Conference Agenda

The Colombian government has announced that it will promote innovation as an engine that plays a key role in economic and social development.  The private sector, the academy and the State must debate on crucial aspects to develop this strategy.  ICTPI-2011 will address such crucial aspects as:  Worldwide, what are the most efficient policies for promoting innovation?  What lessons have been learned?  What are the next steps?


Government partners:  National Planning Department (DNP), Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and Bancoldex

International Partners:  IC2 Institute – University of Texas;
International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation (ICTPI-2011)

Academic Partners:  Connect Bogotá Región and Universidad del Rosario

Media partners:  Revista Semana and Dinero

Date:  September 7th, 8th and 9th, 2011

Place: Marriott Hotel,  Ave. El Dorado No. 69-53;  Bogotá,  Colombia



Wednesday, September 7, 2011

8:30 – 3:00 pm.

Workshop on the Colombian Innovation Strategy.  Meeting between senior officers of the Colombian Government and a group of international experts.

Place:  Pending
Attendance by invitation only.

Coordinator:  Hernando José Gomez, Director of Colombia’s National Planning Department.
See the separate Agenda for this workshop.

6.30 pm-9:30 pm

Welcome dinner
Place:  Claustro de la Universidad del  Rosario
Attendance is by invitation only.
Coordinator: Jeannette Velez, Chancellor of the Universidad del Rosario.


Thursday, September 8th, 2011

8:00-8:30 am.

Presentation and methodology of the conference

David Gibson, Chairman of the International Committee of the  International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation (ICTPI).

Alejandro Santos Rubino, Director of the Revista Semana.  Welcome words.

8:30 –10:00am.

Plenary Session 1.  Launching Colombia’s National Innovation Strategy.   There will be a presentation on Colombia’s National Innovation Strategy, followed by a panel discussion with Colombian and international experts. Each panelist will analyze specific aspects of the National Innovation Strategy, or will comment on the main challenges that are faced in the implementation of this Strategy.


Hernando José Gomez, Director of the National Planning Department:  Colombia’s National Innovation Strategy (30 min).

Panel Discussion:

Eduardo Bitrán, Chile’s former Minister of Public Works during the presidency of Michelle Bachelet, Chile (10 min)

Hans-Peter Knudsen, President (Rector), Universidad del Rosario, Colombia (10 min)

Robert Peterson, Director IC2 Institute, The University of Texas, USA (10 min).
Rosario Cordoba, President, Private Council for Competitiveness, Colombia (10 min).

Catalina Crane , Counselor for Public and Private Management, The Office of the President of the Republic, Colombia (10 min)


Moderated by: Francisco Manrique, President of Alianza Universidad Empresa Estado de Bogotá.

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 – 12:30 a.m.

Plenary Session 2.  Experiences with National Innovation Policies and lessons learned.  Presentation and discussion of different experiences with National Innovation Policies, highlighting the main components or aspects that constitute these policies and the policy instruments through which they are implemented.  Identification of good practices and lessons learned, that could be useful in orienting the implementation of these policies in Colombia.

Dominique Guellec, Head of the Country Studies and Outlook Division of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry of the OECD, Paris. The OECD Innovation Strategy: Developing policies for 21st century innovation(20 min.).

Fred Gault, United Nations University: Different Approaches to Innovation Strategies and the Instruments they use (20 min).

Arden Bement, Director, Global Policy Research Institute, Purdue University; Former Director National Science Foundation (NSF):  Research Parks as a U.S. Innovation Strategy (20 min.).

Panel discussion:

Jorge Silva, General Manager of Microsoft Colombia:  The importance of National Innovation Policies: A view from the private sector. (10 min.).

Questions and Comments (30 min.)


Moderated by: María Piedad Velasco, Entrepreneurial Development Director, DNP, Colombia.

12.30-2.00 pm

Lunch:  Free lunch and special lunch by invitation.

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Plenary Session 3.  The experience of the emerging economies that are transforming the world in the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship: The Case of China.  In this session the experience of the “new emerging economies” that are transforming the structure of the world economy will be presented. China is currently the country with the second highest investment in science, technology and innovation, with the potential of becoming the largest economy of the world.  The other two cases, India and Brazil, will be seen in other sessions.

Peter Nijkamp, President of the Netherlands Research Council (NWO) and member of the SINICA Academy of Science:  China´s Innovation and Entrepreneurial Strategy and the implications of the role they are playing in the high-tech industries (20 min.).

Panel discussion:

Luis Guillermo Plata, Former Minister of Foreign Trade (10 min.).

