Science technology innovation and the sustainable economic growth are one of the main issues in 21st century worldwide. Many experts agree that one of the important tasks is, based on the convergence among the industrial sectors such as IT, BT, NT, ET, and new industries, to pioneer new industrial groups and to review the model of economic growth. In particular, the technology convergence, which strives to develop new technologies and foster new industries that are based on consolidation between science technology and other sectors, is attracting attention as an innovation strategy and motivity for future growth. Recently, the technology convergence focuses not only on unification between new technologies but looks beyond convergence among high-tech industries, such as IT, BT, and NT, and reaches out to alliance between locally-related conventional industry and high-tech industry. The target of partnership with science technology is becoming diverse as far as to the humanities and social sectors.
However, economic growth and job creation that are based on the science technology innovation are driven by only a few innovation precursors. Additionally, the innovations’ benefits are distributed solely around the high-tech clusters in some developed countries. Other important challenges for the sustainable economic growth are to resolve economic disparity, to promote balanced growth of both developed and developing countries, and to ensure that all members of the global community can share the paradigm of economic growth. In other words, sharing the benefits of science technology innovation will help bridge the gap between countries and regions, improve the economic disparity, and make sustainable advancement of future-oriented global community possible.
Because UNESCO and WTA embody the purpose and vision of sharing innovations’ benefits and absolutely understand its importance, we together have been serving the role as liaison connecting the developed and developing countries. Since Daejeon Global Innovation Forum began with such motif, this year’s topic “Sharing Innovation’s Benefits” will be meaningful because of its clear connection with the foundation purpose of both organizations.
The forum will host comprehensive discussions at 3 plenary sessions. ‘Science and Technology: Global Trends and Challenges (Plenary Session 1)’ will focus on the sharing innovations’ benefits. ‘Fostering SMEs’ Awareness, Adoption and Exploitation of Innovation (Plenary Session 2)’ will promote establishing connection between the innovations’ benefits and industrial and economic growth. ‘Innovation Precursors & Entrepreneurship Development (Plenary Session 3)’ will look at future leaders whom will lead the envisioned work. We also intend to prepare a discussion at the closing stage for sharing detailed strategy and experience among developed and developing countries.
To share the innovation’s benefits, the forum will invite entrepreneurs as well as experts from various walks of life, including professors, civil service officials, and NGO to participate in discussion of practical ways of sharing information. In addition to the aforementioned plenary sessions, the forum will host 2 thematic special sessions on ‘Technology Convergence’ and ‘Appropriate (Grassroots) Technology’ in terms of pilot project that can be practically implemented. ‘Technology Convergence’ session will introduce a success story on the convergence of agriculture and information communication technologies and will show examples of new industrial development possibilities and real business implementation in each nation. ‘Appropriate (Grassroots) Technology’ session will build upon the discussion of the previous forum, specifically about the acquisition, expansion, and propagation of appropriate (grassroots) technology for the purpose of assisting alienated people all around the world to establish their own lives. This year’s session will investigate on necessary tasks for improvement of the environment and enhancement of the quality of life of developing countries through the appropriate (grassroots) technology, and will debate about specific possibilities of development of a model of cooperation between developed and developing countries and implementation strategy for achieving the mentioned tasks.
With the arrangement of coordinated and responsive discussions in the plenary sessions and the thematic special sessions, we hope the Forum to be more than just a presentation or discussion about theoretical opinions, and we expect it to be a platform for sharing the innovations’ benefits that is implementable and applicable at the field.
Keywords: Innovation, Achievements, Sharing, Values, Technology Transfer, Social Entrepreneurship, Global Entrepreneurship, Technology Entrepreneurship