Innovation Summit held in Singapore on October 12–14th, 2011
An international innovation network, Qi GLOBAL, recently hosted an event at the Goodman Arts Centre in Singapore. Designing Asia 2.0 attracted more than 300 participants who heard notable figures including Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and President of Timor-Leste. He gave the keynote address.
He was followed by speakers such as Kirsty Sword Gusmao, Chairwoman of Alola Foundation, Sanjeev Sanyal, Founder of Sustainable Planet Institute, and Singapore’s top chef Andre Chiang.
The presenters shared information on ten topics on the first day ranging from Impact Investment, Leadership and Innovation, Energy to Youth Ambition and Education and Women Empowerment. On Day 2 the participants were divided into ten pods based on the topics that interested them. This gave them the opportunity to share projects, explore collaborations and discuss trends.
Qi 2011’s revolutionary conference format was well-received. On the first day, Qi contributors shared their projects on ten topics ranging from Impact Investment, Leadership & Innovation, Energy and Technology to Youth. Ambition and Education and Women Empowerment. On the second day, participants were divided into ten pods
based on their topics of interest. The pods provided participants an intimate setting to share projects, explore collaborations and discuss top trends in each topic.
“The theme this year is Designing Asia 2.0. We believe an active and thriving innovation culture is essential for Singapore and Asia to reach the next level of development. We define innovation culture as an upgraded industrial culture, where we take the best from the west and the best from the east."
Qi connects some of the leading innovators across different countries and industries. In any context, innovators and early adaptors make up maximum 15% of people. But at Qi 2011, innovators make up 100% of the audience! Today many are questioning the real value of a single minded pursuit of prosperity and wealth. Our goal is to combine economic growth and human progress with creativity, passion, inspiration and innovation. The amount of good energy (Chinese character Qi) at this meeting will lead to overall prosperity for all of us, including Nature.
Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, President of Timor-Leste, delivered the keynote address on the opening night. He talked about how to use the right business models to lift people out of extreme poverty and desperation.