2019 Annual Conference - Call for Presentations

The IRI Annual Conference Program Committee invites you to share your expertise with a community of innovators.
When: April 29-May 2, 2019
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Content presenters benefit by:
  • Networking with innovation thought leaders from around the globe
  • Building professional knowledge via the sharing and exchange of ideas
  • Gaining visibility among the innovation community and across broad industry segments
  • A complimentary registration to the forefront conference for Innovation.
Theme: Innovation Unleashed: Physical Meets Digital
Innovation and technological breakthroughs have fostered advances in both physical and digital products, and the two have become increasingly interconnected. More often than ever, corporations are realizing that the two types of products are intertwined and can be used to enhance one another in both development and applications, or that they must also create digital goods in order to compete globally. How have companies started using digital techniques to enhance a physical product’s creation and prototyping? What companies have shifted from entirely physical to include digital goods as well? How does one begin the early stages of this process, and develop a strategy to do so? What are some effective ways to partner with smaller, more agile and tech-savvy companies? How do you build a strategy for a purely digital idea? What companies have made a transition from one side to another, and how did they achieve success?
IRI’s 2019 Annual Conference explores what companies, large and small, must do to adapt to this new reality, and how to make these transitions in either product offerings or strategy. 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 adapt and thrive.  
The IRI Program Committee seeks session proposals on the following topics:
  • Advanced digital applications to enhance the use of physical products
  • A futurist’s look at the hybrid products and their impact in the next ten years
  • Developing partnerships with smaller, tech-savvy companies
  • Challenges in building strategies for digital ideas
  • Best practices for creating long-term strategies
  • Overview of digital platforms
  • Understanding how to transition from producing purely physical products
  • Steps companies take to become more agile in adopting digital interfaces
  • How can digital components augment physical products in a way that adds value
  • Types of culture shifts companies must adopt to be successful in transition
  • Any other subject not listed that will impact our digital future
Please fill out the attached proposal form and submit your proposals on or before Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Proposals will be accepted via email, fax, or mail. 
Types of Proposals
The methods of delivery vary depending on the type of learning environment that a program proposer plans to create. Here are the types of programs for which proposals may be submitted:
Express Learning Sessions
Informative and instructional talk or case study presentation for sharing of success stories and best practices in a smaller, breakout format.  Approximate length, including Q&A, is 30 minutes or less. 
Interactive Roundtables
These sessions will be built around discussing a specific challenge or topic in a small group. The discussion format can be suggested by the person(s) submitting the topic, or IRI can work with you to develop a suitable structure. The person submitting the topic will be required to either volunteer as the facilitator or to have another person(s) confirmed to do so by submission date.
Ignite is a style of presentation where participants are given five minutes to speak on a subject accompanied by 10 or 20 slides. Each slide is displayed for 30 or 15 seconds (depending on # of slides), and slides are automatically advanced.  Ignite is intended to be a rapid way to transmit entertaining and engaging ideas from a varied group of presenters.  A few presenters will be selected to give their talks during an evening reception.  Any topic can be chosen, not just those related to the theme, or innovation.  For those who have not witnessed Ignite, it is a fun way to engage with others and presenters typically are able to find common ground with others in attendance. 
Breakout or Training Session
Duration is typically between 1 – 1.5 hours
  1. Focused learning session: Meeting of small groups for intensive discussion and learning application. A smaller group (50 people or less), which consists of a structured session including a moderator/presenter that guides the group with frequent participation and tasks for the audience.  Room layout is arranged so that small subgroups can also discuss topics at each table as part of the session.  The workshop format benefits from the availability of diverging views and ideas in a particular discipline or on a particular subject and allows attendees to think about and apply new concepts to their own situations.
  2. Small Group Open Discussion: Informal and open session of free discussion organized to take place on a subject chosen by the session participants themselves or on a special problem suggested by the organizers/session facilitator.
  3. Training session in which participants, often through exercises, develop skills and knowledge in a given field.
Factors Affecting Selection
A proposal must demonstrate:
(a) Clarity of purpose
(b) Fit with session and meeting themes
(c) Timeliness of topic
(d) Exciting information appropriate for the intended audience
(e) Evidence of a high standard of research (if relevant)
(f)  Presentation will be delivered well and meet its audience’s needs
Policies and Procedures
All proposal submitters must follow these policies and procedures:
  1. All program proposals must be submitted on or before October 31, 2018.
  2. All proposals must be accompanied by an example from a previous speaking engagement – (a video clip, presentation file or audio recording. 
  3. All proposals must include learning objectives (any proposals submitted without them will not be considered for the conference). Learning objectives should include what the audience will learn, how will the audience learn, and what skill or knowledge they will gain.
  4. Once a session is accepted, the presenter(s) may not change the conceptual content of the session, except with the approval of the program committee.  All presenters’ availability to present must be confirmed before proposal will be accepted. 
  5. IRI reserves the ability to edit, change, or combine program proposals if it is educationally advantageous. Program organizers will be notified before changes are made.
  6. Proposers will be informed on or before December 3, 2018 if their program proposals have been accepted.
  7. All IRI member organization presenters are responsible for paying for their own travel expenses, and any other costs associated with presenting at the Annual Conference.
  8. Each presenter must sign a Speaker Agreement Form before presenting. These forms will be distributed through the primary coordinators once the programs are accepted.  All participants at IRI meetings must agree to abide by IRI’s Participation Principles.  
  9. Speakers may be asked to
    1. moderate a “Brown Bag” teleconference or webinar discussion as a preview or follow-up to their presentation during the meeting.]
    2. convert conference presentation into a journal manuscript for IRI’s journal,  Research-Technology Management
All selected speakers will receive a complimentary registration to the 2019 Annual Conference. They will be responsible for their own travel arrangements.
Non-members eligible for membership will receive reimbursement for travel (restrictions apply) as well as a complimentary registration fee to attend the 2019 Annual Conference.
Non-member partners will receive limited reimbursement for travel (restrictions apply) as well as a reduced registration fee to attend the 2019 Annual Conference.

All proposals are due on or before October 31, 2018.

If you have questions regarding these policies and procedures or the submission process, please contact Mallory Smith at smith@iriweb.org, or 703-647-2600.