Ideas in Action

CALLING ALL THINKERS, LEADERS & DOERS OF THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY!

Ideas Into Action

NOVEMBER 5-6 | CLEVELAND, OHIO

The Restaurant Innovation Summit is a one-of-a-kind gathering convening the most innovative and forward-looking thinkers within the restaurant industry. RIS provides deep and actionable insights for solving tomorrow's challenges today.

Through powerful keynote speakers, thoughtful panels, and immersive workshops participants will leave not only with fresh perspectives, but also practical skills and takeaways that can be put into action immediately.

WHY ATTEND RIS 2019?

WHO SHOULD ATTEND RESTAURANT INNOVATION SUMMIT 2019?

The 2019 Restaurant Innovation Summit is for the Thinkers, Leaders and Doers of the restaurant industry. The Summit will provide innovation skills training to enable you and your restaurant brand to turn Ideas Into Action.

The Summit is for senior-level professionals in the development, finance, marketing, operations, research and information technology disciplines of the restaurant industry who are building growth strategies, improving processes and maximizing performance. Our rich content and premium sessions will help you deliver solutions, build relationships with customers and bring your new ideas to life.

Restaurant operators working in state- or regional-level operations will also gain key insights about how to take their restaurant brands to the next level.

DAY 2: DESIGN THINKING WORKSHOP

ExperienceInnovation - In Collaboration with IDEO

In today’s economy, innovation is as essential as it is difficult. Corporate cultures capable of “inventing the future” are rare, but the emerging discipline of design thinking - honed by the celebrated innovation consultancy IDEO - provides people with the tools and techniques to think differently, see new opportunities, and create innovative solutions with impact.

ExperienceInnovation provides participants with the opportunity to rapidly experience design thinking and key innovation concepts in a dense timeframe. Within a four-hour workshop, participants will come away with a real experience in design thinking, and the ability to apply these principles to the business challenges of today.

 

BROUGHT TO YOU BY

Experience Point

AGENDA

 

Monday,
November 4th

 


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Welcome to Cleveland Reception

Stop by the Hilton Cleveland Eliot's Bar, named for famed Prohibition-era crime fighter Eliot Ness, and meet your RIS19 colleagues for light fare and drinks.


Tuesday, November 5th


9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks


9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
The Power of Little Ideas: A Low-Risk, High-Reward Approach to Innovation

Presented by American Express
Speaker: David Robinson, Author, Consultant, MIT Faculty Member, and Student of Innovation


10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Networking Break


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Think Like a Futurist Now

Scanning. Issue and trend spotting. Status quo questioning. Successful innovations are rooted in an early awareness of challenges just coming into view and the newest ideas bubbling to the surface. Terry Grim of Foresight Alliance introduces you to disciplined ways of thinking and processes that can prepare you to take your organization from what it is today to all it can be tomorrow. Grim, who teaches Future Studies at the University of Houston, draws upon restaurant industry examples in the Restaurant 2030 report, and explains three steps to get you started. All attendees receive a free copy of the report, produced every ten years to predict the top ten drivers of change and disruption in our industry over the coming decade.


11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Lightning Round: Innovation Skills

Innovation is more process than magic, and the five core skills that make up that process are Questioning, Observing, Networking, Experimenting, and Associational Thinking. Here's the first of three chances throughout RIS19 to experience five-minute "Ignite"-style presentations from leaders in the restaurant and supplier communities. They'll recount how they turned great ideas into action via each of these core skills. Buckle up and get ready to follow their lead.


11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Accounting for Innovation

How do you evaluate costs, progress and rewards of an innovation that doesn't yet exist? What metrics, beyond increased revenue, customers, market share and good ROI, can be used to sanction efforts to turn ideas into action? Whether you are your company's finance point-person or an innovator who needs to get finance's buy-in, this session can help you learn how other companies and industries are successfully managing innovative, unknown terrain.


12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
Food Truck Lunch

Cleveland is in the midst of a culinary renaissance, thanks to Iron Chef and hometown hero Michael Symon and other local restaurant innovators. You'll get a fantastic sampling of Cleveland's best fare during the annual Food Truck Lunch, set up right outside Tenk West Bank.


1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Lightning Round: Innovation Skills

Here's the second of your three chances to experience five-minute, "Ignite"-style presentations in Questioning, Observing, Networking, Experimenting, and Associational Thinking from leaders in the restaurant and supplier communities. Ready, set, grow!


