Grand Innovation Challenges of the 21st Century

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW Suite 610A
Washington, DC 20005
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Technology has given new meaning to Napoleon Hill's famous quote, "Whatever the mind and conceive and believe it can achieve." This summer, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) will convene a conference on Grand Challenges - ambitious goals that are achieved by advancing science, technology and innovation. Grand Challenges are an important element of President Obama's Strategy for American Innovation, and agencies such as the Department of Energy have launched challenges such as SunShot, an initiative to make solar energy as cheap as coal by the end of the decade.

ITIF is pleased to host Tom Kalil, OSTP's Deputy Director for Policy, as he makes the case for an "all hands on deck" effort to set and meet Grand Challenges that involves government, the private sector, philanthropists, and research universities.

Learn more IBM's quest to create Watson, the computer that outwitted Jeopardy champs, and how Qualcomm is challenging innovators to make the hand-held medical diagnoses Dr. McCoy routinely provided in Star Trek something the average consumer can do.

Find Tom Kalil' s comments here.

Panelists: 
Thomas Kalil
Deputy Director for Policy
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Presenter
William R. LaFontaine
Vice President, Technical Strategy & Worldwide Operations, Research
IBM
Presenter
Rick Valencia
Vice President and General Manager
Qualcomm Life
Presenter
Robert D. Atkinson
President
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Moderator