Qepler | summits & conferences | 2nd Annual R&D Transformation Summit, 1-2 October 2019
Event Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Novotel Praha Wenceslas Square Hotel Katerinska 1476/38
01 October 2019 - 02 October 2019
Contact Person: Evgenia Makar
Contact Person: Evgenia Makar, Qepler s.r.o.
Contact Person: Denis Polikarpov
Contact Person: Denis Polikarpov, Qepler s.r.o.

Conference Overview

While a research unit is critical to the success of the organization, efforts dedicated to R&D process improvements can be challenging. High costs and long time scales coupled with difficulties in anticipating changing market and customer needs, put pressure on R&D groups to perform. A holistic and integrated approach to both product development and innovation within R&D process is a strategic imperative.

Our meeting facilitates hands-on experience sharing of rapid techniques and lean methodologies to ensure greater R&D efficiency and speed to market.

The featured talks on:

  • External Innovation. From R&D Externalization and Outsourcing to Crowdsourcing.
  • Digital Platforms and Ecosystems. Getting to the “How” of Digital Transformation.
  • Adaptation of Sustainable Process Models. Organizational Impact of Sustainability.
  • Maximising R&D Impact. The Dialogue Between Commercial and R&D Groups.
  • Agile vs. Waterfall vs. Hybrid vs. Lean Approach. Managing Cross-Functional Development Teams.
  • Overcoming “R&D Lag” to Get Ahead of Demand. Intelligence Foresight to Better R&D Planning.
  • R&D Product Portfolio as an Ecosystem. Driving Strategic Portfolio Balance.
  • Doing More with Less. Cost Effective R&D Process and the Race for Time-to-Market.
  • Benchmarking Performance and Best Practices in Technology Scouting.
  • The Innovation Challenge. Bridging Research, Industry and Society.
  • Re-Thinking Design Thinking. How Design Concepts Evolve in Large Organizations.
  • How Effective is Collaborative R&D? Measuring R&D Collaborations Outcomes.
  • Fostering an Innovation Culture. How to Trigger Resilience in Innovation Teams.

Snapshot of 2018 attendees:

Clariant, GE Healthcare, Thales Group, Henkel, TÜV SÜD Product Service, Technicolor, Merck KGaA, Borealis Group, ID Business Solutions, Tenova, Qualcomm, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, Agilising Innovation, Evonik, Airbus Defence and Space, Research Link Consulting, Schneider Electric, Jubilant Lifesciences , ArcelorMittal Innovacion, BASF, Leitat Technological Center, IAV, HAVELSAN, Boss Paints, HSH Aerospace Finishes, ID Quantique, Albania Institute of SME, Ilim Group, Dornier MedTech Systems, TU Dresden, Coloplast, ComAp, Lohmann & Rauscher, Iskraemeco, Lufthansa Technik, Johnson & Johnson, Oki Electric Industry, Korea-EU Research Centre, GSK, Implement Consulting Group, GN Audio, Siemens, Strategiemakers.

Meet our Speakers

Our Sponsors



Dr. Dirk Voelkel

GE Healthcare, SE

chaired a panel discussion with speakers from Thales Group, Henkel, TÜV SÜD Product Service, Technicolor, Merck KGaA, GE Healthcare, IDBS and Borealis Group.