Session Descriptions

 

 

PLENARY SESSIONS

THE EVOLUTION OF UNIVERSITY-ANCHORED INNOVATION DISTRICTS

Julie Wagner, President, Urban Insight
Tom Osha, Senior Vice President, Innovation and Economic Development, Wexford Science + Technology

Innovation districts have found tremendous success in the university setting. By leveraging proximity to research and talent, these districts have transformed themselves and their communities. These influential innovation leaders will share insights into the evolution of these developments over the last several years, and provide a look ahead to the future of these developments. Session will also discuss a new international benchmarking effort - The Global Initiative for Innovation Districts

 

FIRESIDE CHAT on GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: UNIVERSITY-ANCHORED INNOVATION DISTRICT LEADERS

Communities of innovation require creative leadership with vision and the ability to execute. A panel of global leaders will share their observations and lessons learned from their own university-anchored innovation districts.

University Innovation District Leaders:

   

UNIVERSITIES AS A CATALYST FOR INNOVATION

Dr. Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Arizona State University
Dr. Chaouki Abdallah, Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation, Georgia Institute of Technology

Universities are essential and uniquely positioned to support and advance grand challenges and accelerating innovation with industry. With deep talent pools, wide arrays of facilities, and access to creative thinking and problem-solving, universities should dedicate their resources in support of such projects and leverage people, programming and place.

 

COMMUNITIES OF INNOVATION DRIVING UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS

Tony Boccanfuso, PhD, President, UIDP

The importance of industry-university partnerships to an institution's overall research enterprise is increasing and gaining more attention than ever before. This session will consider contemporary approaches being used by universities to attract companies to their parks, and workforce goals. Tony Boccanfuso will share some unique partnership approaches and highlight an example from the region in a conversational setting.

 

THE WAY WE WORK

WeWork has been prolific in the on-demand work space including engaging in partnerships with universities. From leveraging data analytics in order to better serve users of the space, to the creation of unique environments for start-up incubation, corporate labs, and food development, WeWork is on the leading edge of approaches to space and how "we work".

 

THE FUTURE OF FOOD

Michael Britt, Vice President of Innovation, Southern Company Energy Innovation Center
Mario Cambardella, Urban Agriculture Director, City of Atlanta, Mayor's Office of Resilience

Technology touches everything in our lives, including the food on our plates. This session addresses the ins and outs of AgTech, and how both urban and rural university parks and innovation districts can provide the programming and place for collaboration in this important area. With speakers representing a wide variety of stakeholders the session will dive into current trends through the eyes of those experts fully entrenched in the implementation, innovation and regulation of AgTech.

 

INSIGHTS ON DEVELOPMENT OF A LIFE SCIENCE/BIO SCIENCE REGIONAL ECOSYSTEM

Rob Demont, Director, Life Science Industry Ecosystem Engagement, Metro Atlanta Chamber
Vic Nole, Director, Life Science Incubator, Mayo Clinic, Florida
Tiffany Wilson, CEO, Global Center for Medical Innovation

Hear from the panelists the motivation for creating their program, its operating model, how it is connected into their regional innovation ecosystem and how they engage with the private sector and university programs. This session will emphasize the role of ecosystem building and some of the unique considerations for these types of programs when establishing and growing an innovation ecosystem.

 

ACTIVATING CORPORATIONS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR STARTUP ECOSYSTEM

Carie Davis, Startup Relations & Program Director, BridgeCommunity

Corporations can be critical asset in the development of a sustainable startup ecosystem - they offer real business challenges for startup inspiration, become customers to help startups grow, and have a pool of talent with deep domain expertise who can mentor or join the startup ecosystem as founders. Formerly Global Director of Innovation + Entrepreneurship at The Coca-Cola Company and head of The BridgeCommunity Atlanta, a startup commercialization program in partnership with Coca-Cola and other F500 companies, Carie is currently building a global startup commercialization ecosystem as Techpublic. Carie will discuss lessons learned and ideas to support corporate engagement in your communities.   

DC EXPERIENCE - AURP'S DAY ON THE HILL

(Additional fees apply. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.)

