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President Obama to Host Innovation Frontiers Conference, Seeks Nominations for Attendees

By SpaceRef Editor
September 3, 2016
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President Obama will host a White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh in October and guest-edit the November edition of WIRED magazine, both focusing on the president’s five “frontiers of innovation.”

Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh will host President Obama on Oct. 13 for the White House Frontiers Conference. According to the conference website, the gathering will focus on building U.S. capacity in science, technology, and innovation and “the new technologies, challenges and goals that will continue to shape the 21st century and beyond.”

The conference was inspired by a forthcoming November 2016 issue of WIRED magazine, which President Obama will guest-edit. Both the magazine and conference will focus the president’s five “frontiers in innovation”:

– Personal frontiers in health care innovation, including the Precision Medicine Initiative and the BRAIN Initiative;
– Local frontiers in building smart, inclusive communities, including through investments in open data and the Internet of Things;
– National frontiers in harnessing the potential of artificial intelligence, including data science, machine learning, automation, and robotics;
– Global frontiers in accelerating the clean energy revolution and developing advanced climate information, tools, services, and collaborations; and
– Interplanetary frontiers in space exploration, including our journey to Mars.

According to WIRED, this is the first time a magazine will have been guest-edited by a sitting president.

The White House is seeking public nominations for a small number of spots to attend or exhibit at the conference. You can nominate an innovator or exhibitor here.

SpaceRef staff editor.