2018 Annual Conference

IRI’s Annual Conference is the go-to event for global innovation leaders. Come together with your peers from large corporations, startups, and everything in between to challenge conventional ways of managing innovation and learn how to stay relevant in an accelerated and ever-changing environment
When:
6/4/2018 - 6/7/2018
Where:
Marriott Marquis
Atlanta, GA

Program

   

Monday, 04 June 2018

 
The social companion registration includes evening events only.

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; 3) examples and case studies of successful implementations, and
  • how to engage the people in the transformation.

This session will include hands-on exercises to explain concepts, such as quick learning cycles, minimum viable products, and how to fail fast and often.

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

Time:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM
The 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.
Time:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

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; the challenge of density by creating digestible amounts of information about what is going on; and prepare 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.

Time:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

Thursday, 07 June 2018

 
Tour will visit the new, highly innovative home of the Atlanta Falcons, exploring various customer-facing technologies and other ways the company has created to enhance the guest experience.
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
8:00 AM
Visit the labs of some of Smart City ATL's corporate partners, including Southern Company and Panasonic, then take part in a panel discussion.
Time:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
8:00 AM

Epic tales of innovation abound in business communities where people recount near miraculous moments of insights resulting in billion-dollar inventions that transform the world as we know it: Marc Benioff came up with the idea for Salesforce.com while swimming with Dolphins; Steve Jobs drew a picture of a phone with one button and designed the iPhone.

As with all good myths, there is a kernel of truth within. The bigger story deals not with the singular moment of inspiration but the weeks, months, years of work preceding and following that takes an idea beyond invention (a functioning idea) to innovation (an invention with a business model that has an impact in the world). Many of these tales also center on an innovation "hero" with superhuman powers of insight. In reality, all will say innovation is a team sport requiring diverse, high performers across multiple disciplines coming together with a singular purpose.

The reason these stories persist is because that is how we want innovation to work - a moment of brilliance followed by massive market success. But it is hard to be a hero. We are not all CEO/Founders with absolute control over investment and resource allocations. We cannot steal the best talent to work on secret innovation projects. We have budget meetings and quarterly portfolio reviews. We have team performance reviews to conduct and legal reviews to attend.

How then can an innovation team within an established enterprise maintain the creative freedom they need to explore and iterate while connecting with the core business to coordinate investment decisions and alignment with broader firm strategies and goals?

KPMG has been iterating our own innovation model for some time (never easy in a 120 year old regulated accounting firm) and we have supported our clients in developing similarly successful systems within their own structures and cultures. We also recognize successes like these exist in a number of firms and as such are conducting a survey to benchmark performance along a variety of dimensions.

Join us for an exciting facilitated Design Thinking session to explore innovation challenges and potential solutions. We host this in KPMG's Ignition Center (a tour will be provided).

Time:
8:15 AM - 12:30 PM
8:15 AM
This event is sold out. Please contact Lee Green at green@iriweb.org to see if a place may become available.
Time:
8:15 AM
8:15 AM
Visit three labs (Biolocomotion, Complex Rheology, and Biomechanics) and hear about their unique projects.
Time:
8:15 AM - 12:30 PM
8:15 AM

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