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Monday, March 16 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Growing the Innovation Economy: Ecuador

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Ecuador is a country of enormous and valuable natural resources, ranging from the Galapagos Islands to oil, fishing and agriculture. The Ecuadorian government is making significant investments to build a knowledge-based economy through investments in the higher education of its people and the strategic move from a raw material to finished product economy. This effort to diversify the economy will concomitantly instill a culture of research and innovation within its population. The Change in the Production Matrix will require development of innovative practice to convert the wealth of natural resources into high value products and distribute these into world markets. Strategies to integrate university training, researchers, company collaborators and government policy to identify, develop and commercialize indigenous innovations will be discussed.

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Sergio Flores

Dir, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral Universidad del Ecuador (ESPOL)
Sergio Flores Macías, MSc. is the Rector of Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral Universidad del Ecuador (ESPOL) and member of the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. ESPOL is a leading research and business university in Latin America and houses collaborations... Read More →
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Gregory Pogue

Deputy Dir & Sr Research Scientist, IC2 Institute - The University of Texas Austin
Dr. Gregory Pogue is Deputy Director & Senior Research Scientist at IC2 Institute of The University of Texas Austin where he leads research, instructional & implementation programs surrounding technology commercialization, early venture creation & entrepreneurship. Dr. Pogue has extensive... Read More →
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Fernando Rivera

Co-founder, Buen Trip Hub
Fernando is co-founder of Buen Trip, a co-working space and incubator in Quito, Ecuador. In 1998 he started a web development agency in Ecuador and started providing outsourced development services to clients in the US. In 2008 he sold his agency to ETF.com, his largest client in... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT