Innovation Cafe´ Program

One of the major manufacturing challenges facing our nation is a tech transfer literacy gap facing individuals from traditionally under-represented low wealth communities and white communities. To close this gap, the Manufacturing Diversity Institute has developed an Innovation Cafe´ collaborative "strategic action" format that utilizes outside expertise in partnership with regional talent, knowledge, and know-how to establish underserved communities as hotbeds of innovation, talent, and manufacturing entrepreneurship.

The Innovation Cafe´ is an annual "strategic action" planning gathering for community residents to interact and chat with national thought leaders and experts around varied innovation issues important in the new innovation economy, especially manufacturing diversity. As designed, the Innovation Cafe´ is an on-ramp platform for diverse manufacturing entrepreneurial grassroots efforts to access innovative and creative ideas, insights, and policy perspectives that are important to creating jobs, wealth, and shared prosperity in the manufacturing industry. Innovation Cafe´ attendees engage in a strategic process that will lead to problem solving manufacturing diversity issues through a planning cycle that will be catalytic to economic change in the community.

Participants will hear presentations from some of the nation’s most thought-provoking Innovation experts whose insights will position leaders at the grassroots levels to think and act more creatively and innovatively. Information shared by Innovation Cafe’s experts will help attendees brainstorm ways to build sustainable and cost effective approaches to solving manufacturing diversity issues. Most importantly, attendees will learn about cutting edge innovation initiatives that have benefitted cities and regions that are recognized benchmarks of gravitational pull of talent, investments, and global economic attention.


Visit the Innovation Cafe Speakers page for more information about the incredible people who will be leading our discussions at the Innovation Cafe.

Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute

Underserved On–ramp to the Manufacturing and Maker Economy

Join us for the Third Annual Innovation Cafe' on National Manufacturing Day.

Download a copy of MDI's Innovation Cafe Agenda


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