Recap: Share the Vision 2012 Technology Showcase

"If you're interested in entrepreneurship and innovative research, you're in the right place," said Larry Schook, Vice President for Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois), during the Office of Technology Management’s (OTM) Share the Vision 2012 Technology Showcase. Last Thursday and Friday, the OTM hosted its first technology showcase featuring 39 faculty presenters, keynote speakers from federal and state government offices, tours of Research Park, and presentations from Illinois start-ups.

Presenting to an audience of venture capitalists and corporate technology executives, Illinois faculty in different areas ranging from computing, advanced visualization, and security to advanced materials, clean energy, and sustainability introduced their technologies and research. From tornado stimulations, IMAX productions, and virtual teleportation to computed microscopy, tumor reductions, and microstructures on numerous surfaces, Share the Vision 2012 covered a wide spectrum of what Illinois has to offer.

During lunch, after an introduction from Schook, attendees listened to Errol Arkilic, Innovation Corps Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Orlando Saez, Deputy Director of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology (DCEO) for the State of Illinois, speak on commercialization and the importance of Illinois to the state’s economy. According to Arkilic, Illinois is one of the leading participants in the NSF Innovation Program. At dinner, the OTM welcomed Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise.

On Friday, attendees toured Illinois’ EnterpriseWorks incubators in the Research Park, and select resident start-up companies. Thirty presentations from start-ups included Glucosentient, Eden Park Illumination, Dioxide Materials and others, as well as student start-ups such as PrintEco, Effimax Solar, and Oso Simple Technologies.

The purpose of Share the Vision 2012 was to encourage and facilitate business relationships between faculty and entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists and corporate executives. Several follow-up interactions have already taken place with the hope of many more to come.

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Pictured above: Lesley Millar, Director of the OTM, Errol Arkilic, Innovation Corps Program Director at the NSF, Orlando Saez, Deputy Director of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology (DCEO) for the State of Illinois, and Larry Schook, Vice President for Research at Illinois.

Pictured at top: Donna Cox explaining how they can create tornado stimulations using advanced visualization.

Full schedule of speakers: http://otm.illinois.edu/Showcase

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