A new vision for the Strategy Conference

In its 13th year of bringing thought leaders and executives together to discuss how design can tackle the world’s biggest challenges, the Strategy Conference will take its mission one step further—by bringing participants to experience first-hand change where it is most acute and innovation where it is most critical.

All of us are inundated by media accounts ​of ​how the rise of tech and manufacturing innovation, social innovation, the maker movement,​ and other forces are changing our world. However, we seldom get to meet the people and experience the places at the center of change. The Strategy World Tour will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the work of leaders in highly innovative​ organizations​ both​ large and small in five of the world’s centers of change.

Twenty individuals will be invited to join ​three​-day tours between October 2015 and April 2016. During each visit,​ participants will have several intimate discussions about strategy with the CEOs who are driving design and innovation at public companies and with ​the ​founders of start-ups and social service organizations creating the next wave of innovation. The IIT Institute of Design Strategy World Tour will take participants to five transforming cites to experience innovation where it is most critical. The culminating event will be the Strategy Conference in Chicago in May. Where participants can spend a day visiting locations around Chicago demonstrating themes of the World Tour before convening for talks comparing observations and deriving insights about the changes we are facing.

Applications are being accepted for the Strategy World Tour events. Registration is $4,500 for a single tour and $13,500 for the series. Registration is open for the Strategy Conference with tickets at $1,500.

The tour schedule includes:

Making production personal
San Francisco
October 12-14, 2015

Technology start-ups and giants
Hong Kong
December 7-9, 2015

Innovation at the extremes of scale
February 8-10, 2016

Social innovation revolution
April 11-13, 2016

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