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13 industries that tech founders should watch

13 industries that tech founders should watch | Innovation for Growth | Scoop.it
Savvy founders don't just focus on iterating their own products - they look to other industries and niches for inspiration and opportunity as well. Whether you're looking for new ways ...

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Social Benefits and Migration: A Contested Relationship and Policy Challenge in the EU | The Centre for European Policy Studies

Social Benefits and Migration: A Contested Relationship and Policy Challenge in the EU | The Centre for European Policy Studies | Innovation for Growth | Scoop.it
Following the financial crisis that commenced in 2008, the relationship between migration and social benefits has become increasingly contested in a number of large EU member states.

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Why Tech Hubs Are A Key Part Of Africa’s Future

Why Tech Hubs Are A Key Part Of Africa’s Future | Innovation for Growth | Scoop.it
Tayo Akinyemi, Director of AfriLabs, tells Adam Oxford about the network of innovation incubators driving Africa's burgeoning tech scene. (91 innovation hubs currently exist in #Africa.
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How Tiny Estonia Became A Leader In Technology

How Tiny Estonia Became A Leader In Technology | Innovation for Growth | Scoop.it
High-tech industries now account for about 15% of GDP.
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World’s most powerful laser under construction outside Nizhny Novgorod

World’s most powerful laser under construction outside Nizhny Novgorod | Innovation for Growth | Scoop.it
The first stage of the worlds most powerful laser project being developed in Sarov some 185km south of Nizhny Novgorod in the mid-Volga area is slated for completion in 2017.
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Ed-Tech Chief Posits Five Innovation Questions for Schools

Ed-Tech Chief Posits Five Innovation Questions for Schools | Innovation for Growth | Scoop.it
School leaders can improve their ability to create innovations through technology by considering five questions, the U.S. Department of Education's educational technology director argued recently.

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What can schools do to boost innovation?

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Patent Law Broken, Abused to Stifle Innovation | Innovation Insights | Wired.com

Patent Law Broken, Abused to Stifle Innovation | Innovation Insights | Wired.com | Innovation for Growth | Scoop.it
Image: brunkfordbraun/Flickr In 1895, George Selden patented the "improved road engine" powered by a "liquid-hydrocarbon engine of the compression type (The U.S.
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Czech Republic: 'Rescue plan for Ostrava'

Czech Republic: 'Rescue plan for Ostrava' | Innovation for Growth | Scoop.it
The government is preparing a plan in response to the prospect of a “social catastrophe” in the industrial region of Ostrava in the eastern Czech […]

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OECD will soon review the universities role in boosting local enterprise and regional development in Ostrava. Could this help?

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CoR - Time to re-think EU2020? CoR calls on Europe's cities and regions to give their view

CoR - Time to re-think EU2020? CoR calls on Europe's cities and regions to give their view | Innovation for Growth | Scoop.it

The Committee of the Regions (CoR) has called on Europe's local and regional authorities to give their opinion on the impact of the EU's growth strategy – Europe 2020 – at a local level. The review of Europe 2020 was launched during a CoR conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, and invites all EU local and regional authorities to take part contributing to its assessment of the strategy with the results being formally published in March 2014.


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World’s most powerful laser under construction outside Nizhny Novgorod

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Bangalore among top 8 tech clusters - The Times of India

Bangalore among top 8 tech clusters - The Times of India | Innovation for Growth | Scoop.it
India’s IT capital figures among eight largest technology innovation clusters in a global rating by MIT Technology Review, a magazine on innovation brought out by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US.
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Enterprise Ireland-backed venture capital firms invest €54m in 135 firms in 2012

Enterprise Ireland-backed venture capital firms invest €54m in 135 firms in 2012 | Innovation for Growth | Scoop.it
Enterprise Ireland said this morning that it supported venture capitalists who invested €54m in 135 Irish-based companies in 2012 under the Enterprise Ireland Seed and Venture Capital Programmes.

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Big finance is strangling innovation | Salon.it

Big finance is strangling innovation | Salon.it | Innovation for Growth | Scoop.it

Whatever happened to innovation in America? President Obama told us that our future depends on it. Across the political spectrum, everyone pretty much agrees that innovation is vital to prosperity.

 

So why aren’t we getting the job done? Clearly, we’re in desperate need of clean technology that won’t poison us. Our information and communications systems are not up to snuff. Our infrastructure is outdated and crumbling before our eyes. We’re not investing enough in these areas, and it shows. Yet they’re necessary not only for America’s economic health, but for stability and prosperity around the globe.

 

The U.S. used to be the envy of the world when it came to innovation, making things that dazzled the world and enhanced the lives of millions. But the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a bipartisan think-tank that ranks 36 countries according to innovation-based competitiveness, tells us we’re getting pushed aside on the global innovation stage. In 2009, to the surprise of those conducting the study, the U.S. ranked #4 in innovation, behind Finland, Sweden and Singapore. In 2011, the U.S. ranking was unchanged. Worse, the U.S. ranked second to last in terms of progress over the last decade.

 

Research by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) also shows that the U.S. is not making as many cutting-edge products as it used to, and that other countries with strong investment in the foundations of innovation, like education and research and development, and fewer of the things that hinder it, like income inequality, are making greater strides than we are.

 

What went wrong?

 

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The Big Data Boom Is the Innovation Story of Our Time | The Atlantic

The Big Data Boom Is the Innovation Story of Our Time | The Atlantic | Innovation for Growth | Scoop.it

In the 1670s, in Delft, Netherlands, a scientist named Anton van Leeuwenhoek did something many scientists had done for 100 years before him. He built a microscope.

 

This microscope was different, but it was not extraordinary. Like so many inventions, he borrowed and tweaked his predecessors' ingenuity. But when he looked through this microscope, he found things that did seem extraordinary. He called them "animalcules," microbes in water droplets and human blood that ultimately provided the foundation for the germ theory of disease and eventually inspired a host of medicines and treatments.

 

The Leeuwenhoek discovery is crucial to our understanding of innovation, not only because it changed the face of biochemistry, but also because it represents a fundamental theme of discovery.

 

Breakthroughs in innovation often rely on breakthroughs in measurement.

 

THE DATA BOOM


Today businesses can measure their activities and customer relationships with unprecedented precision. As a result, they are awash with data. This is particularly evident in the digital economy, where clickstream data give precisely targeted and real-time insights into consumer behavior.

 

In turn, customers are acting as unwitting business consultants for these companies. Our purchases, searches, and online activities are being tracked to improve everything from websites to delivery routes and drug manufacturing.

 

Anyone with access to a Web browser can get summaries of billions of keyword searches, and this information is highly predictive of present and future economic activity, such as housing purchases and prices. Mobile phones, automobiles, factory automation systems and other devices are routinely instrumented to generate streams of data on their activities, making possible an emerging field of "reality mining" to analyze this information. Manufacturers and retailers use radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to deliver terabits of data on inventories and supplier interactions and then feed this information into analytical models to optimize and reinvent their business processes.

 

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