What It Is & How To Talk About It With Your Employees
Access to Carl Bedingfield, a top innovator at the AT&T Foundry in Atlanta, lunch and problem solving with like-minded communicators…that’s what’s on tap this month for our employee communications special interest group.
We’ll discuss innovation from an innovator’s point of view and take away pointers on how to explain it. Innovation certainly lives in the high-tech space but it can also thrive in places you least expect it. Here’s a recent conversation on the topic with Carl.
In our session, we’ll talk about how to motivate employees and rally them around innovation – in whatever role they serve. It’ll be a frank discussion about what innovation means – beyond the buzz word of the day – and why it is more important now than ever for all companies, in all industries to embrace it.
Start your 2018 planning with this insight and some time for professional fellowship.
Carl Bedingfield, Lead Member, Technical Staff in the Ecosystem and Innovation Group at the AT&T Foundry in Atlanta
As a member of the AT&T Foundry team, Carl helps create collaborative environments at a rapid pace by designing and building prototypes and demos for Foundry stakeholders – like connected home and car groups focused on Internet of Things (IoT). For a recent project, he evaluated video analysis options to help improve the value and usability of cameras used in Digital Life, AT&T’s residential security and home automation product.
In 2015, Carl managed a three-site test installation of low-power/wide-area radio systems for IoT. In 2016, he worked with a team that created a process to validate templates for network function virtualization – which is the process of migrating selected network functions toward cloud-based solutions as part of Domain 2.0.
Carl joined BellSouth in 1986, where he worked on a variety of telecommunications networks, equipment, standards and applications. When BellSouth merged with AT&T in 2006, Carl’s work shifted to the Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) area. There he worked on the prototype and production applications for what is now AT&T U-verse.
Innovation has always been an important aspect of Carl’s life. He hosted a weekly internal innovation session from 2001 to 2014 and holds multiple U.S. patents in the telecommunications field.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Master of Science in Information and Computer Science, both from Georgia Tech.
Carl enjoys woodworking and boating, but his principal hobby is music. He plays guitar, electric bass and upright bass.