Posted June 16th, 2006
Polytechnic’s Department of Management and the Institute for Technology and Enterprise co-hosted the conference, Building a Broadband Economy with the Intelligent Community Forum (a nonprofit think tank that focuses on job creation and economic development in the broadband economy). Building the Broadband Economy is an annual meeting place and "idea exchange" for government officials from around the world and their private-sector partners in telecom, IT, consulting, finance and real estate. The conference attracted over 130 attendees from 15 nations to Poly’s campus at MetroTech Center in Brooklyn on June 8-9, 2006. Polytechnic faculty, staff and students took part in the two-day conference in various capacities. University President Jerry Hultin delivered the opening keynote address, which explored the key infrastructure that will be necessary to make cities work in the 21st Century. Bharat Rao, Associate Professor, participated in a roundtable panel of experts focusing on best practices in workforce development and business innovation. Mel Horwitch, Director of the Institute for Technology and Enterprise, presented on how day-to-day decisions about strategy, operations and investment shape a community's future for better or worse. Finally, Nina Ziv, Academic Director of the Institute for Technology and Enterprise, moderated a workshop exploring the business development strategies available to communities in the broadband economy: their strengths, weaknesses, successes and failures.