1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Engines of Innovation: Diversity & Inclusion

A recent study showed that companies with a diverse workforce are better at developing innovative products and services than less diverse companies. In the restaurant industry, which serves customers from all walks of life, it's even more likely that diversity and inclusion will produce innovations customers welcome. During this session, you'll hear directly from leaders at national brands that have embraced and benefited from this approach.


2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Networking Break


2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Running with Unicorns: Innovations via Start-Ups

The quickest route to innovation can be acquiring, partnering or venturing with a start-up. But what's the best way to identify a good match? And what's the best way to structure your connection? This panel discussion presents three distinct and tested approaches.


3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Lightning Round: Innovation Skills

Here's the third of your three chances to experience five-minute, "Ignite"-style presentations in Questioning, Observing, Networking, Experimenting, and Associational Thinking from leaders in restaurant and supplier communities. Your last chance!


3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Fireside Chat, Presented by American Express


4:15 PM
Day One Wrap

Remarks and insights from the day's sessions.


6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – Innovation Celebration, Presented by American Express

You're not dreaming. You're here, inside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, enjoying a dinner reception with your RIS19 colleagues from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM, then exploring the museum with no other guests around. Yes, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM, you and your fellow attendees have the museum all to yourselves, celebrating musical legends who innovated the soundtracks of our lives.


Wednesday, November 6th


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
ExprienceInnovation Design Thinking Workshop - Part I
Presented by ExperiencePoint in Collaboration with IDEO

Imagine a workshop that helps you master a proven "design thinking" method for spotting and creatively tackling hidden opportunities... that leads to innovations that increase revenue and revitalize your brand... that turns you into a champion of tomorrow. That's ExperienceInnovation, the centerpiece of RIS19 Day Two. You and your workshop teammates will use computer simulations to tackle innovation challenges, and leave with proven, ready-to-apply tools and techniques for innovating products, services, processes and strategies. Here's where innovation takes form and where ideas that are ready to put into action get their start.


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
ExperienceInnovation Design Thinking Workshop - Part II


2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Design Thinking in Action: A Panel Discussion

Leaders in the restaurant, hotel, and supplier communities help you take your new learnings to the next level, discussing their own experiences using design thinking to keep their companies at the forefront.


2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
RIS19 Closing Remarks


 

The Tenk

CONFERENCE VENUE
TENK WEST BANK

An unconventional meeting held in an unconventional space. Originally built in the 1880s, Tenk West Bank is a converted warehouse that provides a perfect space for innovation.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

DAY 1 RECEPTION
THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has the world’s largest collection of rock and roll artifacts displayed throughout more than 50 exhibits. Explore the artists that got their big break in Cleveland and check out memorabilia from legends like The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie, as well as contemporary artists like Lady Gaga, The Black Keys and Rihanna.

Cleveland

HOST CITY
CLEVELAND, OHIO

From culture to cuisine and music to sports, interesting experiences can be found around most every corner in Cleveland. A place many still think is just a stop on the interstate is home to some of the country’s most renowned cultural institutions, quirkiest museums, notorious sports teams and emerging culinary scene.

RIS 2018 TESTIMONIALS


We came to the Restaurant Innovation Conference here to learn more about what's the state of the art innovations happening within the restaurant space. So, we're mostly back of house focused, but trying to keep an eye on the entire restaurant and try to get a broader perspective on where technology that might be applied to another part of the restaurant could be applied in the kitchen.

Scott Herdicht
Senior lead engineer, Production Design
Chick-fil-A


I thought it would be a good time for me to learn from some other aspects of the business and how it might apply to my role in marketing. I truly believe that the marketer of the future has to actually know more about technology than anything else going forward.

Consumers, that's what they absorb their information in, that's how they make their choices, their decisions. They use technology, the hardware, but they also behind that hardware is all the software that gives us the intelligence about how they shop, how they eat, where they go and how to communicate with them and develop them into communities

Kim Bartley
Chief Marketing Officer
White Castle Restaurants


We are always looking at emerging technologies and opportunities for us to connect better with our customers to meet their needs. The summit is a great way for us to see what other companies are doing, larger scale companies that have resources and where they're seeing the industry go, where the technology is going and seeing how we can apply that to our industry, our company.

Shannon Lowery
Franchise Marketing Rep
Buffalo Wings & Rings

 

2019 SPONSORS

Presenting Sponsor:

Please reach out to Mia Roberts at mroberts@restaurant.org to find out more about 2019 sponsorship opportunities.


Restaurant Innovation Summit 2019