The Ninth and Final MESGO session in Silicon Valley.

The final session of the seventh edition of MESGO, dedicated to leadership and innovation, took place from 29 April to 2 May in Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

This session was led by Jean-Philippe Bonardi, Director of the Enterprise for Society Center and Full Professor at HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne.

Jean-Philippe Bonardi, session director and Full Professor, HEC Lausanne.

Throughout the week, MESGO participants had the opportunity to attend the presentations at the following locations across Silicon Valley and San Francisco:

  • Plug and Play Tech Center
  • The Computer History Museum
  • Stanford University
  • Golden State Warriors – Chase Center

The session covered a wide range of topics related to innovation, leadership and sport. In particular, what creates an innovative ecosystem and its applicability to sport ecosystems; the current technology revolution and the opportunities created by technologies such as artificial intelligence, digital, metaverse, etc; how to develop an entrepreneurial and innovation mindset and how it is linked to leadership; how to manage innovation in an organisation.

A warm thank you to all the speakers for their high-quality contributions to the session!

At Plug and Play: Presentation about Disrupting Disruption by Pascal Finette, CEO, Be Radical.

At Plug and Play: Welcome speech by Saeed Amidi, CEO and Founder, Plug and Play.

At the Computer Museum: Presentation about How was the Silicon Valley eco-system built up? by Crystal Chang, Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley.

At the Computer Museum: Presentation about Silicon Valley: The view of a Venture Capitalist by Eric Buatois, General Partner, Benhamou Global Ventures.

At Stanford University: Presentation about Innovation start-ups – Large organisations versus start-ups by Sukemasa Kabayama, UPLIFT (and former manager at Apple and Tesla).

At Stanford University: Presentation about Developing an entrepreneurial mindset/Developing innovation beyond tech by Larry Keeley, Innovation Scientist, Keeley Innovations LLC & Former President and Co-Founder, Doblin Inc.

At the Golden State Warriors: Presentation about Golden State Warrior and the management of innovation by Daniel Brusilovsky, Vice President of Technology, Golden Gate Warriors.

At the Golden State Warriors: Presentation about Innovation mindset and purpose by Mike Geddes, Co-founder and Chief Purpose Officer, Oakland Roots.

Participants also enjoyed some fun social events, including a Guided Bike Tour of Silicon Valley and a Mixology Course.

The MESGO participants will meet again at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon on 3 and 4 October as part of the viva voce exam session, during which they will each defend their professional thesis. The graduation ceremony on Friday 4 October will mark the conclusion of the seventh edition of the programme.