VX2016: Innovation and Investment in Climate Mitigation Technologies

David FransenChair, Waterloo Innovation Summit

Dean WibergManager, Commercial Technology Partnership Office, NASA JPL
Peter Marx, Chief Innovation Technology Officer, City of Los Angeles
Paul Krekorian, City Councilmember, City of Los Angeles
Paul Bunje, Principal and Senior Scientist, Energy and Environment, XPRIZE

A host of strategic economic & political forces seems arrayed against the successful implementation of clean technologies. Yet other credible sources suggest the global green economy is going to scale facilitated by apps and innovative technology coming to market. What is the reality? What are the technologies and sectors that are demonstrating the greatest potential- garnering the most research dollars and equity investment? What role do universities play? How does policy drive these processes? This panel will assess the impact of strategic and market forces on the possibility of clean technologies making it successfully to the marketplace.

Innovation and Investment in Climate Mitigation Technologies: How Public Policy & Universities Interact with Enterprise