Innovation, On Demand

Toptal partners with innovation groups to bring disruptive ideas to life. Our experts join your teams to whiteboard, design, and develop your products throughout the entire innovation lifecycle.
Schedule a ConsultationYour consultation will be with a Toptal Innovation Expert.
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Collaborate with top domain experts to whiteboard, stress test, and refine your ideas.
Build lean, rapid prototypes to bring your vision to life, test concepts with functional mock-ups, and iterate quickly.
Our hand-picked delivery teams turn your prototypes into complete products using a human-centric, agile approach.
Work With Leading Experts in Emerging Technologies
Our teams specialize in custom software design and development across any platform, market sizing research and financial modeling, as well as product and project management and execution. Our experts have deep experience across the most critical emerging technologies.
Internet of Things
Machine Learning
Virtual and Augmented Reality
Meet a Few of Our Innovation Experts
Melissa Quintanilha
Prototyping Expert
Information Architecture
  • BS in Computer Science and MS in Interaction Design
  • Extensive experience in UX design for autonomous driving
  • Designed the UX for artificial intelligence projects at Microsoft Research
  • 15+ years of design and prototyping experience
Work With Melissa 
Feynman Tsing-Yang Liang
Machine Learning
  • Software Engineer at Google and Microsoft
  • Managed and reviewed open source contributions to Apache Spark MLlib, a distributed machine learning library
  • Built interactive visualizations for machine learning model visualization
Work With Feynman 
Dennis Ippel
Virtual Reality
  • Developer for Nissan’s IDx virtual reality experience
  • Created animations for Nike’s Wall of Phenomenal during their World Cup campaign
  • Lead developer for Rajawali, an open source 3D framework for Android
  • Built an augmented reality children’s book concept
Work With Dennis 
How Toptal Works With Innovation Teams
Talk to One of Our Domain Experts
A domain expert from our team will work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
Work with Hand-Selected Talent
Within days, we'll introduce you to a few experts for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
The Right Fit, Guaranteed
Work with your new team member for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.
Toptal Lets You Hire Now to Innovate Now
Trusted experts only
Work with seasoned experts, ready to integrate and contribute right away.
Vetted talent
To join our network, all Toptal experts must pass our rigorous screening process. This allows us to ensure that you only work with the best.
Scale efficiently
Powered by a cutting-edge platform, our process enables you to expand and contract your team with absolute flexibility.
Seamless hiring
We'll take care of the overhead, while you focus on building great products.
Flexible engagements
Choose the engagement type and model that best suits your company's needs at any point.
World class support
Focus on your project while enjoying support from domain experts and a dedicated account executive.
Toptal Articles on Innovation
The Rise of Automated Trading: Machines Trading the S&P 500
By Andrea Nalon
The financial markets are a crucial frontier for machine learning. In this article, we walk through the design of a simple trading program to show how machine learning helps traders earn a positive return.
Creating New Concepts with Design Thinking
By Michael Abehsera
The concept of design thinking has been around since the late sixties—but its impact on innovation is just beginning. This article explores six methods for generating ideas using design thinking.
Building Teams for Rapid Innovation
By Sid Pinney
Many organizations pursue innovation through in-house teams. This article suggests that augmenting employees with agile talent can create an innovation strike force with the best traits of both worlds.
How Top Companies Use Machine Learning
By Sib Mahapatra
How do organizations really use machine learning? In this article, we review case studies that demonstrate how machine learning is deployed today to help companies of all sizes create value and drive ROI.
The State of FinTech in 2017
By Rajeev Jeyakumar
The financial services industry is seeing a wave of innovation that is bringing with it new technology. This article explores the maturity of fintech as a market sector, and what we can expect in coming years.
An Introduction to Machine Learning Theory and Its Applications
By Nick McCrea
There is clear consensus that machine learning will play a role in a wide range of critical applications. This article is a semi-technical and visual introduction to the theory of machine learning and its uses.
Virtual Reality in the Automotive Industry
By Daan Terra
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology are advancing rapidly. This article shows how VR and AR are disrupting one of the most significant economic sectors worldwide: the automotive industry.
How to Design Delightful Experiences for the Internet of Things
By Sergio Ortiz
The Internet of Things (IoT) will be fundamental to everything we experience—and UX design will play an essential role. Learn how to design IoT-driven experiences that are contextual, helpful, and meaningful.
How to Build a Successful Minimum Viable Product
By Vadim Dagman
For startups and enterprises alike, shipping a minimum viable product (MVP) is the key to effective innovation. This article shares practical advice on building successful MVPs.