Schedule

Working sessions and interactive breakouts let you explore new ways to manage innovation with your peers.

This is an event like no other! IRI participants are known for their openness to sharing ideas and experiences. We’ve built networking right into the program to give participants ample opportunity to digest and discuss what they are learning. IRI knows the importance of relationship building and we’ve designed our session formats to meet your learning needs so you’ll gain critical insights from your conference experience. Oh, and we have a lot of fun too!

The conference provides lots of opportunities, both structured and unstructured, to help you connect with your colleagues, including meal and reception functions, long breaks, facilitated discussions, small interactive sessions, and more.

Extended, 45-minute networking breaks are there for a reason! Your best learning and “a-ha” moments will come in between sessions and during discussions with your peers. The IRIMobile app also allows you to book impromptu pop-up meetings with your peers in one of our reserved meeting rooms.

Challenge Convention.

Sessions and pre-conference workshop topics will cover a wide variety of innovation management topics, such as creative culture, human-centered computing and artificial intelligence, blockchain, disruptive business models, startups and accelerators, university and corporate research collaboration, machine learning, roles and responsibilities, lean project management, and more.

The Power of Panels.

Panel discussions covering “Best Practices for Large Corporation-Startup Partnerships” and “Rethinking the Value Chain”

Tours of Atlanta’s Smart City.

Introducing “TechTreks” – visits to Georgia Tech's Invention Studio and Center for Biologically-Inspired Design, KPMG Ignition Lab, Tech Square, Smart ATL, and more

Rapid Idea Swapping.

Pre-conference networking excursions, speed networking sessions, and joint breakouts and receptions with National Science Foundation SBIR Phase II grantees from nearly 300 startups

Discover and Learn.

Pre-Conference Optional Workshops

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    What to do/not do in Digital

    Is your firm trying to figure out what you should be doing in the realm of advances in digital? From Manufacturing, to IoT to Product design to path to market – everything is changing. The answers to where companies should and should not invest differ from firm to firm. The R+D capabilities needed to win will also be specific to your firm. The challenges however, are not. Learn to unravel what your firm should do by taking a counterintuitive approach. Do NOT start with digital. This workshop will teach participants to:

    • Solve the problem of relevancy by determining how to map the change onto your business.
    • Solve the challenge of density by creating digestible amounts of information about what is going on.
    • Solve for impact by designing scary and fairy tales for each element of change.

    Participants are then able to explore the interactions across the elements of change and discover the digital technologies that will be most relevant and critical to the firm’s future. Learn how to turn these insights into a practical roadmap for building the innovation portfolio and R+D capabilities.

    The workshop is led by Dr. Pam Henderson, CEO, NewEdge and an IRI Subject Matter Expert on Building Long-Term R+D Strategy

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    Lean Project Management

    Although lean has found widespread application in manufacturing and services, there have been very few sustained implementations in R&D and even less in the innovation creation process. Lean start-up thinking has energized the area of computer applications but the manufacturing innovation lags behind.

    Workshop participants focus on the following topics:

    • Why innovation is important in all industries, services and processes
    • The lean principles that take an idea to a successful product
    • Examples and case studies of successful implementations
    • How to engage the people in the transformation

    Participants learn with hands-on exercises to explain concepts like:

    • Quick learning cycles (agile, scrum)
    • Minimum viable products
    • Fail fast and often to succeed quickly

    The workshop is led by Norbert Majerus, Lean Champion and author of Lean-Driven Innovation: Powering Product Development at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

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    Roles for Strategic Innovation

    Companies want major, breakthrough innovation, but struggle to get it. Most of the barriers to successful breakthrough innovation are fairly well understood. A less well understood barrier is the lack of recognized innovation roles in companies today. What are we doing about designing innovation roles and then selecting, developing and retaining innovation talent? What if we could identify expertise in this arena, and institutionalize it?

    IRI has sponsored a multiphase study on the management practices associated with Breakthrough innovation that has occurred over three phases and twenty years. This workshop will focus on the learnings of the third phase, Institutionalizing Innovation through People. Participants will be introduced to a framework for designing innovation roles, and the logic behind it. They’ll assess their companies’ Innovation Maturity, with a special emphasis on Talent Management at the Senior, Platform, and Project levels. They’ll learn about specific Innovation roles, and the selection criteria needed to fill them. They’ll assess themselves personally to find their closest fit to these roles. Development and retention mechanisms will also be addressed.

    The workshop is led by Joanne Hyland, Co-Founder and President of the rInnovation Group, and former Vice President, New Venture Development, at Nortel Networks and Gina O’Connor, Professor of Marketing and Innovation Management and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Lally School of Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Schedule at a Glance

Monday

06.04

8:00 am

8:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Committee Meetings

8:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Lean Project Management

Workshop

8:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Roles for Strategic Innovation

Workshop

8:00 pm - 5:00 pm

What to do/not do in Digital

Workshop

2:00 pm

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Early Bird Group Outings

5:00 pm

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

NSF Tech Showcase and Reception

9:00 pm

9:00 – 10:30 pm

IRI After Hours

Tuesday

06.05

6:00 am

6:00 am - 6:45 am

Early Riser Running Club

Kickstarter

6:00 am - 6:45 am

Early Riser Yoga

Kickstarter

7:00 am

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Networking Breakfast

8:15 am

8:15 am - 8:30 am

Welcome

8:15 am - 9:15 am

Opening Keynote

9:30 am

8:15 am - 10:00 am

Concurrent Express Learning Sessions

10:00 am

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Concurrent Interactive Breakout Sessions/p>

12:00 pm

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Speed Networking Lunch for Students/ Startups

Networking Lunch

1:30 pm

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

IRI/NSF Concurrent Breakout Sessions

2:45 pm

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Networking Break

3:15 pm

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

IRI/NSF Concurrent Breakout Sessions

5:00 pm

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

IRI/NSF Tech Showcase Reception

9:00 pm

8:15 am - 10:00 am

IRI After Hours

Wednesday

06.06

6:00 am

6:00 am - 6:45 am

Early Riser Running Club

Kickstarter

6:00 am - 6:45 am

Early Riser Yoga

Kickstarter

7:00 am

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Networking Breakfast

Women in Innovation Breakfast

8:00 am

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Concurrent Express Learning Sessions

8:45 am

8:45 am – 9:00 am

IRI/RTI Spring Program Update

9:00 am

7:00 am – 8:00 am

The NeuroGeneration: A New Era in Brain Augmentation is Revolutionizing the Way We Think, Work, and Lead

Keynote

10:00 am

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Concurrent Interactive Breakout Sessions

12:00 pm

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 pm

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Concurrent Interactive Breakout Sessions

2:45 pm

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm

TIM talks

3:30 pm

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Power and Limits of Deep Learning

Keynote

4:30 pm

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

6:30 pm

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Awards Reception

7:30 pm

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Awards Dinner

9:30 pm

9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

IRI After Hours

Thursday

06.07

6:00 am

6:00 am - 6:45 am

Early Riser Running Club

Kickstarter

6:00 am - 6:45 am

Early Riser Yoga

Kickstarter

7:00 am

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Networking Breakfast

8:15 am

8:15 am – 12:30 pm

KPMG Ignition Labs

TechTreks

8:15 am – 12:30 pm

Tech Square Energy Innovation Center

TechTreks

8:15 am – 12:30 pm

Center for Biologically-Inspired Design

TechTreks

8:15 am – 12:30 pm

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

TechTreks

8:30 am

8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Spring Immersion Trip to Georgia Tech Robotarium & the Microsoft Innovation Center

TechTreks

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