Tackling inclusive innovation for 2030, today

Our recap of ii2030, an event we partnered with to help lay the foundations to create technology enabled solutions for a more inclusive future society.
On October 18 – 19, we joined forces with Endeva and a group of partners to host ii2030 – an event aimed at creating solutions to help push forward progress to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set for 13 years’ time. Raising big questions around how new technologies and future innovation can stay true to the people who need it the most, the event brought together close to 100 highly invested stakeholders from the corporate and the public sector, startups, the scientific community, and NGOs to create solutions for an inclusive 2030.

Inclusive Innovation is important, because if we’re going to meet the SDGs by 2030 we will need to innovative in an inclusive manner to really incorporate all stakeholders in the conversation, which really encourages wider adoption of the solutions.

Saskia Rotschizen, Inclusive Business Accelerator

Day-one of the event was spent taking participants on an inspiration tour around Berlin, visiting places like DFKI, Charite, Mobisol, Mozilla to learn about their approach to innovation, and play with some of their new technologies such as flying drones with airbus. This was followed by a kick-off workshop to download initial insights, build an understanding of user challenges, and get in the headspace of how to develop relevant future solutions.

It’s been such an eye-opener to come to Berlin to see how the city is really active and full of energy to try and address some of the big problems that the world is facing.

Mark Harper, Welthungerhilfe

Day-two started off with a bit of time travel, with participants being transported into 2030, before breaking off into six groups that each focused on a different opportunity area: precision agriculture, BoP market data, drones, intelligent diagnosis & treatment, blockchain & finance.

To help tackle issues around how to build empathic and inclusive solutions, a team from IXDS held workshops with attendees throughout the day, based on a framework of design thinking. This enabled experts to deep dive into their fields with an all-important focus on users.

Teams prototyped ideas that would utilize technologies including machine learning, drones, blockchain, AI and more to benefit developing countries. They then presented them to the audience, with concepts around testing drones to deliver antibiotics, using big data to help micro financing, and blockchain to support new coffee growers raise capital gaining particular interest.

Not only did ii2030 act as a powerful platform to bring together various stakeholders to share knowledge, insights, and gain a new understanding of user-centered innovation, there were also tangible outcomes. Many collaborations were initiated, and proposals were made between participants to continue work they started at the event. For us, it's great to be able to play such a crucial role in building the structure and giving tools to help these partners collaborate properly.

A glimpse into an inclusive 2030