MIT to land in Europe in October and I’ll be there reporting

Achieving Growth Through Strategic Innovation is the third in the “Innovation in Europe” series conference the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is holding in Europe.

Grand place, Brussels, Belgium, 2007

It is co-organized by MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP), the organization dedicated to creating relationship between MIT and corporations worldwide and Agoria, the Belgium’s largest employers’ organisation and trade association. In fact, it will take place in Brussels, the 11th and 12th of October this year. Among the speakers, it is worth mentioning Andrew McAfee, also known for coining the phrase “Enterprise 2.0”, Ray Kurzweil author of bestseller “Age of Spiritual Machines” and “The Singularity is Near” and Henk van Houten, Senior Vice President and Program Manager at Healthcare Philips Research who will be speak about “Meaningful Innovation in Healthcare”.  You can that a look at the full agenda and speakers here. According to the organizers the conference

provides an important forum for European business and government technology leaders to participate and identify strategic innovation sources and opportunities, and to create supporting policies. MIT’s leading researchers and industry speakers will focus on innovation mechanisms, evaluate measures designed to support innovation, and present specific innovation opportunities relevant to European business.

I am covering the event for Istituto Adriano Olivetti (ISTAO), one of the oldest Management Schools in Italy, founded in 1967 by Giorgio Fuà on the initiative of the Social Science Research Council of the United States and the Adriano Olivetti Foundation. ISTAO, as MIT ILP member,  also gathers about 40 enterprises of Italian region Le Marche including Indesit Company, TOD’s Group, iGuzzini, Scavolini and Rainbow. And I will be very proud to represent all of them. In details, I’ll be live tweeting over the 2 days conference by using #miteurope2010, the official Lanyrd hashtag. Secondly, I’ll produce a full report in Italian for ISTAO and its 40 members. Of course, there will be a blog post of the event in English here at We Innov8!. Finally, I’ll bring my brand new full HD Samsung camera, in case there will be a picture or shot worthing 1000 words.

However, if you feel like I can do something for you too, such as focusing on a specific speaker or even aspect of the conference, please do not hesitate to comment below or contact me.

How to build innovation clusters in Europe, Part II

Science|Business is an independent news and events service being focused on R&D investment and policy in Europe. To encourage public dialogue about innovation policies in Europe, it created together with Microsoft Corp. in 2007 a panel of leaders in industry, academia and policy: The Science|Business Innovation Board. Over the 2008, it had been meeting to find the answers how Europe can create high-tech clusters capable of challenging those of the USA.

EU's 50th Anniversary: EU Flag

The conclusions of this event were:

  • a review of leading clusters,
  • a manifesto for action and
  • a proposal: Special Innovation Zones for Europe or SIZEs.

After reporting the cluster review in Part I of this topic, click here for the details, I am going to discuss the manifesto and the SIZEs proposal and end with my own comments, as usual.

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How to build innovation clusters in Europe, Part I

After taking a look at how USA fosters Innovation at regional level, click this for more details, I’ll be here reporting on an European study being led by Science|Business and supported by Microsoft Corp. investigating on how Europe can challenge USA in terms of innovation generation.

EU flag in the Guinness Book of Records 14.04.2009

Science|Business is an independent news and events service being focused on R&D investment and policy in Europe. To encourage public dialogue about innovation policies in Europe, it created together with Microsoft Corp. in 2007 a panel of leaders in industry, academia and policy: The Science|Business Innovation Board. Over the 2008, it had been meeting to find the answers how Europe can create high-tech clusters challenging those of the USA.

The conclusions of these events were:

  1. a review of leading clusters,
  2. a manifesto for action and
  3. a proposal, Special Innovation Zones for Europe or SIZEs.

I’ll being then review the 3 points and close with my own takeaways in 2 separated parts. Part I will deal with the cluster review and Part II with the manifesto and the so-called SIZEs.

Let’s start with Part I.

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