International SIG: A Model for International Innovation



  • The World Internet Center Model Nine Years Hence

    The International SIG meetings will meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Silicon Valley Bank in Santa Clara.


    Dr. Susan Duggan, Co-founded the Silicon Valley World Internet Center in Palo Alto, Silicon Valley World Internet Center

    Presentation Overview

    A Model for International Innovation: The World Internet Center Model, Nine Years Hence

    A review of the challenges and rewards of supporting a model for collaborative innovation in the Internet space around the world. In its ninth year in the Silicon Valley, the World Internet Center ( now looks to its next iteration as a model for networking knowledge at other sites around the world. Beijing? Melbourne? Bangalore? Discuss the merits of different sites for fostering a collaborative innovation environment, while recognizing the challenges of "coopetition" in the 21st century.


    About the Presenter

    In 1996, Dr. Duggan co-founded the Silicon Valley World Internet Center in Palo Alto, California. The Center is an internationally recognized dynamic think tank and showcase for the advancement of Internet-related technologies, services, and markets. Dr. Duggan oversees the collaborative knowledge exchange, marketing venues, and strategic alliance support provided to the Center's clients, which include SAP, Archstone Consulting, IBM, Fujitsu, Deutsche Telekom, Cable & Wireless, Sun Microsystems and Amdocs.

    With twenty years in policy and program design in international education, she continues to innovate, internationally, in knowledge exchange at the key decision-maker level. Dr. Duggan served for several years as the Senior Policy Consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense's National Security Education Program revising multi-million dollar grant programs affecting paradigmatic shifts in international education within U.S. higher education. In 1992, she co-founded and managed an international education agency with program development throughout Eastern Europe and Latin America. She has worked, conducted extended research projects, and lived extensively overseas during the past two decades.

    A Fulbright Scholar to Germany and Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, she holds a Ph.D. and Masters in Education/Political Science, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Stanford University. She also holds a Masters in Political Science/International Relations from Université Laval. She serves on several advisory boards of Silicon Valley start up companies. Dr. Duggan is conversant in five languages; fluent in German and French. A native to California, she is an avid horsewoman, jazz singer and amateur musician.


    Event Logistics


    Silicon Valley Bank
    3003 Tasman Drive
    Santa Clara, CA 95054
    PLEASE NOTE: Meeting is held at employee entrance to the c



    6:30-7:00pm registration/networking/refreshments
    7:00-7:15pm announcements and introductions
    7:15-8:30pm program
    8:30-9:00pm networking/one-on-one discussions


    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
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