Sr. Lu Qi, Director of Huawei in Colombia (10 min.).

Questions and comments (20 min.).


Moderated by:  Fidel Duque,  Chairman Grupo Interbolsa S.A. and member of the Standing Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), Colombia.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Coffee  break

3:30 – 6:00 pm

Parallel Session 1:  Territorial Dimension and the Regional Innovation System: The most practical and operational aspects of the Innovation Strategies generally take place at the regional/local level. Most countries are paying special attention to the development and strengthening of Regional Science, Technology and Innovation Systems. In this session different experiences will be analyzed that are oriented at promoting innovation at the City-Region level.

Joseba Jaureguizar, General Director of the Fundación Tecnalia: The experience of the Basque Country in dynamizing the Regional Innovation System (20 min.).
David Gibson, Associate Director, IC2 Institute, University of Texas:  Development of University-Based Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Global perspectives on Technology Transfer and Commercialization in Building Innovative Ecosystems (20 min.).

Marina Ranga, Senior Researcher, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University and Chair of the Triple Helix 9 Conference Scientific Committee: Building University-Industry-Government Alliances as a Strategy for promoting Innovative Regional Ecosystems: Research and Policy Trends (20 min.).

Paulo Renato Macedo, President, Instituto Inovacao of Brasil: The interaction between the National Innovation System and the State Regional Innovation Systems: The experience of Brasil  (20 min.).

Fred Phillips,  Managing Partner, General Informatics and Senior Fellow, IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin:  Building a Water Technology Cluster in the Cincinati Region (20 min.).

Horacio Vélez de Bedout, President, UNE-EPM Telecommunications, Medellín: Medellín’s Science and Technology Plan as an instrument to strengthen the Innovation Ecosystem in the City-Region (20 min.).

Diana Gaviria, Director, Connect Bogotá Región: Strategy to Promote Innovation in Bogotá and its Region (20 min.).

Questions and observations (10 min.).


Moderated by: Carlos de Hart, Deputy Minister of Business Development, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Colombia.

3:30 – 6:00 pm

Parallel Session 2:  Entrepreneurship, business accelerators, support to new businesses and projection in international markets: One of the most important dimensions of innovation policies is related to the direct support to the creation of new businesses (entrepreneurship), the promotion of innovation in existing firms, and the projection into international markets. Support to innovation in SMEs is part of this dimension. In this session, the policies and policy instruments that have been successful in different countries in this field will be presented.

Guillermo Fernández de la Garza, President, Fundación México-Estados Unidos para la Ciencia (FUMEC): Mexico’s experience in developing an integrated strategy aimed at strengthening technology-intensive firms and supporting their internationalization (20 min.).

Peter Nijkamp, President of the Netherlands Research Council (NWO) and former President of the Research Councils in Europe: Demand-oriented public innovation strategies: The Voucher System to support innovation in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) (20 min.).

Bob Hodgson, President of the Zernike Group, United Kingdom (UK): Innovative approaches to funding ventures and creation of new enterprises in Europe and Latin America (20 min.).

Leandro Carioni,  Executive Director,  Centro de Emprendimiento Innovador, Florianopolis, Brazil:  Developing an Innovative Ecosystem based on Entrepreneurship: The experience of Florianopolis  (20 min.).

Jose Manuel Mendonça, University of Porto, Portugal: Experimenting Innovation through Science and Technology Networks: A new paradigm for technology commercialization (20 min.).

Questions and observations (20 min.).


Moderated by: Catalina Ortiz, Director Special Projects, The Breakthrough, Colombia.

3:30 – 6:00 pm

Parallel Session 3: The role of Human Capital and of Centers of Excellence in developing a Research and Innovation Capacity.  In this session the analysis will concentrate on strategies and experiences in building up Human Capital, as well as the role this plays in fostering innovation.

Juan Carlos Navarro, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):  The role of higher education in developing a capacity in science, technology and innovation  (20 min.).

Diego Richard, Center for Innovation in Human Capital, Fundación Chile: Innovative approaches to the development of Human Capital  (20 min.).

Gabriel Cadena, President (Rector), Universidad Autónoma de Manizales and ex-Director of CENICAFÉ Research Center:  The role of research institutes in strengthening graduate training and human capital formation  (20 min.).

Gil Taran, CEO, iCarnegie, Carnegie-Melon University: Linking Schools to Universities (20 min.).

R.P. Camilo Bernal, SENA Director: The role of SENA in developing innovation capacity (20 min.).

María Victoria Angulo, Foundation “Empresarios por la Educación”:  Innovative practices,  as a condition for assuring quality in education  (20 min.).

