PCAST Seeks Advice on Critical Infrastructures for Technology Innovation

By David Bruggeman
June 16, 2010

The President’s Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) is seeking public input on infrastructures that are critical to innovation in information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. PITAC, part of the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST), is currently seeking input on that issue through OpenPCAST, an online portal. The official question:

What are the critical infrastructures that only government can help provide that are needed to enable creation of new biotechnology, nanotechnology, and information technology products and innovations — a technological congruence that we have been calling the “Golden Triangle” — that will lead to new jobs and greater GDP?

Besides the online forum, there will be a webcast on June 22, running from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. Comments can be submitted during the webcast via email (pcast@ostp.gov), or PCAST’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

The input gathered through these activities is intended to support the implementation of President Obama’s Strategy for American Innovation. The announcement also mentions a forthcoming PCAST/PITAC initiative on creating jobs through science, technology and innovation, but gives no details.

Visit the PCAST website on the morning of June 22 to get the link for the webcast.