COVID-19 What It Means for IRI Events this Spring

IRI is taking action to help protect both you and our employees during the COVID-19 outbreak while continuing to move forward with our mission to advance innovation management. This year, we have four events in the spring: our Networks conference, our Annual Conference, i101 Bootcamp, and Shaping Innovation Leaders. Each event brings with it certain risks regarding the spread of the virus. We are looking at each event separately and making every effort to ensure these events can continue in a safe and healthy environment.

Last week, IRI made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Spring Networks Conference scheduled for March 16-18 in New Orleans, LA due to the spread of COVID-19 – the decision to cancel was based on the latest scientific data being reported and a large number of IRI member companies have instituted travel bans and restrictions.

Currently, IRI is exploring options to bring you content from the Spring Networks Conference in other formats. The following webinars are scheduled for next week. You can find more detailed information on our Spring Networks event page.

Monday, March 16
Game On, Hands On: Gamification Learning Tools that Transform Organizations
(Angela Feigl and Luis Vale, The LAV-Group)

1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

Research on Driving B2B Organic Growth: 8 Practices That Matter Most
(Dan Adams, The AIM Institute)

3:00pm – 4:00pm ET

Tuesday, March 17
The Strategic Roadmap
(Andy Shafer, SIBBS)

9:00am -10:00am ET

Balancing Market-and Customer-Driven Innovation
(Lee Ann Cochran and Jeff Bennett, Amphora Consulting)

10:30am -11:30am ET

If you have any questions about the cancelled Networks Conference, please contact Mallory Smith, Vice President, Events & Networks at or please call her at 703-647-2600.

IRI will move forward with the 2020 Annual Conference, on May 12-15 in Philadelphia, PA, and is proceeding as normal to prepare for the conference. Anyone who pays a registration fee, including IRI partners sponsoring or exhibiting at the meeting, will receive a full refund should the virus require IRI to cancel or postpone the conference. For planning purposes, please don’t forget to register for the conference – Registration is open.

The day before the Annual Conference, IRI will be conducting an i101 course for those new to innovation. As it is anticipated that the course will draw mostly local people and travel is less of an issue, IRI is continuing with this program. For those unfamiliar with this relatively new offering, this practical one-day workshop is designed for professionals new to R&D and persons interested in learning effective innovation leadership concepts. Students will gain a broader perspective on innovation designed to help them on-board more rapidly, perform better, and create more value for their organizations. Each section will start with a posed question to stimulate engagement and thought, and to understand the current state of innovation in participants’ firms. We will then move to a discussion of best practices/principles with group exercises.

While IRI remains optimistic that the epidemic will have run its course by June, there is still a slight chance that Shaping Innovation Leaders will be impacted by continued travel bans and quarantines. With that in mind, the program is still moving forward and IRI has not issued a cancellation for this event at this time. IRI is still accepting registrations for Shaping Innovation Leaders, please click here. IRI will issue cancellation notices to every registered attendee if this changes.

IRI’s goal is to minimize risk by controlling what we can and providing the safest environment possible for our members. IRI will continue to monitor the situation and update our website accordingly. Our website will be the best source for IRI event updates.