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.
12:30 pm – 4:30 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.
Evening | Opening Reception and other networking events
8:00 am | Breakfast
9:00 am | Welcome & Opening Plenary
10:45 am | Networking Break
11:15 am | Case Studies & Topic Briefs (choose one)
12:00 pm | Lunch & Keynote Speaker
2:00 pm | Breakout Sessions I (choose one)
— Building the RI Innovation Economy
3:15 pm | Networking Break
3:45 pm | Breakout Sessions II (choose one)
5:00 pm | National Innovation Reception
7:00 pm | Dine-Arounds
8:00 am | Breakfast
9:00 am | Breakout Sessions III (choose one)
10:15 am | Networking Break
10:45 am | Breakout Sessions IV (choose one)
12:00 pm | Plenary: Trends in Regional Innovation Economies
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. Read more.