IPaT Hosts Annual Industry Innovation Day in Tech Square
Hundreds of people, including business leaders, researchers, city officials, entrepreneurs, government and non-profit leaders and students, descended upon Tech Square as the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) hosted its annual Industry Innovation Day. The event serves to showcase research at IPaT and Georgia Tech as well as highlight the many avenues of collaboration. Industry Innovation Day builds on the success of the previous IPaT industry-oriented event, which IPaT hosted for five years, the People and Technology Forum.
“I think this may have been our best year yet. The depth of the conversations, people really dug into the topics quickly. They started to engage each other and challenge each other,” said IPaT Executive Director Elizabeth Mynatt. “To see the business connection where everyone is swapping cards and setting up meetings, this is what we want to do. We want to convene the conversation and we want to catalyze the partnership. I think it’s been a great day,” she continued.
Industry Innovation Day began with thought-provoking keynotes and panel discussions on this year’s theme of Digital Transformation. Digital transformation is the profound and accelerating transformation of business activities, processes, and competencies to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of digital technologies and their impact across society in a strategic and prioritized way, with present and future shifts in mind. Panelists examined the transformative impact and value of emerging tools, platforms and technologies, especially in the fields of healthcare and smart & connected communities. Plenary speaker Martin O'Malley, 61st Governor of Maryland and Senior Fellow of MetroLab Network, spoke to attendees about the impact Georgia Tech researchers will have in shaping the future of Atlanta and beyond.
“There’s really a tremendous strength for a city like Atlanta to be a able to tap into the people who know how to do all of those things that make governments operate not only smarter and efficiently, but also allows them recognize the dignity of every person,” said O’Malley.
After IPaT’s Industry Innovation Day concluded, attendees were treated to the GVU Center’s Research Showcase which featured more than 100 interactive projects that let them touch, control and imagine what technology will enable in the future.