The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
The inaugural Challenges of our Era Summit included contributions from NASA, USAID and The Gates Foundation, tackling a range of big societal, global challenges which require additional impetus and creativity to enable innovative solutions.
This event pulled together global leaders and thinkers in diverse fields to identify innovation shortages where multi-disciplinary approaches and new innovations could be encouraged to solve global problems
Challenge Prizes can stimulate huge entrepreneurial activity and invention to solve problems which have been identified as requiring additional stimulus and inter-disciplinary problem solving;
This summit aimed to mix the people with the ideas, drive and vision to influence our world.
The Challenges of our Era Summit focused on identifying potential for stimulating innovation and finding solutions in the following four areas:
- Empowering Women and Girls
- Access to a Connected World
- Reducing the risk of developing cancer
- The survival of the oceans
Additionally, plenary sessions, discussions and panels collated global leaders in innovation, entrepreneurship, technology and science - including entrepreneur Naveen Jain, who explored the potential for using technology to inspire young people with musician and innovator will.i.am.
Speakers and participants included:
- Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal
- Esther Dyson, Founder, HICCup
- Steven Buchsbaum, Deputy Director, Discovery & Translational Sciences, Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation
- Peter Singer, Chief Executive Officer, Grand Challenges Canada
- Paul Rose, Expedition Leader – Pristine Seas Expeditions, National Geographic
- Prof. Nic Jones, Chief Scientist, Cancer Research UK
- Paul Bunje, Senior Director, X-Prize Foundation
- Jenn Gustetic, Assistant Director, Open Innovation, The Whitehouse
- Anne Jellema, CEO, World Wide Web Foundation
- Carolyn Hardy, Board Member, Amnesty International, United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women
You can catch up on the conversation with Twitter, using the hashtag #grandchallenges, or see our Storify catchup below: