2020 Annual Conference: Call for Presentations

Call for Presentations -- Submit your proposal for IRI's 2020 Annual Conference, May 12-15, 2020 in Philadelphia
The IRI Annual Conference Program Advisory Group invites you to share your expertise.

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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
THEME: Global Innovation--Challenges, Trends, and Opportunities
Corporations, universities, and federal labs alike must take proactive measures to manage their innovation in the global community. New technological advances have made it easier than ever to connect with teams and partners all over the world, which fosters new challenges and opportunities. Corporations who take advantage of these new technologies and best practices stay ahead of their competitors in a fast-moving global community. These strategies, tools, and case studies of success (and even cautionary tales of failure) will be explored at the 2020 Annual Conference through peer presentations, interactive roundtables, and hands-on workshops. Sessions will explore many facets of managing innovation in a global community, such as choosing the best business model, adapting your company’s culture, utilizing the latest tools and structures to lead your teams, building relationships with startups and universities around the world, and assessing where to assign your resources.
The IRI Program Advisory Group seeks session proposals that explore following topics (examples of questions and subtopics for each are listed below):
  1. Tools for Leading a Successful Global Innovation Team
    1. New tools, resources, structures, and processes for managing international teams
    2. What new technology is available to streamline connectivity?
    3. How has the technology changed in last five years/what changes should companies expect for the next five years?
    4. How smaller companies can globalize with fewer R&D resources around the world?
  2. International Innovation Culture
    1. How to fost Managing your remote teams and encouraging innovation/creativity (without making R&D centers feel steamrolled by headquarters)
    2. Overcoming challenges and differences between local and/or company culture
    3. Understanding the needs of your different resource centers
    4. Time zones, language barriers, cultural norms
    5. Different approaches to determining customer/market needs
  3. Collaborating with International Startups
    1. Evaluation of innovation ecosystems (with examples of how cities and/or states are creating the next Silicon Valley, Austin, etc.)
    2. Managing global relationships with startups and the tech transfer process
    3. How to entice more agile startups to partner with slower-moving large corporations
    4. How digital platforms enable the engagement with startups
      1. Resources to find relevant technology and potential partners
  4. Different Models for Global R&D
    1. Overview of different models, with pros/cons and real-world examples of each
    2. Best practices for transitioning to global R&D and in between the different models
    3. Centralized vs decentralized, approaches to decide where a capability is grown vs expanded
  5. Case studies of companies who:
    1. Successfully manages a global R&D structure for a long time
    2. Navigated a transition to more global structure (why they changed, what challenges they experienced, lessons learned, etc.)
    3. Shifted (or is in the process of shifting) from one global model to another
    4. Utilize one of the various global R&D models and would be willing to share their experiences as part of a panel discussion featuring other IRI members
  6. Innovation and Place
    1. Deciding where to locate different centers based on talent pool
    2. Assessing what resources exist in different locations
    3. How to decide what processes to standardize, and what to adapt to the region
    4. How to reconcile existing or legacy organizational structures with emerging capabilities
    5. What is the role of expats in driving common processes and culture around the world?
  7. Funding Global R&D
    1. How do companies fund their research as they become more global?
    2. Managing conflict over funding for different research centers
    3. What are some “lessons learned” that we should all remember?
    4. How to leverage subsidies and public-private partnerships in each geography?
    5. Global innovation portfolios vs regional priorities.
  8. Intellectual Property
    1. IP ownership when collaborating with companies/startups/universities in different countries
    2. Understanding different approaches and requirements for intellectual property
    3. Navigating NDAs
    4. Preventing IP leak
Please fill out the attached proposal form. 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
Approximate duration (including Q&A): 30 minutes
Informative and instructional talk or case study presentation for sharing of success stories and best practices in a smaller, breakout format.
Interactive Roundtables
Approximate duration: 75-90 minutes
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.
Breakout Session
Approximate duration (including Q&A): 60-90 minutes
  1. Presentation (with slides) made by speaker(s), which includes detailed overview of the subject, followed by either Q&A or a facilitated discussion.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
All proposal submitters must follow these policies and procedures:
  1. All program proposals must be submitted on or before September 30, 2019.
  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 Advisory Group.  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 October 4, 2019 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. Every presenter must sign a Speaker Agreement Form prior to the conference. These forms will be distributed through the primary coordinators once the programs are accepted.  All participants at IRI events 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
Employees of IRI member companies will receive a complimentary registration to the 2020 Annual Conference, in addition to the complimentary registrations they receive for being a member.  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 2020 Annual Conference.
Non-member partners will receive limited reimbursement for travel (restrictions apply) as well as a reduced registration fee to attend the 2020 Annual Conference.
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.