ALBANY — The Mohawk Valley will play host this year to the annual New York State Innovation Summit.
The event brings hundreds of New York tech companies — many of them startups — together in an effort to encourage collaboration and development of new technologies. It is sponsored by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) and FuzeHub, an Albany-based nonprofit that connects small and midsized New York manufacturers to resources and expertise to help them grow.
The 2019 Innovation summit, held in Rochester, drew more than 500 innovators, business leaders and entrepreneurs, Empire State Development noted.
The 2020 edition of the summit will be held in the western end of the Mohawk Valley region, at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, on Oct. 27 and 28.
NYSTAR and FuzeHub will feature advances in technology and highlight innovation trends at the event. Focus points will be:
- Advanced manufacturing;
- Advanced materials;
- Digital technology (artificial intelligence, big data, media and gaming technology);
- Clean technology, energy and environmental innovations
- Life sciences and biotechnology;
- Nanotechnology, electronics, optics and photonics.
The event will also serve to highlight the economic assets and workforce of the Mohawk Valley.
Businesses that want to exhibit will be allowed to request space starting in the spring. Updates will be posted at nysinnovationsummit.com as they develop.
In a news release, FuzeHub Executive Director Elena Garuc said: “The Mohawk Valley’s vibrant technology ecosystem continues to grow stronger. With its diverse set of economic assets and emerging businesses, the region has what it takes to foster the tech sector's growth. The New York State Innovation Summit will showcase what’s next for the Mohawk Valley and every region across the state, and it will help startups and manufacturers access the resources and connections they need to optimize their operations and create jobs.”