SXSW 2020 panel discussion: Strengthening the Innovation Ecosystem - CANCELED

This event has been CANCELED by event organizers. Please refer to the SXSW web page for more information.

Join USPTO Chief Economist Andrew A. Toole and other leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at South by Southwest (SXSW) for a conversation about broadening the innovation ecosystem.

The share of patents that include at least one woman as an inventor increased from about 7% in the 1980s to 21% by 2016. And though the number of women in science and engineering classes and workplaces is growing, men continue to outnumber women at the top levels of science, innovation, and invention. 50% of women who begin work in STEM leave after 12 years, and the majority of them move out of STEM within the first five years.

Employers, educational institutions, and other organizations strive to correct the gender imbalance in STEM and innovation, but where does the discrepancy between men and women in innovation come from, and what can be done to change it? How do we achieve gender parity in STEM fields, particularly when it comes to invention and innovation? Visit the SXSW event page to learn more.


Register early to attend SXSW 2020

To attend in person, participants must register for a SXSW badge. Platinum Badge and Interactive Badge holders will receive primary access to the panel. Film Badge and Music Badge holders will receive secondary access to the panel. For more information on badge types and access, visit the SXSW website.

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