If you think it hasn’t been all that long since the last meeting of the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST), you’re not wrong. All the same, the Council will meet tomorrow in open session at the main National Academies building in Washington, D.C. As usual, there will be a webcast (later archived) of the proceedings.
As with the July meeting, the session is relatively short, starting at 9:30 Eastern and ending three hours later. According to the agenda, most of that time will be focused on various public-private partnerships focused on innovation. This includes a panel on innovation competitions. (Perhaps coincidentally, tomorrow marks the second anniversary of Challenge.gov, the clearinghouse for government sponsored innovation challenges.) I think attendees will be surprised at the level of activity, in part because of the relatively low stakes involved. Very few of these challenges or partnerships have total prize pools in excess of one million dollars.
Aside from the innovation panels, PCAST anticipates an update on the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) 2012 report. PCAST previously issued a report on NITRD in 2010, and is obligated to monitor and report on the program by law.
And there’s the crap shoot of public comments. Friday morning could be entertaining.