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State of Innovation Summit 2022

Scaling Arizona’s Economy through Innovation

Thursday, March 3rd
12-1:30 PM MST

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Join Arizona innovators, educators and business leaders to discover the incredible impact of industry-led applied research on Arizona’s next economy.

Partnership for Economic Innovation’s second annual State of Innovation Summit takes attendees inside the progress made in advancing Arizona’s economy through industry-led applied research, emerging product development and unique partnerships designed to meet the needs of future industries.

Hear from panelists on topics ranging from blockchain innovations being developed in Arizona for global industry partners, to new strides in scaling wearable technologies to transform the future of healthcare.

To rise to the demands of future industries and build a world-class economy fueled by innovation, we must continue to evolve, advance and invest in growing talent, R&D and new opportunities for industry to develop world-changing ideas here in Arizona.

Attendance is virtual, via Zoom.

Summit Program


Arizona’s Innovation Continuum

Dean Duncan, Executive Director of Partnership for Economic Innovation
Grace O’Sullivan, Vice President of Corporate Engagement and Strategic Partners at ASU Knowledge Enterprise

Scaling Applied Research for Health & Performance

Kathleen Lee, Director of Applied Research Centers, PEI and SVP of Regional Initiatives, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Joseph Hitt, Ph.D., CEO of GoX Labs
Vicki Mayo, CEO & Co-Founder of TouchPoint Solution
Jennifer Blain Christen, Ph.D., Director of the BioElectrical Systems and Technology Lab at Arizona State University

Scaling Applied Research for Global Security

Wes Gullet, Director of Applied Research Operations, PEI and CEO of OH Strategic Communications
Scott Carlson, Head of Blockchain at Kudelski Security
Dragan Boscovic, Ph.D., Research Director of the AZ Blockchain Applied Research Center (AZ BARC)
Representative Justin Wilmeth, Chair of the Blockchain Study Committee, Vice-Chair in the Arizona House of Representatives

Growing Future Industries Here

Sally Morton, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of the ASU Knowledge Enterprise
Kyle Squires, Ph.D., Dean & Vice Provost, Fulton Schools of Engineering
Zachary Holman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering
Nicole Swatton, Undergraduate Student, School of Electrical Computer & Energy Engineering and former NASA Photovoltaics Intern

Innovation Economics: What’s Next for Arizona

Chris Camacho, President & CEO of Greater Phoenix Economic Council

and more guests to be announced.


A New Vision for Arizona by 2030

Mi-Ai Parrish, President & CEO of MAP Strategies Group
John Graham, President & CEO of Sunbelt Holdings

Catalysts for Innovation

Kyle Squires, Dean of Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Zachary Holman, Director of Faculty Entrepreneurship of Fulton Schools of Engineering
Peter Firth, Co-Founder of Swift Coat
Dr. Qiang Fu, Director of TSMC

Bringing New Tech Products to Market

State Representative Jeff Weninger
Scott Carlson, Director Innovation, Head of Blockchain & Digital Asset Security of Kudelski Security
Joe Hitt, CEO of GoX Labs
Marc Jacofsky, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of The CORE Institute

Case for a Thriving Economy

Jim Rounds, President of Rounds Consulting Group
Chris Camacho, President & CEO of Greater Phoenix Economic Council


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POVs from the Business Community

Arizona entrepreneurs and business leaders weigh in on what it takes to attract and grow top-tier technology innovators and give them the tools to build world-changing ideas in Arizona.

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PEI Applied Research Centers, Explained

Learn how industry-led Applied Research Centers help utilize public/private partnerships to help bring world changing innovations to market. 

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ASU Science and Technology Centers, Explained

Learn how ASU’s Science and Technology Centers utilize their world class research capabilities and talents to partner with Arizona industry leaders and innovators to further develop market ready innovations and train a future proof workforce.

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The Economic Case for Applied Research

Watch as Jim Rounds, economic analyst and Senior Fellow at the Goldwater Institute, discusses the long term economic impact applied research can have on an economy. 

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Chris Camacho’s 2021 Address

Watch as Chris Camacho, President and CEO of Greater Phoenix Economic Council, outlines the challenge and opportunity Arizona has in the innovation economy and why it’s critical to scale our current efforts.

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