Local or national? Innovation hubs and Countries’ perspectives at #techforum16

April, 29 2016

There is an intense debate about what an innovation strategy exactly is and whether it must be designed at a local or at a national level.

The Technology Forum 2016 will deepen both the models, with a session dedicated to the urban ecosystems and a second one, focused on national perspectives. And even more than national, because there will be a multi-voice dialogue among the US, the EU, Italy and Estonia, under the challenging direction of Alberto Di Minin, Professor of Management at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa) and appreciated editor of ‘Fuoriclasse’ for the Italian newspaper ‘Il Sole24Ore’.

From the US is waited Stephen Cohen, professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley: he recently published ‘Concrete economics: the Hamilton Approach to Economic Growth and Policy’ and received the very interesting review of Edward Luce in the Financial Times, as well as the powerful endorsement of Paul Krugman in the New York Times.The US model will be compared with the European ecosystem, which is maybe still looking for its perfectly working shape: what could be done for improving it, it’s what will be explained at the Technology Forum, with the intervention of Peter Droell who’s Acting Director of the DG Research & Innovation of the European Commission.The third voice will be the one of a national system, a very inspiring Country that’s trasforming itself in a digital nation: it’s the small Estonia, which is empowering a full-digital form of citizenship and residency. The model will be presented by Kaspar Korjus, who directs the e-Residency Program.

Of course, the final question will be ‘What’s the best model for Italy?’, but the answer will only be given at the Technology Forum, on May 20th and 21st.