TPO attended the annual meeting of the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC), a nationwide network of federal laboratories that provides the forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace. The meeting brought together tech transfer experts from across the federal labs, along with representatives from industry and academia to discuss best practices and industry needs for federal technology transfer. According to TPO Technology Transfer Program Manager, Derek Parks, "the FLC meeting was a great opportunity to meet with our counterparts in other agencies to discuss best practices. We have made a lot of new contacts and have great ideas for increasing tech transfer from NOAA labs."
TPO staff also attended a two-day meeting of the Environmental Information Services Working Group (EISWG), which was created in 2009 under the auspices of NOAA's Science Advisory Board. The EISWG provides ongoing advice to NOAA on weather and climate matters including partnering with industry in providing environmental information to the public. Industry representatives from The Weather Channel, AccuWeather, Weather Services International, Harris, and Vaisala attended the meeting, along with representatives from academia. For TPO, the meeting provided hard data on the needs of industry related to environmental data products.
This past week, TPO staff also attended a meeting of two inter-agency working groups dedicated to implementing the President's Lab to Market agenda. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy leads these monthly meetings, which are designed to track progress towards meeting the goals of increasing technology transfer from federal labs. Specifically, NOAA has been working to upload its intellectual property and facilities information to the data.gov platform. Once fully populated, data.gov will provide a one-stop location for U.S. private companies to obtain a full range of federal research and development, intellectual property, and facilities data. These data, once accessible in a central, open format will generate a wide range of new commercial opportunities for U.S. industries.