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Innovation Uncensored San Francisco 2014

Join Fast Company editors and writers live from our conference in San Francisco on November 10th and 11th!

Fast Company’s Innovation Uncensored is for anyone with a mind for modern business.

Join more than 500 executives, inventors, strategists, designers, marketers, visionaries, and creatives from the worlds of technology, business, and design on November 10th and 11th for a conversation on the power of innovation and disruption in business.

With talented speakers ranging from Biz Stone to Ed Catmull, Padmasree Warrior to Tristan Walker, Innovation Uncensored brings the best of Fast Company’s magazine and websites to life.

You can check out the full event agenda here.

Scroll through this slideshow for event highlights from our IUSF Conference and offsite sessions. For the best quotes and more information about each talk, have a look at our live blog coverage below.
Setting up for #IUSF14 as Karl the Fog rolls in. (Photo by Laurea de Ocampo)
Lighting makes all the difference at Adobe's offices. (Photo by Mark Wilson)
Tools of the trade. Adobe's Ink and Slide stylus. (Photo by @AdobeDrawing)
Michael Gough, @Adobe’s VP of Experience Design, believes drawing is a critical building block for the future of innovation and design thinking, so our offsite attendees got hands on. (Photo by Damien Maloney)
Behind-the-scenes at Samsung’s design studio to learn how they're creating and innovating devices of the future. (Photo by Harry McCracken)
During the Hint office offsite, CEO Kara Goldin announced a deal with Compass Foods, the world's largest food services company, which delivers to hospitals and schools. (Photo by Damien Maloney)
Chef Chris Jones takes us inside the R&D kitchen at Hampton Creek for a behind-the-scenes conversation and cooking demonstration about the science of taste and how food will continue to evolve. (Photo by Damien Maloney)
Chef Chris Jones makes "scrambled eggs" using plant proteins. (Photo by Suzanne Maloney)
John Loose showing #IUSF14 attendees their home theater demo room. (Photo by @Dolby)
Dancing at Ubisoft Studios (Photo by Noah Robischon)
At the Qualcomm site visit, attendees are shown some of the telecommunication companies newest technologies, like this camera software that can automatically lighten video shot in murky environments. (Photo by Harry McCracken)
At the Levi's Eureka Innovation Lab they create apparel prototypes for the cutting-edge designs that will end up on retail floors around the world. (Photo by Ariel Schwartz)
The Levi's Eureka Innovation Lab is where the future of denim is realized. (Photo by Brian Landaburu)
It's almost too gorgeous to be inside for a conference. Almost. (Photo by Adrian Flores)
Our Innovation Uncensored conference is underway. Emcee Baratunde Thurston, cofounder and CEO of Cultivated Wit, has taken the stage. (Photo by Alice Truong)
Fast Company's Chuck Salter, left, with Eric Harr and Vivienne Harr of STAND (Photo by Alice Truong)
Vivienne Harr's story began when the 10-year-old saw a book of photographs of child slaves and thought to herself "You can't put a kid in slavery--you just can't." She decided sell lemonade to fight child slavery, and found support from all over the world, which led to a company (her father Eric is CEO) and an app and bottled lemonade, all with the same cause. If you're looking for a powerful, moving, and inspiring reminder of the unprecedented ability of the web to help people do good, this is it. (Photo by Harry McCracken)
Fast Company's Danielle Sacks, left, with Patagonia CEO and president Rose Marcario (Photo by Leslie Viragh Jr.)
Fast Company's editor Bob Safian, left, with Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Disney. (Photo by Alice Truong)
Fast Company executive editor Noah Robischon, left, with Lyft CEO John Zimmer (Photo by Alice Truong)
Fast Company's Chuck Salter leading a conversation with Fair Oaks Farms and Coca-Cola about the reinvention of milk. (Photo by Alice Truong)
Senior writer Chuck Salter holds up Rohinni's "printable light" in talk about future of light with CEO Cody Peterson. (Photo by Alice Truong)
Samsung's vice president and head of design Dennis Miloseski. (Photo by Alice Truong)
Baratunde Thurston with his Cultivated Wit cofounder Brian Janosch on using humor to advance a mission. (Photo by Evie Nagy)
Fast Company's Mark Wilson with Matias Duarte, vice president of design for Android, and Gentry Underwood, head of design at Dropbox. (Photo by Alice Truong)
Fast Company's executive editor Noah Robischon with Google Ventures managing partner Bill Maris. (Photo by Alice Truong)
Fast Company's Mark Wilson in a panel with Youtube stars Grace Helbig and Boyce Avenue. (Photo by Alice Truong)
Fast Company senior writer Danielle Sacks with Michele Ganeless, president of Comedy Central, and Kent Alterman, president of content development at Comedy Central. (Photo by Alice Truong)
Fast Company's Kim Last with Julep founder and CEO Jane Park. (Photo by Alice Truong)
Fast Company's Noah Robischon with Groupon and Detour founder Andrew Mason. (Photo by Alice Truong)
Fast Company editor Bob Safian with Casey Gerald, cofounder and CEO of MBAs Across America; Aaron Levie, cofounder and CEO of Box; DJ Patil, vice president of product at RelateIQ, Padmasree Warrior, chief technology and strategy officer at Cisco; Raina Kumra, CEO of Juggernaut. (Photo by Alice Truong)
That's a wrap! (Photo by @sedayanr)

