The State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) is bringing its annual conference to Arkansas in 2020. SSTI has announced that Little Rock will be the host city for its 2020 Annual Conference.
Founded in 1996, SSTI is a nonprofit that is focuses on science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. The organization’s annual conference brings policymakers and stakeholders together for professional development opportunities to learn more about the latest in innovation and entrepreneurship.
The 2020 conference will be held Oct. 13-15.
“Bringing the conference to Little Rock and sharing the story of what is happening in Arkansas with others will give people from throughout the country the opportunity to see the progress that’s being made in the state,” Dan Berglund, SSTI president and CEO, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be working with the Arkansas Research Alliance, along with the many partners that they have assembled, who will be able to tell the story of the challenges they have faced, and what they have done to overcome them. We think it’s a story that will resonate throughout the country.”
The theme of the 2020 conference will be “Creating a Culture of Change.” According to a SSTI release, the conference will spotlight “elements that drive growth” as well as how to approach challenges using the tools and insights gained from the conference.
SSTI’s 2019 conference, held in September in Providence, Rhode Island, was focused on the trends, challenges and new developments in the innovation economy.
The Arkansas Research Alliance will partner with SSTI on the 2020 conference. According to ARA president and CEO Jerry Adams, the choice to have Little Rock host the conference reflects the state’s ongoing transformation into a hub for research, technology and innovation.
“Research and technology are critical economic catalysts for Arkansas,” Adams said. “That SSTI chose Arkansas for such an important conference reflects the progress Arkansas has made to transform into a modern, competitive economy.” ARA drew together a group of 16 sponsors comprised of fellow SSTI members Startup Junkie and the Walton Family Foundation, corporate Arkansas, and the public sector, starting with Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
SSTI is currently offering early bird registration rates. The early bird member rate is $575, and the early bird non-member registration rate is $725. Click here to register for the event.