Decoding Innovation

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.


Thursday, October 12th, 2017


11:30 – 11:45am Networking
11:45 – 1:00pm Presentation


New Location!
AT&T Lenox Campus
1025 Lenox Park Blvd, Room 223
Atlanta, GA 30319


Registration Pricing
(box lunch provided)
Members: $15
Nonmember: $25






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.



About the AT&T Foundry


The AT&T Foundry™ innovation centers are fast-paced and collaborative environments where AT&T and technology providers team with developers to deliver the latest applications and services into the hands of customers more quickly than ever before.

AT&T Foundry™ centers are located around the globe in key markets to tap into existing innovation ecosystems, including:

  • Palo Alto, California
  • Plano, Texas
  • Ra’anna, Israel
  • Atlanta, Georgia

The AT&T Foundry™ works in terms of short, 12-week sprint projects, combining business, design and technical resources. For additional information about the AT&T Foundry, see http://about.att.com/innovation/foundry.