2020 March POINT!

Catching up with the Innovation District: Symposium, events set stage for growth, MAPS 4 projects W hile myriad new physical projects are planned for the long-term future of OKC’s Innovation District with the results of December’s MAPS 4 election, plans and programming for the near term look to continue the positive momentum built by area stakeholders.

health/biotech, energy, aerospace industries and others and, like the innovation District concept as a whole, look to bring representatives, research and employees from seemingly disparate industries and knowledge bases together to foster collaboration, ideas and more entrepreneurship. This year’s focus is on emerging autonomous systems technologies and the potential for Oklahoma to lead the nation in this area of technological growth. Themes of symposiums past have included sensor technology, “big data” and more. “This year’s symposium continues moving us forward to being more competitive as a region when it comes to innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Katy Boren, OKC Innovation District president and CEO. “Past symposia have borne immediate fruits when it comes to connecting researchers and innovators, and we expect even more of the same when it comes to autonomous systems.”

The concept for the Innovation District, an area encompassing the Oklahoma Health Center campus and Automobile Alley, was first proposed as a result of a study by The Brookings Institution and the Project for Public Spaces. The purpose of the Innovation District is to capitalize on OKC’s dominant industries, investing in high-quality places where research institutions, firms and talent concentrate and connect. To that end, the 2020 Innovation District Annual Symposium will be held April 14 at the Cox Convention Center. Innovation District Symposia focus on activities and research with potentially wide application to our



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