For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
206.685.9002

April 6, 2010

Conference Features Gov. Gregoire and Microsoft's Brad Smith

The UW School of Law will host Regional Institutions for Innovation and Productivity Friday, April 9, featuring Washington Governor Christine Gregoire, Microsoft Senior Vice President Brad Smith, and UW School of Law Dean Kellye Testy. The conference, presented by the UW Economic Policy Research Center, will be held in William H. Gates Hall Room 138.

The schedule for the half-day conference is as follows:

12:00 p.m.

  • Welcome
    Kellye Testy
    Dean and James W. Mifflin University Professor
    University of Washington School of Law

12:05 p.m.

  • Information Technology and the Future of Washington State
    The Honorable Christine Gregoire
    Governor, Washington state

12:25 p.m.

  • Software and Productivity
    Brad Smith
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Microsoft

12:45 p.m.

  • Coffee

1:00 p.m.

  • Wired for Innovation: How Information Technology is Reshaping the Economy
    Erik Brynjolfsson
    Schussel Family Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management, Director, MIT Center for Digital Business

1:40 p.m.

  • Innovation and Competitiveness: Reevaluating the Contributors to Growth
    Bart van Ark
    Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, The Conference Board, Professor of Economics, University of Groningen, Netherlands

2:20 p.m.

  • Information Technology and the Transformation of the Washington Economy
    Theo Eicher
    Professor and Robert R. Richards Distinguished Scholar, University of Washington Director, UW Economic Policy Research Center

3:00 p.m.

  • Coffee

3:10 p.m.

  • Regional Institutions For Innovation Commercialization
    Linden Rhoads
    Vice Provost of Technology Transfer, University of Washington

3:50 p.m.

  • Technology Innovations: Powering or Pummeling the Economy?
    Daniel Wilson
    Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Assistant Director, Center for the Study of Innovation and Productivity

4:30 p.m.

  • Information Technology and Education as Determinants of Productivity Growth
    Thomas Strobel
    Economist, Ifo Institute of Economic Research at the University of Munich

5:10 p.m.

  • Adjourn

To register or for more information, contact the UW School of Law Continuing Legal Education Office.