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Technology Experts and Government Leaders to Speak at Utah Technology Innovation Summit on June 6

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (May 31, 2018) – The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) will welcome national and local experts as they converge at the Utah Technology Innovation Summit in Salt Lake City on June 6. Panelists will share their knowledge and experience in technology commercialization, and several local government leaders will take the stage to discuss technology innovation in Utah.

Governor Gary R. Herbert will present the 31st Annual Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology during the lunch plenary, with former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney providing the keynote on technology-based economic development policy. Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams will participate in a moderated discussion in the morning plenary on Utah’s technology economy and innovative technological solutions in government.

Breakout session topics include securing funding and strategic partnerships, the future of autonomous systems, effective governance, and the role of government in innovation. Experts from across the country will impart their wealth of experience as panelists.

The Summit, held at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, is Utah’s premier science and technology conference that aims to explore challenges and opportunities to stimulate economic development and commercial growth through innovation.

The 2018 Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology, the highest civilian award bestowed to Utah residents providing distinguished service or making significant contributions in science and technology, will be presented by Gov. Herbert to the following individuals:

Lifetime Achievement Award
Russell M. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., world-renowned heart surgeon and medical researcher, and current president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Dana Carroll, Ph.D., distinguished professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Utah

K-12 Education

Tyson Grover, STEM director at the Davis School District, elementary STEM professor at Weber State University, and online science endorsement course developer for the Utah State Board of Education


George Hansen, chief technology officer and co-founder, Conductive Composites

Tickets, and additional information about the summit, including a full list of speakers, breakout sessions, and the full agenda, can be found at



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, increase​s​ private follow-on investments, and ensure​s​ 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​ grow​s​ the state’s economy, tax revenue, and workforce.