USTAR to Host Utah Technology Innovation Summit and Governor’s Science Medals in June

Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah Science and Technology Research Initiative (USTAR) will host the Utah Technology Innovation Summit on June 6, 2018 at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek. The event will culminate with the 2018 Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology awards ceremony.

“The Utah Technology Innovation Summit is a unique opportunity to explore the criticality and expanding influence of innovation on Utah’s growing knowledge economy,” said Ivy Estabrooke, Ph.D., executive director of USTAR. “The conference will provide opportunities to hear from global leaders on a range of topics that will expand Utah’s role in emerging technology and the delivery of technology to market.”

The conference will explore challenges and opportunities to stimulate economic development and commercial growth through innovation. Throughout the event attendees will have the opportunity to explore the role of deep technology in Utah’s economy, network with innovative thought leaders, and learn more about the thriving technology innovation ecosystem in Utah.

In addition to morning and afternoon plenary sessions featuring keynote speakers, the conference will include the following breakout sessions:

  • The Future of Autonomous Systems
  • Securing Funding and Strategic Partnerships
  • Best Practices for Effective Governance
  • The Role of Government in Innovation

The afternoon plenary and lunch includes a keynote address and remarks from Governor Gary R. Herbert and the presentation of the 2018 Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology awards, the highest award in the state for significant contributions to the science and technology fields.

In bringing together innovators, decision makers, thought leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs, the summit promotes the exchange of best practices and ideas to catalyze growth in science, tech, innovation, and entrepreneurship across Utah.

Learn more about the Utah Technology Innovation Summit and register at Early bird pricing is $49 and ends Apr. 21, 2018. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, parking, and all conference sessions and materials.

Additional speakers and panelists will be announced in the coming weeks. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.



The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) is the state’s technology-based economic development agency. USTAR serves as a catalyst to develop ideas and research into marketable products and successful companies through its competitive grant and entrepreneur support programs. USTAR propels Utah’s economy forward by supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the non-IT science and deep technology clusters. USTAR facilitates the diversification of the state’s tech economy, increases private follow-on investment, and ensures more companies successfully launch and survive the initial technology development and incubation stages, or the so-called "Valley of Death." In doing so, USTAR helps create a rich innovation ecosystem that grows the state’s economy, tax revenue, and workforce.

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