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A Global Innovation Jam

From the IBMers who conceived of InnovationJam and created its underlying technology, to those who manage and support the jam program today, the jam team has helped to bring to life an entirely new forum for innovation. The following individuals are just a few of the talented IBMers who have made jamming possible.

  • Sam Palmisano 

    Sam Palmisano
    In 2006, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano pledged US$100 million in seed money to support projects resulting from Innovation Jam.

    Sam Palmisano is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of IBM. Since joining IBM in 1973, Palmisano has served in a series of leadership positions at the company, including senior vice president for the Enterprise Systems and Personal Systems groups and senior managing director of operations for IBM Japan. As the head of IBM’s Global Services, he built the largest and most diversified information technology services organization in the industry. During his decade as president and CEO, Palmisano has been a trailblazer in collaborative innovation by championing its use to transform not just internal corporate culture and product development at IBM and other companies, but also the process of real-world global problem solving by multiple stakeholders. Palmisano is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In addition, he holds an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an honorary fellowship from the London Business School. He has received a number of business awards, including the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Business Leadership Award in 2009, and the inaugural Deming Cup, presented in 2010 by the W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness at Columbia Business School.

  • Mike Wing 

    Mike Wing
    The father of IBM’s corporate intranet,, Mike Wing also led the development of jams.

    As vice president of strategic communications at IBM, Mike Wing helps shape IBM’s communications to employees, investors and the public at large. During the 1990s, Wing led the strategy and development of IBM’s corporate intranet, “w3,” growing it from a small publishing site, to IBM’s primary medium for information and a key engine of culture change. IBM’s first electronic jams debuted on w3 in 2001, based on Wing’s vision for scaling the jam concept electronically as a tool for brainstorming and decision making on a truly global scale.

  • David Yaun 

    David Yaun
    David Yaun played a key role in creating both the Global Innovation Outlook and InnovationJam for IBM.

    David Yaun joined IBM in 1996, and currently serves as vice president of marketing and communications for IBM Global Industries. After joining IBM in 1996 as part of the media relations team working on the IBM Deep Blue® project at IBM Research, he ran IBM's first jam session in 1997, resulting in significant strategic investments in deep computing and pervasive computing. Along with Melinda McMullen, he was part of the team that conceived and executed IBM's first wide-scale SummerJam, connecting the company's eight research labs for a one-day global brainstorming session in 1998. During the four years he ran IBM’s corporate innovation programs, beginning in 2004, Yaun helped conceive and manage the groundbreaking Global Innovation Outlook program and the Genographic Project, in addition to the InnovationJam events.

  • Edward Bevan 

    Edward Bevan
    Ed Bevan also played a key role in creating the Global Innovation Outlook, and led both InnovationJam events.

    Ed Bevan joined IBM in 1998, and currently serves as vice president of brand systems strategy. In this role, he leads a team that develops analysis and other intellectual capital assets to express IBM's viewpoint on critical issues for a smarter planet. Previously, as head of the technology programs and innovation group, Bevan worked to invigorate and advance IBM’s technology communities and innovation capabilities. In addition to leading IBM’s InnovationJam sessions, Bevan spearheaded the launch of the IBM Innovation Network, a closely linked group of IBM chief technologists in emerging markets around the world working together to advance IBM’s leadership and involvement in key innovation initiatives. A core creator of IBM's Global Innovation Outlook, Bevan has worked on projects including IBM's Autonomic Computing Manifesto and the launch and subsequent evolution of On Demand Innovation Services, the consulting center of IBM Research. He was also involved in the genesis of Project Watson, a multi-year effort to build the Watson computer system, which was unveiled in February 2011 on the game show Jeopardy!

  • Liam Cleaver 

    Liam Cleaver leads IBM’s Jam Program Office.

    Liam Cleaver joined IBM in 2000 as part of its Business Strategy and Change Services practice. As global program director for jams, he manages and delivers both internal and client jams. An expert in enterprise-wide innovation and collaboration, Cleaver is a frequently requested speaker on crowdsourcing, and on the practical value and approach to enterprise and industry-wide collaboration.

  • Kristine Lawas 

    Kristine Lawas

    Kris Lawas helps lead the Jam Program Office as senior manager of jam events and solutions for IBM. She designed and executed IBM’s first jam in 2001, and continues to lead the jam user interface and user experience design and event methodologies on behalf of both internal and external clients. Lawas’s jam work and events have been recognized by the American Marketing Association, the Public Relations Society of America, BusinessWeek, the New York Times and the Financial Times, among other organizations.

  • Richard Nesbitt 

    Richard Nesbitt, IBM senior technical staff member, is an application architect in the Jam Program Office and the technical development lead for the jam offering. He holds more than 16 years of experience designing and building high-performance applications for IBM's software products and high-visibility Internet events.

  • Kevin Vaughan 

    Kevin Vaughan is an IBM senior software developer in the Jam Program Office, and was responsible for building out the InnovationJam platform. He has 15 years of software development experience, including end-to-end responsibility for IBM-sponsored and award-winning tennis and golf event websites, such as,, and others.

  • The “crowd” 

    More than 150,000 IBMers, family members, clients, university faculty and students, and IBM Business Partners, representing 104 countries and 67 companies, participated in IBM’s InnovationJam 2006.