A few days ago we told about starting to renovate the innovation space at COSTECH. We already got some valuable feedback in the comments and now here at the SAFIPA conference we’ve been also thinking about space in different discussions and how it relates to what we’ve learned here.
Here are some related issues that have come up in many presentations and discussions:
- Innovation and ICT are key strategic priorities in for development; many governments have recognized this and are now looking for practical models of implementation.
- Connectivity and broadband access is still a struggle in many places.
- Innovators and entrepreneurs lack access to spaces where can get support, meet each other and customers, and access technical and training resouces.
- The path from an idea into commercialized innovation needs to be formalized so it can be explained and put into practice.
- Entrepreneurs and their needs are not always understood by public entities, they need to asked and involved in planning support systems.
- There’s a great need for flexible funding mechanisms; the question is their sustainability. Once you’ve funded 10 great projects, what happens to the next 10?
- Entire society needs to be leveraged for development; this needs a shared vision, tools for communication and open innovation platforms.
We made a 1-page concept paper with the initial design sketch of the space for this conference. Have a look at it below:
What is happening right now, is that the walls are being repainted and over the weekend and next week we should receive the basic furniture so we can formally launch the space on Oct. 31st and then start the activities with everyone involved.
What do you think? Does this seem relevant in providing an environment to start building the path from ideas into sustainable innovations together with universities, entrepreneurs, industry and public stakeholders?