Show Presentations

Formerly the International Home + Housewares Show, The Inspired Home Show connects not only buyer to seller, but also product to lifestyle and the industry to the consumer mindset.

Every March, more than 52,000 home and housewares professionals from more than 130 countries converge upon Chicago to discover new products and trends, meet face-to-face with executives from top retail and manufacturer brands, and gain the insights, leads and exposure to jump-start a successful year.

A key component of the Show is providing world-class education on the latest industry issues and topics to help attendees grow their business. We are seeking proposals for speakers for The Inspired Home Show 2020, to be held at McCormick Place in Chicago March 14-17, in the following areas: Innovation Theater, Smart Talks, and Inventors Revue. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please read below for more details on each of these educational areas. For your convenience, there is one submission form for all three areas. 

INNOVATION THEATER

Topics

The Innovation Theater offers presentations that address topics in new product development and launch:

  • trends in consumer behavior and purchasing
  • design of products, packaging and retail environments
  • social media management
  • branding
  • intellectual property protection
  • targeting international and emerging markets
  • trends in Internet of Things/Connected/Smart Home products

Program Structure

  • Theater presentations must be educational in nature and be relevant to trade professionals in the housewares industry. The presentation should not be sales oriented. Case histories are acceptable if the story has broader applicability and is not merely self-promotion.
  • One or two presenters can share a podium or walk around during the presentation. A table and chairs are provided for panel discussions.
  • Programs occur every hour over four days (Saturday, March 14 – Tuesday, March 17): 50-minute timeslots, with 10 minutes between programs for set up.
  • There are no rehearsals and no speaker ready room.
  • IHA does not offer an honorarium or reimburse for travel or hotel expenses.

Location

The Innovation Theater is in room E350 of the Lakeside Center, near the base of the bridge entry to the Lakeside Lobby. A marked path and major signage direct guests to this location. The Theater features comfortable seating for 340 with fine viewing, lighting and sound. There is no stage: the floor is flat at the screen/front of the room and seating rows are banked. Restrooms and water coolers are near the Theater entrance.

RFP Submission

Proposals should offer a program with one topic with one or two presenters OR a panel discussion that you would moderate with 3-4 panelists.

You may submit up to two proposals and upload a PDF for each that includes:

  1. Title of your presentation
  2. Content outline in no more than 300 words
  3. Target audience: retailers, brand managers, designers, etc.
  4. Rate your content as basic, intermediate or advanced
  5. Background on your company

Submission Deadline: September 16                     

Click the button below to submit your proposal(s). For further information, contact Vicki Matranga.


SMART TALKS

Smart Talks is a series of short conversations meant to introduce people and ideas in the connected products category, which is of growing importance in the housewares industry. While educating the Show’s varied audiences, Smart Talks sessions also attract media and retailers and build traffic for IHA’s Smart Home Pavilion.

Topics

Guests can address any aspect of IoT:

  • AI
  • security
  • consumer research findings
  • user experience design
  • food and cooking
  • health-related systems and products
  • retail applications
  • B2C consumer engagement
  • B2B supply chain management

Program Structure

  • Smart Talks presentations must be educational in nature and be relevant to trade professionals in the housewares industry. The presentation should not be sales oriented. Case histories are acceptable if the story has broader applicability and is not merely self-promotion. 
  • Format is more of a “fireside chat” than a formal presentation. Think of a TV talk show host and guest conversation. Seated at a table, our host engages guests in casual discussions.
  • Sessions are 25 minutes each and take place on Saturday, March 14, Sunday, March 15 and Monday, March 16.
  • IHA does not offer an honorarium or reimburse for travel or hotel expenses.

Location

The Smart Talks stage is located in IHA’s Smart Home Pavilion, which is set in the Lakeside Center Lobby, just outside the Wired + Well Expo. The Smart Home Pavilion also features 30+ exhibitors that display and explain their connected devices, as well as a display by b8ta, a new retail marketing format for IoT products. 

RFP Submission

You may submit up to two proposals and upload a PDF for each that includes:

  1. Title of your presentation
  2. Content outline in no more than 300 words
  3. Target audience: retailers, brand managers, designers, etc.
  4. Rate your content as basic, intermediate or advanced
  5. Background on your company

Submission Deadline: September 16                     

Click the button below to submit your proposal(s). For further information, contact Vicki Matranga.


INVENTORS REVUE

Topics

Every year IHA hosts the Inventors Revue offering presentations that address topics of interest to makers and inventors such as:

  • developing that great idea
  • how to bring your product to market/marketing distribution
  • patent and trademark education
  • fulfillment housing
  • the importance of packaging your product
  • presenting to retailers
  • thinking outside the box
  • marketing through social media
  • branding
  • product development
  • trends & color

Program Structure

  • Revue presentations must be educational in nature and be relevant to inventors and small entrepreneurs. The presentation should not be sales oriented. Case histories are acceptable if the story has broader applicability and is not merely self-promotion.
  • Stage located on the Show floor.
  • Open forum seating for the audience.
  • Speakers and panels are scheduled during the entire show (Saturday, March 14 – Tuesday, March 17) from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and allow time for Q & A session at the end.
  • There are no rehearsals and no speaker ready rooms.
  • IHA does not offer an honorarium or reimburse for travel or hotel expenses.

RFP Submission

Proposals should offer a program with one topic with one or two presenters OR a panel discussion that you would moderate with 3-4 panelists.

You may submit up to two proposals and upload a PDF for each that includes:

  1. Title of your presentation
  2. Content outline in no more than 300 words
  3. Target audience: retailers, brand managers, designers, etc.
  4. Rate your content as basic, intermediate or advanced
  5. Background on your company

Submission Deadline: September 16                   

Click the button below to submit your proposal(s). For further information, contact Ginny Costello.