Weekly Update - Tuesday, May 26, 2020

As coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread, public health and economic well-being are increasingly in conflict. Governments are prioritizing public health, but the current solution—social isolation—is costly as commerce remains shut down. Restarting economies could rekindle the pandemic and cause even worse human suffering. Innovation can help societies escape the untenable choice between public and economic health. The world needs effective vaccines, therapies, or other solutions. But how do we achieve these solutions, and achieve them quickly?
 
Henkel is among 155 major global companies from 34 sectors, which have signed a statement urging governments around the world to align their COVID-19 economic aid and recovery efforts with the latest climate science.
 
Harley-Davidson Inc. has resumed production at its U.S. manufacturing plants, with full staffing expected at the factory on Pilgrim Road in Menomonee Falls following Memorial Day weekend.
 
Inspired by the biomechanics of cheetahs, National Science Foundation-funded researchers have developed a new type of soft robot that is capable of moving more quickly on solid surfaces and in the water than previous generations of soft robots.
 
Developing technologies for a transfer from science to market is a key element of research-intensive organizations such as innovation management centers that work closely with inventors to commercialize their technological innovations. To advance the commercial viability of technological innovations, this paper proposes a framework that integrates topic modeling, survival analysis, and judgment of subject matter experts to forecast promising technologies using patents as data resources. 

 

Watch all the sessions from the Annual Conference!
You can rewatch all the sessions from the VIRTUAL 2020 Conference and message attendees via Pathable until June 22nd. IRI members will be able to access the recordings through the learning center after that. Check back here for the final summary that you can share with the rest of your organization.
 

TODAY at 11 AM (ET): Case study with the Director of Global Innovation at Armstrong World Industries

Sign up for this May 26 webinar where you will learn through video & power point presentation a description of the ACOUSTIBuilt™ Innovation, how the R&D team was compiled, typical sprints & scrums and their results as well as the iterative learnings during the ramp-up and launch of the ACOUSTIBuilt™ product.  They will gain insight as to how the team was trained and the subtle differences between waterfall project management and Agile Project Management that helped with the successful development .  The Agile approach and the Agile manifesto as applied to this building product innovation will be described so that the audience can learn how to adapt Agile methods to their own specific projects. REGISTER!--There's still time.
 
A recording will be available after the webinar is over.
 

Check out these virtual sessions as part of the Innovation Leader Speaker Series
Temple University's Fox School of Business and IRI are bringing you two more virtual sessions in the following weeks after the Annual Conference.
 
Self Awareness in a Crisis: A Conversation with Kickstarter Co-Founder Yancey Strickler
The State of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Join us for a discussion with Yancey Strickler, co-founder and one-time CEO of Kickstarter, the ground-breaking crowdfunding site that has raised nearly $5 billion for more than 180,000 projects since 2005. Biography below.
Are you an entrepreneur or do you work with them? Join our webinar "The State of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem" to learn from two experts how the Philadelphia and regional ecosystem has adapted and been disrupted in 2020. With IEI & MADV Executive Director Ellen Weber and MADV Chair and Angel Investor Glen Gaddy (see below for bios).
May 27, 2020 02:00 PM - REGISTER
Jun 12, 2020 10:00 AM - REGISTER
 

 
Current PILOT Projects
Watch our current PILOT project video pitches:
 
 
If you are interested in a project, 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.)