Agenda

SSTI's Annual Conference is the Premiere Innovation Ecosystem Event

Throughout SSTI’s 2016 Annual Conference, we will be engaging with the theme of Innovation with Purpose: Shaping Future Opportunities. Whether you are interested in the agenda overview, four thematic tracks, interest group roundtables and tour, or want to see the agenda by session type, you can find that information below. We’re looking forward to having this conversation with you in November! 

Agenda Overview

View the full agenda for SSTI's 2016 Annual Conference. Click through for session details and check back for updates.
Day 1
01 Nov 2016
Day 2
02 Nov 2016
Day 3
03 Nov 2016

First-Time Attendees / New Members Welcome

First-time attendees are encouraged to attend a special welcoming meeting with fellow novices and a few long-time participants. You will get a chance to meet people in a relaxed setting and hear about the conference structure and opportunities for the next few days. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

This session is sponsored by:

Innovation Policyworks

Opening Reception at Rev1 Ventures

What better way to start the conference on Tuesday, November 1, than an evening of food, drinks and relaxed conversation -- with your peers as well as with regional startups? The reception is at the offices of conference co-host Rev1 Ventures, the most active investor in Ohio.

Meet at the Wall St. entrance on the lower level of the Hilton for shuttles that will run from 5:15 P.M. - 7:15 P.M., or meet at Rev1 Ventures, 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212.

Rev1 Ventures

Young Professionals’ Meet-Up

After the Opening Reception, meet others who are new to the community in a casual trip to one of the Short North’s best establishments.

Meet in the Main Lobby of the Hilton at 7:30 P.M.

Sunrise Yoga

Enjoy each conference morning surrounded by friends with a mindful movement class that incorporates breathing techniques, sun salutations, stretching, and seated/standing poses to energize the body and calm the mind. Suitable for all levels.

Yoga session provided by:
mh-transparent-bg

Fun Run

Start the day by joining your peers for a run through the Columbus Arena District to the Lower Scioto Greenway. We’ll keep the group together at an enjoyable pace for all, while over-achievers are welcome to extend their run down the river trail.

Mindfulness Practice

Whether you have ten minutes or ten seconds to spare, the practice of mindfulness can greatly increase focus and productivity while reducing stress, anxiety and frustration. Learn simple tools to begin developing your awareness of the present moment through this guided mindfulness/meditation session.

Welcome and Opening Plenary: Bold Ideas for Innovation with Purpose

Most NFL teams punt on fourth down -- even though research and logic state that running another play would lead to greater success. Coaches consistently refuse to make the call because of familiarity and fear. What are innovation ecosystems’ equivalents of ‘going for it’ on fourth down? We’ll start the morning with a fast-paced series of short talks from thought leaders and practitioners from throughout the community who will challenge conventional wisdom and push us to consider how we can better shape future opportunities for our innovators, entrepreneurs and communities.
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Lee Cheatham
pamela-lewis
Pamela Lewis
john-lettieri
John Lettieri
lynn-gellerman
Lynn Gellermann

Discussion Groups: Innovation with Purpose

Building on the thought-provoking presentations from the 'Bold Ideas' talks, we’ll move to smaller conversation groups to work on the challenges and opportunities we’ve just heard. And, we’ll consider the path forward, what we can do individually in our own communities, and the help we need to achieve innovation with purpose.

Discussion Groups: Shaping Future Opportunities

We will again split into smaller conversation groups -- this time to discuss a policy agenda that will advance science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship to achieve greater economic prosperity for all people. We'll consider big and focused ideas to shape future opportunities and what we can all do to make this agenda a reality.

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

SSTI is pleased to announce that Ross Baird, the CEO and founder at Village Capital, will be delivering the keynote talk at SSTI’s 2016 Annual Conference. The talk will take place during lunch on the first day.

During his keynote, Mr. Baird will be speaking to his belief that venture capital can be better-harnessed as a tool for empowering a broader class of entrepreneurs and a driver of economic prosperity and social impact — a message that dovetails perfectly with the conference theme of Innovation with Purpose: Shaping Future Opportunities.
Ross Baird
Ross Baird

Excellence in TBED Awards Ceremony

During a special ceremony on November 2, SSTI will present awards of excellence to organizations from across the country with model approaches to fostering a climate where startups and existing companies create prosperity through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Breakout Sessions I

The first set of afternoon breakouts will feature the following sessions:

Breakout Sessions II

The second set of breakouts on Wednesday afternoon will feature the following sessions:

National Innovation Reception

After a day of brash thinking, provoking discussion and engaging presentations, we invite you to unwind with us Wednesday immediately after the end of sessions over drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Hilton Columbus Downtown.

