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The Micro-enterprise Inventors Program of Oregon (MIPO) and the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDC) will host the SBIR/STTR 2012 National Conference: Crack the Code an event that welcomes entrepreneurs, businesses, government agencies, innovators, universities, and community partners to Portland, Oregon.

SBIR/STTR are competitive federal government grant programs that fund small businesses to develop innovative, high-risk technologies with the goal of increasing private sector commercialization into the marketplace.
Wednesday, November 14 • 10:00am - 10:45am
General Session: Future Trends and Opportunities in Technology

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Sandhi will present a vision of future for Education, Energy, Transportation, Health, Security, Communication, Agriculture, and Commerce in this new emerging world. There will be many roadblocks in implementing this future. But these roadblocks will mean endless opportunities for small businesses to innovate, energize and offer products and services for global sensing, intelligent sense-making, and provide solutions to solve many issues we will increasingly face in the future, such as pollution, traffic and congestion, inefficient transportation, management of key energy resources such as water, electricity, and natural gas, deteriorating soils and inefficiencies in food productions, inaccessibility of education, healthcare, medicine, and informatics, personal and global security, and secure worldwide commerce. Solving these mega-problems would require both individual innovation from small businesses as well as intimate cooperation of businesses, citizens, and a range of government agencies - all working together as a part of the value chain across the globe

Wednesday November 14, 2012 10:00am - 10:45am
Lloyd Center Ballroom

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