Bob Neuhard from University of California San Diego (UCSD) steps you through his experiences in implementing and managing a large scale systematized innovation program – for general on-campus continuous improvement, and to accelerate the commercialization of UCSD’s $1.5B R&D program.

• Download Bob’s slide deck PDF above
• Watch the webinar here:
UC San Diego: Leveraging Collective Genius to Deliver Strategy
• Download a 30-page summary of UCSD’s story here


Is crowdsourcing suitable for your organisation? How do you get ready for it operationally? What’s the business case? How do you align your innovation program with strategy? What’s the likelihood of generating ideas that will be implemented?
University of California San Diego (UCSD)’s IdeaWave platform – powered by HYPE Innovation – engages the collective genius of campus through targeted “idea campaigns” that promote ideation and collaboration across all departments and levels. By hosting idea campaigns through a social platform the entire campus is empowered to provide ideas, comment and vote on ideas, collaborate with others, and dynamically build-out ideas and solutions whose outcomes enhance our efforts to be a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university. UC San Diego completed three crowdsourcing idea campaigns in the last half of 2015 with numerous ideas already implemented and a number of ideas nearing implementation. We will share our key learnings about operational readiness for crowdsourcing (people, processes, and technology), selecting “campaign” topics, and implementing crowdsourced solutions.


• Key operational readiness factors when considering idea crowdsourcing.
• How to frame a business case for crowdsourcing at your institution.
• How to look at idea campaigns across different modes/perspectives, such as creative, problem solving, discovery, testing, and feedback.
• How to select a campaign topic that has the highest likelihood of generating ideas that will be implemented.
• What’s next for UC San Diego in 2016: crowdsourcing use cases in research, student life, and medical care that are on our schedule.


Anyone that wants to learn more about systematizing innovation within their internal operations, and/or engaging with external stakeholders


Bob Neuhard is a business professional and licensed attorney who has extensive global experience leading mission critical strategic engagements across national and international organizations. He has worked at UC San Diego for 10 years and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Office of Operational Strategic Initiatives which is charged with identifying, responding to, leading, and supporting unique initiatives and opportunities across campus on behalf of the Chancellor and the Chief Financial Officer. Bob started his UC San Diego career as the Director of Strategic Sourcing, forging the campus strategy and leading highly successful campus and UC System initiatives. Professionally he has served in senior leadership positions at Owens Corning, Fireman’s Fund, First Data, and Apollo where he led strategic global negotiations with governments and corporations in support of new and expanding business lines and was responsible for creating, leading, and transforming service and operational areas at each entity.

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