Annual Summit 2018


Higher Education Ecosystems as Engines of Change

Economic change is happening rapidly. Regional ecosystems need to be able to adapt to changing forces, both internal and external, to discover success. By disrupting the normal trends of economic development, regions become more agile to these forces and can realize greater long-term, sustainable growth.

Higher education is poised to serve as a leader in disruptive economic development-fostering cultures of innovation, creativity, design thinking, and entrepreneurship. While higher education institutions play a critical role in any economic ecosystem, in a disruptive environment their importance only expands.
The 2018 UEDA Annual Summit will elaborate on the concept of disruptive economic development and provide a dialogue around the following topics:

  • New workforce adaptation and artificial intelligence
  • Life within the internet of things
  • Regional diversification: industry, population, and place-making
  • Shifting regional priorities and actions
  • Regional systems to drive change
  • Non-traditional assets to impact economic development
  • Where is the workforce going to come from?

When & Where?

October 21-24, 2018
For travel purposes, attendees should plan on arriving before 3 p.m. on Sunday, with the conference wrapping up at noon on Wednesday.

The historic Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.
Built in 1893, the Pfister Hotel has been a downtown Milwaukee hotel icon for over a century.

Why Milwaukee?

Milwaukee has a diverse cultural arts scene. It also has something other places don’t have: the people. What distinguishes Milwaukee from other cities is the warm hospitality and friendly attitude of the people who live and work here. This personal touch and heartfelt welcome make it an extraordinary place to visit, and one that will leave a positive impression on every visitor. Milwaukee also offers the one-of-a-kind attractions that make a visit memorable, including the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum, the lively atmosphere of the Milwaukee Public Market and the soaring wings of the acclaimed Milwaukee Art Museum. No other major Midwestern city can claim a location where three rivers flow into a 22,000-square mile Great Lake. Milwaukee also has a rich architectural history, from the Gilded Age splendor of the Pabst Mansion to the stunning modern look of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Six of the known thirteen Frank Lloyd Wright American System-Built Homes are found here in his native state.

Who Will be There?

  • College and University Presidents
  • Deans, Provosts, & Outreach Officers
  • EDA Center Directors 
  • External & Government Affairs Administrators 
  • Innovation, Commercialization & Technology Transfer Directors
  • Officials from Higher Education System Offices
  • Economic Developers
  • Economic Development Consultants
  • Market Development Specialists
  • Federal Agency Program Directors
  • State and Federal Grant Administrators 
  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership Directors
  • Workforce Development Directors
  • Small Business Development Centers

What will Occur?

Preparing Students to Succeed in the A.I. Age

Dr. Joseph E. Aoun
President, Northeastern University

robot_proof_coverToday, nearly every conversation about the future of work and the modern economy is dominated by the specter of robotics and intelligent machines. Several studies forecast that up to half of the jobs we know today will disappear over the next 20 years—and countless new jobs will be created. In his new book, “Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence,” Joseph E. Aoun confronts head on the need for colleges and universities to meet the challenge—and indeed the opportunity—presented by smart machines. The president of Northeastern University, Aoun will discuss his blueprint for higher education featuring three primary components: a new curriculum for the A.I. age; the case for experiential learning, the ideal delivery system for this new curriculum; and a clarion call for higher education to place lifelong learning at the heart of the educational enterprise.

Concurrent Sessions

Workshops, roundtables, interactive activities, etc. are all encouraged – the more engaging the better! Preference will be given to sessions that encourage audience participation and engagement. Each session will generally be about one hour and fifteen minutes in length and should include time for Q&A, as well as a small amount of time at the beginning and end of the session for participants to arrive/depart. Electronic presentations, PowerPoints, videos, etc. are welcome, however, speaker bio/presentation deadlines must be adhered to in order to ensure appropriate publication deadlines can be met. Innovative and creative sessions topics and styles are strongly encouragedDownload the Call for Presentations application here.

NEW for 2018! UEDA Lightning Round

Provides best practices around a single broad topic in a quick, lightning-round format. Each presenter will have five minutes to present their idea in a quick, engaging, and inspirational way while using limited presentation materials. Immediately following the presentations, a question and comment session with the audience will take place for all presenters. Download the UEDA Lightning Round application here.

2018 Awards of Excellence

Don’t forget to nominate your project or initiative for the 2018 UEDA Awards of Excellence. The 2018 Awards program features an open nominations format, allowing non-UEDA members to participate for the first time. Learn more.

We have just begun building the 2018 Annual Summit agenda. If there is a topic or speaker you would recommend for the summit please let us know by email or click here.

Build Recognition for your Initiatives

The UEDA Annual Summit is an ideal venue to showcase your work, play a leadership role and expose others to your organization. You can do this by:

  • Submitting a topic for a panel: The Summit is about sharing the best and emerging trends in university-related economic development. Share your organization’s experience and lessons learned with the economic development community.
  • Applying for an Award of Excellence: This peer recognition generates national attention and is a great way to publicly promote and validate the impacts that your efforts are having in your community.
  • Serving as a Sponsor or Exhibitor: Your sponsorship or exhibition role will generate new ideas and new leads, as well as increase colleagues’ awareness about your organization’s commitment to university-based economic development.

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Contact Us

University Economic Development Association
PO Box 97930
Pittsburgh, PA 15227

216.200.UEDA (8332)