2023 Annual Conference Call for Presentations

Featured, News & Press Releases, Uncategorized

The Innovation Research Interchange (a division of the National Association for Manufacturers) is accepting submissions for the 2023 Annual Conference through Wednesday, November 9, 2022. This event is open to all industries and organizations, regardless of IRI membership status. Please carefully review the full packet before submitting a proposal. If you have questions about the submission process or content scope, please contact Mallory Smith (msmith@nam.org) for more information.

The 2023 Annual Conference topics will be explored through the lens of “connectivity” across four focus areas: technology, people, ideas, and communities. This event will share emerging trends, technologies, valuable toolkits, and best practices to drive a successful organization.

All submissions fit into one of the four focus areas. Examples have been provided for each focus area below, however, submissions are not limited to these suggested topics.


  • Creating faster access to internal knowledge and resources
  • Improving supply chain resilience and efficiency
  • Integrating artificial intelligence and machine learning to drive innovation
  • Decarbonizing supply chains


  • Finding talent with the technical skills needed to keep up with emerging technologies
  • Adapting retention strategies to meet needs and priorities of employees
  • Creating a more inclusive and supportive workplace


  • Improving product development processes
  • Creating an innovation culture that supports and encourages creativity
  • Redesigning business models to increase sustainability


  • Identifying technology partners to match needs and values
  • Building successful innovation ecosystems
  • Creating a more coordinated global climate action through industry change
  • Industry 5.0 and the Future of Innovation

Session Formats

Express Session


  •  Duration: 25-30 minutes
  • Fireside Chat
  • Case study presentation

Interactive Roundtable


  • Duration: 60-75 minutes
  • Structured discussion led by facilitator(s). Proposal author must act as facilitator or to have another person(s) confirmed  at time of submission.

Breakout Session

  • Duration: 60-75 minutes
  • Presentation (with slides)
  • Panel Discussion. Proposal must have moderator and at least one panelist confirmed at time of submission.


The conference audience are innovation professionals working in corporations, startups, universities, and federal laboratories. Attendees range from early-career to corporate executives across a wide variety of industries. This event is open to the public. Most conference attendees work for IRI member companies and our research partners.

Selection Criteria

A proposal will be reviewed and scored based on: 

  • Clarity of purpose 
  • Fit with conference theme and/or scope 
  • Timeliness of topic 
  • Exciting information appropriate for the intended audience  
  • Evidence of a high standard of research (if relevant) 
  • Presentation will be delivered well and meet its audience’s needs 

Submission policies

All program proposals must be submitted to Mallory Smith (msmith@nam.org) by 11:59pm ET on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. Authors will be informed on or before November 30, 2022 if submission has been accepted.

Once a session is accepted, the presenter(s) may not change the conceptual content of the session, except with the approval of IRI. 

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. 

Accepted speakers/panelists/moderators will receive a complimentary registration for the conference (for IRI members: this will be in addition to the complimentary registrations you receive in your annual membership benefits) 

Speakers may be asked to convert conference presentation into a journal manuscript for IRI’s journal, Research-Technology Management.


For more information, contact msmith@nam.org