Pre-Conference Workshops

IRI offers hands on learning led by real world experts with our Pre-Conference Workshops that take place the first day (April 29, 2019) of the Annual Conference. Can’t attend the Annual Conference? You can still attend one of these workshops to gain valuable insights and applicable knowledge for your Innovation Projects. Jump to: Innovation Bootcamp, Exploring the Future of Intelligent Systems Using Foresight

Innovation Bootcamp

IRI Members – $600, Non Members – $700

This practical one-day workshop is designed for professionals new to R&D who are interested in learning effective innovation leadership concepts. Led by former Praxair CTO and IRI chair Steven Lerner, and Lux Research senior analyst, Matthew Wagner, this workshop helps participants on-board more rapidly, perform better, and create more value for their organizations. Additionally, participants are assigned a mentor to help them apply the workshop to future projects.

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify different types of innovation and new projects
  • Evaluate and select projects (value prop, market potential, competitors, etc.)
  • Establish a portfolio given robust choices
  • Manage the innovation processes from conception to commercialization
  • Shorten the critical path (agile, lean, scrum, etc.)
  • Understand risk (IP, market position, strategic relationships, etc.)
  • Maximize competitive advantage


Matthew Wagner, Senior Analyst, Lux Research
Steven Lerner, Partner, Precision Growth Partners

Non Members Register Here

Exploring the Future of Intelligent Systems using Foresight

IRI Members – $550, Non Members – $650

In this pre-conference workshop, SPRING program leaders Jim Redden and Tom Culver teach you how to use basic SPRING foresighting tools to explore the implications of emerging intelligent systems trends for your organization. Through hands-on learning, you will immerse in the drivers of change shaping the future of intelligent systems, use critical uncertainties to create alternate future scenarios, and uncover critical insights about the impacts of possible futures for your organization.   

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Challenge your current perceptions and mental models about the future
  • Deal with the uncertainty in the intelligent systems landscape
  • Understand the key drivers of change impacting the future of intelligent systems
  • Use simple foresight tools to create future scenarios
  • Create multiple alternate future scenarios to examine their implications
  • Return to your organization and incorporate foresight into your planning process



Tom Culver, Senior Innovation Advisor, RTI International
James Redden, Innovation Advisor, RTI International

Non Members Register Here


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You may register for any of these workshops by visiting our registration page. These workshops require a separate registration fee from the Annual Conference. 

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