2016 Annual Meeting - Grab The Future: Leveraging Technology Trends

Monday May 23, 2016Thursday May 26, 2016
Hilton Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida

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Breakthroughs in science and technology (S&T) continue to happen at a rapid pace, particularly in areas such as: artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, the internet of things, nanomaterials and advanced robotics, to name a few.  The IRI 2016 Annual Meeting will explore recent S&T trends and discuss case studies of how companies have turned trends into new growth areas.  Plan to join 350+ of your industry colleagues to examine how firms are recognizing trends, matching them to market opportunities and challenging and inspiring their R&D organization to transform the business.

Registration for the IRI Annual Meeting is open to all, with the exception of non-member consultants.  Registration will open to non-member consultants after March 14, 2016, and will be limited in number. 

ROI of Attendance

The opportunity to create new ideas, engage new partners, and leverage the brainpower of your peers to solve problems only comes from actively participating in the sessions. IRI purposely designs the Annual Meeting experience to amplify engagement and learning.  Discover why your company needs you at the meeting.  If you need some help convincing someone else, here is a primer of information to help you make the case.  


Confirmed Keynotes

Kaigham J. Gabriel, ScD, 
President & CEO,

Jason Matheny, PhD
The Intelligence Advanced
Research Projects Activity (IARPA)

Bernard S. Meyerson, PhD,
Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Corp., 
Chairman of the Meta-Council on
Emerging Technologies for the
World Economic Forum

2016 Medalists

Vinton G. Cerf, PhD, 
Vice President and
Chief Internet Evangelist,

Peter H. Diamandis, MD,
Human Longevity Inc., 
Chairman & CEO,
XPRIZE Foundation

Portfolio Management Master Class - SOLD OUT

Learn to shape the strategic and financial goals of your company by using compelling and actionable portfolio analysis to influence corporate decision-makers. Find out more and register.  Get a sneak peek at the course offerings with this 10 minute webinar on portfolio optimization.  This course is now sold out - please check back soon for when this course will be repeated in October in Chicago after the Member Summit.  


IRI Roundtable: The Effect of Corporate Splits on R&D

All IRI members who have recently experienced a corporate split or whose companies are currently in the process of splitting are invited to join us on Tuesday, May 24, 12:15 pm. This facilitated discussion will provide participants with a new set of actionable ideas and a balanced perspective on the process. Just as important -- you'll have a network of R&D leaders to call upon as issues develop in the future.

Space is limited to ensure quality discussion!  Please let us know you can attend by emailing us, No additional fee.

Venue & Reservations

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 827-4000

IRI's negotiated room block is now closed.  Please visit the hotel's website for a list of current available rooms.  

Exhibitors & Sponsors

Establish your company’s brand name with the highest level of decision makers in innovation and R&D. By supporting the IRI 2016 meetings, you can reach an unprecedented level of senior level R&D and innovation executives at more than 200 private sector companies and federally funded laboratories.   Year-long sponsorship opportunities include numerous benefits throughout the year, including attendance at both IRI's major events, the Annual Meeting and Member Summit.  

For more information, visit our exhibitor and sponsorship page or contact Jennifer Kerhin of Sponsorship Boost at (301) 200-4616 or jkerhin@sponsorshipboost.com.

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

  • Newry
  • Nine Sigma
  • Wellspring - Knowledge in Sight

Silver Sponsor

  • GLG