Moderator: Brian Darmody, JD, Past President, AURP; Associate Vice President for Corporate Engagement, Office of the President, University of Maryland

Robert Atkinson, PhD, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
Leslee K. Gilbert, PhD, JD, Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates
Jessica Sebeok, JD, Deputy Vice President for Federal Relations and Counsel for Policy, Association of American Universities

The mid-term elections are coming! How will this affect my research park? What can we expect from a new Congress in research and development funding and policies helping create communities of innovation? I’m not a lobbyist: how do I work with my Congressional delegation in positioning my park locally and supporting innovation nationally? 

Learn the latest election predictions and updates in innovation legislation; how to partner with your university and congressional leaders, and ways your parks can inspire bi-partisan support for economic growth. These questions and more will be addressed by seasoned thought leaders and professionals at the AURP DC Experience.

While in Washington, DC, attendees are encouraged to (pre) schedule appointments with their congressional leaders, embassy/consulate offices or plan to tour the magnificent memorials or galleries throughout DC.

NOTE: Registered attendees of the DC Experience are invited to attend the annual celebratory Board of Directors' Sponsor Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday, Oct 22nd.

PEER TO PEER MEETUP AND NEW MEMBER ROUNDTABLE

Amp up your networking and knowledge sharing this morning at our AURP networking breakfast! We invite you sit in on one of the Peer to Peer (P2P) Networking Groups and/or our New Member Welcome tables. 

Not a member of a P2P or even AURP? No worries! Choose a seat and join in the conversation. ALL conference attendees are encouraged to join in on any discussion groups, which will be segmented by table. There will be table signage for each group. Feel free to table hop!
AURP leadership will welcome new members to the AURP Community of Innovation at the new member breakfast tables. Discover how to get the most out of your membership.

For more information on the Peer to Peer Networking Groups, visit AURP.net or speak with any member of the AURP Team.

VALUE-ADDED LEARNING LABS

(Included in full conference registration fee. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEARNING LAB 1A
PRACTICAL ADVICE TO SECURE GRANT FUNDING: REGIONAL INNOVATION FUNDING STRATEGIES

Charles D’Agostino, MBA, Immediate Past President, AURP; Executive Director, LSU Innovation Park and Louisiana Business
& Technology Center
Julie Lenzer, Associate Vice President of Innovation & Economic Development; Co-Director of UM Ventures, The University of Maryland
Lucien Parsons, MBA, Director, Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Center (MAVRIC), The University of Maryland
Neil Davis, Director of Entrepreneurial Development, TEDCO

This dynamic group will lead Learning Lab participants through a series of small round-table discussions and exploration sessions—providing attendees with practical advice for securing grant funding to fuel their parks.

You’ll hear first-hand how other park leaders originated, structured and set-up the logistics for their regional innovation fundraising programs. Additionally, you’ll walk away understanding best practices for how to structure fundraising programs, measure success and impact, and ultimately, communicate and repeat success.

 

LEARNING LAB 1B: UNIVERSITY-BUSINESS COOPERATION

Cameron J. McCoy, PhD, Assistant Vice President, Corporate and Foundation Relations and Career Services Lehigh University
Arno MeermanPhD (ABD), Chief Executive Officer, University Industry Innovation Network

University-Business Cooperation (UBC) has become a major topic of interest for policymakers, higher ed, and research park leaders across the world. However, UBC management and regulation remain challenging due to the complexity of the UBC phenomenon. What is needed is a common understanding and framework for the topic - a ‘big picture’ to connect all the elements.  The aim of the workshop is to share knowledge and experience while highlighting practical steps you can take back to your institution to improve organizational collaboration.

Participants will be provided with an overview of key global best practice case studies, intense academic research, and actionable survey results from across the EU, Australia, and North America.  They will then explore the UBC Ecosystem TMFramework and the University-Business Cooperation Handbook to ground those insights to their own institutions. Finally, participants will co-create a base framework to identify and overcome the typical obstacles towards collaboration with an eye towards asssessing outcomes, outputs, and impacts of university business cooperation.

