Tim Courtney presenting Building Blocks for Corporate Innovation at Corporate Innovation Summit in Bangkok, Thailand in March 2019.

Tim Courtney presenting Building Blocks for Corporate Innovation at Corporate Innovation Summit in Bangkok, Thailand in March 2019.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, SEMINARS, CONFERENCES

Tim Courtney is available for speaking engagements (in person and virtually), to lead seminars, and to moderate panels at conferences in the San Francisco Bay Area or worldwide.

Corporate executives, startup founders, and innovators love hearing the story about how the LEGO Group introduced crowdsourcing and overcame complexity to grow the acclaimed LEGO IDEAS product line. Courtney delivers informative and inspirational talks about how brands can leverage the power of their most engaged customers to create beloved, authentic, and profitable products.

While traveling to Denmark over 35 times over the seven years he was at LEGO, Tim Courtney fell in love with Danish urbanism and design. He’s passionate about engaging with American urban planners, architects, real estate developers, mobility companies, transit officials, civil servants, and elected officials about making the United States safe for people who walk and bike by taking inspiration from Denmark.

INTERVIEWS & PODCASTS

Do you host a podcast, video channel, or TV show that’s popular with c-level executives, founders, investors, designers, or innovators? Schedule a recorded interview about the topics on this page. When contacting, please share:

  • Name and URL of podcast, channel, or show

  • Average listeners / viewers per episode

  • Audience demographics (age, location, industry sector, titles)

  • Synopsis of topics and questions

If you’re a journalist on short deadline, please provide a list of questions and a contact phone number.

Hire Tim to inspire your guests and spark innovative thinking at your next event.

SPEAKER TESTIMONIALS

I was incredibly fortunate to have Tim agree to guest lecture my MBA 730: Management of Technology and Innovation processes in March 2019. He provided an incredibly insightful presentation on topic of open innovation that had the students thoroughly engaged and entertained.

He was also kind enough to spend extra time answering questions from the class with thoughtful and poignant responses that demonstrated the depth of his real-world knowledge and experience. He left the students and me with a lasting impression that had us wishing that he’d come back to speak for us again.

I would recommend Tim to anyone looking for an innovative thought leader to jumpstart their creativity; I assure you, you will come away feeling inspired!
— Henry Paik, Adjunct Instructor, George Mason University
Tim Courtney, second from left, as a panelist fellow LEGO IDEAS team members at Skærbæk Fan Weekend, Skærbæk, Denmark, 2018

Tim Courtney, second from left, as a panelist fellow LEGO IDEAS team members at Skærbæk Fan Weekend, Skærbæk, Denmark, 2018

PREPARED TALKS

Choose from one of these prepared talks, or ask about a custom presentation tailored to your event and audience:

  • Building Blocks for Corporate Innovation (30 mins)

  • Shut Up and Take My Money: LEGO does Crowdsourcing (30-45 mins)

TOPICS TO WHICH tIM CAN SPEAK

  • Crowdsourcing for Brands

  • Scaling Open Innovation Pilots

  • LEGO Fan Community

  • Urban cycling in the US and Denmark

PAST ENGAGEMENTS

A selection of past conferences and events at which Tim has spoken:

  • Corporate Innovation Summit, Bangkok, Thailand

  • SXSW Interactive, Austin, TX, USA

  • Skærbæk Fan Weekend, Skærbæk, Denmark

  • Brand Innovators Integrated Media Buying Summit, Boston, MA, USA

  • Brickworld Chicago, IL, USA

FEES

Fees for conference talks and appearances vary based on event type, travel time, and preparation time (including customizing prepared talks to your audience). Tim’s flat speaking rate, which he will quote after learning about your goals and event, plus travel, lodging, and expenses guarantee his attendance and allows him to deliver a dynamic, practiced, keynote-level talk that your esteemed guests will enjoy.

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ASK ABOUT AVAILABILITY

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