About The Annual Meeting

The NAI Annual Meeting is the premier arena where academic innovation and entrepreneurship is recognized, honored and cultivated.

The theme for the Eighth Annual Meeting is “Connecting the Innovation Community” and will be held April 10‐11, 2019 at the JW Marriott Galleria in Houston, TX. Join us as we bring together innovative thought leaders from organizations worldwide who are making a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society. The Annual Meeting features stimulating presentations and networking and culminates in the formal NAI Fellows Induction Ceremony at the Space Center Houston.

We aim to honor and empower the world’s brightest innovators and professionals by creating powerful connections between them, generating a momentum that will enhance and transform our innovation ecosystem. 


View the Preliminary Agenda 


Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are now being accepted for 15-minute oral presentations at the 2019 NAI Annual Meeting in Houston, TX April 10-11, 2019. 

These presentations offer an excellent opportunity to share your research and expertise as it relates to our theme: Connecting the Innovation Community. 

Submit Your Abstract Here 

Deadline to Submit: January 15, 2019 

Click here to learn more about the abstract topics and guidelines.


Hotel Information


JW Marriott Houston Galleria: NAI Annual Meeting Room Block – $179/nightly

Address: 5150 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056

Phone: (713) 961-1500

Click here to make your discounted room reservation now!

Hotel Room Reservation Deadline: March 18, 2019 – Please book early, rooms sell quickly!


Thank You to Our Sponsors, Partners and Hosts!

2019 NAI Annual Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities

Supporting the NAI Annual Meeting is an unparalleled opportunity to connect personally with the academic industry’s innovation influencers and decision makers!

Contact [email protected] to learn more and reserve your sponsorship.

Past Meetings

In 2018, more than 450 individuals attended from worldwide universities and organizations. Attendees include senior leadership from universities and not for profit research institutes;  interdisciplinary researchers and stakeholders; technology commercialization officers; deans, faculty, students, and many more. View the 2018 Meeting Recap

Click here to view all past programs

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For more information on the Annual Meeting contact Autumn Silas at: [email protected] or (813) 974-3738