Innovation Reconstructed



30th Annual Emerging Issues Forum
February 9-10, 2015
Raleigh Convention Center

Confirmed Speakers and Presenters (partial list):

Hon. Janet Cowell, North Carolina Treasurer
Jenny Kassan, CEO, Cutting Edge Capital
Ray Kurzweil, renowned inventor, tech guru, and Google engineering director
Jeffrey M. Lacker, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Gov. Pat McCrory
Steve O’Donnell, EVP Racing Operations & Chief Racing Dev. Officer, NASCAR
ADM Michael S. Rogers, Director, National Security Agency
Michael J. “Mike” Rogers, immediate past Chair, US House Intel. Committee
Don Tapscott, renowned management thinker

Forum Summary:
How will our companies and communities innovate to compete in a future of accelerating everything?

The 30th Annual Emerging Issues Forum will explore how innovators in all sectors are thriving. They flourish by leveraging new connections in order to locate leading-edge ideas, to adapt to an increasingly mobile workforce and to access shifting sources of capital. Sessions will examine why success depends on innovation, and how innovation now requires designing for a loss of control. The Forum will outline critical decision points for economic developers and policymakers in communities of all sizes.

Forum sessions will address topics such as:

  • The ‘urgency of now’ – how and why North Carolina must innovate to compete as innovative companies think far beyond simple lines on a map
  • How technology innovation is changing how we live and do business
  • Strategies for responding to the huge impacts, good and bad, of rapid technology innovation
  • How ‘place’ impacts our ability to grow, recruit, and retain innovative companies
  • Policy options that support innovation, and how to implement them

Why Now?

Global flows of goods, information and people are accelerating. North Carolina’s global integration is expanding. As technology drives change in how we live and do business, opportunities and risks abound. How is North Carolina’s innovation ecosystem responding to keep pace?
For key insights, check out our 2015 Forum infographic.

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Interested in forum Sponsorship?

Our 2015 Forum Sponsorship guide is available here(PDF) and viewable below.