To determine the strongest opportunities for Tulsa's economy, Tulsa Innovation Labs conducted a rigorous and data-driven analysis. Three tech clusters and two cross-industry enablers rose to the surface. The study was informed by over 100 stakeholder interviews and was supported by McKinsey & Company, the global management consultancy.
Virtual health's core services have traditionally included patient-doctor and doctor-doctor consultations completed via telephone, video, or chatbots. Today's advancements in technology, however, are improving the accessibility and sophistication of virtual health and are creating new benefits across the providers, payor, and patient spectrum.
Virtual and remote care solutions are especially valuable to underserved and rural communities, such as those in Oklahoma, and are important options during public health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Digital technologies are being adopted across every part of the energy value chain. As renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives grow, they create an imperative for energy companies to enhance their operations through automation, analytics, and operational technology (OT).
These solutions are pivotal for retaining Tulsa's oil and gas workforce and creating accessible jobs that are protected from automation.
The market for drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), is projected to see strong growth in the near future. By 2024, around half of the market will be commercial and consumer applications, and we are already seeing adoption occur in the energy and agriculture industries.
Tulsa is home to many large energy companies and has easy access to nearby farmland, making it uniquely suited for testing and researching innovative drone applications and infrastructure.
Cybersecurity is experiencing near exponential growth, with applications across industries. Although there are many mature cyber companies, there is still heavy innovation and growth happening in niche areas.
Tulsa's base of energy companies, with critical infrastructure to protect, as well as the city's growing ecosystems in virtual health and drones, would benefit from new cyber talent and applied research.
Data and analytics is a rapidly-growing sector in almost every industry. Given its increasing importance, building capabilities in advanced analytics (e.g. Artificial intelligence, machine learning) can be a catalyst to improve Tulsa’s positioning in both its existing industries and in emerging sectors.
Upskilling talent in Tulsa to jobs in data analytics and data science would help transition workers to the new economy while supporting the city's broader innovation ecosystem.
Building an inclusive tech community requires broad-based support, and we want to work with all who are interested. There will be many ways to benefit and contribute, especially as we establish a full suite of programs.