Innovation at your feet

December 14, 2016

Innovation Factory

Wearing recycled plastic on your feet has never been more fashionable. Both Nike and Adidas have developed innovative and sustainable techniques to create footwear from reprocessed plastic, and now a new US startup is selling shoes knitted from cast-off bottles.

Sustainable Innovation 2016

November 7, 2016


Sustainable Innovation 2016 will provide a platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges related to Circular Economy innovation and design related to products, services, technologies and new business models. Delegates will come globally from large companies and SMEs, as well as academia, government and non-governmental organisations. The conference includes invited and refereed papers from academics, […]

EUREKA Innovation Week 2016

April 26, 2016


The EUREKA Innovation Week 2016 in Stockholm combines the strategically important areas of the EUREKA network including international collaboration with a specific focus on Smart Cities with B2B meetings, high level key note speakers, EUREKA Innovation Award, exhibition and study visits.

The GLOBE 2016: Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business

March 4, 2016


The GLOBE 2016 Programme will be shaped, among others, by the following themes: global sustainability megatrends; corporate sustainability 3.0; technology game-changers and the energy transition. The agenda includes a mix of armchair dialogues, roundtables, salon-style gatherings, lively debates, SPARK talks and opportunities for active participation.

Obama and Xi for collaborative innovation

China and USA pave the way for collaborative innovation on green initiatives

October 7, 2015

Innovation Factory

With China and US – the world’s two biggest economies, energy users and carbon emitters –promising to cut CO2 emissions, expectations rise on the development of joint new green initiatives: such as smart and low carbon cities, clean renewable energy and technologies.


How a pinecone inspired a water-reacting architectural surface

July 14, 2015

Innovation Factory

The idea came on a rainy day. Walking in London’s Hyde Park, Chao Chen stopped to pick up and consider a pinecone’s anatomy. ‘Nature always has a professional way to solve life’s problem. In order to release and protect its seeds, a pinecone has the amazing ability to open and close through its surface reaction to water,’ says the Royal College of Arts product design student.

SunShot wins ISPIM Grand Prize 2015

SunShot wins ISPIM Grand Prize 2015

July 2, 2015

Innovation Factory

SunShot Catalyst, developed by the US Department of Energy, is the winner of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) 2015 award. This open innovation initiative seeks to expand solar power use dramatically.


PARC awarded $1 million to scale up ‘game-changing’ self-cooling tech

June 30, 2015

Innovation Factory

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) has awarded PARC, a Xerox company, $1 million to develop a metamaterial that can ‘self-cool’ without water or electricity, in buildings, satellites, power plants or military tents under the desert sun, and prove its scalability.

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.

Abundance – The Future is Better Than You Think

May 11, 2015

Selected Books

DIAMANDIS, PETER H. AND KOTLER, STEVEN, 2012 This is Humanity’s ultimate challenge: to assure abundance for all. With this book, Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, and science journalist Steven Kotler give us reasons to be optimistic. They show us how four emerging forces – exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the Technophilanthropist, […]