Inclusive Innovation Conference 2017

Creating a Conversion on Innovation Policy


The Problem of Growing a Nation

For the Philippines to create jobs and increase national wealth, it’s a given that the country must foster innovation. Fortunately, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) was hard at work at implementing a new industrial policy which hopes to do exactly that. But before its launch, the agency sought to exchange ideas on possible ways to foster innovation among private firms and industries, develop human resources, and enhance industry-academe innovation. It envisioned the Inclusive Innovation Conference 2017 as a forum for this much needed conversation.

Getting People Involved

The USAID Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) program supported DTI’s effort. To help the conference succeed, the program chose M2.0 Communications, an agency experienced in innovation and entrepreneurship conferences, to invite participants, manage the event, and provide a meaningful experience for discussion.

The M2.0 team quickly went into high gear. With the event concept already in place, the team quickly incorporated the designs into the emailers, brochures, and other collaterals. 

Using databases from DTI, USAID STRIDE, the Commission on Higher Education, and other partners, the invitations were sent to national, local, and foreign government personalities; entrepreneurs from corporate, SMEs, and start-ups; professors and students of the academe; and activists from NGOs.

After a flurry of speaker invitations, the program was finalized. It successfully persuaded many government, academic, and industry titans to speak, such as DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, UC Berkeley Dean of Engineering Dr. Shankar Sastry, and Ayala Corporation CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

The Results of the discussion

With event preps over, the two-day event began on May 31, 2017. More than 300 guests from government, industry, academe, and NGOs trooped to the Peninsula Hotel for a day of discussion.

At the end of the day, they witnessed the formation of an Inclusive Innovation Center of the Philippines to foster this much-needed instrument of development.

The Inclusive Innovation Conference 2017 was intended as a starting point. And it was a great beginning as post-event surveys demonstrated: the majority found the discussion interesting, the presenters knowledgeable, and the event well-organized. Step by step, innovation, the driver of national development, is being fostered in the Philippines.