 

LEARNING LAB 2: INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS & GLOBAL EXCHANGE

Moderator: Brian Darmody, JD, Past President, AURP; Associate Vice President for Corporate Engagement, Office of the President, University of Maryland

Jonathan GennGlobal LifeSci Development Corp. 
Antonio Rios-RamirezPhD, Director, The Orion Technology ParK
James Tilghman, MA, AIA, University of Maryland School of Architecture
Sean Xiao, U+DESIGNPARTNERS

Are you wanting to go global, but just don’t know exactly how to make the leap? Then, roll-up your sleeves and join this power-packed Learning Lab. Seasoned, global research park leaders will help you think globally and plan globally.

Learning lab presenters will discuss the barriers and opportunities for partnerships, foreign direct investment strategies, as well as strategies for both partnership and entrepreneurship. As a global park, learn how to locate tenants, lease your park and overcome licensing issues. You will hear first-hand struggles and successes that ultimately shaped and grew the parks to be the global powerhouses that they are today. Don’t miss out on this content-rich lab that is guaranteed to leave you with a desire to GO GLOBAL.

LIGHTNING ROUND INNOVATION EXCHANGE - Concurrent Breakout Sessions

 

MAKING AN ECONOMIC IMPACT: RESEARCH PARKS IN KNOWLEDGE CITIES

Daniel Duncan, President, AURP; Executive Director, Nebraska Innovation Campus
Laura Frerichs, Director, University of Illinois Research Park and University of Urbana-Champaign Economic Development

As an alternative to large city innovation districts, this session will focus on how knowledge cities can leverage university Rsearch Parks for economic growth, using smart design and asses unique to those environments. Two Research Park directors will present on: 1) Identifying opportunities for your knowledge city and activating partnerships, 2) Designing and developing infrastructure, including specialized facilities, 3) Setting up entrepreneurs for future success.

 

AMPLIFYING RESEARCH PARK RESULTS AFTER INCEPTION: NURTURE VS NATURE

David Tyndall, Principal, Gateway Development Services

The sharing of lessons learned as the original private developer of Tech Square gained from his roles in property management, marketing and leasing, and community activation. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how small knowledge cities can thrive, as innovation means economic growth.

 

MEASURING BEYOND THE TRADITIONAL: CAPTURING THE FULL VALUE OF YOUR COMMUNITY OF INNOVATION

Deborah Cummings, Principal and Senior Director, TEConomy Partners LLC

Research parks and innovation districts continually face the challenge of explaining their value to a wide range of stakeholders. This session will examine how research parks can go beyond traditional measures to better capture the full value they are bringing to developing innovation ecosystems and catalyzing the growth of innovation-based economies. It will offer both hands on examples, and recent studies to inform how research parks can effectively implement more contextualized measurement approaches to map, track, and report on the functional benefits they are generating to their diverse set of stakeholders.

 

RECEPTION AND TOUR OF A. JAMES CLARK SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Addresses from:
Dr. Walter Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director (invited)
Darryll Pines, Dean of the University of Maryland College of Engineering

 

While on tour, we will be addressed by Dr. Walter G. Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director commenting on the latest public request for information and national town halls along with and Darryll Pines, Dean of the University of Maryland College of Engineering (voted ‘Sexiest Dean Out There’). He will bring his swagger to AURP and share his pride for the new facility and his passion for aerospace engineering.

TOUR OPTION 1: TOUR OF BALTIMORE-AREA RESEARCH PARK
(concluding at BWI Airport at 3:00 pm)

Stops of interest include:

• UM BioPark
• Science+Technology Park at Johns Hopkins
[email protected] with Lunch

Make sure you have a full breakfast and coffee as we hit the road on our day trip through the University of Maryland System. Throughout the day, we will visit a number of our colleagues from this Maryland community of innovation.

For those flying out of BWI Airport on Friday, make sure your flight out is in the late afternoon to get the full experience of this research park tour. Buses will arrive at the BWI Airport no later than 3:00 pm.

TOUR OPTION 2: TOUR OF UMD DISCOVERY DISTRICT
(concluding at Reagan National Airport at 11:00 am)

Flying out of Reagan National Airport? Plan to fly out early afternoon following our group breakfast at The Hotel. We will tour the impressive UMD Discovery District. Specific stops of interest include:

• NOAA
• UMD Discovery District

Our transportation will make at stop at The Hotel before traveling to Reagan National Airport. Buses will arrive at the airport no later than 11:00 am.

 
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