IEEE-USA Innovation, Workforce, and  Research Conference (IWRC)

2023 IEEE-USA Innovation, Workforce, and Research Conference (IWRC)

13-15 September 2023  |  Little Rock, Arkansas

IEEE-USA IWRC is bringing the CHIPS Act to Little Rock!

Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton Little Rock (Little Rock, Arkansas)
When: 13-15 September 2023

Innovation takes more than ideas — it takes partnerships.  Academic researchers, government officials, small business owners, financers, and others need to work together for our local innovation ecosystem to thrive, but it is rare for those people to be all in one place — until now.

The 2023 IEEE-USA Innovation, Workforce, and Research Conference (IWRC) is a full two-day workshop bringing together stakeholders from academia, government, and industry to bridge the gap between research and commercially viable products. Experts from our region and across the country will discuss research grants, technology transfer programs, start-up funding, intellectual property and a host of other topics related to inspiring and empowering true innovation in the Heartland and Delta Regions.

But most importantly we will bring together the key innovators from the key parts of our local innovation economy in one place to meet, learn, talk, and plan as the CHIPS Act comes to our corner of America.

Who should attend?

Target Attendees

Industry: C-Level, VP level, engineers, legal staff, R&D, patent/small business attorneys, finance & VC

Gain access to potential partners in the federal government, information on tech transfer programs, access to federal SBIR and other research programs.

Government officials from the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), National Science Foundation (NSF) and other agencies are coming to Arkansas looking for partners – like you!  Learn about government programs to promote innovation and small business.  Meet potential partners at Arkansas Universities.  Learn more about the CHIPS Act and how it relates to Arkansas.  Last year Congress allocated $56 Billion for chip manufacturing in the US.  If you think that’s all going to Texas and California, you are wrong.

Academia: Presidents, chancellors, tech transfer & patent offices, VPRs, researchers

Gain access to federal grant program officials, information on grant processes, connections with potential business partners, education on tech transfer process.

Come learn about potential government funding!  Government grant officials from the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), National Science Foundation (NSF) and other agencies are coming to Arkansas to meet with the Arkansas tech sector and engineers/ entrepreneurs like you!  CHIPS Act requires more resources to flow into states like Arkansas – government needs partners to make that happen.  Learn how to partner with local small businesses.

Government: Policymakers, Federal funding program officers, economic development professionals, incentive managers, entrepreneurial support orgs

Gain access to local engineers/ entrepreneurs who are interested in learning more about federal government grants and becoming a part of the Arkansas innovation economy. Help you to promote government programs in rural America while fulfilling Congressional mandates.