Future Trends in Technology IS Strategic Perspective for the 2008 by malj

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									          The Imagine Cup
How a Week in Paris Can Change Your View




             October 13, 2008
        Ed Granger-Happ, CIO SC/US
        Chairman, NetHope & GTRB
What’s the Imagine Cup?




     Microsoft’s Global Student Technology Competition




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What’s the Imagine Cup?




  “Everything that the world may become "someday"
  lies in the hands of young people today. As they look
  at the road ahead, their close relationship with
  technology enables them to dream in ways we never
  have before. Put the two together, and you have
  young minds holding the tools that can make their
  vision a reality.”

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Some Facts and Figures
• Began a year ago with more than 200,000 student applications
  from over 100 countries
• Narrowed to 3,000 plus projects that competed to represent
  over 60 countries
• Total of 370 students from 124 teams representing 61
  countries made it to the finals in Paris
• Ages ranged from 16 to 24
• There were nine categories of competition: Software Design,
  Embedded Development, Game Development, "Project
  Hoshimi" (Programming Battle), IT Challenge, Algorithm,
  Photography, Short Film and Interface Design
• Awards were presented to 27 teams
• These were truly the best of the best

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Day one began
at City Hall




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City Hall looks
Like the Sistine
Chapel




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Notice the train?




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There’s even
a Liberty Duex
(fitting on this
4th of July
Afternoon)




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The Champs Elysees is a Very Busy Avenue




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OK, So What Did I Really Do in Paris?
• Judged the Software Design Category (13 team
  presentations)
• Judged the inaugural Rural Innovation Award (5 team
  presentations)
• Judging was based on 9-10 questions using a 10-point
  scale for each. The questions varied for each
  category
• Heard the final 6 teams in Software Design and 6 in
  Embedded Development
• Thirty presentations in all (out of 124 teams)
• Watched the six finalist short films (OK, that was
  more like entertainment)

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The Finals Were at the Louvre




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For The Da Vinci Code Fans




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I Met Some Really Interesting People




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Why Spend a Week with Students from 61 Countries?




 “If you’re a CIO, you need to spend a lot of time
 out on the fringes of the Web because that’s
 where the innovation’s taking place. You need
 to spend a lot of time with people under 25
 years old.” –Gary Hamel



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Emerging Countries as a Leading Indicator
• Some of the technologies being
  developed in and for developing
  countries may be a leading indicator of
  technology opportunities and trends in
  developed countries. --Jackie Fenn
• The “weak signals” for good enough
  technology may come from the
  countries that have the greatest need
  for low-cost, pragmatic solutions

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      Where should we look for innovation and ideas?


                                   Children, Students
Increasing Distance from HQ




                                                                         1. Child-facing


                              Field Tech’s, Workers, Partners       2. Field-facing



                                     Corporations             3. Donor-facing


                                           HQ           4. Supporting




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                                Inverting the pyramid
Positive Deviance
• Jerry Sternin’s work in Vietnam; finding the
  families that were thriving in malnourished
  cultures and replicating the successes by
  turning these “positive deviants” into
  teachers and examples for the community

• As you build your technology base of
  applications, look for where the success
  stories are occurring: spotlight & scale them!




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 Levels and Approaches for Innovation


                        Top-Down                     Bottoms-Up
              IMPACT objectives for         "5% solution"
Incremental   improvement ideas; intranet   ideas/suggestions inbox
              database; innovation awards
              Dept. sponsored pilots;       Positive deviance cases;
Discoveries   innovation awards             "wisdom of crowds"
                                            question/solution application
              Partnering contracts          Subsidiary; spin-off group
Disruptions




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So What Did I learn?
• Cell Phones are the bookends for applications
• More things than I imagined can be mashed up on
  maps
• Social networks are avenues for mobilizing emergency
  response
• A mediocre presentation won’t sell great software
• If you want to know about the future of technology
  asking what are the leading indicators is the wrong
  question; it’s all about who are the leading indicators.
  For this, you need to pay attention to what the
  students are saying about technology
• Imagination does not have limits

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So What Did I learn?
• Cell Phones are the bookends for applications
• More things than I imagined can be mashed up on
  maps
• Social networks are avenues for mobilizing emergency
  response
• A mediocre presentation won’t sell great software
• If you want to know about the future of technology
  asking what are the leading indicators is the wrong
  question; it’s all about who are the leading indicators.
  For this, you need to pay attention to what the
  students are saying about technology
• Imagination does not have limits

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A Sample Video


      Imagine Cup Team AcidRain Ireland




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And I Got Invited Back for the 2009 Competition 




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