Social Innovation Summit

June 7, 2016

Events

The twice-annual event takes place in Washington, DC and Silicon Valley, representing a global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers. Where most bring together luminaries to explore the next big idea, the summit aims at bringing together those hungry not just to talk about the next big thing, but to build it.

innovative glasses for blind people

These glasses may help the sight impaired to get about more easily

June 18, 2015

Innovation Factory

If you’ve seen Richard Linklater’s animated film ‘Waking Life’, with its minimalistic images, you may be able to visualise the Smart Specs experience, as VA-ST start-up co-founder Stephen L. Hicks explains on MIT’s Technology Review website. These depth-sensing and augmented-reality lenses can assist people with sight impairment to move around more easily.

UN innovation

UN and BMW award innovative projects that encourage intercultural dialogue

June 2, 2015

Innovation Factory

The BMW Group and the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) have announced the Intercultural Innovation Award’s fourth edition. The initiative recognises 10 innovative grassroots projects that promote cooperation and intercultural dialogue around the world. Eligible non-profit organisations can apply until 30 September.

Muhammad Yunus

March 23, 2015

Top Innovators

Through small loans and low interest rates to poor people – a revolutionary social innovation model –, Yunus helps turning talent and ideas into businesses. Yunus and the Grameen Bank (he founded in 1983) were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize ‘for their efforts through microcredit to create economic and social development from below’, in […]

Salman Khan

March 23, 2015

Top Innovators

Holding three degrees from MIT, an MBA from Harvard, and having worked as an analyst at a hedge fund, Sal decided to found the Khan Academy – a free, online education platform. His dream? To provide a ‘world class education for anyone, anywhere’. Follow him on  .

Bill Gates

March 23, 2015

Top Innovators

An unmatched businessman, programmer and philanthropist, Gates has turned Microsoft, which he founded in 1976, into a software giant. He now commits himself to improving global healthcare and reducing poverty, through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Follow him on  .