The third in an annual series of events co-presented by CONNECT and UC San Diego Extension, Innovation Crossroads explores the importance of the defense and aerospace industries to the region’s innovation economy. This upcoming forum will feature a conversation between nationally celebrated journalist James Fallows of The Atlantic magazine and executives from global technology leaders ViaSat, Solar Turbines and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS).
San Diego has a long and rich history of being a military town, fueling a vibrant defense industry that has produced technological breakthroughs and cemented the region’s reputation as an innovation hub. Key to the region’s economy and identity are the aerospace and communications sectors, creating markets from drones to next-generation wireless communications. This unique conversation will examine the visionary technology igniting these industries and the implications this growth has to further propel San Diego as a leading global city.
The discussion will explore:
What are the cutting-edge, next-generation innovations and products being developed now and how will they reshape our economy and our daily lives?
How do federal policies coupled with market demands influence whether the promise of these technologies is realized?
What emerging careers are being fueled by these new technologies? How do ensure we have the talent needed to bolster these evolving technologies and industries?
Are public investments sufficient to encourage the development of these new fields? How can we better garner investment from federal agencies such as NASA?
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