What if you had the opportunity to foster creativity and innovation, all while making a difference in the lives of people everywhere? Each year, IPG hosts a global “intrepreneurship” competition known as TheEngine+, where talent from all levels of Acxiom, Kinesso, and Matterkind has the opportunity to positively impact the future of our business.
By developing ideas for products and business solutions across a variety of areas, like-minded individuals can come together to form teams, produce a ground-breaking idea, and pitch their concepts to a panel of executive-level IPG judges. The first-place winners will then bring their idea to life with monetary and mentorship support. While the teams this year will be spending many hours and putting extensive effort into getting their innovations off the ground, the winners from 2021 will already be making a difference in the lives of millions.
The current winners (collectively known as Team AdHere) are Sam Weintraub, Manager of Marketing Operations at Kinesso, Marc Cristiano, Director of Marketplace Solutions at Kinesso, and Kevin Bowers, VP of Marketplace Solutions at Kinesso. We’ll be sharing a full roll out of their solution in the months to come, but for now, we can tell you—they’ve developed an innovation driven by inclusion but can be used beyond the advertising aspects. Here’s what they had to say about their concept:
“The knowledge I gathered and connections I made truly surpassed my expectations.
There were ups and downs like any team has, but to be able to come together to build this product that we all REALLY believed in, and to know others feel the same about, is so empowering. Diving headfirst into something like this only three months after joining Kinesso was probably one of the best decisions I could have made.”
“Being new to Kinesso and IPG, I was excited to be part of the TheEngine+ competition after hearing about the previous year’s competition. It’s much more than just presenting an idea. The company puts the resources and dedication towards listening to employees and providing a roadmap to help nurture the innovation and collaboration. Win or lose, the competition provides great experience and exposure across the company. I was part of a startup company years ago and wish I’d had the support and guidance the TheEngine+ competition provides.”
“I’m looking forward to the building process – taking the conceptual and making it real. Once the business foundation has been set, I’m particularly excited about collaborating with the Innovations Team to breathe life into our more advanced product offerings and bring them to market.”
TheEngine+ initiative enables employees from all seniority levels to participate in something truly special—the opportunity to make a difference. Excited to see what TheEngine+ team has in store for us?! Stay tuned for the ground-breaking announcement later this summer, or learn more about TheEngine+ here.