Spurring Global Innovation

Roberto Alvarez, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils; Chad Evans, Council on Competitiveness; Deborah-Wince Smith, Council on Competitiveness; Chancellor Khosla; Gianna Sagazio, CNI-Brazilian National Industry Confederation; James Milliken, The City University of New York; Cândida Oliveira, CNI-Brazilian National Industry Confederation

The 4th U.S.-Brazil Innovation Summit is uniting 100 innovation leaders from the two largest economies in the Western Hemisphere on our campus today.  The goal of the summit is to discuss solutions to shared global challenges—such as feeding and fueling the world—and to build new partnerships that explore opportunities for greater innovation at the intersections of disciplines.  San Diego was selected as the host city for the summit because it’s a hub of innovation with a high-tech and bio-tech economy, similar to Brazil.  During opening remarks, Chancellor Khosla explained that UC San Diego is the ideal location for the summit because innovations from the university and other research institutes on the Torrey Pines Mesa helped catalyze much of the high-tech and biotech industry in the San Diego region.

The summit is being hosted by UC San Diego, the Council on Competitiveness, the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry and Brazil’s Entrepreneurial Mobilization for Innovation.