Weekly Update - Monday, May 18, 2020


Welcome to Week 2 of IRI's VIRTUAL 2020 Annual Conference
Campbell Soup’s Vice President of R&D, Craig Slavtcheff, will be kicking off the second week with how Campbell Soup has hardwired #Agile design into the 150-year old company at 11 AM on Monday, May 18. At 1 PM, Emily Kennedy of the University of Akron Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC) and Carol Thaler of Great Lakes Biomimicry will introduce and describe the potential for biomimicry (learning from nature) to inform environmental sustainability and economic resilience globally through diverse, real-world examples. At 2 PM, Ted Farrington, IRI Emiritus, will teach attendees the four phases of the globalization journey. Learn the pitfalls, mistakes, opportunities and surprise endings from real world examples seen by Farrington.
On Tuesday, May 19, we're bringing you a full day of sessions that focus on Global Partnerships, with speakers from the Amerian European Enterprise Council, Boeing, Temple University, and TATA Consultancy Services. Wednesday, May 20 is dedicated to managing global R&D starting with a discussion panel with John Reid, CTO of Brunswick, Joseph Cheng of the University of Illinois, and Michael Holmes of Florida State University. We are also kicking off a new funded IRI research project: Ideation to H2 Opportunity Portfolio (for information below). Attend this session to learn how you can get involved. Wednesday will close out with a session from Laura Buen Abad of Sonoco Products. On Thursday, May 21, we will be focusing on Innovation & Place, featuring our May DXC Thought Leader Interview with Eric Chaniot, Senior Vice President & Chief Digitalization Officer of Michelin; a facilitated discussion with Lou Mousante of Echo Strategies, and Kevin Stolarick of Univesity of Toronto's Martin Prosperity Institute; and a panel discussion on the state of urban manufacturing featuring Lee Wellington of the Urban Manufacturing Institute. Lastly, our 2020 Holland Award winners will be presenting their winning article from Research-Technology Management, Making Design Thinking Work (IRI members can read the article here) on Friday, May 22.
Don't forget to check out our Partners in the virtual exhibit hall! We want to thank Dolcera, Herox, Sopheon and Inovo Group for their support. Visit their booths to learn how your organization can benefit from their specialized services:
  • Dolcera - Dolcera is recognized as a leading IP services firm specializing in Intellectual Property, Business Research, and Competitive Strategy. Both globally and counts dozens of Fortune 500 firms as its client, which include many of the world's largest companies in several different industries including electronics, technology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, alternative energy, manufacturing, and consumer goods.
  • HeroX - Find innovative solutions on HeroX through the power of crowdsourcing. HeroX provides a two-sided platform where our clients design challenges around problems they need solved, and our solvers work to come up with a solution and win the prize.
  • The Inovo Group - The Inovo Group is an innovation consulting firm helping technology-driven companies succeed at strategic innovation. Our clients use our systematic approach to navigate an uncertain future, discover and pursue growth opportunities, and gain new competencies to transform their business models, organizations and culture.
  • Sopheon - Sopheon’s mission is to help our customers achieve exceptional long-term growth and profitability through sustainable innovation. We do this by digitalizing enterprise innovation through software, services and best practices that help companies operate with success.
IRI's current and incumbent Board Chairs will be holding office hours again this Wednesday from noon to 1 PM (ET) in the IRI booth. This is your chance as an IRI member to ask questions and give input into IRI and its direction as a member association.
Click here to go to the Conference. Don't forget you can still watch recordings of last week's sessions.


Join us for a case study with the Director of Global Innovation at Armstron 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!


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:
We hosted a series of kick-off webinars to inform members of how you can get involved. Sign up for our last project this Wednesday:
Ideation to H2 Opportunity Portfolio – What can be done to improve the performance of the Horizon 2 Opportunity Portfolio, bridging the gap between the well-exercised processes of Horizon 3 Ideation (H3: 5+ years) portfolio and Horizon 1 Stage-Gate (H1: 1-2 years) project portfolio?
Kick off webinar:  Wednesday May 20, 1 – 2pm EDT; Register
Watch the kick off webinars & get information about other 2020 projects:
If you are interested in a project, but aren’t able to join the webinar, 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.)