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Growing the Innovation Economy: Ecuador

Monday, March 16
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 9ABC
Austin Convention Center

Ecuador is a country of enormous and valuable natural resources, ranging from the Galapagos Islands to oil, fishing and agriculture. The Ecuadorian government is making significant investments to build a knowledge-based economy through investments in the higher education of its people and the strategic move from a raw material to finished product economy. This effort to diversify the economy will concomitantly instill a culture of research and innovation within its population. The Change in the Production Matrix will require development of innovative practice to convert the wealth of natural resources into high value products and distribute these into world markets. Strategies to integrate university training, researchers, company collaborators and government policy to identify, develop and commercialize indigenous innovations will be discussed.


Fernando Rivera


Buen Trip Hub

Gregory Pogue

Deputy Dir & Sr Research Scientist

IC2 Institute

Dr. Gregory Pogue is Deputy Director & Senior Research Scientist at IC2 Institute of The University of Texas Austin where he leads research, instructional & implementation programs surrounding tech...

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Sergio Flores


Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral Universidad del Ecuador (ESPOL)

Sergio Flores Macías, MSc. is the Rector of Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral Universidad del Ecuador (ESPOL) and member of the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. ESP...

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