Dine-Around Columbus

We make exploring the city’s excellent dining options easy by making reservations and coordinating your dinner party for Wednesday night. Stop by the registration desk to browse menus and sign up during the conference. The four restaurants for this year's Dine-Arounds are listed in the session details.

Meet in the Main Lobby of the Hilton at 6:45 P.M. to travel with your group to the restaurant. Reservations have been made for 7:00 P.M.

State and Sustaining Member Dinner

SSTI State and Sustaining Members can join this invitation-only dinner Wednesday night, following the reception.

Sunrise Yoga

Enjoy each conference morning surrounded by friends with a mindful movement class that incorporates breathing techniques, sun salutations, stretching, and seated/standing poses to energize the body and calm the mind. Suitable for all levels.

Yoga session provided by:
mh-transparent-bg

Mindfulness Practice

Whether you have ten minutes or ten seconds to spare, the practice of mindfulness can greatly increase focus and productivity while reducing stress, anxiety and frustration. Learn simple tools to begin developing your awareness of the present moment through this guided mindfulness/meditation session.

Breakout Sessions III

The morning's first set of breakouts features the following sessions:

Breakout Sessions IV

The second set of breakouts on Thursday afternoon will feature the following sessions:

Lunch and Trends in Tech-Based Economic Development

One of the highlights of each conference, the “Trends” lunch plenary is a wide-ranging discussion of the major trends affecting the innovation ecosystem and new developments in the field over the past year, plus providing a look ahead to 2017. Join SSTI President and CEO Dan Berglund and your peers for this unique opportunity to see what forces are driving the future of your efforts.
Dan Berglund
Dan Berglund

Roundtables and Tour

Following lunch, SSTI will provide roundatbles and an offsite tour. These meetings are designed to allow participants to dig more deeply into specific topics or to connect with colleagues around an area of interest.

Thematic Tracks

SSTI’s 2016 Annual Conference theme of Innovation with Purpose will be explored through energizing ideas and discussion sessions organized around four tracks:

  • Facilitating Clusters and Innovation Networks
    This track is a perfect fit for individuals dedicated to improving their regional innovation systems, working in organizations such as cluster initiatives, technology associations and councils, and regional economic development firms.
  • Leveraging Higher Education as a Catalyst
    This track will provide insight into some of the biggest areas of opportunity to broadly improve economic opportunities and facilitate the prosperity of surrounding communities for leaders at higher education institutions of all sizes.
  • Building Capital and Entrepreneurial Communities
    In this track, experts from the field will provide proven strategies and exciting new ideas to support your region’s growth through increased entrepreneurship and improved access to capital.
  • Strengthening Innovation Initiatives
    Maintaining a successful initiative doesn’t just come down to having the right idea, and this track will emphasize discussions around critical factors like management, partnerships and communication.
View descriptions of each theme and the breakout sessions for each track.
Clusters and Networks
Higher Education
Capital & Entrepreneurship
Innovation Initiatives

Sustaining Your Organization: Lessons Learned

Sustaining a public-private partnership is never easy. But tight public budgets, political transitions, and increased competition make it even more difficult. However, it is achievable — with clear focus and tough decisions. In this discussion-based session, practitioners will discuss what sustainability means, share how their organizations have achieved financial sustainability and offer advice on how you can do the same.

Moderator:
  • Matthew Stevens, Strategic Initiatives Manager, U.S. Small Business Administration
Speakers:
  • Richard Bendis, President & CEO, BioHealth Innovation, Inc.
  • Henry Cialone, President & CEO, EWI
  • Amy Jensen, Director of Finance & Operations, The Water Council
Matthew Stevens
Matthew Stevens
Richard Bendis
Richard Bendis
Henry Cialone
Henry Cialone
Amy Jensen
Amy Jensen

How Regions Adapt to Changes in the Manufacturing Landscape

It’s no secret that the days where manufacturing employs the majority of the workforce are gone, but manufacturing remains a vital component of the economy. More than 12 million Americans are employed in the manufacturing sector, and In 2014, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $79,553 annually, including pay and benefits, more than 20 percent higher than the national average, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. This session will explore the trends occurring in manufacturing and examine how some regions are adapting to changes in the manufacturing landscape.

