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SBIR Pulse - 2015 National Conference Special Edition - STE(A)M Innovation Pipelines Session

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Created on June 9, 2015

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The 2015 SBIR/STTR National Conference is just around the corner – June 15 to 17 at the Gaylord Conference Center just outside of Washington, DC.

Don’t miss the opportunity to interact with government SBIR/STTR program managers and staff, industry leaders, and veteran SBIR/STTR awardees. You’ll learn how to access SBIR/STTR, build partnerships, and create successful commercialization strategies. Opportunities include roundtable discussions, 1-on-1 meetings, and conference sessions. Click here to register for the conference.

To prime attendees for the event, we are releasing a series of blogs to provide more in-depth information on some of the panel sessions. This edition features a session on growing and empowering novel STE(A)M innovation pipelines.

Stay tuned for more SBIR Pulse National Conference blogs in the coming days, and click here to view previous SBIR Pulse Blogs.

Session Title: Growing & Empowering Novel STE(A)M Innovation Pipelines

Session Moderator: Teresa Nelson, National Women's Business Council and Professor, Simmons College

Session Speakers:

  • Shelly Kapoor Collins, CEO and Founder at Tech Hill Advisors, CEO-Enscient Corporation
  • Brad Guay, Manager, STTR Program, US Army
  • Lawrence Murphy “Murph”, Chief Global Design and User, GE Healthcare
  • Bill O'Brien, Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Session Focus:

How can your company participate in the wave of commercialization of big ideas coming from science, technology, engineering, ART, and math? Who’s playing in these arenas, and who else should be involved? How do you get involved? In this panel, we have an amazing group of people from private and public sector, and across industries, discussing STE(A)M innovation pipelines.

1. Who should attend your session?

When we’re talking about STE(A)M innovation (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), most industries are engaged – or will be. We plan to make the session of interest to multiple, diverse stakeholders by considering small business, government, industry, and the private sector perspectives. In addition to product and process innovation, we’re also going to be talking about the people who make this all happen – and how continued efforts toward diversity and reach are building great teams moving us forward.

2. Why is your session unique?

We’re interested in building a conversation with attendees around topics such as STE(A)M components as it relates to small business growth and formation; outreach and engagement of women and other “underserved” communities as great talent pools for excellence; the role of art and design in……just about everything. Finally, how STTR can be a great intermediary for small businesses and R&D units to cooperatively play alongside STE(A)M.

3. What can an attendee hope to learn by attending your session?

The conversation will be structured for attendees to gather insight from major corporates about how they tap into pools of innovation and development and…… how creative economies interplay with small business growth formation and development.

4. If you could attend just one other session or event at the conference, which would you attend and why?

For me, it’s the afternoon session on Wednesday, Small Firms Partnering with Federal Labs and Major Corporates. I work with many start-ups and want to have the most up-to-date info available to share with them – to encourage them to get involved in these resource rich relationships.

5. What should we have asked you about your panel, and what is the answer?

Question: Why are our panelists making the trip to the SBIR/STTR Summit?

Answer: To meet you and others in the conversation around continuously improving the process and products of technology innovation in the U.S. through collaboration across economic sectors.