?

Attend the Indie Memphis Film Festival's new Innovation program and network with professionals, students and entrepreneurs from the Mid-South and beyond.

One pass gets you access to everything -- innovation programs, film screenings, live music performances, and festival parties and receptions!

Innovation highlights incude:

Introduction to Windows 8: Learn about Microsoft’s new business model and how to develop and design for Windows 8. This is your chance to be one of the first people in the country to get interactive training and experience with Microsoft’s newest products.

  • Microsoft’s New Windows 8 Business Model: Come find out what the new Windows 8 business model means for your company and how you can both save money and make money developing applications for Windows 8.
  • Designing for Windows 8: Half-day session focused on maximizing the benefits of the new UI.
  • Windows 8 Boot Camp: All-day session with Microsoft Developer Evangelist Jon Box on the fundamentals of developing for Windows 8. 

Innovation Conversations:  Thought leaders from Google, Microsoft, FedEx, and more share their insight on the future of technology, digital storytelling, big data, inclusive innovation and more.

LaunchMemphis 48-Hour Hack: Ever thought of the perfect app that doesn't yet exist? Pitch it at LaunchMemphis' 48-Hour Hack, sponsored by Microsoft. Developers, creatives and professionals will collaborate to feverishly build tomorrow's technology. Prizes will be awarded to the top Windows 8 apps developed over the weekend.

The 48-Hour Hack registration fee is included in your Festival Pass purchase price -- or you can register for just the Hack for only $40. 

Innovation Conversations and Workshops

Thursday, Nov. 1

Microsoft Boot Camp: Design
10:00 am – 5:00 pm @ Circuit Playhouse

Microsoft Experience Center
10:00 am – 5:00 pm @ Microsoft Tech Lounge

Share Microsoft's exciting new Windows 8 operating system devices. Interact with its new touch interface and re-imagined design on some of the latest, sleekest notebooks, slates and phones. And also come play with the Xbox and Kinect.


Friday, Nov. 2

Microsoft Boot Camp
9:00 am – 4:00 pm @ Studio on the Square 

Microsoft Experience Center
10:00 am – 5:00 pm @ Microsoft Tech Lounge

Share Microsoft's exciting new Windows 8 operating system devices. Interact with its new touch interface and re-imagined design on some of the latest, sleekest notebooks, slates and phones. And also come play with the Xbox and Kinect.


Narrative Innovation: The Digital Revolution In Storytelling
9:30 am – 11:15 am @ Playhouse on the Square

See what thought leaders from Google, BBDO and Digitas are predicting for the future of visual storytelling and branded content. Find out how they expect to navigate a world of multiple overlapping content platforms and channels - and how marketers and filmmakers can work together to create engaging user experiences.

Panelists: Abigail Posner, Google (Head of Strategic Planning, Agency Development); David Lubars, BBDO (Chairman and Chief Creative Officer) and Eric Korsh, Digitas (VP of Brand Content)

Introductions by Steve Pacheco, FedEx (Managing Director, Advertising & Marketing Communications)

Collaborate to Innovate
10:00 am – 11:30 am @ Circuit Playhouse

Dr. Brian Janz believes there are two collaboration opportunities critical to innovation success: 1) collaboration within your innovation design team, and 2) collaboration between you and your best customers. Brian will share his views and findings on both of these critical opportunity areas and discuss ways to convert collaboration into readily adoptable products and/or services.

Presenter: Dr. Brian Janz (University of Memphis, FedEx Institute of Technology)


The Future Is Here: Mind-Blowing Memphis Innovations
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm @ Playhouse on the Square

Did you know the Medical Education & Research Institute here in Memphis trains surgeons from around the world with dummies so real they can cry and bleed? Or that Memphis is home to the first Biomedical accelerator in the United States? Find out what some of Memphis's best and brightest innovators are up to as they discuss what they’re doing and how you can leverage the area’s innovation infrastructure.

Panelists: Charleson Bell, BioNanovations (President); Dr. Max Louwerse, University of Memphis (Director of the Institute for Intelligent Systems and Professor of Psychology); Elizabeth Ostric, MERI (Executive Director)

Inclusive Innovation: How Everyone Can Participate in the Innovation Economy
12:45 pm – 2:15 pm @ Circuit Playhouse

Come and hear what's being done by these industry leaders to expand the talent pool in Memphis and grow the opportunities for everyone to participate in the innovation economy.

Panelists: Kimberly Bryant, BlackGirlsCode (Founder); Melanee Hannock, ALSAC / St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Senior Vice President, Marketing - Interactive/Operations); Sherry A. Aaholm, FedEx (Executive Vice President of Information Technology)

Session Facilitator: Douglas Scarboro, City of Memphis Office of Talent and Human Capital (Executive Director)


The Four Horsemen of Dominant Design
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm @ Playhouse on the Square

FedEx CIO Rob Carter's take on key tech trends, challenges and opportunities driving FedEx and other enterprises. Hear Rob explain how standards, Moore's Law, cloud computing and the growth in storage is fundamentally changing the world of enterprise computing.

Presenter: Rob Carter, FedEx (Executive Vice President, Information Services and Chief Information Officer)

What’s the Deal with Big Data?
3:15 pm – 4:45 pm @ Circuit Playhouse

Wondering what all the hype about "Big Data" is all about? Then come and listen to these tech leaders about the definition of big data, how companies are leveraging big data and what the future holds.

Presenter: John Daly, Microsoft (Chief Technology Officer, America's Services)


Innovation Film Screenings

Indie Game: The Movie
10:30 am & 3:30 pm @ Studio on the Square

With the twenty-first century comes a new breed of artist: the indie game designer. These innovators design and program their distinctly personal games in the hope that they may find connection and success. After years of work, designer Edmund McMillen and programmer Tommy Refenes work toward the release of their first major game for Xbox, Super Meat Boy. At a big video-game expo, developer Phil Fish unveils his highly anticipated, FEZ. Designer Jonathan Blow considers a new game after his very successful game, Braid. Four developers, three games, one ultimate goal – to express oneself through a video game.

Welcome to the Machine
1:00 pm  @ Studio on the Square

After trying to have children for three years, filmmaker Avi Zev Weider and his wife try in vitro fertilization. Immediately, she becomes pregnant with triplets and the filmmaker is thrown into the intersection of technology and biology. The film represents his attempt to come to terms with the role of technology in defining who we are as humans in the twenty first century.

Post-screening conversation at 2:30 pm with filmmaker Avi Zev Weider and Jason Dailey, Microsoft (Director of Bing Evangelism)


Innovation Inspiration

High-Tech Happy Hour / 48-Hour Hack “Pitch”
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm @ 48-Hour Hack Arena

Mix and mingle with Innovation Conversation attendees over complimentary Chateau Ste. Michelle wine and Newcastle Brown Ale, then be a part of the 48-Hour Hack "Pitch" at 6 pm.

Ever thought of the perfect app... that doesn't yet exist? Pitch it at LaunchMemphis' 48 Hour Hack, sponsored by Microsoft, where developers, creatives and professionals collaboratively apply their talents and feverishly build tomorrow's technology. Prizes will be awarded to the top Windows 8 apps developed over the weekend.