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65 Corporate Innovation Labs
« on: March 07, 2018, 03:23:18 PM »
65 Corporate Innovation Labs

1. Hewlett-Packard
Innovation Lab Name: HP Labs
Founded: 1966

HP Labs is an award-winning research facility focusing on technologies like natural language detection, audio/video analytics, immersive experiences, 3D printing, and more.

2. Google
Innovation Lab Name: X
Founded: 2010

Google’s X research center is where some of their biggest projects happen. These teams work on research that’s not directly tied to a product and encompasses challenging fields like speech processing, machine intelligence, quantum AI, and more.

3. Xerox
Innovation Lab Name: Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
Founded: 1970

The PARC’s professed philosophy is “open innovation.” Founded in 1970, PARC has worked on world-changing innovations like Ethernet, laser printing, and GUIs.

4. Microsoft
Innovation Lab Name: Microsoft Research Lab
Founded: 1991

Microsoft has numerous labs, each with its own flavor, aimed at applying research independent of product development cycles. Projects include Skype translation, talk-to-text transcription, real-time hand tracking for single-depth cameras, and more.

5. Google
Innovation Lab Name: The Garage
Founded: 2008

While X may be more well known, there’s a lot of work and play happening at The Garage. Originally opened in 2008 by a group of Googlers who wanted someplace a bit more free-form to do their “20% work.” (“20% work” itself is a form of constant innovation: it’s the 20% of the workweek during which Google employees get to work on projects not directly connected to their core tasks.) It’s open to all Googlers and boasts 3D printers, tons of tools, a CNC machine, and plenty of collaborative workspace to encourage out-of-the-box thinking.

6. TCS
Innovation Lab Name: TCS Innovation Labs
Founded: 1981

TCS’s world-spanning network of Technology, Domain, and Academic Alliance Labs let IT experts of all stripes create new systems. Products from these labs include HeartSense and AkTrac (“wellness apps for activity detection and physiological sensing using mobile phones and wearables”), a mobile phone digital stethoscope, and RehabBox, a “Kinect-based telerehab system for post stroke patients.”

7. Oracle
Innovation Lab Name: Oracle Labs

Originally founded as Sun Microsystems Laboratories, it was rebranded Oracle Labs after their acquisition in 2010. Their research philosophies are exploratory research, directed research, consulting, and product incubation. Past projects that have grown out of Oracle Labs research include chip multithreading and the Java programming language.

8. IBM
Innovation Lab Name: IBM Mobile Innovation Lab

The Mobile Innovation Lab brings together cloud and mobile experts to try to develop new technologies and applications for the IBM Cloud, their clients, and more.

9. Avaya
Innovation Lab Name: Avaya Labs Research

Avaya Labs Research center focuses on WebRTC, mobility, cloud, and video solutions. Innovations include an ecommerce delivery mechanism for embedding open, mobile digital communication.

10. Autodesk
Innovation Lab Name: Autodesk Labs

Autodesk, makers of AutoCAD, Revit, and a wide array of design and engineering software, has their own innovation lab, called simply “Autodesk Labs.” This innovation center focuses on “technology previews,” public releases of new technologies in development which have set start and end dates and are focused on garnering user feedback. This feedback is used to improve and refine the technology, though Autodesk is very open to admitting that sometimes what they learn is that they should let what they’re working on go and move on to a new idea.

11. Phillips
Innovation Lab Name: Phillips Design
Founded: 1925

Design is at the core of many high-tech companies and innovation labs alike. Phillips Design focuses on new ideas and new technologies to improve the lives of their customers. This lab gives their innovators, who come from a wide array of disciplines, the freedom to explore and find new solutions. These solutions have garnered them Red Dot Awards, Webbies, Singapore Good Design Marks, and more.

12. Amazon
Innovation Lab Name: Lab 126
Founded: 2004

Founded in 2004, Amazon’s Lab 126 is responsible for innovations like the Kindle, Fire, and Echo. From their humble, skunkworks-style origins in Palo Alto to their current offices in Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Seattle, and Boston, they’ve scaled up to attack new projects but keep the same focus on experimentation and innovation that helped them build the first Kindle.

13. AT&T
Innovation Lab Name: AT&T Labs Advanced Technologies

AT&T Labs Advanced Technologies focuses on data analytics, cloud services, networking, and much more; this venerable lab has won 8 Nobel prizes.

14. Verizon
Innovation Lab Name: Verizon Innovation Centers
Founded: 2016

Entrepreneurs can apply to the Verizon Innovation Centers in Boston and San Francisco to gain access to the company’s versatile test network and sophisticated technical equipment. From there, Verizon helps its innovators develop their products and businesses with oversight from Verizon’s strategic advisors, then leverage Verizon’s distribution channels for shared revenue opportunities or the chance to bring their developments into Verizon’s product and service suite. Verizon calls the initiative “one of the most ambitious and technologically advanced innovation programs in the technology industry.”

15. Nokia
Innovation Lab Name: Nokia Bell Labs
Founded: 1925 (under AT&T)

Nokia’s innovation lab was founded in 1925 under AT&T and its researchers have worked on inventions like lasers, the C programming language, UNIX, speech recognition, and more. It boasts awards including Nobel Prizes, U.S. National Medal of Science, Turing Awards, Kyoto Prizes, and many others.

