The Innovation Theater, along with several other venues, is the International Home + Housewares Show’s destination for learning. Discover emerging trends and how to invigorate new products. Each presentation is free to all attendees. Speakers share their knowledge of important issues in the housewares industry such as the crucial role of design, the Internet of Things, consumer lifestyle trends and new platforms for product launches.
Highlights of the industry events and seminars available at this year’s International Home + Housewares Show include the following. All events are at the Lakeside Innovation Theater, E350, unless otherwise indicated.
Monday, March 12
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Top Trends 2018: Survival And Success In The Retail Renaissance. Room S100/Grand Ballroom, South Building, Level 1. Tom Mirabile, IHA trend expert and svp/global trend and design, Lifetime Brands.
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Your New Secret Weapon: The “M” Factor Marketing, Messaging, Mindset and More. Meredith AllenDrive Marketing, LLC. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building
9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Grow with Urgency: Maximize Opportunities Now and Anticipate the Future. Joe Derochowski, NPD
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pitch To The Pros. Renee Kussmann, Silver Star Brands, James Ryan, Canadian Tire, Mary Kate Mehl, Lenfest Media Group, Ryan Flynn, Charmac Solutions. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building
10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. The New American Dream: Millennials Buying Homes! Marsha Everton and Whitney Ryan, AIMsights
11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Global Growth Trends in Small Appliance Markets. Udo Jansen, GfK
12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m. Focusing On The Future: An In-Depth Look At The Leading Color And Design Trends. Room S100/Grand Ballroom, South Building, Level 1. Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, director, Pantone Color Institute.
12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m. IHA Board of Directors Speak on Innovation. Kris Malkoski, Melissa Kieling, Packit, LLC, JC Collins, Neat Freak, Paul Rowan, Umbra. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building
12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Advocacy Marketing: A Comprehensive Approach to Retail. Nick Stagge, Experticity
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Next Gen Speak on Housewares Future Generations. Linda Wachter, Coverware, Elliott Benitez, Nuni Toaster, Joelle Mertzel, Butterie, Karina Rabin, Hang O Matic. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building
1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Looks Matter: Protecting and Enforcing IP in Product and Packaging Design, Christopher Carani, McAndrews IP
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Keynote: Everyone Has A Big Deal, Curt McMillan and Rich Brull, Make48, American Public Television. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building
2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Housewares Live: How Brands Can Inspire Audiences with Live Video. Fritz Brumder, Brandlive
3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Pitch To The Pros, Katherine Herbst, QVC, Harold Import, HSN, Ryan Flynn, Charmac Solutions, Tessa Blanchfield, Wayfair. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building
3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Top International Retail Trends. gia Retail Judges: Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Scott Kohno, Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Networking After Dark Reception. South Building, S406a
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Housewares Charity Foundation Gala. 2018 is HCF’s 21st annual gala. To date, HCF has raised more than $48 million for charity, with a majority going to our legacy charity, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BRCF). Navy Pier
Tuesday, March 13
9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. The Shift (aka Trends) That Will Impact the Future of the Connected Home. Kevin Young, Continuum
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Inventor Recognition Awards, IHA. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building
10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Recipe for Success: Women, Housewares and Innovation. Marie McGrath Brown, Gaia Group USA
12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m. Color Harmony: Updated Guidelines. Room S100/Grand Ballroom, South Building, Level 1. Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, director, Pantone Color Institute.
The Smart Talks stage, located within the Smart Home pavilion, will feature presentations from industry experts on developments in the smart home and the Internet of Things. Hall of Global Innovation, Lakeside Center Lobby. Click here for the Smart Talks schedule.