SXSW EDU 2019
Why & How Universities Should Take on Moonshots
University-led Grand Challenge or “moonshot” initiatives unite faculty from diverse fields to solve specific societal problems, demonstrating the value of the university to their communities. Such efforts provide a unique opportunity to engage outside stakeholders and offer students real-world experience on issues of personal importance. At this panel, learn how to launch, sustain, and build external partnerships to solve specific Grand Challenges while demonstrating value to the public.
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- Define core attributes of successful grand challenge research programs that serve both academic stakeholders and society at large.
- Prepare for inevitable roadblocks that will arise, from earning stakeholder buy-in to managing faculty team dynamics and sustaining program funding.
- Understand what motivates prospective donors, foundations, and corporate partners to support a university-led Grand Challenge.
- Michelle Popowitz, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Reserach & Executive Director of UCLA Grand Challenges, UCLA
- Sarah Rovito, Assistant Director, Research Policy, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
- Jennifer Lyon Gardner, Associate Vice President for Research & Co-Founder, Bridging Barriers Grand Challenge Initiative, The University of Texas at Austin
- Thomas Kalil, Chief Innovation Officer, Schmidt Futures
Adrienne Dawson, Research Communications Manager, The University of Texas at Austin