Each year, SSTI’s annual conference covers a range of issues related to tech-based economic development, including capital access, regional systems, tech transfer, workforce development, and inclusive entrepreneurship. Sessions use a mix of formats, such as discussion groups, panel presentations, roundtables, and keynote talks — as well as networking time through receptions, breaks, and a fun run!
The full conference agenda and speakers will be updated regularly — check back often for the latest updates!
Note: This is the condensed version of the agenda, if you prefer to see all details on one page, view the full version.
12:45 pm – 4:00 pm (variable) | Workshops and Roundtables (choose one)
Amplify your conference experience by participating in a workshop or roundtable on the first afternoon. Each meeting is designed to maximize conversation and provide useful takeaways. Start and end times vary by topic.
If you are new to the conference, or recently joined SSTI as a member, our Welcome Reception is designed just for you to introduce you to others in the innovation community.
6:00 – 7:30 pm | Opening Reception | South Street Landing | 350 Eddy Street
7:30 pm | State and Sustaining Dinner (by invitation only)
7:30 pm |Young Professionals Meet-up (meet at entrance to South Street Landing)
6:45 am | Fun Run | Meet at Convention Center
8:00 am | Breakfast | Ballroom A
9:00 am | Welcome & Opening Plenary | Ballroom A
— Gov. Gina Raimondo to Welcome SSTI Annual Conference Attendees
SSTI and conference host Rhode Island Commerce Corporation are pleased to announce Gov. Gina Raimondo is scheduled to deliver welcoming remarks during the opening plenary session and officially kick off SSTI’s Annual Conference in Providence on September 10!
10:45 am | Networking Break | Ballroom A
11:15 am – 12:00 pm | Case Studies & Topic Briefs (choose one)
12:00 pm | Lunch & Keynote Speaker | Ballroom A
Thomas Brostrøm oversees North American operations for Ørsted – the global leader in offshore wind – which encompasses a diverse portfolio of offshore wind projects along the U.S. East Coast. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Wind Energy Association – the national trade organization for the U.S. wind industry. In 2016, Rhode Island became home to the first offshore wind farm in the nation and continues to lead in clean energy initiatives.
2:00 pm | Breakout Sessions I (choose one)
3:15 pm | Networking Break
3:45 pm | Breakout Sessions II (choose one)
5:00 pm | National Innovation Reception | Ballroom A
7:00 pm | Dine-Arounds (sign up at Registration Desk)
8:00 am | Breakfast | Ballroom A
9:00 am | Breakout Sessions III (choose one)
10:15 am | Networking Break
10:45 am | Breakout Sessions IV (choose one)
12:00 pm | Lunch and Closing Plenary: Trends in Tech-Based Economic Development | Ballroom A
No SSTI conference would be complete without our annual presentation of trends in regional innovation economies. Covering topics from workforce participation and capital formation to new state programs and federal policy, this talk addresses a wide range of important issues for the field. Be prepared to leave the conference with your head full of new angles, challenges, and opportunities to consider for your work.
Featuring Dan Berglund, SSTI President and CEO.