SOURCE: PDMA Carolinas

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April 06, 2011 14:09 ET

Professional Organization Hosts Open Innovation Conference in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwire - April 6, 2011) - The Carolinas Chapter of PDMA (Product Development and Management Association) will host a day-long conference on Open Innovation at the UNC Charlotte campus on Friday, April 15, 2011. The conference focuses on examples of how North Carolina and South Carolina companies solicit and implement product ideas and technologies from the outside.

Keynote speakers include Louis Foreman of Enventys, Gene Slowinski of Alliance Management, and David Magellan Horth from the Center of Creative Leadership. Innovation case studies will also be presented by representatives of Carolina firms, including Ingersoll Rand, Electrolux, Best Buy, Sealed Air, and GlaxoSmithKline.

This is the second Innovation-themed conference that PDMA Carolinas is hosting, following last year's success at UNC Chapel Hill. It not only targets product development and business leaders, but also invites individual entrepreneurs looking for ways to collaborate with bigger companies. The conference begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.

One new feature of the conference is the student competition, where undergraduate and graduate student teams submit an innovative product or service idea. The winning teams will present their ideas and will be awarded cash prizes and consulting services from Enventys.

Innovate Carolina 2011 will take place on the UNCC campus the day after the Five Ventures business plan competition. "We timed the conference with the University's Five Ventures event to augment the innovative spirit on campus that week," says chapter president, Sue Burek. "The conference will provide an ideal platform for business leaders, students and entrepreneurs to learn from each other and collaborate on new opportunities and technologies."

For more information, visit www.innovatecarolina.com

About PDMA

The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is the premier global advocate for product development and management professionals. This is accomplished by providing resources for professional development, information, collaboration and promotion of new product development and management. The Carolinas Chapter serves individual and corporate members across North and South Carolina.

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