IH+HS Events & Seminars: Saturday, March 10

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.

Saturday, March 10

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. New Exhibitor Preview. Ninety first-time exhibitors, including companies from the IHA Smart Home Pavilion. Open to buyers and news media only. South Building, S100

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Trending Today Preview. A Marketplace for Hydration, featuring up to 60 current and new exhibitors with hydration and hydration-related products. Open to buyers and news media only. South Building, S100

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Client Solutions. Dino Moler LeSaint Logistics LLC. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Merchandising to the Future of Cooking: It Starts Now! Steve Katz, Man the Kitchen

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Direct Response Panel. Trish Dowling, All Star Products, David Ross, LiveLink TV, Michael Antino, Merchant Media, Gary Sullivan, Lenfest. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building

12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. 2018 Trends in Coatings for Cookware, Bakeware and Small Electrics. Suzie Eberhart and Fran Groesbeck, Whitford Corporation

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. I’m Sure Your Mother Thinks It’s A Good Idea. Marc Portney, American Dreams, The Science Channel. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building

1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Global Trends for Home and Interiors, 2019. Helen Jamieson, Trend Bible

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 3 Common Negotiating Mistakes & How to Avoid Them. Penny Rosema, Cookware Manufacturers Association. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building

2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Smart Home Mass-Market Adoption: Are We There Yet? Lou Lenzi, Indiana University School of Informatics

3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Pitch To The Pros. Tom Gray, Make48, Matthew Canwell, KitchenCraft, Lifetime Brands Europe, Tracey Tanner Holzapfel, Universal Screen Arts, Jim Norris, London Drug, Mike Elwell, Western Michigan University. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building

3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. The State of the Connected Kitchen. Mike Wolf, Smart Kitchen Summit

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Housewares Young Professionals Event (HYPE). An opportunity for young professionals to meet and network with others of their generation. All young professionals from exhibitors to retailers to news media are invited. Lobby area, S100

Sunday, March 11

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Innovation Development Outreach & Program Specialist. Sean Willkerson, Innovation Development, USPTO. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building

9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. The Future of Retail = Consumer of the Future. Mark Mechelse, GMDC

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pitch To The Pros. Tom Gray, Make48, Mary Ann Knauss, Aquaris Group, Mary Kate Mehl, Lenfest Media Group, David Ross, LiveLink TV. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building

10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Styles, Colors and Consumers: How to Create On-Trend, Retailer-Specific New Products. Richard Babick and Janine Michalek, Design Research

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Path to Purchase Around the World: How Consumers Shop for Homewares, Erika Sirimanne, Euromonitor

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Is Your Dream Business Customer as Entrepreneurial As You Are. Steve Katz, Man The Kitchen. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building

12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m. The Future Kitchen: Building Smart, New And Sustainable Business Models. Room S100/Grand Ballroom, South Building, Level 1. Moderated by Mike Wolf, Smart Kitchen Summit.

12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. The Myths of E-Commerce Design. Bryce Rutter, Metaphase Design Group

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Keynote: Debbie Meyer: An Inventor’s Story. Debbie Meyer, Co-CEO, Housewares America, Inc. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building

1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. How a House Becomes a Home in America. Jeevak Badve, Sundberg-Ferar

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. What Every Entrepreneur Should Know: The 10 P’s To Success. Dara Trujillo, HSN. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building

2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Does Anyone Even Want to Cook Anymore? A Human’s Role in the Smart Kitchen. Carley Knobloch, Smart Home

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Fans for Life: Cultivating the Most Engaged Fan Communities & Customers for Life. Gemma Stafford and Kevin Kurtz, Bigger Bolder Baking. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building

3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Smart Home Panel Discussion, Connecting the Smart Home to the Homeowner. Moderators: Paul Hatch, Teams Design, Rajat Shail, Honeywell, Richard Hughes, Whirlpool and Phillip Raub, b8ta.

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pitch to the Pros, Julie Campbell, QVC, Mary Ann Knauss, Aquaris Group, Chefman, Gabriel Soler, Yestis, Daniel Seehof, Sophistiplate. Inventors Revue, near booth N7572, North Building

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Toast to Trends reception. A networking opportunity. North building, Discover Design.

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.