Questions and observations (20 min.).


Moderated by: Javier Botero, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Ministry of National Education, Colombia.

3:30 – 6:00 pm

Parallel Session 4.  Instruments of National Innovation Policy, or of Innovation-oriented Firm Strategies.  This session will analyze two major topics:  (a) The role of Intellectual Property Rights and Patenting as a tool for promoting innovation.  (b)  Innovation-oriented firm strategies.  Patenting is one of the instrument used by firms to compete in the market.

William N. Hulsey III,  Principal, Hulsey P.C. and Senior Research Fellow, IC2 Institute, University of Texas:  Intellectual Property in the Americas: Challenges and Opportunities (20 min.).

Carlos Mazal,  Director of the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, WIPO,  Geneva:  Intellectual Property,  Technical Change  and Innovation:  The Basis of Competitiveness and Development  (20 min.).

Jose Miguel de la Calle Restrepo, Superintendente de Industria y Comercio: The Colombian Patenting Policy  and its relation to Innovation  (20 min.).

Nicolás Cock, President of ECOFLORA: Patenting as a strategy of business innovation and strategic development (20 min.).

Mario Alberto Niño,  President,  Meals de Colombia, S.A.: IMAGIX: The Innovation Strategy of the NUTRESA Group  (20 min.).

Claudio Maggi, Former Director of Innova Chile-CORFO: The experience of CORFOindeveloping integrated technological production-oriented projects (20 min).

Questions and observations (20 min.).


Moderated by:  Antonio Faillace,  Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo.

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Parallel Session Purdue: Collaborative Program with Purdue
The Colombia-Purdue Institute for Advanced Scientific Research. CPIASR. Impact on Colombia´s Innovation Ecosystem: This session will present the Colombia-Purdue Institute for Advanced Scientific Research is a partnership between Purdue University and the Colombian government in areas that Colombia has identified as its national priorities. Hotel Marriot-Great Room.

Hans Peter Knudsen, Rector of the Universidad del Rosario:  "Welcome words and introduction to this Special Session in the context of the International Conference."

Jean Paul Alain  y  Arvind Raman,  Purdue University:  "The role of engagement with international world class Universities,  as part of the National Innovation Policy - The CPIASR:  How it works."

Jorge Reynolds, CGCI-Universidad del Rosario: "Life-Sciences:  The interaction between Engineering and Biological Sciences as an area of collaboration in CPIASR."

Felix Londoño y Juan Guillermo Lalinde, Universidad EAFIT: "A view of the CPIASR from the perspective of Universidad EAFIT."

Gerardo Rodriguez, Universidad Nacional: "A view of the CPIASR from the perspective of Universidad Nacional."

Gonzalo Torres y Juan Benavides, Universidad de Los Andes: "A view of the CPIASR from the perspective of Universidad de Los Andes."

Gerhard Klimeck,  Director of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology,  Purdue University:  "Purdue-Colombia collaboration in cyber-infrastructure - How Cyber-infrastructure nurtures research and innovation networks."


Ernesto de Bedout,  Kimberley Clark Corporation:  "KCC Global Innovation Center in Colombia"


Friday,  September 9,  2011

8:00 –9:00 am.

Plenary Session 4.  The role of ICT in promoting innovation.  One of the most important technologies that is transforming modern societies is Information and Communication Technology (ICT).  New business models are emerging with the potential of transforming the social end economic context.  In this session the ICT Policy of Colombia will be presented in its interaction with innovation.

Diego Molano, Colombian Minister of Telecommunications:  ICT Policy for Innovation:  The Live Digital Plan  (25 min.).

Panel discussion:

Carlos Scheel, EGADE of the TEC of Monterrey, Mexico:  The challenge of constructing Regional ICT Clusters (10 min.)

Eduardo Bitrán, Former Chairman of the National Innovation Council of Chile:  Key issues being faced in implementing the ICT Policy (10 min.).

Questions and observations (15 min.).


Moderated by: Jaime Restrepo Cuartas, Director,  COLCIENCIAS.

9.00 - 10.00 am

Plenary Session 5.  The role of National Strategic Programs that link world-quality science and technology with innovation and market opportunities in cooperation with the business sector. In this session another important issue of Science, Technology and Innovation Policies will be addressed. This refers to the need to make strategic investments in world-class research in areas of interest to the country, while at the same time relating it to market opportunities and innovation processes. These type of programs can be observed in both developed and developing countries. In this session the experience of Brazil will be presented.

