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The Annual Meeting of the New Champions is the foremost global summit on innovation, science and technology, promoting entrepreneurship in the global public interest.
The systems that affect our daily lives are undergoing a rapid technological transformation due to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Our challenge is to make sure that innovation is centred on the current and impending needs of humanity.
The process of technological innovation – invention, commercialization and widespread adoption – enables companies, communities and citizens around the globe to create value in entirely new ways. It also remains the most powerful force for human development, as demonstrated by the doubling of life expectancy in almost every country. However, if the benefits of this ingenuity and effort become concentrated among just a few, social cohesion and public trust will dissipate. Ensuring that innovation is human-centred requires nurturing an entire ecosystem of innovators, entrepreneurs and decisionmakers in business and society, from seed investors and start-up incubators to major commercial platforms.
It is in this context that the 12th Annual Meeting of the New Champions will take place under the theme, “Shaping Innovative Societies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.