16. Vodafone
Innovation Lab Name: Vodafone Innovation Park Labs

Vodafone’s Labs are focused on creating the next generation of telecommunications breakthroughs. They perform over 1,000 test projects every year on a network powerful enough to provide mobile coverage for a country the size of Switzerland. Past innovations they’ve worked on include LTE networks, IPv6, and remote file access.

17. T-Mobile
Innovation Lab Name: Deutsche Telekom Silicon Valley Innovation Center
Founded: 1925

The experts at T-Mobile’s Silicon Valley Innovation Center focuses on the latest technologies (cloud communications, software-defined Networking, and more) to solve customer problems in creative ways, in an environment that fosters experimentation and new ideas.

18. AT&T
Innovation Lab Name: AT&T Foundry
Founded: 2011

AT&T’s in-house innovation lab is decades old and has come up with countless inventions. They’ve also got six foundry labs located around the world: Atlanta, Houston, Palo Alto, Plano, and Israel. Each focuses on a different industry: home and connected cars, healthcare, cybersecurity, software-defined networks, the IoT, and more. Their goal is to find ideas that “enhance or refine an existing AT&T product or customer experience.” Their experts have partnered with about 500 startups a year since opening the first foundry in 2011; their newest facility opened in Houston in 2016.

19. Visa
Innovation Lab Name: One Market Center
Founded: 2013

Visa’s innovation lab within One Market Center is designed to offer increased collaboration for teams working on their latest tech solutions. Their projects include tokenization, payment apps, mobile location confirmation, and more.

20. DBS Bank
Innovation Lab Name: DBS Asia X (DAX)
Founded: 2016

DBS launched its Singapore innovation lab to break out of its “traditional banking mindset to think, behave and deliver more like a technology company,” according to Neal Cross, DBS’ chief innovation officer. DBS leaders expect to see more than 5,000 people actively innovating DBS’ services and operations at DAX each year.

30. Ikea
Innovation Lab Name: Space10
Founded: 2015

Nestled in the heart of Copenhagen’s meatpacking district lies Space10, Ikea’s “secret” research hub and exhibition space. Space10 invites people from the worlds of art, design, and technology to work on research projects that result in a range of Ikea prototypes, exhibitions, events, and workshops.

31. Staples
Innovation Lab Name: Staples Labs: Velocity, Innovation, Development
Founded: 2012

In 2012 the long-lived office superstore opened three labs in separate locations, each with its own mandate. “Velocity Lab” in Cambridge, MA and “Innovation Lab” in San Mateo, CA both handle mobile apps, digital platforms, and in-store technologies. The “Development Lab” in Seattle works on e-commerce platforms and data engineering.

32. The Home Depot
Innovation Lab Name: The Home Depot Innovation Center
Founded: 2015

The Home Depot’s Innovation Center at Georgia Tech is a collaborative space used to recruit top talent and explore how technology might advance retail, supply chain, and more. The second focus for the center is to track emerging technologies like 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality, or wearable devices.

33. CVS
Innovation Lab Name: Digital Innovation Lab
Founded: 2015

The CVS innovation center is focused on creating new digital health solutions. Operating like a startup and adhering to concepts like an accelerated idea-to-market schedule and a fast-paced testing and implementation process, their projects include simple things like mobile phone pharmacy reminders and complex ones like apps that turn those phones into remote diagnostic tools.

34. Lululemon
Innovation Lab Name: Lululemon Lab
Founded: 2009 (Vancouver), 2016 (NYC)

Lululemon’s solution to the constant need for new fashions was to open two in-house labs, one in Vancouver (where their corporate offices are) and one in NYC (a worldwide fashion hub). Designers work collaboratively in a setting that encourages forward thinking and creativity.

35. Neiman Marcus
Innovation Lab Name: Neiman Marcus Innovation Lab (iLab)
Founded: 2012

Neiman Marcus has earned a world-class reputation for retail innovation thanks to the iLab, its hub for evaluating, designing, testing, and piloting cutting-edge technologies and applications for luxury retail. Recent projects include connected fitting room technology, intelligent mobile phone charging stations, and voice-controlled sales associate communicators.

36. Walmart
Innovation Lab Name: Walmart Labs
Founded: 2005

Walmart’s innovation lab is designed to help them stay competitive in the increasingly online and mobile world. One notable accomplishment was a large-scale search engine overhaul for their online site that drove a 20% increase in sales. Workers are even organized into “mini-startups,” each with their own projects.

37. Sephora
Innovation Lab Name: Sephora Innovation Lab
Founded: 2015

Sephora’s innovation lab is in a converted warehouse near San Francisco’s Mission Bay district. The facility’s first use was to build and test in-store displays, but in 2015, its focus expanded to include digital, reflecting the increasingly online nature of any kind of shopping experience. Innovation team members work on solutions for web, mobile, and brick-and-mortar applications. The lab even includes a model Sephora store.

