T. T. Chao Symposium on Innovation

Conferences and Symposia
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy
6100 Main Street, Baker Hall MS-40, Suite 120
Houston, TX 77005
United States

Infrastructures for Innovation: Aligning Policy and Practice

The T. T. Chao Symposium on Innovation celebrates and encourages innovation in the Houston, Texas, region. This event brings together established and emerging leaders in the technical, entrepreneurial, health-care, and policy arenas to think constructively about how Houston’s industrial and entrepreneurial heritage can be adapted to address society’s needs in the 21st century.

The Infrastructures for Innovation series within the Chao Symposium on Innovation examines and draws attention to the systems needed to support innovation and innovation-based industries and the ways in which historical industries continue to shape the future of innovation.

In this series, which spans symposia from 2018 to 2020, we are exploring three elements of this innovation infrastructure.

  1. Capital (2018)
    Where is capital located, and how can it get to where it is needed?
     
  2. Spaces of Innovation (2019)
    Where does innovation happen, what connects the spaces, and how are they being remade for the 21st-century economy?
     
  3. Policy (2020)
    How do we understand the policies that guide and shape innovation and innovation-based industries from the local to the federal level? How do we reinterpret the models of yesterday, and what changes would be required to foster the kinds of innovation-based systems we need for social, economic, and environmental health?

The theme for 2020, Infrastructures for Innovation: Aligning Policy and Practice, will examine the policies that guide and shape innovation and innovation-based industries from local and state-based policies to regional and federal policies and agendas. How do these policies work, and are they keeping pace with the changing cultures of innovation? What changes need to be made to foster the kinds of innovation-based ecosystems we need for social, economic, and environmental health?


For more information please contact Samantha Blatt at sblatt@sciencehistory.org or 215.873.8242.

The T. T. Chao Symposium on Innovation is an annual event designed and hosted by the Science History Institute and made possible by a gift from the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation in Houston.