Moderator:
  • Tab Wilkins, Regional Manager for Strategic Transition, NIST MEP
Speakers:
  • Ned Hill, Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Ohio State University
  • Leigh Hopkins, Sr. Project Manager, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute
  • John Molinaro, President, Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth
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Tab Wilkins
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Ned Hill
Leigh Hopkins
Leigh Hopkins
John Molinaro
John Molinaro

Expanding Access: Moving Beyond the Innovation District

Innovation districts are all the fad, but how can they be organized so they support innovative assets without exacerbating urban issues? This session will explore how those organizations developing and working within an innovation district are being intentional about including disparate neighborhoods, underrepresented populations, and workforce opportunities into the district. Additionally, this session will include a dialogue on locating future opportunities at the intersection between technology-based and community-focused economic development.

Moderator:
  • Betsy McCaw, Chief Operating Officer, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership
Speakers:
  • Marco Perez, VP of Operations, LAUNCH Chattanooga
  • Paul Riser, Managing Director, TechTown
Betsy McCaw
Betsy McCaw
Marco Perez
Marco Perez
Paul Riser
Paul Riser

Developing Strategies in Emerging Clusters of Interest

Critical to facilitating clusters and innovation networks is an understanding of how technological and industrial changes can impact regional economies in areas such as university research, the activities of established businesses, and new, disruptive startups. As legacy industries continue to reinvent themselves and new sectors begin to emerge, how can places best coalesce around these apparent opportunities? In addition to a discussion on emerging industries, this session will present practitioner perspectives on how to develop cluster strategies around rapidly evolving and developing industries.

Moderator:
  • Jonathan Dworin, Policy Analyst, SSTI
Speakers:
  • Cliff Hudson, Project Director, Autonomous & Unmanned Systems Cluster
  • Skip Rung, President & Executive Director, Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)
Jonathan Dworin
Cliff Hudson
Cliff Hudson
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Robert “Skip” Rung

The Inclusion Imperative: The Science of Broadening Participation

While innovation can come from anywhere, many populations are underrepresented in the 21st century STEM economy. For example, African Americans represent 12 percent of the U.S. population, but account for only 8 percent of general engineering majors, 7 percent of mathematics majors, and only 5 percent of computer engineering majors, according to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce. Ultimately, inclusion and opportunity isn’t altruism it’s — an economic imperative. This session will explore research on broadening participation in STEM education and occupations as well as look at efforts to drive inclusive economic growth.

Speakers:
  • Kimberly Gayle, Executive Director, Columbus Office, i.c. stars
  • Kaye Husbands Fealing, Professor and Chair, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech University
  • Pablo Navarro, Senior Director Partnerships, Code2040
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Kimberly Gayle
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Kaye Husbands Fealing
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Pablo Navarro

Higher Ed Involvement in TBED: Beyond Research 1 Institutions

In the United States, less than 5 percent of all four-year universities are considered “Research 1 institutions.” However, communities across the country are home to four-year colleges and universities and two-year community colleges that are acting as catalysts for economic growth in their region. During this interactive session, panelists will share best practices from across the country on higher education institutions that are embracing and promoting their unique strengths to support entrepreneurship, spur innovation, and connect with their surrounding business community.

Moderator:
  • Chris Shaffer, Director, Institutional Research and Sponsored Programs, Shawnee State University
Speakers:
  • Rebecca Corbin, President & CEO, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship
  • Dave Norris, Chief Innovation Officer, Louisiana Tech Enterprise Center, Louisiana Tech University
Chris Shaffer
Rebecca Corbin
Rebecca Corbin
Dave Norris
Dave Norris

The Practice of Research Collaboration

Collaboration is an important feature in the innovation landscape. Limited resources coupled with a recognition that our greatest innovative challenges require an interdisciplinary approach from a multitude of partners suggest that institutions and regions that engage in collaboration will gain greater access to resources and gain a competitive advantage. In this session, we’ll consider inter-organizational collaboration in the form of interinstitutional relationships and interdisciplinary cooperation from the perspective of practitioners who will share their experiences and knowledge in fostering these collaborations.

