Session Abstract

2019 Fall Conference

NC Big Ideas

The goal is clear. How we get there is up to us.


On September 25, RTP product innovators and creative minds will help solve some of the greatest challenges facing our state, as identified by the NC Big Ideas challenge. These issues are waiting to be presented, dissected, and reinvented by our product community... that's YOU!


Participants were invited to vote on the most interesting topics to address at the conference. 


NC Moonshot Topics 

(in descending order by attendee votes)

  • Jobs of Tomorrow - how do we prepare?

  • Paying for Healthcare

  • Expanding Clean Energy / Clean Tech

  • Skilled Trade Crisis / Vocational & Technical Education Rebirth

  • Leveraging Broadband*

  • Mental Health

  • Economic Mobility - ability of citizens to move up from one income level to another over the course of their lifetimes.

  • Precision Health - a big-data approach to disease prevention and detection

  • Cyber Security (not an NC Big Ideas topic, but a critical issue that affects many of us)

  • Bridging Urban & Rural - addressing rural challenges of aging work forces, infrastructure deficits, financial shortfalls

  • Water Resources & Infrastructure Challenges

  • Agriculture - opportunities to grow communities through local food

  • Transportation Infrastructure Improvement

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Leslie Boney

Director

Institute of Emerging Issues, NC State

Boney joined NC State as the director of the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) in 2017 to identify key issues of importance to the state and develop consensus for action to address these issues. Since 2018, Boney has established deep relationships with more than 30 community-based initiatives across North Carolina, working with them on projects ranging from closing rural-urban gaps to boosting broadband adoption to increasing educational attainment. Additionally, he convened the first regional Emerging Issues Forums in 2018 and 2019, bringing the long-standing Emerging Issues Forum to communities across the state.

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