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On November 15, 2018, mrgsg commented on Open Innovation at General Assembly :

Great read! I believe these types of platforms will become increasingly important as technology advances and the workforce needs to learn new skills in a faster way in order to keep up with the market. Some governments are already thinking about this and looking for partners that can generate relevant contento and educate the workforce. I think this is a big opportunity for General Assembly to raise the issue to governments in the world that will generate long-time partnerships and so more room for risk-taking, while also bringing value to society.

Great topic! In most countries, government is in urgent need of innovation but their culture / systems do not really allow for innovation. I see tside’s point on these solutions not being actionable because if the limited time. I also understand tomchallenge’s point on these strategies not being sustainable but the government actually needing a change in culture. I think changing the culture and dynamics of government agencies, although necessary, is something that will take time. In my opinion, this type of code-a-thon initiatives would benefit of requiring each team to have at least one person that actually works in the government agency that is hosting the code-a-thon. This way, you increase the probability that the solutions provided are actionable and also the government agency can learn from the process to innovation and solution creation and communicate those findings to their day-to-day jobs in the government.

Interesting read! It does seem like 3D printing might not be currently a solution applicable to all manufacturing industries as I had previously thought, although probably in the future materials science will advance and it will be possible to 3D print at least part of our sneakers. However, I do know that the shoe manufacturing industry is very labor intensive, and I wonder what will happen to the workforce that is currently working in the industry and if there is anything Brooks Running can do to mitigate the damage to their workforce.

Very interesting read! the 20% fuel consumption reduction seems very drastic for the aviation industry. I wonder how long it will take for these cost savings to translate into price benefits for the consumer, if that is ever to happen. It might be difficult given the asset-intensive nature of the aviation industry, but perhaps in other business units these benefits will actually reach the end consumer.

Very interesting read! Their potential strategy on delivering recommendations based on people’s genomes has a huge potential for savings since it would add to the field of “preventive medicine”, reducing the probabilities that a person needs treatment for their ailments and thus decrease their spending on healthcare. I think Nuritas could benefit from talking to non-profits focused on preventive medicine, or partnering with governments that are all very interesting in reducing their healthcare spending, specially in an aging society.

On November 15, 2018, mrgsg commented on Turning Big Data into Clean Electrons at NextEra :

Great read! It seems like NextEra has been able to leverage its volume to get a sufficient amount of data as input for their models. I wonder if this will deter smaller players to stay in this industry given their lack of data volume. Will big data as a competitive advantage only work for the biggest players in the industry, thus creating an oligopoly?