Moderator:
  • John Hardin, Executive Director, North Carolina Board of Science, Technology & Innovation
Speakers:
  • Jeff Mason, Executive Director, Michigan's University Research Corridor
  • Caroline Whitacre, Senior Vice President for Research, The Ohio State University
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John Hardin
Jeff Mason
Jeff Mason
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Caroline Whitacre

University Venture Development Funds: The Nuts and Bolts

Establishing a successful seed or venture fund is never a simple task, and universities face specific challenges that add complications. Ohio State University and Ohio University came together to jointly establish the “Innovation Fund” earlier this year to create more startup opportunities in the state and build upon previous efforts in this area. During this session, hear how these funds are structured, funded and managed — and get your questions answered about how this tool could work at your institution.

Moderator:
  • Wayne Embree, Executive VP, Investments & Venture Acceleration, Rev1 Ventures
Speakers:
  • Lynn Gellerman, Executive Director, TechGROWTH Ohio
  • Cheryl Turnbull, Senior Director of Venture Capital; Director of Finance, The Ohio State University
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Wayne Embree
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Lynn Gellermann
Cheryl Turnbull
Cheryl Turnbull

Building Bridges: Connecting Small & Mid-sized Communities

Small towns and rural communities are much less likely to generate new business startups than in the past, according to a new analysis from the Economic Innovation Group. For many regions, a lack of startup capital is the driving force behind the rapid decline in entrepreneurship. During this session, panelists will discuss proven strategies that have helped rural regions and small metros build strong capital-investment networks and how they connect with larger pools of capital outside their region. They will highlight their own experiences as well as discuss other models from across the country. Attendees will leave this session with ideas for developing a better strategy for cultivating and growing their region’s investor network and connecting it to other capital sources outside their region.

Moderator:
  • Eva Doss, President & CEO, The Launch Place
Speakers:
  • Nathaniel V. Henshaw, Managing Director, CEI Ventures
  • Pat Morand, President, Open Prairie Ventures
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Eva Doss
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Nathaniel V. Henshaw
Pat Morand
Pat Morand

Crowdfunding is Here, Now What? An Open Discussion

In May, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the final rules for Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act allowing non-accredited investors to make equity investment in startups through a registered online portal. With this action, they joined a majority of the states that also have passed crowdfunding legislation. During this participant-driven session, panelists will lead a discussion on the current status of crowdfunding and its potential future as well as its impact on the TBED field. Crowdfunding is here. Join with your peers from across the country to discuss how your organization can prepare, your client companies can benefit, and your region can prosper from it.

Moderator:
  • Marnie LaVigne, President & CEO, Launch NY
Speakers:
  • Scott McIntyre, President/Chair, Board of Directors, Crowdfunding Professional Association
  • Krista Tuomi, Assistant Professor, American University
Marnie Lavigne
Marnie LaVigne
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Scott McIntyre
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Krista Tuomi

Investing in Companies with a Purpose of Social Good

Impact investing has grown in popularity and activity in recent years. Some nonprofit organizations have been quietly working with entrepreneurs to grow their companies that address a social good -- be it employment for underrepresented populations, addressing specific technology areas to address issues ranging from health to climate change-- and racking up impressive results in the process. In this session, we’ll hear from organizations that are leading the way in investing in companies with a purpose of social good.

Speakers:
  • Nicole Muise-Kielkucki, Director of Social Enterprise Initiatives, Idea Foundry
  • Kelly Ramirez, CEO, Social Enterprise Greenhouse
Nicole Muise-Kielkucki
Nicole Muise-Kielkucki
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Kelly Ramirez

Scaling Startups: Effective Talent Strategies

Innovation ecosystems throughout the country struggle with a frequent mismatch between startups with great ideas and the talent necessary to scale those companies to long term success. Numerous strategies for addressing this challenge exist, including bootcamps, mentorship, recruitment and training. Join your peers to share your organization’s approaches, discussing what works and needs to be improved.

