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Partner Event: MIT Enterprise Forum - An Innovation Series Debate: Should Innovation Be Free?
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When: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
From 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: MIT Stata Center, Room 32-123
32 Vassar Street
Building 32
Cambridge, Massachusetts  02139
United States
Contact: Chitra Dwarka

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An Innovation Series Debate:

Should Innovation Be Free?


It’s a debate that has gone on for as long as innovation itself.

One side argues that innovation works best — and society is best served — if new ideas are allowed to flourish based solely on their merit, not someone’s ability to pay.

The other side argues that paying innovators is only fair, that not paying them stems the flow of new products and services society sorely needs, and that the marketplace is the true measure of a new idea’s value.

At this Innovation Series event you’ll hear both sides — free software advocates, open innovation thought leaders, intellectual property attorneys, entrepreneurs, and investors.

It’s a moderated debate where two opposing teams will each state their case, take questions from the other side and the audience, and give rebuttals. It may not deliver the final answer to this question — but this event will definitely put on full display a clash of viewpoints you don’t often get to see.

Debate Moderator:

  • Robert Johnson, Principal Analyst and Vice President, IDG


  • George Adams, CEO, ViziApps
  • J. Alan Bird, Global Business Development Lead, W3C
  • Ivan Judson, Computer Scientist, Microsoft
  • Lita Nelsen, Director, MIT Technology Licensing Office


For more information and to register:

Note:BPMA members are invited to use the discount code MITEF-BPMA to receive $25 off of the $45 MITEF non-member price.


The Innovation Series is the banner program offering of the MITEF Cambridge chapter, with a goal to inform, connect, and inspire innovators. Typical event attendance ranges between 100 and 200, comprising students, startup founders, corporate executives, investors, academics, service providers, and other interested parties.





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