Evando Mirra de Paula e Silva, Center for Strategic Studies and Management of Science, Technology and Innovation (CGEE) of Brazil: Strategic Choices: Selectively promoting high quality science and technology associated with potential market applications in cooperation with the business sector (25 min.).

Panel discussion:

Jose Antonio Vargas Lleras, President of CODENSA, Colombia (10 min.)

Katherine Garzón, Director of Biotecnova, Colombia (10 min.).

Questions and observations (15 min.).


Moderated by: María Claudia Lacouture, President of Proexport.

10:00 – 10:30 am



Parallel Session 5.  Biodiversity, natural resources and development: Linking science and the new technologies to the primary and agro-industrial sectors. In this session another key aspect of the ST&I Policies will be addressed: the new technologies are transforming the traditional sectors related to natural resources, and are opening opportunities for the sustainable use of genetic resources and biodiversity. In this sector, dynamic alliances are being established between the public and private sectors.

Jorge Katz, Innovation and Economic Growth Professor of the University of Chile, and former Director of the Division of Production, Productivity and Management of the CEPAL (ECLAC): Development strategies in Latin America and the transformation of primary-commodity sectors based on the application of new technologies and innovation to the effective utilization of natural resources (20 min.).

Jay Akridge, Dean of Agriculture, Purdue University:  New Science and New Structures in Agricultural Research: Challenges and Opportunities  (20 min.).

Rubén Echeverría, General Director of the International Center of Tropical Agriculture (CIAT): Application of the new areas of knowledge to facilitating the expansion of the agricultural frontier: Collaboration CIAT-CORPOICA-MADR in the development of new production systems for the Orinoquía  (20 min.).

Luis Fernando Londoño Capurro, President of ASOCAÑA, Cali: The transformation of the sugar industry in Colombia and in the world, through the application of new technologies: Challenges and opportunities  (20 min.).

Juan Lucas Restrepo, Director of CORPOICA: The use of social networks to promote innovation processes in the agro-industrial sector and involve the producer (20 min.).

Questions and observations (20 min.).

Moderated by: Jens Mesa Dishington, President, Federación Nacional de Cultivadores de Palma (FEDEPALMA).


Parallel Session 6:  Linking Science, Technology and Innovation:  Adding value through knowledge.  In this session a broad range of concrete experiences and research results will be analyzed,  seeking to identify key factors that influence the interaction between science, technology and innovation.  Emphasis is placed on how knowledge can create value.

Filipe M. Cassapo, Centro Internacional de Innovacao, Brazil:  The International Center for Business Innovation - An Initiative of Strategic Alignment between all stakeholders of innovation in the State of Paraná, Brazil (20 min.).

Rick Cosier,  Business Management School,  Purdue University: Integrating Science and Technology with Entrepreneurship:  The Purdue University Discovery Park   (20 min.).

Fred Gault,  United Nations University,  and  Giorgio Sirilli,  CNR,  Italy:  Indicators for Science, Technology and Innovation as a tool to evaluate effectiveness of policies and programs (20 min.).

Dariusz Trzmielak, University of Lodz, Poland:  Science and Technology Commercialization, Finance and Cooperation: An inter-country comparative analysis  (20 min.).

Jesús Perdomo, Universidad Javeriana, Colombia:  Sectorial Innovation System of the Chemical Industry: The case of Plastic Products in the region of Bogotá  (20 min.).

Elsie Echeverri and David Gibson,  IC2 Institute, University of Texas:  The Work of Colombian Researchers in the Top Entrepreneurship and Innovation Journals (20 min.).


Moderated by: Claudia Jimena Cuervo, Head of the Planning Office, COLCIENCIAS, Colombia.


Parallel Session 7.  Social Innovation: Generating and applying knowledge to reach social goals:  Social innovation refers to new strategies, concepts and ideas that meet social needs of all kinds and that may help to strengthen civil society. The term has overlapping meanings. It can be used to refer to social processes that characterize technological innovation, such as open source methods and techniques and social aspects related to the adoption of technology.  Alternatively it refers to innovations which have a social purpose, or that relate to social relations and social phenomena (i.e. participatory mechanisms, governance structures, innovation in government, cooperative mechanisms, management styles, etc.).

Luisa Fernanda Acevedo, Coordinadora Nacional de Innovación Social, Alta Consejería Presidencial para la Prosperidad Social:  Social Innovation and the role it plays in the fight against poverty  (20 min.).

Juan Manuel Ospina,  Director INCODER:  Experiences and challenges in social innovation aimed at strengthening community participation in rural development projects  (20 min.).

Santiago Perry, Director, Corporación PBA:  Participatory Innovation: A strategic tool in the fight against poverty  (20 min.).

