Brendan Boyle

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Brendan Boyle is a toy inventor, consulting associate professor at Stanford University’s d.School, and Partner at IDEO. He believes that play is the key to innovation and has spoken to creative leaders, entrepreneurs, and students about the importance of playful exploration and risk-taking. His online course, From Ideas to Action, runs from July 20 through August 24, 2015 on the IDEO U platform. Brendan founded the Toy Lab to deliver kid-centered solutions to counter boredom, which he sees as the opposite of play. Under his leadership, the Toy Lab has invented and licensed hundreds of toys and apps, including the best-selling Jumperoo and Elmo Calls. Brendan also consults with companies to redesign their organizational behavior to include play; developed and continues to teach From Play to Innovation at the Stanford d.School; and co-authored The Klutz Book of Inventions, the Parents’ Choice Award-winning encyclopedia of never-before-seen inventions. Brendan holds an M.S. from the Joint Program for Design at Stanford University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.