Point Inside CEO Presents at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association Annual Conference

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Josh Marti, CEO of Point Inside, participated in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (EDCHA) Annual Conference. During his presentation, Marti urged the industry to strengthen connections between higher education and business communities to open opportunities for entrepreneurs and drive innovation.

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“I’m passionate about...opportunities for entrepreneurs to drive open innovation, especially through the strengthening of relationships between higher education and business communities” -- Point Inside CEO Josh Marti

As part of an ongoing advocacy for policies and initiatives to spur America’s innovation economy, Point Inside CEO Josh Marti presented Monday, March 25 at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) 2013 Annual Conference and ECExpo in Orlando, Florida. He focused his remarks on increasing the connections between engineering departments, business schools and the business community’s resources for nurturing entrepreneurship.

The ECEDHA is composed of heads and chairs of departments offering accredited programs in electrical and/or computer engineering. The group is dedicated to advancing the field, facilitating member interaction and idea exchange and improving communication with the profession, industry, government and others. The ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo is the largest gathering of electrical engineering department heads throughout the United States and Canada.

“I’m passionate about finding new ways to enhance opportunities for entrepreneurs and drive open innovation, especially through the strengthening of relationships between higher education and business communities,” said Josh Marti, Point Inside CEO. “The ECEDHA is a great organization with a focus on making these connections.”

Additionally, Marti participated in Annual TechNet Day in Washington, D.C. on March 14. More than 30 leading technology CEOs participated, including John Doerr, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco. CEOs joined in events that included bipartisan meetings with U.S. House and Senate members and a meeting with President Obama. Key topics included high-skilled immigration, STEM education and tax reform.

“Any plan to grow America needs to encourage STEM graduates to be entrepreneurs in addition to innovators,” said Marti. “That plan needs to be comprehensive and include participation from university engineering departments, the U.S. government and the private sector.

“Key to continuing and increasing the rate of innovation are three areas: investment in STEM education, creating a strong entrepreneur ecosystem, and immigration reform to help keep talent in the United States,” Marti continued. “Groups like TechNet and ECEDHA are helping to lead public policy in these areas critical to U.S. economic growth.”

According to a recent Kauffman Foundation survey, the number of new firms with at least one immigrant founder dropped from 52.4 percent in 2005 to 43.9 percent in 2012. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are tens of thousands of unfilled jobs requiring highly skilled individuals, including 10,000 openings in five high-tech companies alone – IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle and Qualcomm.

The “Immigration Innovation Act of 2013” – also known as the “I-Squared Act” – would provide students a path to permanent residence in the U.S. and curb the “brain drain” our current immigration system imposes.

About Point Inside
Point Inside is the leading provider of “store mode” capabilities for retailers to incorporate into their own branded apps for enhanced in-store shopper engagement. Key features include indoor location technologies, in-store search, personalized recommendations and private ad network capabilities. The platform helps retailers, brands and manufacturers increase revenues, customer loyalty and insights giving shoppers a real-time, in-store retailer connection that saves them time and money. Privately-held Point Inside is based in Bellevue, WA. More information can be found at http://www.pointinside.com.

About TechNet
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of CEOs that promotes the growth of technology industries and the economy by building long-term relationships between technology leaders and policymakers and by advocating a targeted policy agenda. TechNet’s members represent more than one million employees in the fields of information technology, biotechnology, e-commerce and finance. TechNet has offices in Washington, D.C., Palo Alto, Sacramento, Seattle, Boston and Austin. More information can be found at: http://www.technet.org.

About ECEDHA
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association is composed of heads or chairs of departments offering accredited programs in electrical and/or computer engineering. The purposes of ECEDHA, are threefold:

  •     Help advance the field;
  •     Facilitate member interaction and idea exchange;
  •     Improve communication with the profession, industry, government, and others.

More information about the ECEDHA can be found at http://www.ecedha.org.

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