• 00:00    |    
    Initial credits
  • 00:06    |    
    Aleks Merhle and James Thompson
  • 00:15    |    
    Should developing countries engage in Technology Transfer?
    • Different capacities and resources
    • Why should we promote it? Innovative capital vs. manual labor and capital
    • James Thompson's experiences in Guatemala
  • 03:27    |    
    What catalysts are necessary to fuel and develop Technology Transfer (TOT)?
    • Investors, entrepreneurs, subject matter experts
    • Bench-to-Bedside (B2B) Program
    • The role of entrepreneurial students
    • Starting simple and low-cost
  • 07:14    |    
    Who are the key individuals we need to involve?
  • Starting with students
  • 08:43    |    
    What other processes need to be established in order develop Technology Transfer (TOT)?
  • An efficient triangular relationship
  • 10:17    |    
    Are subject matter experts scientists and technicians?
  • Cooperation helps solving problems and creating prototypes
  • 11:18    |    
    Alex, what else is necessary to develop Technology Transfer (TOT)?
    • Individual confidence and proactivity
    • Carlos Argüello and Fundación CA
    • Anticipating failure
    • James: Importance of determination in innovation systems
  • 15:06    |    
    Cultural tolerance for risk and failure
  • 16:20    |    
    How can an educational institution promote innovation?
    • The role of faculty members
    • Importance of cultural exchange within the university
  • 18:15    |    
    Technology Transfer and innovation is the way to go
  • 19:03    |    
    Words of appreciation
  • 19:20    |    
    Final credits

Technology Transfer (TOT) in Developing Countries

New Media  | 06 de junio de 2014  | Vistas: 160

Technology Transfer is a form of active cooperation between universities and industry that allows ideas, knowledge, and revolutionary methods created in educational settings to find practical applications in the real world. (See: Technology Transfer: Changing the Role of Universities). In this interview, James Thompson and Aleks Merhle share their support for the use of Technology Transfer in developing nations. Despite marked differences in countries’ capacities and resources, every nation has potential for innovation. Innovation capital, in fact, has higher potential than manual labor, and is fueled by human creativity. An ideal way to empower this form of capital is to develop academic settings that maximize its growth and are vehicles to finding its practical applications.

Technology Transfer requires individuals and systems that can be found in any developing nation, including Guatemala. Thompson and Merhle identify entrepreneurs, investors and subject matter experts as the fundamental components of an ideal innovative team. The key, however, lies in bringing the problems and the producers of solutions together. Innovation requires determination, proactivity, and the necessary confidence to take risks and be resilient, even after failure. All of these are present in developing countries. Educational institutions can cooperate by providing settings that bring students, faculty, and members of innovative systems together with unsolved problems. For Thompson and Merhle, TOT is a great way to harness the Guatemalan entrepreneurial spirit.


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