Networks of Diasporas in Engineering and Science (NODES) Forum 2015:
Science, Technology and Engineering Diasporas for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
As part of the AAAS annual meeting in San Jose, we will hold a half day roundtable discussion on the theme – Diasporas in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The goal of the roundtable is to identify how diasporas in the science and technology fields can develop useful networks, leverage existing programs, and contribute to the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Special focus will be on case studies and examples. Open to all AAAS annual meeting registrants.
Thursday, February 12
1:00pm Opening Remarks and Welcomes
Dr. Vaughan Turekian, Chief International Officer, AAAS
Dr. Frances Colón, Acting Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State
1:30pm Opening Discussion
Ambassador Román Macaya, Costa Rica
Dr. Piotr Moncarz, Stanford University
Ms. Sylvia Flores, Manos Accelerator
Ms. Laura Gomez, Founder of Atipica
3:00pm Group Discussion
4:00pm Closing Session
4:30pm Networking Reception
5:45pm Go to AAAS Opening Ceremony and President’s Address
Guiding Questions for Discussion Sessions:
- What are the advantages of engaging diaspora communities for innovation and entrepreneurship?
- What mechanisms and approaches exist in these areas?
- What are some lessons learned from current activities?
- What would help facilitate greater diaspora engagement in innovation and entrepreneurship?
- What are some challenges for diasporas specific to innovation and entrepreneurship?
- How does being a member of the diaspora community have an impact on efforts in these areas?
- What roles do universities, large S&T-based companies and start-ups have with respect to diasporas in innovation and entrepreneurship?