Innovation Factory – Producing sustainable development
Digital technologies play a decisive role in reaching the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but to what extent the global South is going to actively shape the development of innovative technologies is yet to be seen. The potential of innovative digital approaches is widely known but it is not being tapped into in many local and regional contexts. This poses questions like how the new technologies could contribute to self-determined development in individual states and how could already existing potential be fostered.
The Innovation Factory makes use of collaborative processes to identify and develop digital solutions in five partnering nations (Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico and Senegal). Over the course of workshops that usually span several days, promising digital solutions are being spotted and refined. Innovators that make it through that first round are being invited to subsequent incubator programs and co-creation-processes that take several months to complete where they continue development on their digital solutions together with local and international experts and coaches.