DAY 1 - 1st Dec
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14:30 - 14:50 - Opening Ceremony
Join us to officially open IASP Virtual, our first ever online World Conference!
We will have a few words from IASP Chairman Paul Krutko and CEO Ebba Lund, a greeting from our full international board of directors, and you can meet our MC.
14:50 - 15:20 - Keynote
We are delighted to welcome Lee Newman, Dean, Professor and Edu-Entrepreneur at IE University (Spain) as our keynote speaker at IASP Virtual!
He'll be talking about "Behavior and innovation: why it’s not easy to stay ahead"
Innovation as a process can lead to competitive advantage for teams, companies and nations. Yet it turns out that truly continuous innovation proves very difficult to sustain. Why? In this session, Lee Newman will discuss some of the subtle psychological factors that are often obstacles to innovation and he will propose several behavioral mindsets that can be cultivated to help overcome these obstacles.
15:30 - 16:15 - Community building in a changed world
The success of innovation ecosystems doesn’t just depend on having large numbers of companies on site: they also need a supportive community of people to rely on, serve and work with. Community building has become too important not to be handled professionally, and we will explore some of the tools and techniques STPs and AOIs deploy to build and maintain a sense of community, as well as how they have adapted to life under the pandemic.
Moderator: Lena Miranda (Linköping Science Park, Sweden)
With Jernej Pintar (Ljubljana Technology Park, Slovenia), Vaido Mikheim (Tartu Science Park, Estonia) and Mieke de Bruin (Utrecht Science Park, The Netherlands).
16:20 - 16:30 - Quickfire interview: innovation ecosystem managers
Who are the people running science parks and areas of innovation? As we focus on the human factor, let’s connect with the managers to hear what brought them to the industry, their profiles, what they love about it and more… In this double interview you will meet Mia Rolf (Ideon Science Park, Sweden) and Hauwa Yabani (Abuja Technology Village Free Zone Company, Nigeria)
16:40 - 17:10 - Icebreaker
Missing human interaction and the chance to say hello to IASP colleagues from around the world in person? This is your moment to connect in a virtual space on Gatherly where you will be able to turn on your cam and join random smaller groups to say hi, take the elevator to another virtual floor to meet other peers and more. Our MC will be with us to get the ball rolling!
17:10 - 17:55 - Innovation communities: stories from London, Medellín and Toronto
Some of the world's most emblematic innovation hubs from London (UK), Medellin (Colombia) and Toronto (Canada) will be in conversation on our virtual stage, sharing insights into what makes their urban innovation communities so effective. None of them are traditional STPs, and from their different local contexts they will reflect on our common mission to support innovation, attract talent, and foster sector convergence.
Moderator: Paul Krutko (Ann Arbor SPARK, Michigan, USA)