2017 Annual Meeting

Monday May 08, 2017Thursday May 11, 2017
Westin Boston Waterfront

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Theme: R&D Beyond Four Walls

R&D is leveraging its boundary spanner role in both knowledge and technology by co-developing and innovating with new partners, suppliers, and customers. The Annual Meeting explores how organizations are pushing beyond the traditional value chain to adopt a more dynamic and integrated collaboration culture across the business enterprise.  Topics and case studies focus on the role R&D plays in spotting, vetting, and validating new ideas and integrating their value into the business.

ROI of Attendance

The opportunity to create new ideas, engage new partners, and leverage the brainpower of your peers to solve problems only comes from actively participating in the sessions. IRI purposely designs the Annual Meeting experience to amplify engagement and learning.  Discover why your company needs you at the meeting.  If you need some help convincing someone else, here is a primer of information to help you make the case.  

Confirmed Keynotes

  • Keoki Jackson, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin
  • Michael L. Tushman, PhD, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
  • Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab - 2017 IRI Medalist
  • Henry Chesbrough, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley - 2017 IRI Medalist

See more information on session topics.

Post Conference Group Outings

Continue networking with colleagues during our optional group outings/tours.  Arrange your travel to stay on Thursday, May 11.  Member facility tour options currently scheduled include a tour of the FM Global Research Campus, which includes transportation and meals provided by member FM Global.  

2017 Industry Partner & Exhibitor Opportunities

Establish your company’s brand name with the highest level of decision makers in innovation and R&D. By becoming an IRI 2017 Industry Partner, you can reach an unprecedented level of senior level R&D and innovation executives at more than 200 private sector companies and federally funded laboratories. The Industry Partnership Program gives your company the freedom to customize your benefits to best suit your company's needs.

Get complete details about our Industry Partnership Program and Annual Meeting 2017 Technology Showcase exhibitor opportunities.



The Westin Boston Waterfront
425 Summer St.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 532-4600

IRI's negotiated room block is now open. Please reserve your room online or call (617) 532-4600 to reserve your room at the discounted rate of $319/night (single or double occupancy) by April 28, 2017 (deadline extended!). IRI cannot guarantee room availability at the conference rate once the room block is filled or after April 28.  A limited number of Government per diem rooms are available for qualified Federal Lab attendees. Please contact Brooke McCormack with your name and arrival/departure dates and we will assist in securing Government rate reservations.

Silver Partners

  • Newry
  • Questel

Bronze Partners

  • FM Global
  • Kalypso
  • Launchpad