45. Lockheed Martin
Innovation Lab Name: Skunk Works
Founded: 1943

While the term “skunkworks” or “skunk works” has come to refer to any secretive research facility or department, the originator of the term was Lockheed Martin’s off-limits R&D team at their Burbank, CA facility. Origin stories conflict slightly, but their first recognized feat was the design of the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star in just 143 days, in a contained setup away from other engineers. Development of the fighter actually began four months before formal contracts were delivered, a hallmark of the division’s “off the books” modus operandi and part of the rogue culture that continues to define it to this day. Culture is king for innovation and 70+ years later, teams still strive to produce next-gen aircraft innovations that adhere to founder Kelly Johnson’s mantra of “quick, quiet and quality.”

46. Volkswagen
Innovation Lab Name: Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL)
Founded: 2010

The Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL) brings together interdisciplinary teams to work on industry-changing projects. Located on the Stanford University campus, they partner with the school on projects like drive-by-wire and driver assistance systems, the Stanford Solar Car Project, and more.

47. Panasonic
Innovation Lab Name: Panasonic Automotive Innovation Center
Founded: 2013

The Panasonic Automotive Innovation Center, located inside their Centergy One building, is built for collaboration between software, electrical, systems, and mechanical experts working on the next generation of human-machine interfaces for cars.

48. Ford
Innovation Lab Name: Ford Research & Innovation Center
Founded: 2012

Ford’s innovation center boasts open spaces to encourage collaboration and works on projects ranging from autonomous car research with the likes of MIT, Stanford, and the University of Michigan, to Big Data and analytics initiatives.

49. McKesson and the Mayo Clinic
Innovation Lab Name: Center for Innovation
Founded: 2008

The Mayo Clinic and McKesson gathered up a team of 60 innovators for their Center and gave them a simple mandate: to think differently about healthcare. The unit’s philosophy/mantra is to “always be there for me [the patient]” as they tackle tough problems like redesign of care models, keeping patients connected to care in their homes and communities, and creating services to optimize health and wellness.

Since its launch in May 2016, the experts at the Anthem Innovation Studio in Atlanta have been working on a variety of projects that focus on enriching the consumer experience, managing the cost of care, and enhancing provider collaboration.

58. Company: MetLife
Innovation Lab Name: LumenLab
Founded: 2015

MetLife’s LumenLab is a sprawling facility located in Singapore, where innovation experts from a variety of fields, many with startup experience, focus on developing new customer-driven products and solutions. Their goal is to “rewrite the role of insurance in people’s lives.”

59. Company: Southern Company
Innovation Lab Name: Southern Company Energy Innovation Center
Founded: 2015

Southern Company prioritized a commitment to innovation throughout its corporate history. At its Energy Innovation Center in Atlanta’s Technology Square, employees and partners collaborate to answer pressing issues energy-industry issues such as “electric battery storage, electric car technology, and the role of big data in our lives.”

60. Company: Georgia Pacific
Innovation Lab Name: GP Innovation Institute
Founded: 2014

Researchers at Georgia Pacific’s 25,0000-square-foot Innovation Institute are working to reduce supply chain costs and drive sustainability improvements across the company’s products and services. According to GP’s website, they also work with customers to analyze their supply chain and develop “reliable and repeatable 5-step process to come up with innovative packaging solutions that could directly benefit your business.”

61. thyssenkrupp
Innovation Lab Name: thyssenkrupp Elevator Research
Founded: 2015

thyssenkrupp operates 90 Research Innovation Centers (RIC) around the world. At its U.S. center, a team of 13 design, software, and electrical engineers collaborates with university researchers to develop ideas, create 3D printed models, conduct feasibility tests, and work toward implementing new products.

62. Emerson
Innovation Lab Name: The Helix Innovation Center
Founded: 2016

At its 40,000-square-foot facility on the University of Dayton campus, Emerson researchers engineer commercial building controls and HVACR technology. The center contains a total of five real-world simulated environments, including a fully-functioning and furnished home, a model supermarket, a light commercial environment, a commercial kitchen, and a data center. These modules provide a sandbox for rapid prototyping and practical applications.

63. Marriott
Innovation Lab Name: Marriott Pop-Up Innovation Lab

While it may not be around for long, Marriott debuted an interactive model hotel experience in downtown Los Angeles hotel in January 2017 to crowdsource real-time feedback from the public. The pop-up lab features tech-centric beverage concepts, communal-area pilot projects, and eco-conscious offerings. Marriott has also showcased hotels in “live beta” as part of its commitment to innovation.

64. Delta
Innovation Lab Name: The Hangar
Founded: 2016

Delta says it’s not “chasing tech for tech sake” at The Hangar, but rather “looking for real opportunities to solve business problems.” Projects to date include a “pre-select meal bot,” voice assistants for flight updates, drone lightning inspections, and a mobile gate interface for Delta agents.

65. AccorHotels
Innovation Lab Name: Disruption & Growth
Founded: 2013

AccorHotels drives collaboration between startups and major groups in its business by bringing them together in a space with “an open innovation laboratory on one side and a vast industrial testing ground on the other.” The company’s Disruption & Growth department coordinates efforts between the two.
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