Josh New spoke on how the government's adoption of cloud computing services on state, local, and municipal levels is allowing them to better deliver on the promise of open data. Citizens are benefiting from increased transparency, the private sector is benefiting with new business opportunities, and governments are benefiting from the scalability and cost effectiveness of cloud solutions. Cloud computing and open data take two costly inputs--computing power and information--and make them dramatically cheaper. This allows agencies to prioritize another important input: human capital. More and better data, the capacity to make use of this data, and the human expertise needed to carry out these projects are the results of the convergence of cloud computing and open data.
Privacy & Innovation in the Age of the Internet of Things
Rob Atkinson will participate in a panel discussion addressing the biggest barriers, privacy and security, to Internet of Things adoption. This panel will take place at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center on Thursday, March 26th. The event will engage speakers and the audience in an exploration of where the right balance is between data minimization and innovation. The conversation will touch on the opportunities and challenges that face the IoT and ways we can ensure a vibrant, reliable, and trusted Internet of Things ecosystem – both domestically and overseas.
The State of Innovation in the States 2014
This presentation counters those who claim that the great age of innovation is over and that America has entered a period of innovation stagnation, particularly by noting America’s particular strengths in sectors such as information and communications technology, life sciences, aerospace, and advanced manufacturing. That said, America is significantly underachieving its innovation potential because of a faltering policy environment for innovation, including federal underfunding of R&D, corporate short-termism, a globally uncompetitive tax code, an underperforming education system, and poor regulatory policies that inhibit the competitiveness of several key U.S. advanced technology industries.
Keystone Showdown: The Political, Economic, and Environmental Consequences of the Pipeline Fight
Matthew Stepp is moderating a panel titled "Keystone Showdown: The Political, Economic, and Environmental Consequences of the Pipeline Fight." Register here.
How to Craft an Innovation Maximizing T-TIP Agreement
At this conference sponsored by the Trans-Atlantic Business Council, Michelle Wein participated in the panel Regional Impact: International Trade, Europe & TTIP. This included a review of ITIF’s recent report How to Craft an Innovation Maximizing T-TIP Agreement.
How the Silicon Valley Innovation Ecosystem Creates Success
Silicon Valley boasts perhaps the most unique, difficult-to-replicate regional innovation ecosystem in the world. The presentation explores five key characteristics that make Silicon Valley so distinct: 1) its five world-class research universities, five U.S. national laboratories, and dozens of world-class corporate and private research institutions; 2) a half-century of intense federal R&D investment; 3) 40 percent of U.S. venture capital invested and seven of America’s top ten VC investors; 4) 6 of the world’s top 10 ICT companies located with a ten-square-mile radius; and 5) a concentration of both advanced-degree holders and foreign-born start-up founders more than twice the national average. The presentation also explains how companies in the Valley are different, particularly that they use a “need-seeker” strategy that strives to address unarticulated needs and seeks to be first-to-market with the resulting new products and services.