Keynote Speakers

David Robertson

David Robertson is currently the host of Innovation Nation. He has been a student, teacher and practitioner of the art of innovation for his entire career. As a Professor of Practice at Wharton School, he teaches Innovation and Product Development in the undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs. From 2002 through 2010, Robertson was the LEGO Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Switzerland’s Institute for Management Development (IMD), which received the #1 worldwide ranking by the Financial Times for its executive education programs. At IMD he was Program Director for IMD’s largest program, the Program for Executive Development, and co-Director of the Making Business Sense of IT program, a joint program between IMD and MIT Sloan. Robertson also serves as a consultant to companies on innovation and technology management issues.

David Kwong

Puzzles and magic might not seem like the most logical companions, but David Kwong sees a clear parallel between the two. As human beings, he argues, we are driven by the urge to solve problems and “create order out of chaos." Kwong regularly writes crossword puzzles for a range of national publications, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Games Magazine. He is also the founder of the Misdirectors Guild, an elite group of magicians that specialize in magic for film and television. As the head magic consultant, Kwong created illusions for the bank-heist film Now You See Me, teaching magic to Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo and Woody Harrelson. Kwong has also designed magic and puzzles for Ant-Man, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Imitation Game, and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, to name a few. He is currently teaching card tricks and sleight of hand to Channing Tatum for the upcoming film Gambit.