Moderator:
  • Mike McCann, Vice President, Programs & Partner Engagement, Rev1 Ventures
Speakers:
  • Rich Lunak, President & CEO, Innovation Works
  • Jared Stober, Entrepreneurship Program Manager, North Dakota Department of Commerce
Mike McCann
Mike McCann
Rick Lunak
Rich Lunak
Jared Stober

Power Roundtable: Inspiring Approaches for Achieving Prosperity

Exclusive insight into outstanding, innovative economic development initiatives is a key reason to attend the SSTI Annual Conference. If you are seeking personalized insight into some of the field’s best practices, this session provides one-on-one interaction with practitioners from top-performing organizations. This unique format promotes conversations that allow participants to walk away energized with more than a dozen specific best practices and ideas to take home to improve their organization’s or region’s performance.

Moderator:
  • Deborah Cummings, Principal and Senior Director, TEConomy Partners, LLC
Deb Cummings
Deborah Cummings

A Regional Approach to Innovation: The Central Ohio Story

The Columbus, Ohio, region has become the fastest-growing city for startup activity and the #1 city for scaling startups, according to the Kauffman Foundation. Learn how an intentional approach for connecting the region’s resources is fostering high-growth, high-tech companies and leading to overall regional success.

Moderator:
  • Tom Walker, President & CEO, Rev1 Ventures
Speakers:
  • Colleen Gilger, Director of Economic Development, City of Dublin, Ohio
  • Kenny McDonald, President and Chief Economic Officer, Columbus2020
  • Cheryl Turnbull, Senior Director of Venture Capital; Director of Finance, The Ohio State University
Tom Walker
Tom Walker
Colleen Gilger
Colleen Gilger
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Kenny McDonald
Cheryl Turnbull
Cheryl Turnbull

Measuring Impacts: Where We Stand and Where We Need to Go

Measuring impact is a perennial problem -- attribution is always a challenge and with more organizations providing services, how credit for impact gets shared is becoming increasingly complicated. We’ll consider what is needed to measure impact, review common metrics and their appropriateness, look at the differences between approaches and capture all of it for future publication. Finally, we’ll also develop a list of issues that require further work and identify who might best move those issues forward.

Speakers
  • Dan Berglund, President and CEO, SSTI
  • Denis Gray, Professor of Psychology, North Carolina State University
Dan Berglund
Dan Berglund
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Denis Gray

Innovation’s Strategic Communications Toolkit

As we heard at last year’s conference, the public associates “commercialization” with ruined Christmases and “federal research” with shrimp on a treadmill. However, “scientific research” and “innovation” induce hopeful thoughts and overall support for tech-based economic development concepts is incredibly strong. To translate these lessons to practice, SSTI is working with members to produce a Communications Toolkit for Innovation Organizations, providing sample language and templates for explaining your organization to the public and other stakeholders. Participate in this session to see the draft toolkit, provide feedback and discuss how you can implement the tools into your communications strategy.

Speakers:
  • Ellen Marrison, Content Strategist, SSTI
  • Jason Rittenberg, Membership & Development Director, SSTI
  • Tom Sheridan, President, The Sheridan Group
Ellen Marrison
Jason
Jason Rittenberg
Tom Sheridan

Interest Group Roundtables

Get the most out of your conference experience by participating in a focused roundtable Thursday afternoon emphasizing engaged collaboration around shared topics of interest.
Day 1
03 Nov 2016

Gathering of Cluster Initiatives & Networks

This 3rd Annual Cluster Initiatives & Networks Convening will provide organizations using industry clusters as an economic development tool with an opportunity to meet, discuss and learn from colleagues about operating a successful cluster initiative or approach. Lasts until 4:30 P.M.

Agenda

1:30 P.M. - 1:55 P.M. | Opening Remarks: Updates from SSTI, EDA, and the SBA

1:55 P.M. - 2:15 P.M. | Presentation: Global lessons learned in cluster initiative collaboration

2:15 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. | Facilitated Discussion: Unlocking investment for regional industry clusters

3:00 P.M. - 3:10 P.M. | Networking Break

3:10 P.M. - 3:50 P.M. | Facilitated Discussion: Building awareness for clusters and cluster initiatives

3:50 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. | Facilitated Discussion: Continued refinement of common evaluation tools and metrics

State Initiatives: Roundtable Discussion

If you manage a state innovation initiative, join your peers for a forward-focused conversation on topics of interest to you -- whether university-industry research centers, faculty recruitment, SBIR, entrepreneurship, manufacturing innovation, workforce development or any of the other facets of regional innovation systems that states help to design, finance and deliver. This roundtable is your time to focus on states’ needs, challenges and solutions, with an eye toward cultivating greater opportunities for collaboration and impact.

