Ideas in Action

EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

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

SCHEDULE-AT-A-GLANCE

Monday, November 4

7:00PM - 9:00PM
Hilton Cleveland Downtown, Cleveland, OH
 
Welcome to Cleveland Fly-In Reception

Tuesday, November 5

9:00AM - 4:30PM
Tenk West Bank, Cleveland, OH
 
Welcome & Introductory Remarks

Keynote Address
Presented by American Express

How To Think Like A Futurist: An Introduction to Foresight

Innovation Skills Ignite Presentations:
Questioning, Observing, Networking, Experimenting & Associational Thinking

By the Numbers: Innovation Accounting for Restaurant Industry

Food Truck Lunch

Embracing Diversity & Inclusion to Power Restaurant Innovation

Walking with Unicorns: How to Work with the Start-Up Community
 
Fireside Chat
Presented by American Express

Day One Wrap-up Remarks
 
6:30PM - 10:30PM
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, OH
 
Innovation Celebration
Presented by American Express

Wednesday, November 6

9:00AM - 3:00PM
Tenk West Bank, Cleveland, OH
 
Interactive Design Thinking Workshop
by ExperiencePoint in collaboration with IDEO
 

Design Thinking in Action: A Panel Discussion

2019 RIS 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 Deb Sas at dsas@restaurant.org to find out more about 2019 sponsorship opportunities.


Restaurant Innovation Summit 2019