HP’s Innovation Engine: Why Tech Con ’13 Matters

One of HP’s most amazing assets is our deep bench of talent. Every day, across the globe, thousands of our gifted engineers and technologists work to invent technology solutions that make a real difference in the lives of our customers.

That’s what makes our annual Tech Con event so inspiring: once a year, our best and brightest compete to be selected to meet at a super-secret location where they can show off their most cutting-edge ideas and projects.

I couldn’t be more excited to join them.

Aside from being a humbling event to attend in person, Tech Con is also strategic for HP’s business. It contributes to the foundation of our innovation pipeline and it synchronizes our business units to ensure ongoing strategic investment in R&D. In short, it’s all about alignment. It’s about making sure we have a virtuous cycle in place to cross-pollinate ideas throughout our global engineering community.

We’ve seen this cycle work before. A few years ago, Parthasarathy Ranganathan, a corporate fellow at Hewlett-Packard Labs, presented at Tech Con on something called HP Moonshot. The presentation caught the attention of the CTO of HP’s Enterprise Group and several other business unit leaders. In the years following, employees across the company worked together to make the HP Moonshot a reality and a success.

Today, Moonshot is HP’s most innovative software-defined server system. It uses up to 89 percent less energy, takes up 80 percent less space, costs 77 percent less and is 97 percent less complex compared with traditional servers1.

It’s impossible to know where this year’s Tech Con will take us or which presentation will lead to the next Moonshot. However, if past Tech Cons are any indicator, the results are going to be pioneering.


1 According to internal HP engineering that compares HP moonshot servers with traditional x86 server technology.