Weekly Update - Monday, May 4, 2020

IRI President's message this week:

Research-Technology Management Volume 63, Issue 3 has been posted online
Stay tuned as more digital innovators in retail cross over into physical space, while brick and mortar competitors seek to incorporate features pioneered by digital natives into their physical space and find new bases for competition.
-from the editor, Jim Euchner
A new high-pressure ventilator developed by NASA engineers and tailored to treat coronavirus (COVID-19) patients passed a critical test Tuesday at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, an epicenter of COVID-19 in the United States.
The device, called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally), was developed by engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California to free up the nation's limited supply of traditional ventilators so they may be used on patients with the most severe COVID-19 symptoms.

Over 700 innovation professionals & thought leaders from over 200 companies have signed up for our VIRTUAL Annual Conference! Reserve your spot now.
May 12-May 22, we will be holding our planned 2020 Annual Conference sessions as live webinars, with opportunities to connect with fellow attendees via forums, interactive chatrooms, and direct messages. Learn how to adapt your innovation efforts in a global environment, collaborate with remote teams, and how to get the best ROI out of your business strategy when your organization is placed all over the world. Each day will offer virtual sessions pertaining to an element of Global Innovation, focusing on Sustainability, Managing Global R&D, Innovation Culure & Place, and Collaboration between International Universities, Startups, and Legacy Organizations.
Alexa Dembek
Chief Technology & Sustainability Officer
Eric Chaniot
Chief Digital Officer, SVP
Dan Abramowicz
Chief Technology Officer
Crown Holdings
Craig Slavtcheff
Vice President of R&D
Campbell Soup Company
Blandine Chantepie-Kari
Vice President of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
European American Enterprise Council
Laura Buen Abad
Director of Global R&D
Sonoco Products



PILOT research projects info sessions
This spring, IRI is launching four new research projects to help keep your organization innovating. We hosted a series of kick-off webinars to inform members of how you can get involved. Sign up for our last project:
Ideation to H2 Opportunity Portfolio – What can be done to improve the performance of the Horizon 2 Opportunity Portfolio, bridging the gap between the well-exercised processes of Horizon 3 Ideation (H3: 5+ years) portfolio and Horizon 1 Stage-Gate (H1: 1-2 years) project portfolio?
Kick off webinar:  Wednesday May 20, 1 – 2pm EDT; Register
Watch the kick off webinars & get information about other 2020 projects:
If you are interested in a project, but aren’t able to join the webinar, please email Lee Green at green@iriweb.org for more information.
Digitalization & Covid-19 Discussion Group
We will hold weekly 30 minute virtual check-ins for the next three weeks to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting digitalization.  Here is the agenda for our first discussion:
  • How have you used your digital transformation to be better prepared for the current environment?
  • Have you had any surprises as to tools that have been used in new and better ways?
  • How is digital transformation in your organization being changed?
  • Many companies are using the current situation as an opportunity for training and developing key skill sets.  Are others doing this?  If so, how?  (e.g. preparing now for future experiments – building infrastructure, cleaning up data)
These calls will take place on Fridays at 11am ETRegister here.  (Note:  to keep these as a productive discussion, we will be limiting registration to 30 people.)