To operate on the brain, doctors need to see fine details on a small scale. A tiny camera that could produce 3-D images from inside the brain would help surgeons see more intricacies of the tissue they are handling and lead to faster, safer procedures.
Everybody talks about innovation these days, but the word is used so lightly. Every new app, gadget or product feature is now “innovation”. A few decades ago, “innovation” implied a life-changing advance in technology: the transistor, the computer, space flight. Does it mean anything that we speak of innovation more casually today than we did in the past century? Maybe.
In 2013, Samsung launched the Galaxy Round smartphone with a flexible display… though the phone really didn’t have any legitimate reason to exist. As we’ve seen happen a few times in the years since Samsung first entered the smartphone market, the company created a consumer device that included new technology it had been developing, but the company didn’t bother to first determine how that new technology might be made useful.
Now that just about every business seems to have realized that it is unlikely to survive, let alone flourish simply by doing what it has always done, the word “innovation” has become a standard part of the executive’s lexicon.
In 1986, commenting on the internal problems plaguing his new parent company General Motors, Ross Perot took aim at the automaker’s entrenched culture and plodding delivery processes. At the time a new car took five years to design. “Heck, we won World War Two in four years,” he remarked to The Wall Street Journal. “This isn’t a moon shot, it’s just a car.”
One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is spending time with people looking to follow their dream and start new businesses. And time after time, I refer to what I learned in one single book: Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker.
High school classrooms are becoming the laboratories for such projects, and technology incubators such as Future Founders Foundation and the 21st Century Youth Project are connecting underrepresented students with mentors and resources around the city for training in entrepreneurship and technology.
In the 21st century, we see the rise of the creative economy. A majority of CEOs reports that creativity is the most important leadership competency for enterprises. And leading companies are rebranding knowledge workers to creative workers. Therefore, to be innovative as a business, managers must learn to nurture creativityClick here to edit the content.
Disruptive innovation is everywhere it seems. There’s an ongoing fixation with the next Uber, Netflix, WhatsApp or Airbnb. Even perennial technology darlings such as Twitter or Facebook seem, well, so yesterday.
It’s intoxicating, heady stuff as one technological change can seemingly transform an industry and lead to growth rates going through the roof.
At Innofest 2015 in Bangalore last weekend, the topic of choice amongst attendees, patrons and participants was jugaad. Jugaad, a colloquial Hindi word that refers to the innovation that occurs under constrained circumstances, was added to the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary last year and has come to represent the spirit of Indian innovation. For example, in the following photo, a man has poked holes in the cap of his water bottle in order to use it as a spray. Instead of having to purchase
It used to be that most devices in schools were desktop machines of either the Windows or Apple varieties, but recently many schools have been switching to mobile devices like the iPad or web-based devices like the Chromebook. Although there are compelling reasons for schools to adopt these new devices—foremost of which are the low cost and portability of these devices—switching has its tradeoffs.
It’s no secret that the Section 101 jurisprudence is a mess, as novelty and obviousness inquiries are now being analyzed under the rubric of subject matter eligibility. This follows the recent quartet of Supreme Court cases—Bilski, Mayo, Myriad, and Alice—which have significantly narrowed the field of patent-eligible inventions. Making matters worse, lower courts have interpreted the “101 quartet” more broadly than necessary, invalidating many important innovations in the process.
From art to food to fashion, France is known for excellence in many areas. But did you know that the French are also at the head of the pack when it comes to innovation? In fact, according to the Economist, "France has more business startups than anywhere else in Europe."
Innovation is thought inspired by creativity, movement, belief and action. It is about opening your mind to new possibilities by moving past fixed and rigid thinking into more nontraditional and risk-taking thought processes. To remain competitive in business, innovation is everything.
In 2011, InformationWeek reported on the CIO 80/20 barrier, whereby CIOs typically dedicate 80 percent of their IT budgets to basic, “keep the lights on” activities, leaving just 20 percent for innovation, revenue generation and strategic planning. Since then, unfortunately, not much has changed, if not worsened.
I’ve spent this year working with corporations and government agencies that are adopting and adapting Lean Methodologies. The biggest surprise for me was getting schooled on how extremely difficult it is to be an innovator inside a company of executors.
Drilling holes into wood at an angle is a pain in the neck. To avoid deflecting the bit you need to set up some kind of angle jig, which means clamps and more time. Or you can try free-handing it: I had a buddy who could drill pretty decent pocket holes by initially using a too-large bit to make a shallow crater in the surface of the wood, then going into the crater at an angle with a smaller bit, but I was never able to do this consistently well.
This CogniStreamer Crosstalk seminar provides an excellent way for people who are fascinated with open innovation and co-creation, to network and share their thoughts on the future of collaboration. This year’s edition once again promises to offer plenty of food-for-thought with two renowned experts on these matters!
In my research of creativity in startup and mature companies I found that the ability of the team to hold productive debates was critical to that team’s creativity level. Not only that individuals in the team were more creative, but team members were building on each other’s ideas to come up with even better ideas.
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