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Conference - Open to the Public

POSTPONED: Second Conference on Emerging Technologies and Global Development

Sat., Feb. 4, 2017 | 8:30am - 5:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Starr Auditorium

This conference has been postponed until Fall 2017. 


The aim of this conference is to map emerging technologies that could address global grand challenges, review their disruptive characteristics, identify potential sources of social concern, and outline business models and public policies on how to address the social concerns. The conference builds on the findings of the newly published book, Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies(Oxford University Press, 2016).

Emerging Technologies and Global Development

Steve Johnson

Conference - Open to the Public

Emerging Technologies and Global Development

Sat., Sep. 10, 2016 | 8:30am - 5:30pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Starr Auditorium

Economic transformation, meeting human needs, and protecting the environment have emerged as global grand challenges. One way to address these challenges is to harness the world’s abundant scientific, technological, and engineering knowledge to meet specific human needs. While some of the technologies offer solutions to global challenges, they also threaten to disrupt incumbent industries and social organization. Technological anxiety and outright opposition to disruptive technologies, however, may undermine such efforts.

The aim of this conference is to map emerging technologies that could address global grand challenges, review their disruptive characteristics, identify potential sources of social concern, and outline business models and public policies on how to address the social concerns. The conference builds on the findings of the newly published book, Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2016).

The conference will address emerging technologies in fields such as data analytics, geographic information, manufacturing, agriculture, transportation and health. It will incorporate demonstrations from entrepreneurs who are using innovative technologies to address these challenges.

17th Ordinary African Union Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

Embassy of Equatorial Guinea

Conference - Open to the Public

Africa Rebooted: Science, Technology, and Innovation in Development

Wed., Sep. 24, 2014 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The aim of this symposium is to explore areas of mutual cooperation between MIT and Africans countries in areas of science, technology and innovation. The event will bring together high-ranking officials from government, industry and academia.

This event will take place at the Whitehead Institute McGovern Auditorium, 9 Cambridge Center, Cambridge. Please RSVP to this event at starrforum@mit.edu.

3D Printing for Educators

Additive Fashion

Seminar - Open to the Public

3D Printing for Educators

Thu., July 31, 2014 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Starr Auditorium

In conjunction with iCreate, the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project will cohost an event on "3D Printing for Educators" chaired by Calestous Juma.

The goal of this seminar is to:

  • Discuss 3D printing education and implications for/integration with academia;
  • Receive feedback from educators to identify how best to support them; and
  • Identify schools and nonprofits that would beneft from participating in iCreate's program.

 

This event is free and open to the public. Please join us! RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/icreate-3d-printing-event-for-educators-tickets-12263573679.

    The Buccaneer

    Pirate3D Inc.

    Conference - Open to the Public

    Symposium and Demonstration on the Digitization of Manufacturing: 3D Printing and Innovation Policy

    Wed., June 18, 2014 | 2:00pm - 7:00pm

    John F. Kennedy School of Government - Taubman Building, Nye A, B, & C, 5th Floor

    ** We have reached capacity for this event and can no longer take additional RSVPs. However, we are offering a live-stream of the event from 2-5:30pm at: http://www.hks.harvard.edu/live**

    The symposium examines emerging trends of 3D printing and additive manufacturing (using digital 3D design data). Drawing from the case of Singapore, the symposium reviews innovation policies being pursued by governments to harness the power of additive manufacturing. The symposium will feature a demonstration by Pirate3D Inc., which will donate printers to African institutions.

    China-Africa Summit

    Stephen Walli Photo

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Africa and China in a Changing World Order

    Tue., June 10, 2014 | 6:00am - 8:00am

    A Storify overview of this interview is now available: https://storify.com/SciTechGlobal/africa-and-china-in-a-changing-world-order-a-chat

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    Join Professor Calestous Juma @Calestous for a Twitter interview with Julie Gichuru@juliegichuru on trade and diplomatic relations between China and Africa. The interview will be held at 06:00 EDT on June 10, 2014.

    The hashtag for this event is #SinoAfrica.

    Ripe cocoa pods

    International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

    Special Series - Open to the Public

    Climate Change and the Cocoa Industry: Leveraging Science and Technology for Sustainability

    Wed., Apr. 30, 2014 | 2:30pm - 5:00pm

    John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

    The aim of this workshop is to explore the role of science and technology in adapting the global cocoa and chocolate industry to climate change. More specifically, the workshop will develop a roadmap on how to leverage the power of institutions of higher learning to respond to the sustainability challenges facing the industry. The US$95 billion is used as a source of inspirational models on how to respond to sustainability challenges facing other major global agricultural commodities.

    Innovation, Catch-up and Leapfrogging: Policy Implications for Emerging Economies

    Cambridge University Press

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Innovation, Catch-up and Leapfrogging: Policy Implications for Emerging Economies

    Wed., Dec. 4, 2013 | 8:30am - 10:30am

    Bell Hall - Belfer Building, 5th Floor

    Speaker: Keun Lee, Professor of Economics and Director, Center for Economic Catch-up at Seoul National University, South Korea

     

    Please join us for a guest lecture by Professor Keun Lee. Professor Lee will discuss his new book, Schumpeterian Analysis of Economic Catch-up: Knowledge, Path-Creation, and the Middle-Income Trap (Cambridge University Press, November 2013). This event will be chaired by Professor Calestous Juma. It will be held in conjunction with Professor Juma's class, IGA-523, and co-sponsored by both the Center for Economic Catch-up at Seoul National University and HKS Executive Education's Innovation for Economic Development.

    Coffee and a light breakfast will be available from 8:30-9:00. The event will begin promptly at 9:00 and last for one hour. Please contact Katherine Gordon if you are interested in attending, as there are limited seats available. This event will also be webcast live here: http://www.hks.harvard.edu/live. It will begin streaming 15 minutes before the event. The webcast is open to the public.

    From the publisher: One of the puzzles about why some countries have stronger economic growth than others revolves around the so-called 'middle-income trap', the situation in which a country that has grown strongly gets stuck at a certain level. In this book, Keun Lee explores the reasons why examples of successful catching-up are limited and in particular, why the Asian economies, including China, have managed to move, or are moving, beyond middle-income status but economic growth has stalled in some Latin American countries. This is one of the first studies to demonstrate using patent analysis that the secret lies in innovative systems at the firm, sector and country levels which promote investment in what the author calls 'short-cycle' technologies and thereby create a new path different from that of forerunning countries. With its comprehensive policy framework for development as well as useful quantitative methods, this is essential reading for academic researchers and practitioners.

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Building Capacity for Scientific and Technological Catch-Up in Developing Countries: The Role of The World Academy of Science

    Mon., Apr. 29, 2013 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm

    John F. Kennedy School of Government - Starr Auditorium

    Please join Professor Romain Murenzi, Executive Director of TWAS, for a public lecture.

    Moderators: Calestous Juma and Venky Narayanamurti

    Science, technology, and innovation (STI) are crucial for poverty alleviation and long-term economic development. Generally, countries can be classified in four STI categories: highly advanced, advanced, middle-advanced and least advanced. This last category comprises most of Africa – South Africa and Egypt are exceptions – and it is this category that is the main focus of TWAS.

    The following questions will be considered: What will this decade and the next be like in the developing world and in Africa in particular? How will these countries cope with challenges such as climate change, energy security, food security, diseases, drinking water and population growth?

    Please join us! This event is free and open to the public. It will also be streamed live: http://www.hks.harvard.edu/live. This link will be available 20 minutes prior to the start of the event. Follow #cjuma on Twitter for live updates as well.