IRI’s Networks bring practitioners together to explore member-chosen topics through a combination of peer presentations, interactive roundtables, guest speakers, and workshops. Unlike the more traditional conference format, these sessions have limited seats and are designed to be highly interactive. Attendees have the opportunity to share pain points and troubleshoot with their peers, allowing them to return to the office with specific steps and strategies in hand.
There are currently six Networks in this program, each of which focuses on a different function of innovation and R&D. Each Network has their own agenda, as well as several opportunities to engage with others in various joint sessions. This approach allows topics to be examined from various perspectives and gain a deeper understanding of how it impacts different departments within a company.
- External Technology Network
- Human Resources Network
- Information Services/Information Technology Network
- Innovation Leaders Network
- Intellectual Assets Management Network
- New Business Development Network
Check out topics from the Fall 2019 Networks Conference
- Connecting Technologies to Business Opportunities
- Xinova Innovation
- Data Visualization and Analytics in Innovation
- How to Develop and Prototype Like a Startup
- Incubators and Pre-Stage Gate
- Agile Design Thinking: Front End Funnel Fill
- Working Session - TRACK Competencies
- Structuring and Funding Innovation Teams
- The Lean Canvas
- How to Find the Right Contact Outside of Your Company
Who joins a Network?
"I have been involved with the IRI and IRI Networks for a large portion of my industrial career. I have always found the ability to network with a diverse set of professionals from industry, academia, research institute and government sponsored research organizations to be a very rewarding experience. It has been amazing to learn the different approaches organizations use to address issues we have in common and these differing approaches open up new avenues for the organizations I have represented over the years."
-Ed Getty, Former ETN Co-Chair, Mars, Inc.