Facilitator: Mike Cassidy, President & CEO, Georgia Research Alliance

Innovation Research & SciSIP Colloquium

This Colloquium is designed to connect innovation ecosystem practitioners with science of science and innovation policy (SciSIP) researchers to advance mutual interests. The conversation will focus on recent findings from academic literature and identifying where research could better-inform policy and practice. The purpose of the conversation is to provide a unique opportunity to cross fertilize the interests and needs of TBED practitioners and SciSIP researchers with each other’s perspectives, learnings, limitations, and observations in a manner to spawn new directions and datasets for future SciSIP research and better TBED practice.

Seed & Venture Capital Program Management

Evolving capital challenges, program administration and ongoing sustainability are issues that will drive this roundtable on early stage capital funds. The discussion will emphasize State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) programs but all are welcome to identify common concerns and opportunities for future collaboration.

Agenda

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM | About Public-Sector Sponsored Seed and Venture Capital Programs

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Interactive Discussion on Best Practice Sharing

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM | Future Opportunities: Sustainability and Communication

New Pathways to Innovation: Columbus Maker (and Related) Spaces Tour

Join us for a tour of three of Columbus’ most dynamic contributors to a community of innovation, arts, and STEM-based economic opportunities:
  • Columbus IDEA Foundry - the largest makerspace in the U.S.A., with a mission to democratize product design and manufacturing;
  • STEAM Factory at Ohio State University - founded outside of the university by faculty members seeking new ways forward to stimulate collaboration and innovation within and across institutions; and,
  • PAST Foundation and Innovation Lab - founded by anthropologists to create new approaches to STEM education K-12, they have attracted the interest of companies such as Honda for their contributions and development of talent in the region.  
What lessons do these programs offer for your community? What have they done to become successful and what do they see as coming next?

Facilitator: Jim Currie


Offsite event that includes transportation to and from the conference hotel, scheduled to return at 4:30 P.M. (tour will be complete by 4:00 P.M.). Pre-registration required: visit the registration desk for current availability. Space is limited.
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Jim Currie

Full Agenda by Session Type

Want to get a clearer sense of networking opportunities or the format of content sessions? See below and click through for details.
Networking
Breakout Sessions & Discussion Groups
Plenaries

First-Time Attendees / New Members Welcome

First-time attendees are encouraged to attend a special welcoming meeting with fellow novices and a few long-time participants. You will get a chance to meet people in a relaxed setting and hear about the conference structure and opportunities for the next few days. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

This session is sponsored by:

Innovation Policyworks

Opening Reception at Rev1 Ventures

What better way to start the conference on Tuesday, November 1, than an evening of food, drinks and relaxed conversation -- with your peers as well as with regional startups? The reception is at the offices of conference co-host Rev1 Ventures, the most active investor in Ohio.

Meet at the Wall St. entrance on the lower level of the Hilton for shuttles that will run from 5:15 P.M. - 7:15 P.M., or meet at Rev1 Ventures, 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212.

Rev1 Ventures

Young Professionals’ Meet-Up

After the Opening Reception, meet others who are new to the community in a casual trip to one of the Short North’s best establishments.

Meet in the Main Lobby of the Hilton at 7:30 P.M.

Sunrise Yoga

Enjoy each conference morning surrounded by friends with a mindful movement class that incorporates breathing techniques, sun salutations, stretching, and seated/standing poses to energize the body and calm the mind. Suitable for all levels.

Yoga session provided by:
mh-transparent-bg

Fun Run

Start the day by joining your peers for a run through the Columbus Arena District to the Lower Scioto Greenway. We’ll keep the group together at an enjoyable pace for all, while over-achievers are welcome to extend their run down the river trail.

Mindfulness Practice

Whether you have ten minutes or ten seconds to spare, the practice of mindfulness can greatly increase focus and productivity while reducing stress, anxiety and frustration. Learn simple tools to begin developing your awareness of the present moment through this guided mindfulness/meditation session.

