Topcoder Innovation Summit

The Premier Event for Enterprise Innovation Leaders


The Innovation Event for Enterprise Doers

The Topcoder Innovation Summit is the premier innovation event for industry leaders. At the Innovation Summit, you’ll have the opportunity to speak with industry leaders, attend panels on innovation and emerging technologies, and meet with the Wipro and Topcoder executive teams. Every year this event brings together incredible clients and sponsors such as AWS, Google, IBM, GE, NASA, M&T Bank, Booz Allen Hamilton, and so many more. Find out what’s happening in today’s hottest technologies and the gig economy, and see firsthand how our platform can handle projects as small as mobile app design and as large as digital transformation.



In partnership with AWS, EIC, Google, Intel, Hess, NASA, RS Energy Group, Station Houston, Shell, and more, TCO19’s Innovation Summit shares actionable strategies from market industry experts through a variety of events, like:

  • Information-packed panels filled with the latest technology insights in fields such as AI, IoT, and big data

  • Unlimited networking opportunities with experts and executives from around the globe

  • Personal breakout sessions with workshop opportunities and one-on-one guidance

  • Powerful keynotes from some of the world’s foremost Gig Economy thought leaders

Keynote Speakers

John Winsor

John Winsor is an entrepreneur, thought-leader and global authority on open innovation. He is currently the executive-in-residence at Harvard Business School’s Laboratory for Innovation Science (LISH). John’s books include “Beyond the Brand,” “Spark,” “Flipped”, and the best-selling “Baked In,” winner of the 2009 800-CEO-READ Business Book Award in marketing. John is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, Forbes and Digiday. He and his family are based out of Boulder, Colorado.


Keith Groom

Keith Groom is the Global Head of Partners for Microsoft Workloads on AWS. He leads a specialized team of business and technical resources that help AWS partners develop expertise on how to migrate and modernize Microsoft Workloads on AWS. His team is also responsible for the Microsoft Alliance between AWS and Microsoft.

Keith Groom

Dave Messinger

Dave Messinger is the Chief Technologist at Topcoder, where he is in charge of all crowdsourcing products and technology. He is responsible for the platform and overall community development methodology.

Prior to his current role, Dave spent seven years as Topcoder’s Chief Architect, during which time he oversaw the platform, community growth, and component-based methodology.


Shinobu Saito

Shinobu Saito is a Distinguished Research Engineer in the Software Innovation Center at the NTT Corporation (Tokyo, Japan). His research interests are software requirements engineering, design recovery, business modeling, and business process management. He received his Ph.D. in system engineering at Keio University (Yokohama, Japan) in 2007. Saito was a visiting researcher at the Institute for Software Research (ISR) at the University of California, Irvine from 2016 to 2018.


Innovation Summit Agenda

Breakfast & RegistrationLive Oak Ballroom Foyer
Welcome & Opening RemarksMichelle Briggs, Customer Success Program Lead, Topcoder
Houston & InnovationGaby Rowe, Executive Director, The Ion
Surviving Avalanches: Open Talent and the EnterpriseJohn Winsor, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Open Assembly
Software Development in the Era of the Passion EconomyDave Messinger, Chief Technology Officer, Topcoder
The Passion Economy: Topcoder Community Panel
Moderator: Steve Rader, Deputy Director, Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation, NASA, Johnson Space Center
Viktoria Pere, @PereViki, from Hungary
Thomas Kranitsas, @thomaskranitsas, from Greece
Dr. Sergey Pogodin, @birdofpreyru, from Spain
Scott Wu, @scott_wu, from the United States of America
Driving Innovation in the Enterprise with AWSKeith Groom, Global Head of Partners for Microsoft Workloads, AWS
The Big and the Bold: Serving the Public Sector through Open Innovation
Moderator: Michael Contreras, Ph.D, General Manager, Public Sector, Topcoder
Lynn Buquo, Manager, Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation, NASA, Johnson Space Center
Marc Apgar, JTWS Lead Systems Engineer, USSOCOM
Jennifer Beardsley, Prize Competition Program Administrator, Bureau of Reclamation
Terese Manley, Prize Manager, Open Innovation & Crowdsourcing, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Networking Coffee BreakLive Oak Ballroom
Hybrid Sourcing Framework for Overcoming “2025 Digital Cliff”Shinobu Saito, Distinguished Research Engineer, NTT
SpaceNet™: Geospatial Analytics Challenge Series Special AnnouncementRyan Lewis, General Manager, SpaceNet
Adam Van Etten, Advisory Council Co-Chair, SpaceNet
Partner Up! Winning through Differentiation and Simplified Access to Talent
Moderator: Adam Sandlin, Head of Worldwide Strategy & Go-to-Market, Topcoder
Ryan Lewis, General Manager, SpaceNet
Rick Sullivan, Vice President & General Manager, Digital Applications, DXC Technology
Vasudha Raman, Director and Regional Business Head, Consumer Business Unit, Wipro
On-Demand Everything: Gig Economy Leaders Panel
Moderator: Paul Estes, Editor-in-Chief, Staffing.com
Steve Pockross, Chief Executive Officer, Verblio
Brian Bednarek, Founder, MESH01
Amelia Warren Tyagi, Co-Founder & Co-Chief Executive Officer, Business Talent Group
2019 Topcoder Open Design Finals IntroductionAdam Morehead, Vice President of Digital, Topcoder
Lunch and Arena ToursLive Oak Ballroom
Topcoder Innovation Summit Master Classes
Data Science & AI featuring Amazon SageMaker
Quality Assurance & Crowdtesting
Talent-as-a-Service (TaaS)

