Symposium is May 13

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

The iDEA Hub’s inaugural technology symposium next week combines the backing of the governor’s office with the resources of our region’s established innovators in defense, energy and aerospace to bring a commanding slate of speakers to the Indian Wells Valley.

“Showcasing some of the brightest industry, academia and government-agency collaborators in their fields, this event has already created a buzz throughout the region with the promise of thoughtful exchange between scientists, engineers, government leaders, industry CEOs and university professors,” said Bill Hogan of China Lake High Tech Consortium, one of the local iDEA Hub partners.

The keynote speaker will be Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, who is touring China Lake next week. Other notable appearances include Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Assemblywoman Shan-non Grove, Vice Adm. David Dunaway (commander of NAVAIR), as well as speakers from Google [x], Karem Aircraft, NASA, the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division and TerrAvion.

The event kicks off the locally headquartered iHUB, a program through the governor’s office to cultivate job growth and technological development in California. The incubator encompasses partners in Kern, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

“The California iDEA Hub provides unique access to a robust ecosystem addressing many of our nation’s most critical science and technology needs,” said Hogan. “Public and private partners in the hub find mutual benefit by working collaboratively to foster innovation and create economic growth in surrounding communities.”

The daylong event, hosted at the Kerr McGee Center, begins at 7 a.m. with an opportunity for participants to network and view the high-tech exhibits on display. Speakers will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with intermittent breaks, and the event will close with a reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Registration and a copy of the agenda are still accessible at

Story First Published: 2014-05-07