Summit will bring the world to Indiana – Inside INdiana Business
A one-of-a-kind event is set to take place on Memorial Day weekend in Indianapolis. The World Economic Summit is billed as a showcase for innovation, disruptive technologies and new economic thinking, and is expected to attract big names, including a former Google CEO. Indiana Commerce Secretary Brad Chambers said the event was a perfect fit with his goal of telling Indiana’s story to the world.
In an Inside Indiana Business interview with Gerry Dick, Chambers said early data suggests the summit will be a blockbuster event.
“We had 800 people registered for this event; we had to close the recording,” Chambers said. “We have 25 participating countries. The governor likes to say he wants to take Indiana out into the world and bring the world into Indiana. Well, the world is coming to Indiana at the end of May.
Plans for the summit were originally announced in late 2019, but were put on hold due to the pandemic. As restrictions eased and the recovery from the pandemic continued, those plans were renewed last December.
The summit is scheduled for May 26-29 at the Indiana Convention Center. The event will feature many high profile speakers, including former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Saab CEO Micael Johansson and Amazon Vice President of Global Economic Development Holly Sullivan.
Chambers says having the summit during the Indianapolis 500 weekend brings an extra element to the event.
“There is no better way to showcase Indiana hospitality than to bring the world to Indiana and start a thoughtful conversation about innovation and the future of sustainability and l future of our economy and to do so during our international race weekend,” he said. “So we’re super excited and the guests are excited.”
Chambers says the goal is to provide a showcase of innovation talent in Indiana and turn those conversations into action.
“There are a lot of these conversations happening globally and they are just conversations. Indiana is a state with Midwestern values and takes that talk and turns it into action,” he said. “So we really want to take these innovative conversations from these global thought leaders, distill them in Indiana, and then put them into action for the benefit of our world, really.”
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