More than 340 national, local and community leaders attended a recent two-day symposium co-sponsored by the University of Hawaii and the National Academies, prestigious experts who advise the U.S. government in science, technology and economic policy.
During the symposium, UH President M.R.C. Greenwood presented a draft report of recommendations on creating an innovation economy from the President’s Advisory Council on Hawaii Innovation and Technology Advancement.
The recommendations include:
* Identifying research as an industry in Hawaii
* Immediately establishing HiTEx (Hawaii Innovation Technology Exchange Institute)
* Encouraging collaboration by integrating entrepreneurship into the university’s curriculum
* Identifying four key areas to capitalize on commercialization opportunities for Hawaii, including Security and Sustainability: Energy and Agriculture, Data Analytics and Asian-Pacific Health
Guest speakers with national and international reputations also made presentations that will help create a framework for change, innovation and collaboration between the university, the private sector, and state and federal agencies, and for executing the four recommendations of the advisory council.
“Innovation is a national priority and an essential driver of economic growth and future competitiveness,” Greenwood said. “The University of Hawaii has many successes in innovation and technology transfer, and we know we have the potential to build on those successes and create new opportunities to strengthen Hawaii’s economy.”
The complete report is accessible online at www.hawaii.edu/innovation
Public comment is welcome on the council’s recommendations, and feedback may be submitted by email to [email protected].
The deadline for feedback is Feb. 1.
Greenwood said an implementation plan would be developed based on the feedback received.
Members of the advisory council are:
* Dr. Carl Bonham, Executive Director, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization and Associate Professor of Economics, UH Manoa
* The Honorable Daniel Goldin, President & CEO of Intellisis Corporation and 9th NASA Administrator, retired
* Katharine Ku, Director, Stanford University Office of Technology Transfer
* Jim Lally, Partner Emeritus, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
* Dr. Brian Taylor, Dean, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, UH Manoa
* Barry Weinman, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Allegis Capital
* Dr. Mary Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor of Public Programs and Dean of Extended Studies, UC San Diego
* Dr. Hank C.K. Wuh, CEO, Skai Ventures/Cellular Bioengineering, Inc.
Greenwood serves as the council’s convener, and Dr. Keiki-Pua Dancil, president and CEO of the Hawaii Science and Technology Institute, serves as the council’s coordinator.
UH Vice President for Research James Gaines and UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw serve as advisors to the council.