About The Speaker

Steven Sasson

Inventor of the digital camera.

Steven Sasson

The Inventor of the Digital Camera


Steven Sasson is a lifetime research engineer at Eastman Kodak Company who revolutionized photography when he created the first digital camera. The first digital camera prototype was created by Sasson in 1975; it weighed eight pounds and was roughly the size of a toaster. In 1978, he was granted a patent for it, and he kept researching new techniques for manipulating, transmitting, and storing digital images.

The Economist awarded Sasson with its Innovation Award in 2009 and referred to the digital camera as a “seismic disruption” that made earlier technologies essentially obsolete. Sasson’s initial invention is directly responsible for the whole digital imaging sector.

Sasson received the Royal Photographic Society’s Progress Medal in 2012 and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2009 for his contributions to the widespread digitalization of photography.

How Established Companies Can Create Successful Innovation Ecosystems – A Fireside Chat between Steven Sasson and Joachim De Vos

Do you want to learn how to overcome the challenges of innovation in established companies? Do you want to hear from the inventor of one of the most disruptive technologies in history? Do you want to discover how to create a culture of innovation and future fitness in your organization?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this fireside chat is for you.

In this fireside chat, you will hear from Steven Sasson, the inventor of the digital camera. He will share his insights and experience on why innovation fails and how to create successful innovation ecosystems within established companies.

He will be interviewed by a Joachim De Vos, who will ask him about:

  • Why do organizations and corporations struggle so much to be truly innovative?
  • How to create ‘future fitness’ in your organization
  • The typical stumbling blocks in the innovation process
  • The advancement of technology during the following ten years
  • How to create an organization that is successful at innovating and is future-proof