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Eversource Staff Gain New Insight Following Innovation Ideathon.

By Jon Boggiano
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In early 2021, top executives at Eversource Energy, a Connecticut-based utility service provider, approached me about hosting a live, virtual event for its employees.

The event, held over Airmeet, brought together employees from various locations and encouraged them to work in teams to kickstart a cultural transformation. The utility's first Sustainability Ideathon leveraged innovation thinking to transform Eversource into a sustainability leader.

Specifically, the Sustainability Ideathon aims to pave the road to business innovation by crowdsourcing ideas from employees. During the event, participants are challenged to open their minds, ask questions, view situations in new ways, brainstorm solutions, collaborate on a team idea, and ultimately pitch their idea to a panel of judges.

“We believe that addressing the impact of our carbon footprint will require innovative solutions,” said Jeffrey Kotkin, Eversource vice president. “That’s why we are collaborating with industry partners and engaging our employees to develop solutions.”

Here are a few images from the event:

Using Airmeet virtual conferencing software, we organized Ideathon participants into teams where they could brainstorm and collaborate privately during breakout sessions.
During presentation mode, I was able to visually lead the group in discussion and also introduce new concepts via PowerPoint.
As part of the main presentation, I invited Mary Sotos to the stage for an interview. Meanwhile, participants joined the conversation and asked questions through Live Chat.
I explained the Everblue Innovation Process to the Eversource Ideathon participants.
During a breakout session, Team 8 worked together to brainstorm an idea for their capstone pitch project.
Team 4 presented its capstone pitch about living walls and green spaces to the Eversource Ideathon participants and judges.

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