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On Thursday, April 14, at 5 p.m., UW-Parkside Center for Research in Innovation and Smart Cities and the Tommy Thompson Center for Public Leadership will be hosting Implementing Technovation with speaker Shane Tews at the UW-Parkside Student Center Ballroom. The event will also be live-streamed on YouTube.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. Anyone who is interested in learning more about smart cities, technovation, or just how technology is working to make our communities better is encouraged to attend.

Whether you attend in-person or virtually, attendees are asked to register beforehand. To register for the event, click here. The UW-Parkside Student Center Ballroom is located at 930 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53144. If you plan on watching the live stream, click here.

Implementing Technovation: A discussion on policy challenges to adopting technological solutions for urban issues

What is technovation?

A technovation is a combination of invention, innovation and technology. It disrupts the status quo and radically changes the behavior of how things are done within that field.

An important element of technovation is relevance. “Technological development for its own sake,” however, does not necessarily bode well for innovation.

Technology is becoming more and more prominent on every level in our world. Shane Tews is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and leads discussions on topics concerning industry policies for advancements in the world of computer chips, the internet, Web3, and telecommunications expansions like the 5G wireless communications system.

With the technology industry estimated to exceed $5.3 trillion in 2022, and with more than 585,000 tech companies just in the US, the need for policies and institutions to handle such a workload is urgent.

Tom Loosemore, founder of the UK Government Digital Service says “If you want a natively digital nation, or a state, or a city, or whatever, my message today is you actually need to be bold enough to create some new institutions; institutions that are of the internet, not on the internet.”

Shane Tews

Shane Tews’ expertise is in “cybersecurity issues, next-generation networking (5G), the Internet of Things, international internet governance, digital economic policy, information and communications technology, Artificial intelligence (AI) and the metaverse, cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens, and emerging technologies,” according to her bio.


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