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Innovation and Iteration: Fail Big, Fail Often

June 29, 2019, 8 a.m. - June 29, 2019, 5 p.m.

Location: Syracuse University

Register for this Seminar

The registration for this event closed at 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2019.

About This Seminar

Innovation and Iteration: Fail Big, Fail Often is the Summer 2019 Helen Benning Regnier iSchool Graduate Seminar.

The process of creation and adapting to change is not always a pretty one. What motivates innovation among individuals, organizations and communities? Where does failure fit in the iteration of new technology and processes? How are today’s organizations and enterprises innovating, and responding to failure, internally? How are organizations and enterprises keeping up with today’s rapidly changing information technology landscape?

Helpful Guides

FAQ and Campus Map coming soon.

Seminar Itinerary

Friday, June 28 (optional events)

Information about signing up for optional events will be sent in your registration confirmation email.

  • 10:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Explore Downtown Syracuse 
  • 10:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Explore Westcott
  • 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Explore Downtown Syracuse
  • 1:30 - 2:10 p.m. - Special Collections Research Center Tour Cancelled
  • 1:45 - 2:05 p.m. - iSchool Tour Cancelled due to construction
  • 2:15 - 2:35 p.m. - iSchool Tour Cancelled due to construction
  • 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. - Belfer Audio Archive Tour Cancelled
  • 3:00 - 3:45 p.m. - Syracuse University Campus Tours
    • Location: meet outside LSC Atrium
  • 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. - Faculty Research Panel
    • Location: LSC 105
  • 4:45 - 5:30 p.m. - Online Career Services Event
    • Location: LSC 1-019
  • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Graduate Reception ***Attendance strongly encouraged!***
    • Location:LSC Atrium

Saturday, June 29 (required events)

Full attendance of the June 29 scheduled events is required for milestone credit towards graduation from the IM, LIS, and EDS  academic programs, as well as IM for Executive-Status Students who matriculated October 2018 or later.

8:15 - 9:00 a.m.

Seminar check-in and breakfast buffet

9:00 - 9:20 a.m.

“Innovation and Failure,” Juhanna Rogers, PhD

9:20 - 10:05 a.m.

Design Breakouts: Introduction

10:05 - 10:20 a.m.15 minute break
10:20 - 10:40 a.m.

Lightning Talks

  • "Motivation and Innovation", Marilyn Arnone, PhD
10:40 - 10:50 a.m.Q&A with Presenters
10:50 - 11:20 a.m.Design Breakouts Part 2
11:20 - 11:35 a.m.

Design Breakouts Part 3

11:35 - 11:50 a.m.

Design Breakouts Part 4

11:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Design Breakouts Part 5
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Buffet and Networking

1:00 - 1:25 p.m.

Lightning Talks

  • "Innovation in Libraries" - Jill Golden, LIFE Photo Archive, MSLIS
  • "The Agile Mindset" - John Stinnett, DPS 
1:25 - 1:45 p.m.Design Breakouts Part 6
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.All Instructors/Presenters Panel
2:45 - 3:15 p.m.Coffee and Dessert Break
3:15 - 4:05 p.m.

Afternoon Discussion Groups

  • Agile Mindset
  • Innovation and Invention
  • The Role of Failure
  • Dynamic Capability
  • Motivation
  • Iterative Design
  • 3-5 Student suggested topics
 4:05 - 4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

Sunday, June 30 (optional events)

Information about signing up for optional events will be sent via email.

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Post-Seminar Workshop
    • Includes breakfast, Unconference Discussion Groups, Networking time, and choice of events: Practitioner Panel, Taking Your Design Project Live, or work with Practitioners to develop global problem solutions
  • 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. -  Community Service Volunteer Project
  • 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Everson Museum Trip
  • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Fayetteville Free Library & Makerspace Trip
  • 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Syracuse Makerspace: Visit & Innovate
  • 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Explore Downtown Syracuse
  • 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Explore Westcott

Hotel & Room Block Information

For students and alumni visiting Syracuse for the seminar, there are rooms available at a group rate at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center.


Free parking: Free parking Friday/Saturday/Sunday is available along Walnut Ave and Walnut Place (close to Bird Library and Schine Student Center) through 8:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. depending on the street signs.

Street parking: City street parking (6:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. alternating even and odd days) is also free and available on streets close to campus, such as Harrison St. and Madison St. There is a parking garage with fees associated across from the Schine Student Center on Waverly Ave.

Metered parking: Metered parking areas will be free on Sunday for those attending Sunday optional events. Please plan to spend half an hour finding parking and walking to campus, depending on parking location.


Lyft and Uber are widely available in Syracuse, as well as local taxi services. If you are planning to use the bus system to get to the event, please plan accordingly to arrive by 9:00 a.m. for the start of the seminar required events.

Code of Conduct

Please do not be disruptive by talking or using electronic devices during speaker events (keynote, lightning talks, practitioner panel). Notebooks will be provided for note-taking.

Please be courteous and respectful toward your fellow attendees. This event is intended to provide a harassment-free conference experience for all, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical appearance, religion (or lack thereof) or different ability. We will not tolerate harassment of conference participants, speakers or facilitators in any form.

Please be aware of a 2-strike policy for violating the conduct policies above:

  • Strike 1: you will be handed a warning card by an event facilitator describing the policy you have violated.
  • Strike 2: after two violations of conduct policy, you will be asked to leave the event and will not receive credit for attending the event.

Full attendance of the Saturday scheduled events is required for milestone credit towards graduation from the IM, LIS, and EDS academic programs.

Accessibility Policy

Syracuse University values diversity and inclusion; we are committed to a climate of mutual respect and full participation. Our goal at the iSchool is to create learning environments that are useable, equitable, inclusive and welcoming.

If you believe you need accommodations for different abilities to attend this event, please describe your need on the registration form when you register for the event. The deadline for accommodation requests is three weeks prior to the event ; contact Margaret Craft at

Questions & Contact

Event Coordinator: Margaret Stockman Craft, Academic Operations Analyst (

Online Student Point of Contact: Vicky Williams, Director of Online Education (

Faculty Host: Dr. Scott Bernard, Executive Professor (

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