300 of Europe’s top innovation leaders to gather in Dublin

26 May 2014

Three hundred of Europe’s high-level decision-makers and innovation experts will be gathering in Dublin next month at the Open Innovation 2.0 event.

The inaugural event was held in Dublin last year during Ireland’s presidency of the EU. This year the Open Innovation 2.0 event will take place on 12 June at the Convention Centre.

The purpose of the event is to encourage practical innovation adoption for the betterment of society as a whole.

At the heart of the conference is that the fact that the challenges faced today in Europe and beyond are too large to tackle in isolation. 

Issues such as healthcare challenges, transportation, climate change, youth unemployment, financial stability, prosperity, sustainability and growth are where a dynamic new kind of approach is needed to solve these complex problems. 

Raising all boats

Open Innovation 2.0 is a new way of coming up with solutions that will work at a local, national and international level, ensuring all sectors of society are involved.

Martin Curley, Vice President and Director of Intel Labs Europe and Bror Salmelin, Advisor for Innovation Systems and the European Commission, will chair the first plenary of the day ‘Open Innovation 2.0 in Theory and Action.’

“This conference is a wonderful opportunity to bring together like-minded innovators to co-create a new innovation ecosystem to better enable the quadruple helix of government, industry, academia and the general public to collaborate together for better progress,” Curley explained.

“Last year, the conference generated fantastic results and we’ve really seen impressive forward movements in Europe in the last twelve months with regard to innovation progress and adoption.  The 2014 event will build on the successes of last year and move into the next stage of Europe’s innovation development.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years