Over the past two years, SUNY’s Levin Institute hosted a series of panel discussions to explore the state of innovation in New York City. Innovate New York - Envisioning an Inventive City was jointly sponsored by the Levin Institute, the New York Academy of Sciences and the Sloan Foundation. Its basic premise was:
“New York is a global city, a diverse blend of culture, vitality, and extraordinary talent. But the wealth of science and technology talent and innovation is less apparent, at least in the form of a thriving technology economy.” The Innovate New York series aimed to discuss “where New York stands relative to its competitors, and to identify approaches that could capitalize on New York's strengths, shore up its weaknesses, and plant it firmly on the map as a capital of innovation.” Panel discussions were held in a variety of areas, including finance, media, services, life sciences, arts, and culture.
I personally participated in a couple of the panel discussions, and in my role as Senior Fellow at the Levin Institute, was involved in helping to organize the series.
The Sloan Foundation has agreed to renew its sponsorship of Innovate New York, this time focused on one industry, - media and communications, - which will enable us to explore the topic in considerable more depth.