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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

GUESTS WALK OR TAKE SUBWAY TO/FROM HYATT REGENCY TO MARS DISCOVERY DISTRICT
8:30 - 3:45 PM DISCOVERY CENTER
The innovation hub of activity - much like our varied Communities of Innovation!
7:30 - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast 
8:30 AM - 8:45AM

GENERAL SESSION
SCORING TECH TALENT

8:45AM - 9:30AM

GENERAL SESSION
FIRESIDE CHAT: ADVENTURES FROM LAB TO MARKET
Straight out of McMaster Innovation Park (MIP), these faculty-entrepreneurs will reflect on their journey and challenges; the barriers they faced to move their technologies out of the lab and into creating a successful life sciences company. The struggle is great when balancing their role of faculty member vs an entrepreneur - determining what's important, missing, or considering ongoing challenges; plus discover how each brought in external management to engage with investors. Knowing the role of the tech transfer office and research park has its advantages but be prepared to learn options that could have been more helpful.

9:30AM - 10:30AM

NETWORKING BREAK

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

METRICS FOR LIFE SCIENCE BUILDINGS: REPURPOSE OR BUILD NEW?
Panelists representing Boylston Properties and Ayers Saint Gross will review the importance of including life science buildings in innovation districts and will share valuable insights on what it takes to bring such a building to life from master plan to design and construction. Using case studies, the panelists will walk through building metrics, design considerations, and the importance for flexibility in design.

BIOMANUFACTURING IN LOW EARTH ORBIT: RESEARCH IN THE MICROGRAVITY ENVIRONMENT
Presentation of research opportunities and capabilities of in orbit facilities in the international space station that may lead to breakthrough research results in biomanufacturing. NASA, NSF and NIH currently fund research in this area with support from ISSNL.

CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT: BROAD IMPACT IN A HYBRIDIZED WORLD
In a post-pandemic world, how can we leverage what we now know about idea-sharing, hands-on-learning, and engagement typologies from the height of COVID in order to embed stakeholder input in new and innovative ways? Successful engagements starts at the inception of place-making - where strategy, design, and construction intersect. These inclusive interactions define the outward impact of innovation districts. This session will engage participants in an interactive experiment to demonstrate the effectiveness of engagement methodologies.

THE FUTURE OF INNOVATION DISTRICTS: INFLUENCE AND IMPACT
How organizations innovate continues to change due to talent demand, technology convergence, and disruption. Companies are taking a more open approach to innovation and talent recruitment by locating in collaborative ecosystems that foster partnerships with universities, startups, and unrelated industries.
This session will highlight three different innovation districts that have grown through the pandemic and are adjusting operating models and approaches to partnerships to be more open and to have more impact and influence.

A STRATEGIC ROADMAP TO FOSTER INNOVATION FOR SOCIAL GOOD
Many innovation campuses have hopes of realizing research commercialization and economic vitality. To achieve this, a strategic framework must be established with criteria for success and defined project outcomes. Learn how these campuses are employing visioning methodology in planning their research communities to align their unique culture and mission with efforts of regional partners. These processes and strategies are creating an implementable roadmap for an authentic development that advances financial and societal goals.

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM NETWORKING BREAK
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

DESIGNING RESEARCH FACILITIES THAT FOSTER PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN ACADEMIA AND INDUSTRY
Case studies exploring the economic impact of the design of teaching and research buildings will be shared - focusing on innovation and collaboration spaces among faculty, students and industry. The presentation will highlight the impact of universities partnering with industry to disrupt and advance the innovation cycle in new buildings and connecting with and recruiting the future workforce. When executed with intention, the local economy benefits, and efforts can work on an international scale.

WORKFORCE AND EDUCATION PATHWAYS TO TRANSFORM UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
Social responsibility is a key element in creating and ensuring a thriving inclusive innovation community of innovation. Our experienced panelists will share case studies of recent collaborative initiatives between educational institutions and local stakeholders into transformative multi-institution programs that are designed for short-term outcomes and long-term impacts. Building programs that support under-represented groups is currently a priority for ecosystems and communities globally. This panel will drive thought provoking findings to fuel insight and information to inspire the audience to act and mobilize activities in their communities.

FROM THE GARAGE TO THE [DISTRICT / INCUBATOR / RESEARCH PARK / REGIONAL INNOVATION CENTRE / COMMUNITY]
The American dream of the 20th century started in the garage: Disney, Apple, Amazon and Google. The garage is a space of infinite possibility that promotes the key factors of intrinsic motivation.  21st-century innovation is fueled by connectivity rather than isolation, but these core values remain. This presentation will examine how research park planners can use lessons learned from the garage to foster a community centered around innovation and fueled by highly motivated entrepreneurs. Plus appreciate the importance of solving the "first customer" problem for many start-up tech companies, and the creative and meaningful ways industry partners can work together to address challenges.

12:15 PM - 2:15 PM

NETWORKING LUNCHEON
FIRESIDE CHAT: TECSTARS TORONTO

2:15PM - 2:45PM

NETWORKING BREAK

2:45PM - 3:30PM

CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

ATTRACTING AND SERVING INTERNATIONAL SECOND STAGE COMPANIES
Learn how the Global Ventures program, located at the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, attracted 34 international companies and built an ecosystem to support their growth. Topics covered will include: marketing to entrepreneurs overseas, virtual incubation as a transitionary process to physical offices, helping clients acclimate to your nation's business and cultural environments, how the needs of second-stage companies differ from those which are early-stage, and how to build a robust ecosystem to support the growth of your clients.

ENTREPRENEURIAL CONFIDENCE: ENABLING STUDENT MAKING, INVENTION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP TO SPUR INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES
Research communities have transformed the student experience to be more hands-on, team-focused, open-ended, creative, inventive, and entrepreneurial through foundational programs. Highlighting examples of entrepreneurship programs for all students, from freshman to masters and PhD and faculty-led innovation competitions for undergraduate students and graduates.

RAPID SOLUTIONS FOR BURGEONING LIFE SCIENCE SPACE DEMANDS
There's a space rush going on: funding for life science is blossoming and research organizations need space immediately, and sizable amounts of it. Complicating the problem, pandemic created space inventory is primarily in the form of office space incompatible with modern research missions.
This expert panel, each a leader in their own sector, examines practical ways of getting science space quickly in today's market. Discussing pros and cons for each solution, and critical details for success, shared approaches amassing thriving ecosystems.

3:30PM - 3:45PM NETWORKING BREAK
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

CLOSING RECEPTION / CLOSING REMARKS

PARK OPERATIONS IN A POST-PANDEMIC ENVIRONMENT
Crises can be counted on to remind people of both the inevitability of change and the benefits of embracing its inevitable positive effects. With David's genuine storytelling approach, gain understanding  from "the operator's perspective," a plethora of insight surrounding how to move forward in a post-pandemic world. From rethinking expectations to overcoming barriers to highlighting predictions, in pure David-style, he will tackle hard-hitting topics and explore such thoughts as "Has technology taken the 'place' out of workplace?"

4:30PM - 5:30PM

CLOSING RECEPTION / HAPPY HOUR

GUESTS WALK OR TAKE SUBWAY TO/FROM HYATT REGENCY TO MARS DISCOVERY DISTRICT
Evening

SPONSOR HOSPITALITIES & RECEPTIONS
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