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    That’s a wrap!

    Thanks for tuning in to our Innovation Uncensored San Francisco live blog. We hope you enjoyed the last two days as much as we did. Here are some highlights from Tuesday’s panels:

    10-year-old Vivienne Harr told us how she launched one lemonade stand into a global movement to combat child slavery. "You can't put a kid in slavery--you just can't." If you're looking for a powerful, moving, and inspiring reminder of the unprecedented ability of the web to help people do good, this was it.

    —During her interview with Fast Company’s Danielle Sacks, Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario announced that Patagonia has made an investment in Yerdle, an app that lets people give away items and get redeemable credits in exchange, through the company's $20 Million & Change internal venture fund.

    —After being featured in Fast Company’s December/January issue, Tristan Walker, founder and CEO of Walker & Company Brands, sat down with Fast Company’s J.J. McCorvey for a conversation about racial diversity in Silicon Valley. As Walker & Co. CEO, he’s aimed to make it a company whose employees look like America. “I’m not an idiot,” he said. “This diversity actually helps the bottom line.” See more notes from the conversation here.

    —In conversation with Fast Company executive editor Noah Robischon, Lyft president John Zimmer revealed that his company, which has expanded from 15 to almost 65 cities in 12 months, has seen five-fold growth in both revenue and riders since the beginning of 2014.

    "The space is massive, it's way bigger than people thought when we started," said Zimmer. "This year we've 5x'd our rides as well as revenue, and that's before some of our busiest periods like Thanksgiving."

    —What's next for Google Ventures? More bets in health care startups, said Google Ventures managing partner Bill Maris in a conversation with Fast Company's executive editor Noah Robischon.

    "Now we have no doubt that we have the tools to detect diseases and treat diseases," he said. "What you'll see over the next 15 to 20 years is a complete tidal change. ... It was probably unimaginable that in 1939 when penicillin came along that you could take a pill and instead of dying, could not die." Read more here.

    —In conversation with Fast Company’s Bob Safian, Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, and author of the book Creativity Inc., said that Disney and Pixar movies—including Up, Frozen, and Big Hero 6—are often in terrible shape a year before they’re due to hit theaters. It’s always alarming. But it’s also part of the process. “If it didn’t suck,” Catmull said, “it would almost be done.” And there’s only so much you learn along the way: “When we go off the fails, it’s never in the way it happened before.

    Click here for more lessons from Catmull on how to run a creative business.

    Fast Company’s Danielle Sacks talked to Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless and president of content development Kent Alterman about the cross-platform strategy to engage their 18-34 year-old audience, and the opportunities and challenges in monetizing digital success.

    "Good comedy has always been very truthful and relatable," said Alterman. "Comedy serves a purpose in society that is very human and relatable when it's good—telling some truth, exposing some hypocrisy. And comedy is very sharable, so as the internet exploded, comedy took on a significance in a way that maybe music did in a previous generation." Read more here.

    Fast Company's Mark Wilson held a panel with YouTube celebrities about how to own YouTube. "Here's the thing about getting on TV," said YouTube personality Grace Helbig. "There are a whole lot of gatekeepers that keep you from getting on TV." Read more here.

    Fast Company editor-in-chief Bob Safian closed a day of awesome panels by bringing on three generations of Generation Flux to discuss the importance of being mission-led in business. "Mission and purpose are the new competitive advantage," said Casey Gerald, cofounder and CEO of MBAs Across America.

    As always, follow our Twitter and Instagram for more images and content to come from the event.

    From everyone at Fast Company, thank you for joining us!

    by Miles Kohrman edited by Anjali Mullany 11/12/2014 2:06:19 AM