Events

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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

    Belfer Building - Starr Auditorium, Floor 2.5

    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

    Belfer Building - Starr Auditorium, Floor 2.5

    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.

  • 3D Printing for Educators

    Additive Fashion

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    3D Printing for Educators

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

    Belfer Building - Starr Auditorium, Floor 2.5

    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

      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

      ***

      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

      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

      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

      Belfer Building - Starr Auditorium, Floor 2.5

      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.

    • event

      Special Series - Open to the Public

      Financing Agricultural Institutions in Africa

      Fri., Apr. 27, 2012 | 9:00am - 12:00pm

      Harvard Kennedy School - Hauser Center Conference Room

      The goal of this brainstorming session is to discuss the challenge of financing agricultural institutions and related projects. By bringing together a group of experts in the fields of finance, consulting, academia, and nonprofit organizations, we will explore the various avenues available for supporting such capacity-building institutions.

    • Special Series - Open to the Public

      Social Media, Crowd-funding, and High Impact Philanthropy

      Tue., Mar. 27, 2012 | 9:00am - 10:00am

      Taubman Building - Kalb Seminar Room, Room 275

      This is an invitation to see an early demo and test a new and innovative social media platform, ImpacTree—a collaboration between Harvard School of Public Health and the MIT Media Lab. ImpacTree uses novel crowd-sourcing techniques to empower users to convert social capital into real currency for funding important global causes. The seminar also focuses on the academic research opportunities the platform offers and how it enhances corporate social responsibility for high impact and individualized philanthropy.

      Please join us! Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

    • Miners walk near the Toromocho copper project of the Chinese company Chinalco in Morococha, Peru, July 19, 2008. Chinese trade with Latin America has grown more than tenfold since 2000.

      AP Photo

      Seminar - Open to the Public

      The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization

      Wed., Feb. 9, 2011 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm

      China's growing appetite for primary products, and the ability of Latin America to supply that demand, has played a role in restoring growth in Latin America, both in the run-up to the global financial crisis and in its aftermath. However, China is simultaneously out-competing Latin American manufacturers in world markets. China is rapidly building the technological capabilities necessary for industrial development, whereas Latin American technology innovation and sophistication lags considerably.

      THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

    • Indian innovator Dwarka Prasad Chaurasia, 75, displays his innovative Cycle Boat as part of an exhibition by the National Innovation Foundation at the Vastrapur Lake in Ahmadabad, India, Jan. 22, 2007.

      AP Photo

      Seminar - Open to the Public

      Reinventing India's Innovation System

      Mon., Oct. 4, 2010 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

      Taubman Building - Wiener Auditorium, Ground Floor

      Professor Anil Gupta will share his experiences and engage candidly with the audience on a variety of topics.  It will be an open and free-ranging conversation, where audience members can ask questions about management, grassroots innovation or policy issues, creativity, entrepreneurship, and institution building.

      Please join us! Everyone is welcome!

    • Kenya's Attorney General, Amos Wako, right, watches as Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki holds up the country's new constitution after signing it into law, at Uhuru Park in Nairobi,  Aug. 27, 2010.

      AP Photo

      Special Series - Open to the Public

      Kenya's New Constitution: The Birth of the Second Republic

      Tue., Sep. 14, 2010 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm

      Harvard Graduate School of Education - Longfellow Hall

      In August 2010, Kenyan citizens approved by referendum a new constitution that sets up an American-style presidential system with checks and balances. The new constitution replaces a colonial-era constitution that had been changed over the years to give the president wide ranging powers. What will the Second Republic will mean for Kenya's future?

      Please join us! Everyone is welcome.

    • Special Series - Open to the Public

      Maasai: At The Crossroads

      Fri., Oct. 30, 2009 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm

      Science Center - D

      A world university premiere of a 45-minute documentary about enriching the lives of Maasai children through education while respecting their customs, traditions, and way of life.

      One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) will do a demonstration of the XO laptop after the screening.