National Innovation Reception

After a day of brash thinking, provoking discussion and engaging presentations, we invite you to unwind with us Wednesday immediately after the end of sessions over drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Hilton Columbus Downtown.

Dine-Around Columbus

We make exploring the city’s excellent dining options easy by making reservations and coordinating your dinner party for Wednesday night. Stop by the registration desk to browse menus and sign up during the conference. The four restaurants for this year's Dine-Arounds are listed in the session details.

Meet in the Main Lobby of the Hilton at 6:45 P.M. to travel with your group to the restaurant. Reservations have been made for 7:00 P.M.

State and Sustaining Member Dinner

SSTI State and Sustaining Members can join this invitation-only dinner Wednesday night, following the reception.

Sunrise Yoga

Enjoy each conference morning surrounded by friends with a mindful movement class that incorporates breathing techniques, sun salutations, stretching, and seated/standing poses to energize the body and calm the mind. Suitable for all levels.

Yoga session provided by:
mh-transparent-bg

Mindfulness Practice

Whether you have ten minutes or ten seconds to spare, the practice of mindfulness can greatly increase focus and productivity while reducing stress, anxiety and frustration. Learn simple tools to begin developing your awareness of the present moment through this guided mindfulness/meditation session.

Discussion Groups: Innovation with Purpose

Building on the thought-provoking presentations from the 'Bold Ideas' talks, we’ll move to smaller conversation groups to work on the challenges and opportunities we’ve just heard. And, we’ll consider the path forward, what we can do individually in our own communities, and the help we need to achieve innovation with purpose.

Discussion Groups: Shaping Future Opportunities

We will again split into smaller conversation groups -- this time to discuss a policy agenda that will advance science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship to achieve greater economic prosperity for all people. We'll consider big and focused ideas to shape future opportunities and what we can all do to make this agenda a reality.

Breakout Sessions I

The first set of afternoon breakouts will feature the following sessions:

Breakout Sessions II

The second set of breakouts on Wednesday afternoon will feature the following sessions:

Breakout Sessions III

The morning's first set of breakouts features the following sessions:

Breakout Sessions IV

The second set of breakouts on Thursday afternoon will feature the following sessions:

Roundtables and Tour

Following lunch, SSTI will provide roundatbles and an offsite tour. These meetings are designed to allow participants to dig more deeply into specific topics or to connect with colleagues around an area of interest.

Welcome and Opening Plenary: Bold Ideas for Innovation with Purpose

Most NFL teams punt on fourth down -- even though research and logic state that running another play would lead to greater success. Coaches consistently refuse to make the call because of familiarity and fear. What are innovation ecosystems’ equivalents of ‘going for it’ on fourth down? We’ll start the morning with a fast-paced series of short talks from thought leaders and practitioners from throughout the community who will challenge conventional wisdom and push us to consider how we can better shape future opportunities for our innovators, entrepreneurs and communities.
cheathamlee
Lee Cheatham
pamela-lewis
Pamela Lewis
john-lettieri
John Lettieri
lynn-gellerman
Lynn Gellermann

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

SSTI is pleased to announce that Ross Baird, the CEO and founder at Village Capital, will be delivering the keynote talk at SSTI’s 2016 Annual Conference. The talk will take place during lunch on the first day.

During his keynote, Mr. Baird will be speaking to his belief that venture capital can be better-harnessed as a tool for empowering a broader class of entrepreneurs and a driver of economic prosperity and social impact — a message that dovetails perfectly with the conference theme of Innovation with Purpose: Shaping Future Opportunities.
Ross Baird
Ross Baird

Excellence in TBED Awards Ceremony

During a special ceremony on November 2, SSTI will present awards of excellence to organizations from across the country with model approaches to fostering a climate where startups and existing companies create prosperity through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Lunch and Trends in Tech-Based Economic Development

One of the highlights of each conference, the “Trends” lunch plenary is a wide-ranging discussion of the major trends affecting the innovation ecosystem and new developments in the field over the past year, plus providing a look ahead to 2017. Join SSTI President and CEO Dan Berglund and your peers for this unique opportunity to see what forces are driving the future of your efforts.
Dan Berglund
Dan Berglund