2018 Annual Conference

Monday June 04, 2018Thursday June 07, 2018
Marriott Marquis Atlanta

Breaking Boundaries: What’s Now, What’s Next

Innovation and technological breakthroughs continue to happen at an ever-accelerating pace.  New technologies are introduced to market at a rapid rate, disrupting current dominant technologies. Life cycles are shortened as even more technologies emerge.   How does this continual change affect your innovation process, business strategy, and technology partnerships? What can companies do to be resilient and “disruption-proof?” What is the best way to break these barriers to success, or find a path around them? Success in today’s reality requires foresight and the ability to be creative in leveraging effective innovation capabilities without becoming overwhelmed; a skilled eye scanning future boundaries and breakthroughs while recognizing how to respond. IRI’s 2018 Annual Conference explores what companies, large and small, must do to adapt to this shift in continuity and challenge conventional ways of managing innovation. The conference brings together innovators from large corporations, small startups, and everything in between. Innovators from all industries will come together to explore lessons from both new and established companies and learn tactics to survive and thrive in a constantly changing environment.

A variety of session formats will highlight the ‘now’ and look ahead to ‘what’s next.’ 


Call for Session Proposals is Now Closed.

Confirmed Keynotes

Ms. Tan Le, CEO & Founder, Emotiv
2018 IRI Achievement Awardee

Dr. Yann LeCun, Director of AI Research, Facebook
2018 IRI Medalist

Additional Confirmed Presenters

Chantrelle Nielsen
Director, Research & Strategy, Microsoft

Jason Wild
SVP Strategic Innovation, Salesforce

Joe Kleinwaechter
VP, Innovation and Design, WorldPay

David Lee
VP Innovation & Strategic Enterprise, UPS


Bonus: Co-located with NSF SBIR II Conference

Visit with 250-300 U.S. start-ups and small businesses that have received SBIR/STTR Phase II grants from NSF and are showcasing their technology, and seeking potential investors and strategic partners.


The Venue

Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 521-0000