2020 Spring Networks Conference

Monday March 16, 2020Wednesday March 18, 2020
New Orleans, LA
2020 Spring Networks Conference
March 16-18, 2020
New Orleans, LA
Early Bird Deadline: Feburary 21
Early IRI Member Rate: $595 | After 2/21: $675
Early Non Member Registration Rate: $695 | After 2/21: $775
Accommodations: Higgins Hotel ($179/night) - Book your stay!
View the conference agendas for each partcipating network:
Join fellow innovators from all industries and functions of R&D to explore hot topics through peer presentations, dynamic roundtable discussions and guest speakers.
Highlights from the agenda:
  • Gamification in Innovation – this extended session includes an overview of theory and best practices, but also an interactive digital transformation simulation where you get to develop and test out new ideas.
  • Storytelling and Product Marketing – learn tips for shaping your message for audiences and breaking data into stories
  • Working with Startups–hear from fellow innovators in this interactive roundtable on startup collaboration, best practices, and recent case studies in this session featuring Q&A with guest speakers from a corporate-startup project team
  • Balancing Market- and Customer-Driven Innovation – dive into a detailed discussion of the pros and cons of factors driving innovation, and participate in an interactive exercise on market segmentation
  • Strategic Road-mapping – learn the critical questions your company needs to answer to develop a successful strategic path, and hear a detailed example from the successful journey of Southwest Airlines
  • Digital Transformation Community Case Studies – explore real examples of digital transformation in this 3-hour interactive session led by RTI International                

We are also offering an optional field trip to the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility on Tuesday, March 17. Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans is a world-class manufacturing facility providing vital support to NASA exploration and discovery missions. Michoud is NASA-owned and managed for the agency by the Marshall Space Flight Center. Michoud is unique in that it contains one of the largest production buildings in the nation. Its vertical assembly building proved a critical resource for stacking components of the space shuttle external tank, which was constructed, tested and delivered to NASA's Kennedy Space Center by Michoud throughout the Space Shuttle Program. This tour will explore the Space Launch System Core Stage and several current projects. This tour is open to all US citizens in each network.

Wednesday Workshop: Where do we grow now? Finding opportunity in a VUCA Future
March 18, 2020 | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
IRI Member Rate: $399 | Non Member Rate: $499
As the future become increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, companies struggle to address the pace and potential consequences change will have on their organization. NewEdge has developed a unique approach to Future Proofing that is helping organizations assess the impact of changes taking place, align around priorities and identify opportunities that can lead to sustainable growth. This "hands-on" workshop, led by Mark Putnam and Andy Shafer, will:
1) Explore up to 5 critical business areas using NewEdge's SCENARIO view of the future
2) See how trends are impacting what's happening and in the future
3) Discuss insights in collaboration with your peers
4) Learn how to look at change from different lenses to uncover hidden themes and connections.
5) Identify new opportunities relevant to your organization.
**Separate registration required to attend.

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