SSTI Annual Conference highlights innovation happening across the country

September 19, 2019

SSTI’s Annual Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, held September 9-11, showcased successful programs, addressed challenges and examined trends and new developments across the innovation economy. We always like to welcome back old friends and are encouraged to see new faces. Said one long-time attendee, “I used to say this is the place to network with the most experienced and sophisticated practitioners. I’m pleased to see the blend of young people coming now, so I would say that SSTI brings together the young and seasoned for very effective conversation and exchange of ideas.”

We’d like to thank all those who attended, spoke, headlined and sponsored the conference. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we highlight some of those issues that were raised during discussions and sessions while we continue to bring you news and analysis of factors affecting technology-based economic development.


Gov. Gina Raimondo

Gov. Gina Raimondo welcomed SSTI conference attendees to the state of Rhode Island, giving participants an overview of the innovation happening in the state and how that can drive the economy.

The opportunity to network with both former acquaintances and make new connections is one of the highlights of the SSTI conference. Said one participant: "SSTI is a great opportunity to meet all kinds of people from across the country working in education, workforce, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and hear their experiences and challenges."

The NSF track at this year’s conference proved to be popular for attendees wanting to learn more about accessing programs, funding opportunities and other tools available.

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