Innovation. A topic much covered and talked about. The Economist puts its stamp on the discussion and aims to challenge the way we view innovation and debunk the myths. In its annual Innovation Awards, The Economist showcases creative individuals who dream up new ideas and turn them into reality. In its Innovation Summit, The Economist explains answers to vital questions around innovation.
The Economist Innovation Awards ceremony will take place in Hong Kong on October 9th 2014. The Economist invited readers to nominate outstanding innovators (individuals not organisations). The nominations window is now closed and the winners will be announced in September. The awards ceremony is invitation-only. Register your interest in attending here. Please note places are strictly limited.
Innovation Summit 2014 will take place in Hong Kong on October 10th. Check back here to see the latest programme and speaker faculty. Register to attend the summit here.
“Unlike other awards ceremonies and conferences, our focus is not simply on promising innovations that might turn out to be important. Rather, our focus is on proven innovations that have demonstrated their value-and the lessons that can be learned from them. In other words, we look backwards in order to look forwards." says Tom Standage, The Economist, Online & Digital Editor, Awards judge and summit co-chair.
The Economist Innovation Awards and Summit first took place in San Francisco, were then held in London for several years, and we are delighted that they are moving to Asia in 2014. Innovation is an increasingly global activity and no city, country or region has a monopoly on "new ideas that create value", as we like to define it. Our flagship innovation event reflects that fact, not just in its content, but also in its location.
Here what Vijay Vaitheeswaran, China Business and Finance Editor of The Economist has to say about innovation: