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USTAR to host Utah Technology Innovation Summit and Governor’s Science Medals in April

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) will host the second annual Utah Technology Innovation Summit on Apr. 1, 2019, at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. The event will culminate with the 2019 Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology awards ceremony.

The 2019 Utah Technology Innovation Summit will build on the success of last year’s sold-out conference, which included speakers such as U.S. Senator Mitt Romney and U.S. Congressman Ben McAdams. Summit attendees will have the opportunity to explore best practices that catalyze innovation and growth in deep science and technology industries, network with thought leaders and connect with companies in Utah’s innovation ecosystem.

In addition to morning and afternoon plenary sessions featuring keynote speakers, the conference will include breakout session tracks on business development, innovative tech in Utah, and tech and policy. Breakout sessions include:

  • International Markets – Soft Landings and Foreign Direct Investment Opportunities
  • Identifying Economic Opportunities in Energy and Cleantech
  • Addressing Utah’s Air Quality Challenges through Technological Innovation
  • Funding Startups in Utah’s Innovation Ecosystem
  • Building Utah’s Future through Genomics
  • Growing Opportunities in Rural Utah through Technology-Based Economic Development

The Honorable Michael O. Leavitt—who served as the governor of Utah, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—will give the Summit’s keynote address.

Former Governor Leavitt spent sixteen years in public service as a leader in both state and federal government. Throughout his career, Leavitt has been recognized and valued as a champion of innovative strategies to ensure long-term economic growth, whether as a governor who saw the future of workforce development in online higher education, an EPA administrator who championed higher standards for air pollutants, or as a secretary of Health and Human Services who recognized the need to reform healthcare.

Following Leavitt’s remarks, the lunchtime plenary will culminate with the Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology. Now in their 32nd year, the Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology are the highest civilian award bestowed by the State to Utah to residents who have provided distinguished service or made significant contributions in scientific and technological fields.

Additional speakers and panelists will be announced in the coming weeks. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Learn more about the Utah Technology Innovation Summit and register at Early bird pricing is $49 and ends Feb. 22, 2019. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, parking and all conference sessions and materials.

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