Building ICT innovation capacity


Session 324

14:30–16:15, Thursday, 15 June 2017 Room L2, ITU Montbrillant Thematic Workshop

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The rapid technological progress calls on us to learn faster by working together and to pull out of ourselves more of our true potential, both individually and collectively. We need to reinvent education, think creatively, ask the right questions, have interpersonal skills, and work in teams.

Exposure to environments that encourage innovation is important as they can provide both an inspiration and needed support. Spaces where people are encouraged to work together to solve problems and to share their knowledge, thereby fostering a collegial and progressive work environment help talent to get noticed. Innovation programs (e.g. accelerators, prizes, entrepreneurship education programs) on innovation-driven entrepreneurship are beneficial support mechanisms.

Universities play the key in the ICT centric innovation ecosystem. Universities need to adapt to provide practical skills for a predominately digital economy. Education programs should be tailored to provide access to knowledge, boost original thinking, bold experimentation and interdisciplinary creativity.

An important facet of public-private collaboration is the exchange between universities and industry as innovative ventures are often driven by technologies that come from basic research and pass through technology transfer channel and commercialisation.

This session will discuss:

- Supporting networks of entrepreneurs through ICT infrastructure such as special purpose incubators and accelerators, that provide elements of co-working spaces, maker spaces, living labs, fablabs, urban labs, innovation hubs/labs, and technological sandboxes for experimentation
- The anchoring role of universities in providing entrepreneurial skills and nurturing the culture of innovation
- Fostering an active collaboration between universities, entrepreneurs and private sector and allowing innovation practitioners to work across boundaries


Dr Drasko Draskovic, ITU expert


14:30-14:40     Opening Remarks by Dr Drasko Draskovic, ITU expert

14:40-15:00     Supporting networks of entrepreneurs through ICT infrastructure

  • Ms Sunnie J. Groeneveld, Inspire 925
  • Ms Sofia Ribeiro Curado, Seedstars


15:00-15:20     The anchoring role of universities in providing entrepreneurial skills and nurturing the culture of innovation

  • Prof. Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, Royal Holloway University of London
  • Mr Matthias Kuhn, Université de Genève-UNITEC


15:20-15:45     Fostering an active collaboration

  • Mr Irakli Kashibadze, CEO, Future Laboratory Georgia
  • Mr Sebastian Diaz, Startup Chile
  • Ms Joy Tan, President of Corporate Communications, Huawei Technologies

15:45-16:15     Open discussions moderated by ITU

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C1 logo C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • AL C2 logo C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • AL C3 logo C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • AL C4 logo C4. Capacity building
  • AL C6 logo C6. Enabling environment
  • AL C7 e-Gov logo C7. ICT Applications: E-government
  • AL C7 e-Bus logo C7. ICT Applications: E-business

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure logo Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation


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