2021 Virtual Spring Networks Conference

Innovation Research Interchange
Monday March 08, 2021Thursday March 11, 2021
Join fellow innovation leaders for dynamic discussions and networking! The 2021 Virtual Spring Networks Conference will feature a blend of webinars and interactive roundtables exploring topics chosen by IRI members. 
This event will use Shindig for networking and roundtable sessions. This platform is a great tool and includes several features that significantly improve the interactive virtual event experience, such a video-chat mingling feature that more closely resembles walking up to a fellow attendee (or group of attendees) at a live meeting. We strongly recommend viewing some of their recent event clips to see these features in action! 
The following networks will hold sessions at the meeting:
What topics have been selected for the Spring Networks Conference?
Highlights include:
  • Circular Economy
  • Digital Innovation and Sustainability
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Electronic Laboratory Notebooks
  • Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) Strategy
  • Identifying and Managing Startup Partnerships
  • iHOPe Project: Nudge Your Organization to Better Decision-Making
  • Innovation Portfolio Management
  • Organizing Time for Innovation
  • Post-Pandemic Go-To-Market Strategy
  • Roles for Strategic Innovation Capabilities
  • Sourcing Global Innovation Partners
  • Tools to Strengthen Customer Relationships
  • Trade Secrets

Topics are categorized by network, and most networks meet for a half-day of 3-4 sessions. The External Technology Network and Innovation Leaders Network will each meet for two half-days. Only one network will convene at a time, so there will be no overlapping sessions at this conference. Attendees are welcome to attend any and all sessions that interest them, regardless of which Network is leading the topic.

What is the IRI Networks Program?
The IRI Networks Program consists of multiple groups ("networks"), each focused on different functions and R&D and innovation. These networks explore topics chosen by the IRI community through peer presentations, interactive roundtables guest speakers, and workshops. The most unique feature of the IRI Networks Program is the emphasis on an interactive format. Many topics are covered as roundtables discussions to give attendees the opportunity to exchange insight and develop new approaches to shared challenges, and time is set aside specifically to dive into new hot topics. 
Who can join a Network?
All IRI members are eligible to join the Networks Program, which is part of your company's IRI membership benefits. 
How can I learn more about the prorgam and/or conference?
Contact Mallory Smith (smith@iriweb.org) for more information.

IRI members may use complimentary registrations to attend this meeting.
Member registration:$89
Nonmember registration: $129
This event is open to IRI members and individuals who work for companies that qualify for IRI membership. Please contact Mallory Smith (smith@iriweb.org) before registering to find out if you are eligible to attend.