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Call for Presenters - 2020 Annual Conference

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PDMA 2020 Annual Conference Call for Presentations

September 19–22, 2020 | Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Call for Speakers!

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Announcing our call for dynamic, engaging speakers for PDMA’s 2020 Competitive Edge: Innovation in the Connected Age Conference. This annual event brings together the best and brightest from the fields of New Product Development, Innovation, and Design, to present attendees with an unmatched knowledge-packed experience over the course of two days, in exciting New Orleans, Louisiana, September 19–22, 2020 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

The deadline to submit a speaker proposal has passed.

Speakers selected by March 13.*
Speaker acceptance letters sent by April 10.*

*Subject to change.

The information you will need to complete this CFP submittal in one sitting includes:

  • Presentation/Session Title
  • Presentation/Session Description (150 work limit)
  • Presenter Bio
  • Presenter Headshot (high resolution please)
  • TIP! Login to auto-populate your contact information in the form fields.

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Note: All speakers are responsible for their travel and lodging expenses. If selected, speakers will be given a code for 90% off of conference registration.

If you have any questions regarding the CFP or the submission process, please contact Anna Buan, PDMA Event Coordinator at or 651-288-3421.

Conference Tracks

Morphological Products

The new triad of physical products joined by software and services to form a total experience has had a profound impact on the processes of product innovation, product development, and product management. In this track we’ll explore how IoT, Machine Learning and AI continue to transform the world we live and how it impacts the work we do optimizing the value proposition at every point of the experience.

Smart Tools & Techniques

Many of the tools we used to ideate, innovate, develop and manage are changing at the same rapid pace as product life cycles continue to shorten. Join our track speakers and learn more about the latest trends in the fundamental processes, tools and techniques that drive action at the workflow, information flow and decision flow level of innovation management. Like smart phones and smart homes, come fill your toolbox with some of the latest smart tools and techniques that will set you apart.

Big Bang Business Models

Do you remember when companies had to make money and short-term ROI was calculated as a part of the business case? The breakthrough impact of new-born companies over the decade or two brought disruptive business models and technologies that are well-funded, grabbing “land” and then managing their way to profitability over many years. Is your company making a shift or are you on shaky ground? Learn new approaches to your business model that can help you survive and thrive.

Innotech and its Impact

Innovation technology has exploded, and software solutions are part of every aspect of personal and professional life. New technologies, systems and platforms along with distribution options for these solutions are changing and aligning with consumer and enterprise behavior. Explore the role software systems, technology and the cloud play in innovation, product development, and product management.

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