IDEA chairman helps entrants understand awards entry process

The chairman of the Innovation and Design Excellence Awards (iDEA) judging panel will lead a special session at this year’s Innovation Conference

A special session at this year’s Innovation Conference will help entrants to improve their chances of success in entering the 2007 Innovation & Design Excellence Awards (iDEAs). Marek Szwejczewski of Cranfield School of Management, chairman of the judging panel, will lead a short ‘surgery’ session during the conference. He and other judges – including Lou Reade, editor of Eureka – will take questions from delegates who want to increase their chances of success in the awards. Entrants can also pick up tips from conference speakers – many of whom were winners at last year’s iDEAs. They will speak on a range of subjects, including: * how to manage innovation teams; * what processes and structures are needed to ensure successful collaboration; * maintaining a fresh, entrepreneurial innovation culture; and * assessing the risks of ‘radical innovation’. The conference takes place on 24 April at the Staverton Park Hotel in Daventry. ‘Early bird’ bookings for the conference, offering a £50 discount on the delegate fee, end today. Contact Jackie Hall to book places at the conference, or visit Cranfield School of Management Entry forms for the Awards are available from Maggie Bridge