MIT Europe 2010 Conference in Brussels, the report

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Industrial Liaison Program (MIT ILP) and Belgium’s largest employers’ organisation and trade association Agoria organized last October a 2 day conference titled Achieving Growth Through Strategic Innovation. Researchers from MIT, members of European institutions and industry representatives gathered at beautiful Egmont Palace in Brussels, Belgium, to share experiences and identify new opportunities coming from the innovation and researcher & development world. What follows is what I enjoyed most. At the end of the post, my own takeaways as usual.

Ray Kurzweil: The Web Within Us - When Minds And Machines Become One

The first day session was opened by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Paris based but supported by over 30 countries. OECD provide them insights about a broad range of topics, among others Economy, Sustainability, Governance and Innovation. OECD gave a talk about innovation in these turbulent time. Read more of this post

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Coming soon, 2010 MIT Europe Conference, the report

Achieving Growth Through Strategic Innovation has been the third in the “Innovation in Europe” series conference the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has held in Europe.

It’s been 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 has taken place in Brussels, the 11th and 12th of October. 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 has given a talk about “Meaningful Innovation in Healthcare”.

I have also covered 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 Italian Adriano Olivetti Foundation.

A full report in English is about to come then on this blog. Stay tuned!

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.

Multinational R&D labs, here or there?

R&D labs of large corporations, together with academic institutions, tend to be the most important seeds when you want to establish an innovation cluster, aka ecosystem. However, why such R&D labs are located here or there? How can you attract them? Local and national level policy makers can now have a clue.

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In fact, the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) of the U.S. National Academies, commissioned a survey to find out the factors influencing the locations of R&D facilities, to base policy discussions upon a structured set of data rather than anecdote and case studies. Over 200 multinational companies, across 15 industries, were then approached. Respondents to the survey were high-level R&D personnel involved with R&D location decisions, being asked to avoid general and their own perceptions. Moreover, when asking about location, questions were in terms of employees rather than mere money investment. Finally, respondents were instructed to pick the site most central to their firm’s R&D strategy, as a reference to their answers.

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