Stimulating Innovation within ICT Firms in Egypt(event on 17 march )

Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) jointly with the IMP³rove – European Innovation Management Academy are pleased to invite you to a workshop on stimulating innovation within ICT firms in Egypt.

The IMP³rove – European Innovation Management Academy (non for profit) has its origin in the IMP³rove program financed by the European Commission since 2006 to develop better innovation management support services for small and medium sized enterprises.

Learn how to enhance competitiveness and achieve high growth by capitalizing on innovation best practices.
Increase the number of firms and employees who understand and can implement innovation within the ICT sector.
Foster the spirit of innovation within ICT firms for innovation to become everyday part of business goals and objectives.
Learn more about successful approaches in developing national support schemes to develop effective innovation ecosystems.
Apply the wide spectrum of IMP³rove innovation management approach and discuss how to best adopt IMP³rove services in Egypt and beyond.
Target Audience
ICT enterprises, consultants, intermediaries active in supporting SMEs, as well as representatives of academic institutions are invited.

17 Mar 2013

ITIDA, Smart Village, Cairo

From To Topic
09:30am 10:15am Registration
10:15am 10:30am Welcome note 
Dr. Hossam Osman, TIEC Acting Manager
10:30am 11:00am Innovation management as key driver for competitiveness 
Eva Diedrichs, IMP³rove Academy, A.T. Kearney
11:00am 11:30am Making Innovation Management Work – Practical insights about enablers and barriers in Egyptian Businesses
Dr.Mohab Anis, Managing Director, Innovety
11:30am 12:00pm Developing innovation management capabilities: the IMP³rove approach 
Eva. Diedrichs, IMP³rove Academy, A.T. Kearney
12:00pm 12:30pm Open discussion & light snacks
12:30pm 01:00pm Innovation curriculum for business 
Sherwat Elwan Ibrahim, Associate Professor of Operations and Innovation Management Faculty of Management Technology German University in Cairo (GUC)
01:00pm 01:30pm IMP³rove – Euromed in Egypt 
Ewa Ali, IMP³rove Academy, A.T. Kearney
01:30pm 02:00pm Open discussion & conclusion

What is the most important source of innovation?


If you paid attention to all the innovation in the past years ,you’ll find microsoft kinect,huminoid robots,intel i7.
you’ll be amazed how are we trying to imitated god’s creation ,we are trying to create something that could think like we do , sense the environment like we do, move like we do.
seeking a perfect design we are trying to imitate the only perfect design we know “the human”.
If you want to be ahead of your time and innovate the next big thing, get back to the basics, watch the living things carefully and try to umderstand it well, attend biological and health conferences,talk to doctors.
Clear your mind and enjoy the nature and your way of thinking will change :).

essential tools for the innovation people.

what are the essential tools for the people who works in the innovation fields nowadays?

Two words : Programming and Design.

Programming teach you how to deliver the tacit knowledge and ideas in your brain in a more structured readable form (if the computer can understand it, people will).

Design help you make people see what you see, it teach you how to inspire them , make them believe and then only then you can use them to implement the idea.

Of course you could hire a programmer and Designer to do this for you, you could also hire two legs to walk for you and two arms to eat for you.

What is the Difference between Innovation , Creativity and Invention?

Innovation , invention , Creativity

there is confusion about the difference between creativity, innovation and invention. Let us start with some definitions:

Creativity is the capability or act of conceiving something original or unusual.

Innovation is the implementation of something new.

Invention is the creation of something that has never been made before and is recognized as the product of some unique insight.

If you have a brainstorm meeting and dream up dozens of new ideas then you have displayed creativity but there is no innovation until something gets implemented. Somebody has to take a risk and deliver something for a creative idea to be turned into an innovation. An invention might be a product or device or method that has never existed before. So every invention is an innovation. But every innovation is not an invention. When your company first published its website that was a major innovation for the company even though many other websites already existed.

What does it take to be a successful innovation manager?


New positions for innovation and technology managers are layed everyday,most of these job ads are vage and unclear regarding the job describtion.
Here i’ll state the main keyword that they are searching for in an innovation manager.
Interdiscplenary: thats the main and the most important keyword ,remember steve jobs and how successful he was in the innovation management field,the reason why steve jobs was that innovative is the chaliography classes he attended back in stanford,we can say that Steve jobs have added a new thinking module in his brain that gave him a competitive advantage on his competitors and led him to introduce the iPhone , iPod, iPad series before any competitor.
The innovation manager should have a wide interdisciplinary knowledge of basic science and application engineering topics.
He need to have a great market knowledge and to monitor all the trends in the market in order to notice their problems and design their innovative solutions.

Written by :Ahmed abuiliazeed
aka innovation guru.

Why startups fail after acheiving a success?


We saw many cases of startups failing after acheiving a certain success and we all wondered why?
The main difference between an entrepreneurial startup and a regural small business is the innovation.
After a great launch many startups try to be smart and they try to move into a more stable business instead of an innovative business.
So they lose their main competitive advantage after their first immitators.
Continious innovation is the keyword ,if you remove innovation from a startup ,you remove the fuel from a car on the high road.