Hilary Hoeber,  IDEO-California:  Five Provocations for Innovation in Government  (20 min.).

María Lucía Roa,  Ashoka Representative in Colombia:  Experiences in Social Participation and Social Innovation:  A Global View  (20 min.).

Questions and observations (20 min.).


Moderated by:  Luisa Fernanda Acevedo, Coordinadora Nacional de Innovación Social, Alta Consejería Presidencial para la Prosperidad Social.


Parallel Session 8.  Special Session that will be held in videoconference with Como in Italy on:  Information and Communication Technology: Global Strategy and Practice of e‑Governance.  The purpose of this session is to present the results of a research project that was carried out by a network of universities that work in the field of the impact of ICT in present-day societies.  This project was supported by the Fundación Roselli Americas of Italy in collaboration with the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), and carried out by university researchers from Italy and Latin America.  A book with the results of this research project is being presented simultaneously in a Workshop on this topic being held at the University di Insubria in Como (Italy),  and in this Conference in Bogotá.  The book is published by IGI-Global Publishing, Hershey, Pa., USA.

NOTE: To be able to interact in real time with Italy as a video conference, this session will be held from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon (which will be from 17:00 to 19:00 in Italy).

Welcome words:  Walter Castelnovo, Research Center in Knowledge and Service Management for Business Applications (speaking from Como, Italia) and Liliana Gómez, Universidad del Rosario (speaking from Bogotá) (15 min.).

Kristian J. Sund, Business School, Middlesex University, UK (speaking from Bogotá): e-Government Clusters: From Framework to Implementation.

Gianluigi Viscusi, University of Milan – Bicocca (speaking from Italy): e-Governance for Development: Designing an operational roadmap for ICT-enabled Public Administration Reform.

Johanna Ekua Awotwi, Centre for E-Governance, Ghana (speaking from Italy):  The Ghana Community Network (GCNet): Implementation Challenges.

Leonardo Pineda, Universidad del Rosario (author of one of the chapters) (speaking from Bogotá):  Strategic Innovation in the Knowledge Society:  The Latinamerican case.

Edson Riccio, University of Sao Paulo (USP, Brasil) (speaking from Italy):  Study of Electronic Governance Practices: Controllership Instrument for Decision-Making in the Management of the Brazilian States.

Carlos Scheel, EGADE of the TEC of Monterrey, Mexico (speaking from Bogotá):  Critical Review of the Book.


Moderated by: Liliana Gómez, Universidad del Rosario.

12.30 – 2:00 pm

Lunch:   Free lunch and special lunch by invitation.

2.00-3:00 pm

Plenary Session 6.  Creativity and Innovative Entrepreneurship.  The development of creativity and entrepreneurship is one of the challenges of an innovation strategy.  This session will address two dimensions of this process.  The first one is the development of creativity and an interest in patenting through the Colombian experience with “Creativity Parks”.  The second one relates to the broader picture, in seeking to create an environment conducive to entrepreneurship in specific regions, building a supportive ecosystem.

Raúl Cuero, Distinguished Professor of Texas A&M, Prairie View, United States: Patenting from youth: Development of innovation through Creativity Parks.

Dan Isenberg, Babson Global, United States: Constructing an Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: Policies, programs and environments that promote entrepreneurship.


Moderated by:  Francisco Manrique,  President,  Alianza Universidad-Empresa-Estado de Bogotá.

3:00 – 4:00pm.

Plenary Session 7. Strategies for financing innovation and entrepreneurship: Sources of funding for scientific and technological development projects and for the promotion of innovation.

Gregory Horowitt, Director of Global Connect, San Diego, California and Executive Director of T2 Venture Capital: Venture Capital and Angel Investors: Key Players in the creation of technology intensive enterprises (20 min.)

Panel discussion:

Juan Carlos Echeverry, Minister of Treasury and Public Credit of Colombia (20 min.).

Santiago Rojas, President of the Banco de Comercio Exterior de Colombia – BANCOLDEX (10 min.).

Questions and comments (10 min.).


Moderated by:  Ricardo Ávila, Director, Portafolio, Colombia.




Closing of the event:

Hernando José Gomez, Director of the National Planning Department, DNP, Colombia

Juan Carlos Echeverry, Ministro de Havienda y Crédito Público de Colombia

Santiago Rojas, Presidente del Banco de Comercio Exterior de Colombia, Bancoldex, Colombia

R.P. Camilo Bernal, Director General, Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje SENA, Colombia.


Jaime Restrepo Cuartas, Director, Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación, COLCIENCIAS, Colombia.





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