To help move from theory to reality, I have resurrected a course I created a number of years back titled, “Innovation Boot Camp”. Participants have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the practices, behaviors, and culture that have made Silicon Valley an innovation cauldron for 70+ years.

innovation boot camp workshop by Phil McKinney

The Innovation Boot Camp is 5-day hands-on workshop structured to help participants quickly improve their innovative thinking while immersing themselves in activities that will help them practice new innovation skills on real opportunities.The Boot Camp will provide participants:

  • Lectures from seasoned, experienced innovators who can speak to the real-world issues and scenarios.
  • Discussion opportunities with Silicon Valley thought leaders and experienced innovation practitioners working closely in small teams
  • Innovation best practices that will give participants the skills to generate innovative ideas, determine which of those ideas are impactful, and what it takes to change them into game-changing innovations.
  • Hands-on exercises and team activities designed to effectively apply what they’ve learned.
  • Strategic storytelling to help participants create a compelling overview of their idea in order to gain stakeholder support
  • Ongoing access to an innovation community of peers.

Date: October 17, 2016—October 21, 2016
Time: 09:00 a.m.
Event: Innovation Boot Camp
Topic: Innovation Boot Camp
Sponsor: CableLabs
Venue: University of Colorado Boulder
Location: Boulder, CO 80309
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

NOTE: This talk on the Future of Technology was rescheduled to Oct 27th as a result of Hurricane Hermine that hit Florida. Times are the same.

In this one-hour keynote, I share a three to eight year timeline of future of technology ranging from display, medical, social, VR/AR and many others.

the future of technology wict keynote by Phil McKinney

The objective of this session is to open the eyes of the attendees of what is possible and to spark their individual creativity to come up with game-changing innovations for the their respective organization.

Date: October 27, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Event: The Future of Technology
Topic: The Future of Technology
Sponsor: WICT Florida
Venue: Florida Polytechnic University
Location: Lakeland, FL
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Rwanda Innovation and Creativity Retreat

My annual retreat to Rwanda to work with the entrepreneurs we’ve invested in and to coach/mentor them as they grow their businesses. We also use this team for charity work in country which includes the school we are building as a model school that will teach entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.

If you would like to attend, please drop me a note and I can share the specifics for this years trip.

You can find out more about the school at

Date: December 5, 2016—January 3, 2017
Event: Rwanda Innovation Retreat 2016
Topic: Innovation in Africa
Venue: Lakeside Fish Farm Rwanda
Location: Bugesera, Rwanda
Public: Public

Given my involvement in the maker movement via the Maker Faire in Silicon, I’ve been asked by the organizers of the Rocky Mountain Makerspace Conference to give a talk about the role of makerspaces and innovation.

sparking innovation via makerspace

The Rocky Mountain Makerspace Conference describes their event as a place where: …  new and seasoned leaders will share best practices, learn from talented presenters, and have a great time with our unique community. While the highlight of the weekend will be the time learning from each other, we are also pleased to have special presentations/session including:

  • Phil McKinney, President and CEO of CableLabs. In this capacity he heads the research and development organization responsible for the global cable industry’s technology and innovation roadmap.
  • A Tour of TinkerMill – followed by Beer and Barbeque
  • Sessions dedicated to Youth Maker Programs with a hands-on demonstration from Share Fair Nation
  • A Tour and Sunday Brunch with SparkFun Electronics
  • Ashley Kazyaka of the Colorado State Library Maker Program and Nate Stone of DPL’s IdeaLab

Date: July 16, 2016
Time: 08:00 a.m.
Event: Sparking Innovation via Makerspaces
Topic: Sparking Innovation
Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Makerspace Conference
Venue: Longmont Museum & Cultural Center
Location: 400 Quail Road
Longmont, CO 80501
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Annual BBQ Celebration

I don’t know about you, but the summer is going by fast. Before it slips away, please join us for a BBQ at our ranch in Colorado on Saturday, August 27th starting at 4:00PM.

Michelle and I would love to have you join us and enjoy the views, reconnect with old friends and make new friends.

The BBQ is to celebrate our progress on Pioneer School in Rwanda. The land is purchased and cleared and construction is well underway. While we still have more to do, it’s been the support of friends who have helped us to build this school.

Pioneer School in Rwanda

Please join us for some great BBQ!

If you can join us, please RSVP at

Thanks …

Phil & Michelle McKinney

Date: August 27, 2016
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Event: Annual BBQ Celebration
Topic: Celebrate the Pioneer School in Rwanda
Sponsor: Pioneer.Education
Venue: The McKinney Ranch
Location: Longmont, CO
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

At each of the CableLabs Conferences (Summer and Winter), I give an update on the innovations we are working on along with a look out as to what is coming in the next three to eight years. In the case, I will be sharing what I am calling the “Near Future”.

new future keynote at keystone for CableLabs

While we get excited about Buck Rogers-type projects, this keynote will address what is right around the corner in order to ensure the audience is prepared to take advantage of these changes to their benefit.

If you wish to attend, you will need to register as a vendor for the event. You can register over at CableLabs.

Date: August 8, 2016
Time: 08:00 a.m.
Event: The Near Future
Topic: The Near Future: Network Innovations That Will Change Broadband
Sponsor: CableLabs
Venue: Keystone Resort
Location: 21996 U.S. 6
Dillon, CO 80435
Public: Private
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.