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Heads up

Tech conference this week in Orlando

By Times Staff Writer
Published May 16, 2005

More than 300 people from Silicon Valley to Washington, D.C., are expected to attend the second annual Florida Tech Transfer Conference in Orlando on Wednesday and Thursday. The event showcases about 75 emerging technologies developed at universities, relaying success stories and discussing how they can be put to use in business.

Keynote speakers are Benjamin L. Noel, studio chief operating officer of Electronic Arts-Tiburon, and Max Wallace, co-founder and president of Arbor Group LLC. Judy Genshaft, president of the University of South Florida, will give a welcoming address after the kickoff luncheon.

This year's conference will focus on the role played by universities statewide in driving the state's economy.

"Innovation is no longer the sole province of America," said Michelle Bauer, former executive director of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, one of the meeting's co-hosts. "It's a situation that starts in our universities and our competitiveness is (driven) by how effective Florida universities can transfer their technologies into the marketplace."

Other co-hosts are the Florida Research Consortium and Central Florida Technology Partnership. The conference involves 13 universities statewide, including the USF, Florida State University, the University of Florida, the University of Miami and the University of Central Florida.

[Last modified May 14, 2005, 00:51:02]

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