In a global world, simply providing the basic necessities, including education, infrastructure and resources is not enough. To lead in the next generation, cities need to enable - and drive – innovation in their communities that will provide creative solutions to urban problems that improve the quality of life and economic opportunities of their citizens. 2015 Strategic Innovation Summit: Enabling Economies for the Future asks – what makes cities future ready? What is needed and what must leaders measure, track and change to enable their cities to be innovation leaders in the future?
To help leaders put in place the strategies and programs to enable their cities to be innovation leaders the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard with support from Dell, are convening senior public and private sector executives for The 2015 Enabling Innovation Economies for the Future Summit. This Summit, held at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA will provide an unprecedented opportunity to learn from and network with the world’s leading city innovators, Harvard faculty and researchers, and select executives from the technology and start-up community.
The summit will explore the critical needs to drive innovation in your community. We will take a deep dive into questions concerning infrastructure, education, community involvement and economic programs. We will focus our learning, discussion and best practice exchange around identifying what are the key enablers to grow an innovation economy:
Most importantly, the Summit will address the critical leadership attributes required to choose a mix of collaborative strategies, governance models and technologies that will help you make your community ready for the future.
During the Summit you will engage in informative case studies, peer-to-peer problem-solving sessions, and topical workshops designed to help you evaluate your current state and develop a plan to make your community an innovation leader for the future:
This Summit is an invitation-only program for senior-most executives in the public sector, technology and start-up community and higher education. Other applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis. As attendance is limited, we encourage you to apply soon. This event is complimentary and there is no tuition fee to attend. However, travel and hotel expenses are the responsibility of individual participants. *
Co-Chair, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, Boston, MA
Chief Innovation Officer, City of Philadelphia
Center Director, City Solutions and Applied Research National League of Cities
Senior Advisor to the Secretary, United States Department of Education
President Strategic Networks Group, Inc.
Entrepreneurship Policy Advisors
Innovation Value Institute
Harvard Business School