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Friday, May 18 • 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Hacking Your Company’s Culture

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Igniting culture change requires creating a movement. The movement we created was a hackathon. Julia, Jonny, and Max share how they came together to plan a hackathon for Ford Motor Company, and describe how a hackathon can be used to shift an organization’s mindset. Our mission was to create a movement within our community that would break down silos, inspire innovation, and motivate our peers to think differently. But how do you launch a movement? You start by recruiting the people that are most passionate about your mission, and give them a platform to share their ideas. By harnessing their enthusiasm, you create an environment for the rest of the company to experience their way of thinking. In the planning process, we emulated the behaviors we hoped to galvanize. We came together with different backgrounds, from different teams, in different locations to join forces. We inspired others to contribute their talents to the planning process, and we motivated our peers to participate in something Ford had never been done before. Candidly, we will share our journey, examine obstacles, and discuss the impact the event had on the culture at Ford. We will also explore Hackathon 2.0, and what we hope to achieve in our next iteration.

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Julia Fabiszewski

FordLabs IT Strategy and Operations Manager, Ford Motor Company
Julia Fabiszewski is a lean thinker and University of Michigan graduate who longs for the return of the Blackberry phone. She serves as an IT Strategy and Operations Manager at FordLabs, a division of Ford Motor Company specializing in software development using extreme programming... Read More →
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Jonny Nabors

Software Engineer, Ford
Jonny Nabors is an extreme programmer and facial hair enthusiast at Ford Labs in Ann Arbor. He graduated from Wayne State and grew up in rural East Texas. He's usually on his bicycle.
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Max Wilkinson

Software Engineer, Ford Motor Company
Max Wilkinson is a software engineer with a passion for technology, entrepreneurship, and design. Currently, he serves on Ford’s Connected Vehicles team where he works on creating new experiences that connect people with their vehicle.

Friday May 18, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
Conference Room B