Season 1, Episode 5B
The Six Continents of Innovation – Africa, North America, South America
The first of two webcasts presented by the global innovation practice Futureproofing : Next.
With F:N Webcast Hosts: Andrea Kates, Sean Moffitt, and a special panel of international guests.
With all of our connected technology, the world may be getting smaller but when it comes to corporate innovation, it’s not quite flat yet.
Innovation around the world has many different nuances given the socio-economic climates, geopolitical aspects, cultural differences, customer motivations, talent mindsets, regulatory conditions and technologies at play in each region.
So we’re going to travel around the innovation world, not in 80 days, but in less than two hours. Along for our expedition, we’ve invited some of the most worldly innovative minds in each geography to get a flavour of how innovation gets done similarly and differently in their respective geographies.
Since there is so much to talk about, we are going to split our world up into two:
– Our early webcast session will canvas the smartest insights from Asia, Europe and Oceania.
– Our later webcast session will travel back to Africa, North America and South America.
What we’ll cover:
General trends affecting corporate innovation – contrasting and comparing similarities and differences across geographies
Specific regional/geographic issues, regulations, concerns and barriers to corporate innovation
Specific regional/geographic areas of excitement, optimism and contributors to corporate innovation
Driving technologies, customer shifts, talent and routes to market
Applicable Insights about key global business topics:
- Fintech, AI and Machine Learning
- Open innovation, Collaboration and CoCreation
- Eastern Silk Road vs.Western Silicon Valley
- Polarization of Wealth, Jobs & Beliefs
- Effective business models & shiny company examples by geography
Futureproofing Now Webcast Video
Futureproofing Now Podcast Audio
Hosts & Guests
Our website Futureproofing : Next
Live open survey: The Corporate Innovation Playbook Survey
Chanzo Capital : http://www.chanzocapital.com
Inside-Outside : http://insideoutside.io
Connect Bogota: https://www.connectbogota.org
Edelman Trust Barometer 2019 : https://www.edelman.com/trust-barometer
Top 100 Cities of Innovation : City Rankings by 2ThinkNow
Futureproofing Now Hosts:
About This EpisOde
0:00 Intro, Context and Advance Poll Question – “What’s the biggest influence behind your region’s innovation success?”
6:o0 Regional Innovation Contributors & Headlines – youthful Africa and the quadrupling of population, marketplace-shifting, more sophisticated South America and customer problem-focused North America
12:o0 Eric Osiakwan – Africa will become the labour force of the world
13:45 Global Trust in Business – lagging government investment and corruption in South America,
18:50 Innovation Geography – leading cities by region, is Texas California? & splintered North American innovation, corporate partner potential, is Silicon Valley dying?
25:45 The Big Picture – evolution Europe to Asia to Africa – the mobile web continent and the 2nd generation of innovation – mobile money
30:30 The Fintech & US Perspective with Brian Ardinger – evolve vs. disrupt, big tech e.g. Libra, Apple Pay and compelling use case scenarios and the role of trust
32:00 The South American Perspective with Marcela Rueda – opportunity in financial services as local banks are closer to the market, banking the urbankable and online/offline startups
36:10 Ease of Doing Business in Regions – North America (easier) spin up experiment & create new stuff, Africa (easier) – political stability, ease of tech, SME and talent and South America (easier and fun) startups collaborating across region, open innovation challenges, tapping into the “global brain”
42:00 Business Challenges & Barriers – the speed of the marketplace and fast escalating and vacillating valuations, internal culture and not being able to move fast enough and the solution of “getting proximity” to startups, Project North – access to founders, the dawn cross-continental Africa companies, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Senegal, Morocco and Egypt public policy improvement
53:00 Top Disrupting Industries, Emerging Technologies & Business Models – South America (banking/finance/biotech, AI/automation, data & intelligence but still early days ), North America (insurance/health care, AI/machine learning, data & intelligence business models) Africa (health care, mobile solutions & the next billion, co-creation/sharing models)
56:30 Biggest Regional Predictions & Soundbytes – South America (a lot of opportunity to adapt to South America and thriving creative industries), North America (innovation and systems of talent) and Africa (biggest tech emanating form Africa in the 21st century)
58:00 Wrapup – Future Webinars, Writing a Book Together. Global Corporate Innovation Playbook, The Futureproofing 66°
Our F:N Expert Panelists:
Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital
Founder - Inside Outside / Director of Innovation, Nelnet
Whether serving as a tech consultant, innovation specialist, economic developer or researcher, Brian’s passion has always been working on exciting projects with amazing people to create remarkable results.
As evidence, Brian founded Inside Outside.io makers of the weekly podcast, newsletter, and annually convenes The IO Summit. For over 25 years Brian has been helping entrepreneurs and enterprises navigate and compete in a world of change and disruption.
He has led efforts between startups and corporates to engage the latest trends, tools, and tactics to accelerate innovation, launch new ideas, and build better products.
Previously, Brian founded the seed-stage accelerator NMotion and co-founded the corporate innovation consultancy Econic. Brian also built out the consulting arm in Asia for Gartner and led the creation of Asia’s first dedicated customer experience lab as head of research at Ion Global.
Deputy Director, Connect Bogota
Marcela is the Deputy Director at Connect Bogota Region, Bogota ́s is innovation network, created eight year ́s ago to help Colombia ́s capital become one of the three most innovative cities in Latin America by 2025.
Marcela has over 10 years’ experience in leadership roles in government, nonprofit organizations, and private companies in the technology and telecommunications industries.
Her work includes projects in technology transfer, corporate startup engagement, open innovation, innovation culture and start-up acceleration programs.
Marcela has been selected on two occasions by the OAS as a Latin American representative in the American Competitiveness Exchange Program (Texas, Israel and Germany).
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