SOURCE: InnoCentive

January 08, 2008 09:00 ET

InnoCentive® Appoints IBM's Irving Wladawsky-Berger to Advisory Board

Early IBM Pioneer in Innovation and Emerging Technology to Assist With Open Innovation Marketplace Strategy

WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwire - January 8, 2008) - InnoCentive, Inc. (, the leader in Prize-Based Open Innovation sourcing, today announced the appointment of Irving Wladawsky-Berger to its Advisory Board. As a founder of IBM's Grid and Internet computing initiatives, Wladawsky-Berger brings with him incredible insight and background, which will prove critical as InnoCentive continues to expand into new markets and deploy the next generation of its Open Innovation Marketplace.

"Irving is not only a true believer in the power of technology and the Internet, he also sees fundamental shifts occurring in the business models these capabilities enable," said CEO Dwayne Spradlin. "We are very pleased Irving will be joining InnoCentive's Advisory Board."

Wladawsky-Berger comes to InnoCentive from IBM, where he retired on May 31, 2007 after 37 years with the company. In his years at IBM he led a number of company wide initiatives including Linux, Grid Computing, Open Source and On Demand Business. As Chairman Emeritus, IBM Academy of Technology, he will remain involved in a number of IBM's technical strategy and innovation initiatives. He is also a Visiting Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT, where he is involved in multi-disciplinary research and teaching activities focused on how information technology is helping transform business organizations and the institutions of society.

Joining IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in 1970, Wladawsky-Berger developed programs to move computer science innovations from IBM's research labs into its product divisions. He later became head of the computer sciences department. In 1985, he joined the product development end of the business where he continued to move advanced technologies to the marketplace, leading IBM's initiatives in supercomputing and parallel computing, and transforming IBM's large commercial systems to microprocessors and parallel architectures. He also managed a number of IBM's businesses, including the large systems software and the UNIX systems divisions.

"InnoCentive is a very unique company. It is looking to re-define the very nature of innovation in the knowledge economy. It is leveraging the Internet and other open, collaborative technologies to reach out to the best minds in the world, wherever they might be," said Wladawsky-Berger. "I am very excited to be part of InnoCentive's Advisory Board, and look forward to contributing to its mission in any way I can."

Born in Cuba, Wladawsky-Berger moved to the US at the age of 15. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago and was named 2001 Hispanic Engineer of the Year by Hispanic Engineer & IT Magazine. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at the Imperial College Business School, and is a member of the following organizations: BP's Technology Advisory Council, the Visiting Committee for the Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago, and the Board of Visitors for the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.

About InnoCentive

InnoCentive built the first online Open Innovation and is the global leader in prize-based Open Innovation sourcing, enabling scientists, engineers, professionals and entrepreneurs to collaborate in a global community to deliver breakthrough solutions for R&D-driven organizations. InnoCentive's Seekers include commercial, government and non-profit organizations such as Eli Lilly and Company, Janssen, Solvay, GlobalGiving and The Rockefeller Foundation. InnoCentive Seekers, who collectively spend billions of dollars on R&D, submit complex problems on the InnoCentive Web site where more than 135,000 engineers, scientists, inventors, business people, and research organizations in more than 175 countries are invited to solve them. Solvers who deliver the most innovative solutions receive financial awards ranging up to US$1,000,000. To learn more visit the InnoCentive Web site at

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