Magnolia Room
Winged Elm Room
Red Maple Room
Coffee and Snack BreakLive Oak Ballroom Foyer
Geospatial Analytics Master Class presented by SpaceNet™Magnolia Room

Panel Topics

The Passion Economy: Topcoder Community Panel

With the emergence of the gig economy, skilled workers are enjoying new socio-economic and lifestyle freedoms, along with navigating new challenges in this era of on-demand work. You’ll hear from dedicated Topcoder community members and learn from their personal journeys in this burgeoning gig economy.

On-Demand Everything: Gig Economy Leaders Panel

While everyone is accustomed to services such as Uber and Grubhub, the on-demand economy powered by gig workers offers enterprises unique ways to scale and ramp productivity. We will hear from leaders whose organizations are powered by the gig economy and the benefits their enterprise customers are enjoying in this era of on-demand everything!

The Big and the Bold: Serving the Public Sector through Open Innovation

As we continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of landing on the Moon, the U.S. Government continues to pioneer exciting ways to tackle large, complex, and impactful challenges through on-demand talent and open innovation. You’ll hear from federal agency innovation leaders sharing solutions and success stories made possible with open talent.

Partner Up! Winning through Differentiation and Simplified Access to Talent

Innovative partners push the growth and uptake of on-demand talent and there is a lot to learn from them! Joining Topcoder on stage will be DXC, SpaceNet, and Wipro discussing how they go to market and differentiate with Topcoder as a powerful on-demand talent solution.

Day at a Glance

Topcoder Innovation Summit8 AM to Noon
Lunch & Topcoder Open Arena TourNoon to 1:30 PM
Gig Economy Master Classes1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Geospatial Analytics Master Class w/ SpaceNet™3:15 PM to 4:45 PM


We offer a hands-on experience with the Topcoder platform to show you how crowdsourcing can accomplish big goals and break down barriers created by distance, location, and language. Our industry model challenges technology and work assumptions and creates value for our clients through digitally disruptive crowdsourcing access and execution to the world’s top talent.

Are you ready to share ideas, build relationships and learn how to leverage digital innovation as a critical driver for your business needs? Join us at this year’s TCO19 Innovation Summit to participate in the crowdsourcing revolution.

Houston, Texas - InterContinental Hotel

November 14, 2019


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Last year’s 2018 Wipro Innovation Summit in Dallas, Texas saw attendees from Dell, Amazon, BD, NASA, Capital One, Intel, AT&T, Ericsson, Charles Schwab, Nike and plenty more.

Technology sessions included:
• Building Apps in an Age of AI-First User Experience
• QA, the Unsung Hero of App Development
• Tackling GDPR and Security Testing in Blockchain Technology
• What’s Next for IoT in 2019

Innovation sessions included:
• Decoding ROI in Innovation: How to Go from Idea to MVP Faster
• Gig Economy Trends: How to Source and Retain Top Talent
• Bridging the Skills Gap with Gig Workers
• Go Further with Predictive, Prescriptive, and Descriptive Analytics


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InterContinental Houston
Houston, Texas

6750 Main Street,
Houston, TX 77030