Promoting innovation is a priority for Houston business leaders and policymakers. Developing innovation centers in urban areas, however, is a complex process that is shaped not just by funding opportunities, but also by local policies and infrastructure. At this year's T.T. Chao Symposium on Innovation, experts examined the policies that guide and shape innovation in the United States and considered how those policies could inform the construction of the Ion, Rice University’s new innovation hub in Houston. Panelists also addressed the city’s growing innovation district and shared insights for building successful and equitable policies to transform Houston into a smart city of the future.
This T.T. Chao Symposium on Innovation event was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and the Science History Institute. The symposium was made possible by a gift from the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation. Additional funding for the project was provided by grants from the Kavli Foundation and the National Science Foundation (Grant No. 2042854).
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3:00 p.m. — Presentation
4:00 p.m. — Q&A
President and CEO, State Science & Technology Institute
Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University
John Hardin, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Office of Science, Technology & Innovation, North Carolina Department of Commerce
Julia Woertink, Ph.D.
Research & Development Director, Packaging & Specialty Plastics, Dow Inc.
Reginald DesRoches, Ph.D.
Howard Hughes Provost and Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, Rice University