Greater Washington is emerging as an innovation hotspot.
Technology and innovation can make day-to-day life safer and more convenient for residents, which benefits the business climate. Growing the region’s technology industries will help diversify our economy for more robust and resilient progress, and serve national security needs. Exciting technologies to explore include 5G connectivity, artificial intelligence, robotics, blockchain, unmanned aerial vehicles, and autonomous vehicles. Advanced manufacturing is currently driving a revitalization of U.S. industry. Major industries in Greater Washington that will be transformed over the coming years include ICT, biomedical and life sciences, and defense/aerospace science and technology.
Dialogue and coordination across the region can maximize funding, prioritize investments, integrate disconnected systems, and scale successful pilots. Area universities, corporate and national labs, nonprofits, and U.S. Federal Government research and development funding provide ample building blocks for technology pilots and forming a regional innovation ecosystem.