Innovation 2050 – Responding to the social and technological megatrends of the future

The Innovation Centre UC Anacleto Angelini of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile organised an international seminar aimed to position, promote, discuss and establish innovation capacities around some social and technological megatrends that will impact on quality of life by 2050, such as digital transformation, ageing society and sustainable cities, among others.
The seminar gathered national and international specialists with multiple visions of the future but a common and strong believe that innovation is one of the best ways to transform societal challenges into opportunities for sustainable development.
Around two hundred participants attended the event, which also included live streaming via Facebook and wider media coverage from Radio Bio Bio and the National Television (TVN) of Chile.

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, represented by Rafael Popper, presented foresight as a systematic, participatory, prospective and policy-oriented process aimed to Scope, Mobilise, Anticipate, Recommend and Transform (SMART) technological, economic, environmental, political, social and ethical (TEEPSE) futures.

VTT’s presentation also focused on how to assess and manage sustainable innovation, understood as any incremental or radical change in the social, service, product, governance, organisational, system or marketing spheres that leads to positive environmental, economic and social transformation without compromising the needs, welfare and wellbeing of current and future generations (Read more at CASI Tutorial) .

Programme of the session on ‘Digital transformation and accessibility’
Opening remarks
Ricardo Paredes – Rector, DUOC UC
Ignacio Sánchez – Rector, UC
Chile by 2050: Challenges and opportunities
María de los Ángeles Romo – Gerenta Corporativa, CORFO
The importance of looking into the future
Riel Miller – Head of Future Literacy, UNESCO
Smart foresight for sustainable innovation
Rafael Popper – Principal Scientist of Business, Innovation & Foresight, VTT
Accessibility for human technology
Rajesh Kalidindi – Senior Manager, Community Experience & Accessibility, Microsoft Seattle
Panel on Digital transformation by 2050: Impact on quality of life (moderated by Conrad von Igel, Director Ejecutivo del Centro de Innovación UC)
Rajesh Kalidindi – Senior Manager, Community, Experience & Accessibility, Microsoft Seattle
Katherine Villarroel – Secretaria Ejecutiva, CNID
Jorge Vera – Director, Instituto de Ingeniería _Matemática y Computacional UC
Nayat Sánchez-Pi – Directora Ejecutiva, Inria Chile
The 10 capital sins in the design and development of social inclusion technologies
Ricardo Rosas – Director, CEDETI
Web accessibility: Are we allowing, facilitating or including everyone?
Pablo Chiuminatto – Director, OCULAB UC

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