It's not rocket science - How NASA innovates with Steve Rader

  • Online event
  • 01 February 2024 16:00 - 17:00

It's not rocket science - How NASA innovates with Steve Rader

Come and join us and fellow DIN members as we spend an hour in the company of Steve Rader, Head of Open Innovation, NASA as we explore the world of problem solving in space using open innovation and what social housing can learn from this approach.


About this event

This session will explore how NASA, identifies and solves problem at scale by deploying open innovation techniques. With lots of examples of things that have gone well and not so well there will be a plethora of learning in here for anyone leading change/solving problems in their organisation.

Do come along and join us if you want to understand new and better ways of solving business problems.

Part presentation, part interview, part discussion with opportunities for delegates to ask Steve any questions they may have.


What will we cover?

  • The drivers for why a new/increased emphasis on innovation is required by organisations and existing/legacy approaches are no longer effective/sufficient
  • How and why the open innovation model works is effective under these new conditions
  • Challenges/barriers for organisational innovation programs
  • Best practices for innovation programs (problem identification & analysis, cultural considerations, paths to implementation/realization)
  • Emerging trends in access to expertise necessary to leverage new technologies required for innovation
  • Looking ahead at the future of innovation


About our speaker

Steve Rader

Program Manager , NASA's Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation

Steve currently serves as the Program Manager of NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI) and the NASA Tournament Lab (NTL) which are working to infuse challenge and crowdsourcing innovation approaches at NASA and across the federal government. CoECI focuses on the study and use of curated, crowdsourcing communities that utilize prize and challenge-based methods to deliver innovative solutions for NASA and the US government.

Steve has worked with various projects and organizations to develop and execute over 100 different challenges. He speaks regularly about NASA’s work in crowd-based challenges and the future of work both publicly and internally to the NASA workforce to promote the use of open innovation tools.

Steve has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Rice University and has worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center for 34 years. Prior to joining CoECI/NTL, Steve worked in mission control, flight software development for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station, command and control systems development for the X-38, and led the Command, Control, Communications, & Information (C3I) architecture definition for the Constellation Program.


Attendance is free as part of your DIN membership subscription


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