Innovation Explorer 2018: Innovation culture, Innovation policies

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Innovation Explorer 2018: Innovation culture, Innovation policies

Date(s) - 22/02/2018
8:30 am - 7:00 pm

Sofia Event Center

Innovation State of Mind: Public Policies for Innovation is the theme of the fourth edition of the Innovation Explorer Day forum which will be held on 22.02.2018 at the Sofia Event Center. Lecturers from Amazon, Google, Facebook, Ocado, Microsoft, Challenge Prize Center, New York University’s (NYU) Stern School of Business and others will comment on the role of business in shaping policies for innovation, innovation and smart changes in the environment.

The difference this year is that the forum will be in line with the context of Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2018 and we will look for the “secret ingredient” of the success of the countries known for their progress in innovation. Opening lecturer of the forum will be Professor Arun Sundararajan, author of the best-selling book “The Sharing Economy”. He is a lecturer at New York University and Stern School of Business, a lecturer at the International Economic Forum, one of the most cited economists in recent years in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Wired, Le Monde, Bloomberg View, Fortune, Entrepreneur, The Economic Times, LiveMint, Harvard Business Review , [email protected] and Quartz.

The highlights of the speakers’ presentations will be on people’s thinking and attitudes and how those change from passive to experimental. Let’s see where positive thinking will emerge (Barry Brand, Innovation Director at Saatchi & Saatchi), Technologies for the benefit of people who challenge state regulation (Jim Fanning, Director of Central and Eastern Europe at Amazon Web Services, Gabriela Cech, Director of Public Policies for Central and Eastern Europe at Facebook, Stephanie Fastre, Head of Innovative and Creative Programs for Google Employees), Process automation and innovation as a process (Paul Clarke, Ocado Technology
Chief Technology Officer, Matt McBride, SoftServe Vice President, Olivier Usher, director research programs in PrizeCenter) and many more.

The other two “ingredients” of the innovative culture – the massive global thinking and the ambition for change that together with the positive attitude have the power to change the energy of a whole community, will be seen in Dex Torick-Barton’s presentations, who is well known by the audience of Innovation Explorer from this year’s edition. Barry Brand, Levent Korkmaz and Karina Karagaeva will play with the term “digital happiness.”

Innovation Explorer 2018 is organized with the general support of: Unicredit Bulbank, VISA and in cooperation with: Microsoft, Questers, SoftServe, ICAP and

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