INNOVATION AND THE CITY
January 9 – 10, District Hall
From Detroit to Mexico City to Rotterdam to Tokyo, global cities are reshaping their economies around innovation and entrepreneurship.
Come and join the conversation on January 9th and 10th at Boston’s District Hall for the first annual Innovation and the City colloquium, and connect with the scholars, policy makers, and practitioners that are leading this global transformation.
Cities around the world have embraced the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship to transform their economies. These efforts seek to create and attract businesses and jobs and more fundamentally, to carve a role for their cities in an increasingly competitive global economy.
They often share a narrative and an urban development toolkit that includes forms of spatial organization (such as shared working spaces, micro-housing, and innovation districts), business formation (such as entrepreneurship competitions, start-ups, risk capital), and talent development (such as STEM, coding, and entrepreneurship education).
Innovation and the City will help practitioners evaluate and deploy these strategies with an integrative and critical perspective that is both context-aware and informed by the latest thinking and practical experience. Guests include leaders of current innovation-related investments and strategies in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Holyoke, St. Louis and London.
Take a look at the program and speakers below:
Innovation Systems and Urban Economies
John Flavin, Chicago Innovation Exchange
Ray Leach, JumpStart Inc.
Dr. Carlos Martinez-Vela, Venture Café Foundation
Dr. Elisabeth Reynolds, MIT Industrial Performance Center
The Metropolitan Revolution and the Rise of Innovation Districts
This keynote address is free and open to the public : January 9, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Bruce Katz, Brookings Institution
Creating Places for Innovation
Nicole Fichera, District Hall
Travis Sheridan, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
Paul Parkhill, Spaceworks NYC
Kairos Shen, Boston Redevelopment Authority
Organizing Innovation in Cities: Practice, Planning, and Policy
Andy Altman, London School of Economics
Pat Larkin, Mass Technology Collaborative
Kyle Polk, Detroit Future City
Shannon Powell, Midtown Atlanta
Jennifer Vey, Brookings Institution
Innovation and Inequality
Dan Kinkead, Detroit Future City
Darrin Redus, Main Street Advisors
Bob Weissbourd, RW Ventures
Harry West, Prophet
Teresa Lynch, Mass Economics
Can Innovation Save Detroit?
This keynote address is free and open to the public : January 10, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Dave Egner, New Economy Initiative