About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

Nesta Sparks is a new series of informal learning sessions we are running to share our practical knowledge around different ways to innovate.

In our third session, Juan Mateos-Garcia and Nesta’s Innovation Mapping team talked about their work using leading-edge machine learning, AI and data visualisation methods to map and measure innovation.

These exciting methods are helping us to understand how new technologies emerge and develop in innovation, what ecosystems strengthen it, and develop smarter policies to support innovation for the common good.

The session tried to move away from the idea that these methods are 'magic', providing intuitive explanations illustrated with examples from live projects, and giving some advice on how to get started in the exciting world of innovation data, including training and project management tips, and ethical considerations.

Nesta Sparks is open to all who are interested in hearing about our approaches and experiences of innovating.