We often think that a great new idea will speak for itself — that people will automatically see that it is awesome. But that’s often untrue. There are two other crucial components needed before an idea can truly change the world. Tim Kastelle explains more on the TEDx stage.
Jan 18, 2017 | In: Videos
“The actual path of a raindrop as it goes down the valley is unpredictable, but the general direction is inevitable,” says digital visionary Kevin Kelly — and technology is much the same, driven by patterns that are surprising but inevitable. Over the next 20 years, he says, our penchant for making things smarter and smarter will have a profound impact on nearly everything we do. Kelly explores three trends in AI we need to understand in order to embrace it and steer its development. “The most popular AI product 20 years from now that everyone uses has not been invented yet,” Kelly says. “That means that you’re not late.”
Jan 11, 2017 | In: Videos
“Great dreams aren’t just visions,” says Astro Teller, “They’re visions coupled to strategies for making them real.” The head of X (formerly Google X), Teller takes us inside the “moonshot factory,” as it’s called, where his team seeks to solve the world’s biggest problems through experimental projects like balloon-powered Internet and wind turbines that sail through the air. Find out X’s secret to creating an organization where people feel comfortable working on big, risky projects and exploring audacious ideas.
Jan 04, 2017 | In: Videos
Embrace Innovations Co-Founder and CEO Jane Marie Chen describes how the sudden loss of a corporate customer threatened to end her organization’s operations and served as a wake-up call that a more sustainable business model was needed, prompting Embrace to adopt one where its humanitarian efforts would be supported by the sale of baby products intended for retail consumers.
Dec 30, 2016 | In: News
2016 was a big year for crowdsourcing. In our final edition of What’s New for the year, we clearly see how crowdsourcing is being used to create transparency and provide citizens with an active voice in our local governments. Crowdsourcing continues to play an important part in new product development for large and small companies, and our new capacities to collect scientific and locational data is proving to be game-changing. Check out the latest news stories from around the world.
Dec 21, 2016 | In: Videos
Synack’s Jay Kaplan discusses how the cybersecurity startup he heads mitigates concerns stemming from the practice of using crowdsourced hackers around the world to identify vulnerabilities in the systems of private companies and government agencies that serve as customers. Synack’s safeguards include rigorous vetting and tracking, as well as placing high “bounties” on the most serious vulnerabilities.
Dec 20, 2016 | In: News
This year’s Management Innovator Award was won by a team of experimenters for their unconventional approach to organizational governance. The Budapest-based Society of Management Innovators announced the results of the international competition on December 16th, 2016.
Dec 14, 2016 | In: Videos
Julie Zhuo, vice president of product design at Facebook, explains the importance of visualizing success before beginning work on a project and how it can help teams avoid the tendency to define success along the way with vanity metrics. The question to ask is, “How will we know if we’ve solved this problem?” Zhuo says. “What would be different in the world?”
Dec 07, 2016 | In: Videos
How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies “originals”: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. “The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” Grant says. “You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.”
Attention innovators: here’s your chance to showcase tech & science projects and benefit from international promotion among a tech-oriented crowd, media, industry representatives and business professionals for free. The digital campaign, “Bringing tech&science closer to people,” carried out under the auspices of UNESCO, is here to celebrate innovators and inventors and the world-changing solutions they are working on.
Nov 30, 2016 | In: Videos
Ron Gutman, founder and CEO of HealthTap, discusses the need to balance broad strategic thinking with a granular-level understanding of the fundamental human experience that a new product seeks to improve or create. As an example, Gutman explains how his digital-health app is just an extension of the archetypal interaction between healer and patient.
Nov 23, 2016 | In: Videos
Med-tech entrepreneur Michael Ackermann cites the various reasons why healthcare has yet to be disrupted by technology akin to how Amazon, Netflix and other companies have transformed their respective industries. Now vice president of neurostimulation at Allergan, Ackermann lists healthcare’s diverse and complex array of consumers, industry regulations, ethical and legal privacy concerns, and the fact that medical science moves at a much slower pace than software development.
Nov 16, 2016 | In: Videos
Retired serial entrepreneur and educator Steve Blank traces the origin of technology startups and venture capital in Silicon Valley. An adjunct professor in Stanford’s School of Engineering, Blank talks about how the very first semiconductor business in the valley spawned 65 other chip companies over the next 20 years. The increased activity and a loosening of financial regulations subsequently led to the birth of venture capital, according to Blank.
Nov 09, 2016 | In: Videos
Matt Rogers, co-founder and vice president of engineering at Nest, recalls how working on projects at Apple from beginning to end put him in a position to lead teams. He also talks about how a great career can be built by taking on projects that others think are unworthy.
Nov 03, 2016 | In: News
November 3, 2016: There’s no longer any doubt that the democratization of designing, planning and decision making for just about anything is here to stay. In fact, these days it seems that no problem is too big or complex for the crowd. In this edition of What’s New we can see crowdsourcing being used to substitute a traditional justice system, write a country’s new constitution, plan the next generation of smart-cities, search for cleaner water, investigate the Moon and Jupiter, and the list goes on.