Gregory Polletta

Award-Winning Designer, Engineer, Professor, & Founder of iGNITIATE

Gregory Polletta
  • Founder of iGNITIATE – an innovation strategy and industrial design firm that specializes in disruptive design
  • Advised on high-tech research and development commercialization for clients including Fujitsu, Louis-Vuitton, and Pfizer
  • Shares with audiences his strategies to create value in complex markets, use creativity, and transform unknowns into success

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Gregory Polletta has made a career of producing work that startles, gets the job done, and continually pushes boundaries in a broad range of fields that encompass the artistic as well as the practical and scientific. He is the founder of iGNITIATE, an innovation strategy and industrial design firm that specializes in disruptive design—the art and science of creating new and innovative products and services that can transform a product category, shake up a market, and ensure international firms' continued success. Polletta is also the co-founder of the international award-winning design brand, gregorysung.

Polletta is a true 21st-century Renaissance man whose research, start-ups and designs span many fields, including architecture (where he and his team have designed eye-catching facades for buildings under renovation), medical technology, computer memory devices, mobile phone software, furniture design, artificial lighting, object design, and consumer product packaging. He has brought his talents for high-tech research and development commercialization and design to bear for such clients as Guzzini, Roche Bobois, Fujitsu, Louis-Vuitton, and Pfizer.

Prior to iGNITIATE, Polletta worked at the legendary Xerox PARC Labs, the American Management Center for Advanced Technology, and DARPA/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Gregory is a full professor at France's Grande Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées ENPC PhD Engineering and MBA program in Paris, and the Parsons School of Design in Paris, France as well as lecturing at the Royal College of Art in London, UK, and many other universities on the topics of design innovation, strategic management, research and development commercialization, entrepreneurship, industrial design, and new product development.

Gregory Polletta's work has appeared and is featured in numerous publications around the world. He is currently writing a book on the intersection of design, business, and engineering and the need to embrace all three disciplines simultaneously in order to create sustained marketplace breakthroughs.

After almost 10 years with the ENPC Ph.D Engineering & MBA Program and after more than 500 industry professionals have passed through his Ignite program classes, Professor Polletta was named the most inspirational professor in 2014 at Grande Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées ENPC Paris, France. Gregory is the designer of REUTPALA—the permanent award for the World Retail Congress given on the date of its launch to Alberto Alessi as a lifetime achievement award for design and retail. Gregory was the second highest ranked speaker at the inaugural True Start/True Capital R:evolution conference and a past designer in residence there, is the Chairman of the 2015 Global Leadership Conference on Design, and also a judge of the $1M President Clinton HULT Prize, the A' Design Awards, the Cannes Lions Festival Awards for Product Design, the Clio Awards, and a 2017 Candidate for the US Presidential Innovation Fellows Program at the White House.

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Design Thinking & Innovation: Harnessing Creativity Conduits For Success. Design Thinking + New Product Development + Innovation has been the core focus of Gregory Polletta & his team at iGNITIATE since 2001 to creating value in improbably complex markets & transform what is "futuristic" unknowns into successes.

Transforming Confusion: “New” In Highly Improbable Markets. Speaker Gregory Polletta believes that the ability to read improbably complex markets and use creativity and new product development tools to transform what is not understood into positive return on investment are fundamental mechanisms for success.

The Inside Game—Fail Fast & Fail Often: Discovering “Intrapreneurial” Ideas Right At Home. How often do employees overlook potential because they are too busy replicating what has already been established? How many breakthroughs are lost because no communication or outlet exists for internal insights? In this presentation, speaker Gregory Polletta will teach you how to achieve your organization’s full “intrapreneurial” potential by learning how to fail fast and fail often and capture that knowledge to bring intrapreneurial ideas to the marketplace.

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