For the last couple of months we’ve been exploring together some challenges facing San Diego’s innovators and the sectors they’re trying to grow here in our latest “Quest” series. We’ve been happy to play a role in sparking important conversations about the way scientists, tech minds, governments and communities are thinking differently, and we hope those continue.
It’s time to wrap up our foray into these topics for now. Here are some highlights from our exploration:
San Diego’s place in the global landscape for technological, biotech and other innovation has roots in its military prowess in the 20th century. The city offered huge swaths of land to facilitate research and development at places like General Atomics, Salk Institute, UC San Diego, helping to recruit top scientists and researchers to San Diego in the decades following World War II.
One example of a modern-day equivalent: The city of Carlsbad made a vacant building available for a new low-cost workspace for biotech innovators that opened last month.
What We’re Known For
San Diego’s got an innovation reputation for “phones, drones and genomes,” as UCSD sociologist Mary Walshok put it. But the realms of stem cells, wireless tech, software analytics, solar energy, robotics, craft brewing, cybersecurity, the science of applying natural features (like colorful butterfly scales) to tech problems and sports equipment are also making a mark locally and nationally.
Gender and Diversity: There aren’t simple answers for increasing racial and gender diversity in the innovation sectors, but about a dozen people shared their perspectives on whether San Diego has a “patriarch problem.” A scientist chimed in with possible reasons for gender imbalance in the sciences.