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TIV was invited to partake in series of workshops at the Organization of American States Headquarters in Washington, DC, during which TIV held and led a roundtable event. TIV’s roundtable was attended by members of Latin America and the Caribbean’s’ largest science and technology entities, the National Academies of Science, in addition to corporations such as Microsoft. During the roundtable event, TIV delivered two presentations related to the theme of “Innovation Indicators and Transformative Technologies.”

The first presentation, by TIV’s Vice President of Emerging Technologies and Intellectual Property, Dr. Mirjana Stankovic, “Industry 4.0 Exploring policy implications for developing countries: A human centered Governance approach” took the audience through the history of industry and the associated technologies which catalyzed the fundamental transitions from Industry 1.0 all the way to Industry 4.0. This conversation set the tone for the discussion of how technology such as robotics, AI, Big Data Analytics, 3D printing and augmented reality will interweave with daily life in the future. This was followed by a discussion on governance and regulation implications of Industry 4.0 . The presentation was concluded with Dr. Stankovic providing novel policy recommendations and a framework to steer the 4th Industrial revolution in a human-centric direction.

The second presentation on “Indicators Of Science, Technology And Innovation: Issues And Emerging Perspectives” was conducted by TIV’s President, Dr. Atul Wad. From his expertise as a venture capital investor and innovation entrepreneurship, Dr. Wad described the current limits and issues related to Indicators for Science, Technology and Innovation. These include deficits in the metrology of STI, disciplinary dominance by economics and physics, information gaps and inaccurate data, among other issues explored. With this foundation in place, Dr. Wad went into the current trajectory of STI indicators and their development and stressed that accurate monitoring must persevere in the future to achieve technological progress. Finally, he described how these factors impact developing countries, with particular attention to the Latin America and Caribbean region and offered a set of comprehensive recommendations for reform.

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