Sense-T Director Ros Harvey joined contemporaries from Cisco, IBM and CSIRO on a panel of experts as part of the US Ambassador's first Innovation Roundtable (Wednesday 30 July).
Participants discussed the positives and the pitfalls of innovation in the panel titled "Challenges to Promoting Innovation Cooperation in a Knowledge Economy: Paving the Way from R&D to Commercialization."
Hosted by Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra, the event aimed to highlight US-Australian innovation success stories and explore the challenges and opportunities presented by the knowledge economy.
The day kicked off with a keynote address from US Ambassador to Australia John Berry and opening remarks by Chief Scientist for Australia Ian Chubb,
The program also included speakers from companies such as Google, Microsoft, Boeing, BHP Billiton and General Electric, inviting high school and university students to take part in the discussions.
Ambassador Berry said this kind of collaboration was critical for the economies of the United States and Australia.
"In today's market, innovation is essential for success. Investment in science, technology, and research is one of the most important guarantees we can make for our future. I believe this is one of the fundamental areas in which we should look to increase our cooperation."
Watch the panel on YouTube.
Image: Ros Harvey (2nd from left) joins panel of experts at US Ambassador's Innovation Roundtable.