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Annual Competitive Edge Conference

Annual Conference & Research Forum

Competitive Edge: Innovation in the Connected Age

September 19–22, 2020 | Hilton New Orleans Riverside

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Conference Update

At this time PDMA is planning to have an in-person conference this September. Our top priorities are the health and safety of our community and providing unique and engaging networking and learning opportunities. Now more than ever it is important that we connect as in industry.

We are closely monitoring the situation and exploring all options regarding the conference, including virtual options. We plan to provide more information when we know more.

Conference Overview

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, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

Three Reasons to Attend

  1. Professional development, increasing performance and productivity for yourself and your teams, and career enhancing networking and connections.
  2. The conference provides knowledge, resources, and tools in seven essential areas that form the PDMA body of knowledge, BoK, the bedrock for successful product development, product management, and innovation.
  3. Earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) towards your NPD Professional Certification at the PDMA Annual Conference & Research Forum.


Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition

Submissions Due May 25, 2020

The aim of the competition is to support doctoral students to develop original and impactful research on innovation and new product/service development.

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Research Competition

Submissions Due May 15, 2020

The JPIM powered by PDMA seeks paper and poster submissions from scholars from all disciplines who share a common interest in new product development and innovation management.

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Global Student Innovation Competition

Submissions Due July 15, 2020

This unique challenge encourages and supports students developing novel, real-world offerings, that include products, software or services.

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