The Week in Innovation: June 18-22

Getting gamers engaged, moving faster than 'real time,' Microsoft’s big reveal—and what else to expect in the next 96 hours.
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Happenings

BIO International Convention | June 18-21 | Boston More than 15,000 industry leaders from the U.S. and 65 other countries are expected to attend the world’s largest biotechnology conference, where Gov. Deval Patrick will announce several international collaborations. Watch it live here.

CPSI 2012 | June 19-21 | Atlanta This conference focuses on creativity, innovation, and change management. Follow #CPSI2012 for commentary on speeches from Harvard Business School’s Teresa Amabile, children’s entertainment producer Halle Stanford, and Ginger Hardage of Southwest Airlines.

Games for Change Festival | June 18-20 | New York City Gamers look beyond the monitor toward issues like human rights and natural disasters. Read this Inc. interview with founder Asi Burak, and watch the livestream for keynotes, workshops, and case studies on leveling up with civic engagement.

LeWeb | June 19-20 | London Is it possible to be faster than “real-time”? The LeWeb conference tackles this question in two days of keynotes and workshops with entrepreneurs, corporate senior leaders, and tech pioneers. Watch the conference on YouTube, and check out LeWeb’s startup competition to discover the most promising real-time mobile apps.

World Innovation Forum | June 20-21 | New York City Watch the livestream for speeches from heavyweights Guy Kawasaki, Henry Chesbrough, Jane McGonigal, and Clay Shirky on open innovation, collaboration, and social engagement. ?What If! has partnered with the Forum for the fourth straight year, and will lead a behind-the-scenes Innovation Field Trip tour of Facebook and Four Seasons on the 19th. Follow @whatifglobal for updates from the tour as well as live tweeting throughout the conference.

Conversations

Microsoft’s big announcement. Following the company’s cryptic invitations last week to a mysterious event in Los Angeles, tech publications are predicting the unveiling of a Windows tablet to rival Apple’s iPad. Context courtesy of TechCrunch. UPDATE: It's called the Surface.

#Innochats. Want another way to participate in dialogue around innovation? #Innochats are Twitter conversations about the how of innovation, from process to culture, with practitioners. Log onto Twitter Thursdays at 12 p.m. EST. Check out past discussions here.

Illustration by Michael Sendrow.

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