Coming off the heels of The Economist’s Ideas Economy: Human Potential conference in September 2010, the InnoCentive team once again joined The Economist in New York City, this time for a standing room only event focused on Intelligent Infrastructure. This event convened some of the world’s top minds for captivating discussions on energy, architecture, information, transportation, finance, and cities of the future.
The meeting was once again emceed by the charismatic Vijay Vaitheeswaran, global correspondent for The Economist. Among the notable speakers were our very own Dwayne Spradlin, president and CEO of InnoCentive, and our client Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation. Judith was kind enough to give a big shout out to InnoCentive during her segment (InnoCentive has partnered with the foundation on 10 challenges, attracting more than 5,500 Solvers and 500 solution submissions with an 80% success rate).
The highlight of the two-day event was the announcement of the winning Solver for the Climate Change Challenge. The Challenge – which prompted the opening of more than 600 project rooms and received more than 70 submissions – asked participants to identify promising ideas for the biological capture and sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Winning Solver Mario Rosato, founder of Sustainable Technologies SL, was awarded $10,000 and presented his solution in a detailed yet quite humorous fashion at the event.
Looking forward, the next Ideas Economy conference will be held March 23-24, 2011 in Berkeley, CA at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. This event will focus on innovation and entrepreneurship in a disruptive world. Participants will examine how the very meaning of innovation is changing and why it matters today more than ever. The conference will attract executives who believe in the power of innovation to transform our businesses, our lives, our futures, and our planet. You can register with code INNC and save $500 off the registration rate.
One final note: InnoCentive and The Economist recently launched the Healthcare Information Economy Challenge. Solvers are asked to provide thoughtful and valuable whitepapers on new business models that will enable a future healthcare information economy in which our private health data could benefit healthcare research, lower costs and ultimately improve patient care. The winning solution will receive a $10,000 cash award and have the opportunity to present at the upcoming The Economist Ideas Economy: Information conference in Santa Clara, CA, June 7-8, 2011. The InnoCentive team will once again be on hand with The Economist team to announce the winning Solver.
Sr. Director Marketing, InnoCentive