The program is a three day event.  Day one has research keynotes and research papers in the regular tracks and special sessions.  The second day is called Industry forum and full day of keynotes and panels from Industry discussing the topics of the conference as seen by industry, what the current trends are in technology and business and its associated challenges.  Day 3 is similar to day one with research tracks and optional workshop events.

The paper sessions are made from the regular tracks and special sessions.  The regular tracks are:

  • Entrepreneurship and its ecosystem 
  • Business Model Innovation in Emerging Markets
  • Cross-Border and Local Venture Capital Investment
  • New Markets for Entrepreneurs
  • Management of Innovation 
  • Technology Management 
  • New Technology Directions and Challenges
  • Managing Globalization Challenges
  • People and Organizations
  • Health, Sustainability, and Social Issues

  The special sessions are:

Special Session on the Opportunities and Risks of AI

Arguably, we are seeing the dawn of “the fourth industrial revolution”. With the disruptive potential of new and emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robots comes both a slew of risks and opportunities, locally and globally. Technological developments in AI and robotics have been discussed in the context of a dichotomy between utopia and dystopia. European views tend to be dystopian, involving fears such as that of as unemployment and AI-driven inequality, while Asian views tend to be utopian, centering on the potential social benefits for an aging society. This special track hopes to bring together the industry, policy makers, academics in both the natural and social sciences, as well as educationists – all stakeholder concerned and committed to meeting our common responsibility to minimize the risks that comes with the AI age.

Special Session on Recent Advances in Innovation Management Concepts and Practices

With the exponential growth in technology and expanding evolution of human needs and values, there have been many advances in innovation management concepts and practices in the 21st century.  This special session is aimed to capture some of these exciting recent advances.  For example, we can now use artificial intelligence tools to assess the market readiness of a new technology, a scientific approach for effective innovation management, and a new model of human values to build an innovative culture in an organization. We would like to invite all innovators and entrepreneurs attending this International Symposium to participate in the special session to share their contributions and insights of such advances. 

In addition to the conference program there are optional workshops:

Workshop1. Developing innovative culture in an organization

In today’s highly competitive and globalized world, an effective innovative culture is critically important for an organization to not only survive but also thrive.  In this workshop, the facilitator, a long-time researcher on innovation, will interact with participants to identify the barriers and difficulties in developing an innovative culture, analyze the sources of such barriers and difficulties, and present practical concepts, approaches, and successful case studies for overcoming these barriers and difficulties. The participants will then break out into small groups to discuss potential applications of the concepts and approaches to their own organizations, and share their insights with each other during the final summary and closure.  

Workshop fee: $100

Workshop2. Systematic Innovation: Some Breakthrough Concepts and Tools

The subject of this workshop is about Systematic Innovation, particularly about a major branch of Systematic Innovation, TRIZ, the Russian acronym of Theory of Inventive Problem Solving. Systematic Innovation is a field which concerns about developing or using systematic methods/processes to generate innovative ideas for Technical, Strategic, or Business problem solving and/or opportunity identification. Its working concepts are from studies of prior humans’ innovative ideas/wisdom or natural phenomena. The working principles of TRIZ were extracted from the studies on principles behind millions of prior patents and then re-use the principles to generate innovative ideas. TRIZ can systematically help us break out of psychological inertia to identify innovative ideas. Many Fortune 500 companies such as Samsung, P&G, Intel, Siemens, GE, just to name a few, all use TRIZ as primary tools for innovation.

Workshop fee: $100

Workshop3. Risk Management Intelligence

Complimentary tutorial workshop.  No workshop fee.

(More information to come..)