Weekly Member Update - Monday, August 31, 2020

What do a malaria drug, a Russian vaccine and the blood plasma of people who have recovered from covid-19 have in common? All have been approved for use by governments in response to the coronavirus pandemic, with little or no scientific substance to back those decisions up.
NASA announced this week that Epps will go on her first six-month expedition to the orbiting space laboratory next year, making the 49-year-old aerospace engineer of Syracuse, N.Y. the first Black woman to live and work aboard the station for a long-duration mission.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of that war and of the liberation of concentration camps across Europe. Most of the survivors who remain are now in their 80s and 90s. Soon there will be no one left who experienced the horrors of the Holocaust firsthand, no one to answer questions or bear witness to future generations. But as we first reported earlier this year, a new and dramatic effort is underway to change that. Harnessing the technologies of the present and the future, it keeps alive the ability to talk to, and get answers from, the past.
The practicality of quantum computing hangs on the integrity of the quantum bit, or qubit. Qubits, the logic elements of quantum computers, are coherent two-level systems that represent quantum information. Each  has the strange ability to be in a quantum superposition, carrying aspects of both states simultaneously, enabling a quantum version of parallel computation. Quantum computers, if they can be scaled to accommodate many qubits on one processor, could be dizzyingly faster, and able to handle far more complex problems, than today's conventional computers.


Have you registered for the Networks Conference?

Fall Networks Conference will convene virtually September 14-18, 2020. This will week blend webinars, interactive roundtable discussions, and organized networking activities. The following Networks will hold sessions: External Technology, Human Resources, Information Services/Information Technology, Innovation Leaders, Intellectual Assets Management, and New Business Development.

The IRI Networks Program and are designed to bring together innovation professionals to benchmark, discuss the latest trends, and develop solutions to challenges in your field. This unique program emphasizes peer-to-peer collaboration in small groups, where members can share ideas and offer suggestions in a highly interactive environment. All session topics and meeting agendas are curated by its members and explored through peer presentations, roundtable discussions, member hackathons, and guest speakers.

These Networks meet individually for virtual roundtables and webinars throughout the year and at the multi-network conferences each spring and fall. All three will have sessions at the upcoming virtual Fall Networks Conference, being held online exclusively for IRI members at no additional cost! 



Get the Latest Digital Transformation Strategies at Digital Futures 2020

Learn how other legacy companies are implementing digital strategies, navigating challenges around talent and culture, and making productive partnerships at the 2020 Virtual Digital Futures Conference in October!

What: Virtual Conference Hosted by IRI and Case Western Reserve University
When: Monday October 12 at 11:00am EDT - Thursday October 15, 2020 at 3:30pm

Get the help you need to take the next steps in your digital journey from these amazing speakers!

David Wineland
Nobel Laureate and Professor, University of Oregon
Winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics for "ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems."
Irene Ng
CEO, Dataswift
Entrepreneur, creator of the HAT, and the inventor of the Dataswift legal, economic and technologicalplatform for ethical and privacy-first personal data server ownership by individuals.
Youngjin Yoo
Creator of the Digital First framework and Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Architect of the Digital First maturity framework - providing practical elements for legacy organizations to use as they work toward a comprehensive digital strategy. 
Fabian Schmahl
President & CEO thyssenkrupp Bilstein of American, Inc., Components Technology
Responsible for managing the development and manufacture of premium quality, high performance automotive suspension solutions for Original Equipment, Aftermarket and Motorsports applications in five Bilstein locations.



View More Spakers & the Agenda!

Jennifer Nienaber
R&D Director, Digital Products Research Transformation Leader, Procter & Gamble
Leader of P&G’s Products Research community through its digital cultural transformation.


Complimentary registrations are available for each level of membership for the 2020 Virtual Digital Futures Conference. Use your complimentary registrations (Standard members – 8 registrations; Silver members – 16; Gold – 24) or pay the member rate of $245.



On Board Your Innovation Team through this Online Bootcamp! Virtual i101: Managing Innovation

Get your innovation team up to speed quickly with these two virtual i101 sessions entirely online! The IRI Virtual i101 course is designed to provide an introduction to topics of managing corporate innovation and split into two parts. In each part, the participants will learn both the essential tools for managing innovation and how to deal with organizational issues. We will be holding Part 1 Essential Tools for Managing Innovation on September 23, and Part 2 Organizational Issues in Managing Innovation on September 30.

This course is designed for both researchers who have recently assumed a team leadership role and for individual contributors who seek to lead an innovation team in the future. It is designed for those who want to broaden their knowledge of innovation management and to learn more about the practical aspects of key innovation topics and tools. It is also appropriate for an innovation team member who wants to develop a broader understanding of innovation practices. This course can be viewed as a springboard to the participant’s professional advancement.

September 23 - Part 1 Essential Tools for Managing Innovation will cover:

  • Defining innovation
  • Design methods and Customer Insight
  • Idea Generation and Open Innovation
  • Risk Management
  • Stage-Gate and Agile systems
  • Lean Startup


September 30 -  Part 2 Organizational Issues in Managing Innovation will cover:

  • The challenges to innovation and how to address them
  • Building support for your ideas
  • Managing creative people
  • Overcoming organizational resistance
  • Portfolio management


Registration fees are $295 for each session for employees of IRI member companies, and $395 for non-members.

*Silver & Gold IRI members may use up to two complimentary registrations. To register using a complimentary registration, please contact Victoria Kanevsky (kanevsky@iriweb.org)


UPCOMING WEBINARS: See what else is happening at IRI

Presented by Dr. Irene Petrick, Senior Director of Industrial IoT & Innovation, Intel
When: September 2, 2020 at 2 PM (ET)
Presented by Dr. Irene Petrick, Senior Director of Industrial IoT & Innovation, Intel
When: September 9, 2020 at 2 PM (ET)
Lee Green interviews practitioners about their experiences in Digital Transformation
When: September 17 at 12 PM (ET)
Presented by Amanda Parker, CEO of eNthusaProve
When: October 2, 2020 at 12 PM (ET)
Presented by Roger Wolkoff
When: October 9, 2020 at 11 AM (ET)