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Saturday, November 2 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Tech Innovation

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Bringing disruptive technologies to life Disruptive Technologies – groundbreaking inventions that shake up whole industries or create new ones - face many barriers along their development. 

In the evolution from a research idea to the implementation of a practical application a variety of parties are involved in the process: from academic research and industry to politics. 

Germany is world renowned for engineering and built its economic growth on the cutting edge of engineering innovation. 
The United States has been leading the world in bringing disruptive technologies to consumers in the U.S. as well as around the globe.

Still, in both countries practitioners in research in both academia and industry would describe the process of bringing innovations to markets as cumbersome, often failing to bring the benefit of innovations to society. 

So, how can academia, industry and politics achieve the common goal to have societal benefit from disruptive technologies as quickly as possible while managing the risks to safety and security?

Breaking barriers to growth by engineering innovation After 1989, with public debt rising and low economic growth, Germany turned into “the sick man of Europe”. However, relying on its engineering strength, Germany succeeded to become one of the most vibrant economies in Europe in the 21st century.

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Co-Director Mossavar-Rahmani Center, Harvard Kennedy School
John Haigh is Co-Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He focuses on teaching general management skills along with addressing issues of competition, technology, innovation and regulation.  From... Read More →


Director Max-Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Dietmar Harhoff is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and Professor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich. His research focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and industrial... Read More →
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IBM Fellow and Department Head of Science & Technology at IBM Research
Heike Riel is a distinguished scientist known for advancing the frontiers of information technology through the physical sciences. She is IBM Fellow and Department Head of Science & Technology at IBM Research. She is responsible for leading the research agenda of the Science & Technology... Read More →


Editor-in-Chief, Bits&Pretzels
Britta Weddeling is Editor-in-Chief of Bits & Pretzels, the largest European founders festival  that connects 5,000 entrepreneurs, investors and decision-makers of the startup-world. This year she interviewed Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. Former Silicon... Read More →

Saturday November 2, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
HKS: Stage 2