Promoting Tech Innovation in Upstate New York

October 15, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Promoting Tech Innovation in Upstate New York
CNYBAC Concept to Commercialization Program
October 15, 2020, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St., Syracuse, NY

 We are excited to announce our keynote speaker in Promoting Tech Innovation in Upstate New York as part of the 4th Annual CNYBAC Concept to Commercialization Boot Camp will be Dr. Robert D. Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation to be held Thursday, October 15 at CNY Biotech Accelerator, Syracuse, New York.

Dr. Atkinson will also participate in a fireside chat joined byregional business and economic development experts including CenterState CEO President Robert Simpson.  Dr. Atkinson was lead author of The Case for Growth Centers: How to Spread Tech Innovation Across America(Brookings Institution Executive Report, December 2019) which listed Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo as innovation centers worthy of investment to promote tech growth.  Syracuse was one of five national cities, out of 250 proposals, that received investment from the J.P. Morgan Chase Advancing Cities Challenge to expand ongoing Smart City initiatives and tech infrastructure development.

Dr. Atkinson is one of the country’s foremost thinkers on innovation economics.  He has conducted ground-breaking research on technology and innovation and authored three books, including Big is Beautiful: Debunking the Mythology of Small Business (MIT Press, 2018). Atkinson is a sought-after speaker and valued adviser to state, national and international policymakers on topics from tax policy to advanced manufacturing, productivity, and global competitiveness.

As founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), recognized as the world’s top think tank for science and technology policy, Atkinson leads a prolific team of policy analysts and fellows that is successfully shaping the debate and setting the agenda on a host of critical issues at the intersection of technological innovation and public policy.  Before founding ITIF, Atkinson was vice president of the Progressive Policy Institute and Director of PPI’s Technology & New Economy Project. He received his Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and was named a distinguished alumnus in 2014. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.

Concept to Commercialization Boot Camp is sponsored by CNY Biotech Accelerator, CenterState CEO, Syracuse University College of Law Innovation Law Center and SUNY RF - The Research Foundation for SUNY.   

The program agenda will be completed soon.  If you would like to receive Program Agenda/Registration information, please send request to:  durdonk@upstate.edu.

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