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USAID STRIDE Inclusive Innovation Conference 2017

Creating a Conversation on Innovation Policy

USAID STRIDE Inclusive Innovation Conference 2017

Creating a Conversation on Innovation Policy

Challenge

Something was needed to be done for the Philippines to develop as a country – financially, economically, anything other than its current state. Fortunately, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) was implementing a new industrial policy that hopes to do exactly that. But before its launch, the agency wanted to think of ways to foster innovation among private firms and industries, develop human resources, and enhance industry-academe progress. The Inclusive Innovation Conference 2017 was going to be what started this long-needed conversation.

Approach

The USAID Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) program supported DTI’s effort. To help the conference succeed, the program chose M2.0 Communications to manage the event.
Invitations were sent to local, and foreign government personalities; entrepreneurs, SMEs, and start-ups; professors and students; and activists from NGOs.
The team got industry leaders to speak, such as DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, UC Berkeley Dean of Engineering Dr. Shankar Sastry, and Ayala Corporation CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

Results

The two-day event began on May 31, 2017. More than 300 guests in the Peninsula Hotel all gathered with one goal in mind: to envision a better future for the country.
Post-event surveys showed that the majority found the conversations interesting, the presenters knowledgeable, and the event well-organized.
The conference was intended to be a starting point to inspire, motivate, and call for a more conscious effort towards an innovative Philippines.
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