Innovation Policy and National Competitiveness

Friday, September 23, 2011, 2:30 - 7:15 PM
@ Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building, University of Colorado


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For a report summarizing the conference written by Nick Venetz, Danielle Town and Julie Cuypers Click Here

Paper - Phil Weiser & Jon Sallet,
The Case for Innovation Policy: Key Principles for National Success

Innovation policy is on the national agenda, with President Obama calling for policies that will enable the United States to "out-innovate, out-build, and out-educate the world." Right after his State of the Union Address, President Obama released A Strategy For American Innovation, which sets forth the Administration's approach to promoting innovation. In a related effort, as part of the America Competes Act, the Department of Commerce is required to develop an overall assessment of the innovation capacity and competitiveness of the U.S. economy, consulting with an advisory committee as part of that process.

To join in the national conversation about the future of innovation policy and national competitiveness, this conference will bring together a number of leading thinkers, industry leaders, and policymakers to focus on a critical set of questions that bear on innovation. The conference will focus on three principal questions as to the role of government in spurring innovation and economic growth - (1) how it can enable the basic building blocks; (2) how it can support the development of entrepreneurial clusters and regional innovation; and (3) what strategies it can employ to advance national competitiveness in a global economy.

2:30pm - 2:35pm
  • Phil Weiser
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons
Opening Address
2:35pm - 3:00pm
The Building Blocks for Innovation: Historical and Economic Perspectives
3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Nicholas Carr
    "The Big Switch" & "The Shallows"
    Former Executive Editor
    Harvard Business Review
  • Benjamin F. Jones
    Associate Professor
    Kellogg School of Management
    Northwestern University
  • Keith Maskus
    Professor, Department of Economics
    Associate Dean for Social Sciences
    University of Colorado
  • Terrell McSweeny
    Senior Counsel, Antitrust Division
    United States Department of Justice
  • F.M. Scherer
    Professor Emeritus
    John F. Kennedy School of Government
    Harvard University
  • Phil Weiser
    University of Colorado Law School
    Executive Director
    Silicon Flatirons
Spurring Entrepreneurial Clusters and Regional Innovation
4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Brad Bernthal
    Associate Professor of Law
    University of Colorado
    Entrepreneurship Initiative Director
    Silicon Flatirons
5:00pm - 5:15pm
Strategies to Promote National Competitiveness
5:15pm - 6:15pm
  • Jonathan Sallet
    Deputy Assistant Attorney General For Litigation
    U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
Closing Panel
6:15pm - 7:15pm
  • Irwin Jacobs
    Founder and Chairman of the Board
  • Carl Shapiro
    Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy
    Haas School of Business
    University of California

Conference Summary

For a report summarizing the conference written by Nick Venetz, Danielle Town and Julie Cuypers Click Here


To view a video of the event please click here.


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