How is innovation driven by the AIA’18 contestants?
The Accenture Innovation Awards (AIA) is a year-round program driving great opportunities for our planet, our society and the generations to come. We get fired up by the innovative participants that compete for being named the top pioneers within eight selected themes. Before experiencing the competition that AIA will bring, it is crucial to get familiarized with what the pioneers are up to.How are they driving revolutionary innovation in their industries? Most importantly, how does their one-of-a-kind product contribute to making the world a better place?
This is innovation in practice, delivered. Pure innovation without a purpose, a certain focus, is pointless. If an innovator wants to make a difference, the way forward is to address current global issues by proactively talking to people about how they can help to make the world a better place. Let’s see what some of this year’s AIA contestants had to say.
Security – Making the internet a safer place
Steel Mountain is one of this year’s security participants. They claim that by helping people better protect themselves against increasingly common online threats, they are making the internet “a safer place,” which essentially translates into making the world a better place. Steel Mountain’s product Secaura connects itself to a home’s Wi-Fi router and succinctly protects against attacks anywhere in the network, 24/7.
Living & Working – Buildings built more sustainably
How does Enerbrain, an Italian innovator turning ‘dumb’ buildings into smart and more sustainable ones, takes on improving the world? What’s their innovation delivered? Their authentic product makes people save up to 30 percent on energy bills, commits to a smaller carbon footprint and improves the “health of buildings and its users” through letting the building managers know where and to what extent the energy is consumed. This is how Enerbrain contributes to the sustainability of our planet.
Nutrition and Climate – Circular economy
Spinn, innovating coffee makers that create zero environmental waste using only beans and a centrifugal force to brew the morning cup, has rightfully called itself “100% sustainable”. Their core idea is to avoid plastic waste in the process of a common activity as making coffee. They contribute to making the world a better place by producing a sustainable? coffee maker that fits into a conscious lifestyle.
To Resortecs, a Belgian engineering innovator, what’s important is achieving “full circularity” – being a part of the circular economy. They do this through supplying fashion brands with a thread that dissolves at high temperatures and that can be used on regular stitching machines. Not only that, when their product is used for regular seams, the whole garment can easily be disassembled so that its components can be used continuously in new ways, essentially saving fabrics that would otherwise have to be produced from virgin material. Resortecs exists to make circular economy in fashion “both technically and financially attainable”. They say that their solution is one of the easiest and most affordable ways for brands to achieve full circularity or to get on the right track. This contributes to decreasing waste and pollution that the continuous production of new fabric causes.
Improving user experiences and workflows
UnifyMe prioritizes a positive connection between stakeholders through their single communications interface, to unify business communication and increase efficiency/productivity. Their single platform aims to save people the effort of switching between all the different communication programs and, as a result, making their customers satisfied by simplifying their life. UnifyMe helps small and medium enterprises to modernize, get rid of the many omnipresent communication channels and, so, aims to offer the best, simplest communication service to its clients.
How does Doks Innovation, a one-year old German innovator, perceive social responsibility? Doks Innovation is providing drone and sensor technology to the logistics, manufacturing and automotive industries. Their aim is to make delivery processes transparent, leading to no more complaining customers about where their package is.
Mobility and Climate – making electromobility happen
Magment is working on transforming today’s reality of fossil fuel-based cars into electric cars. They make that dream come true by enabling smaller batteries through dynamic inductive charging, thereby making electric cars more affordable, and using globally available magnetizable concrete to make wireless charging ubiquitous. What they’re also working on is setting up more wireless charging stations for public transport throughout cities. This way, they’re also contributing to making cities smarter.
Health – making healthcare more affordable and accessible
What about Be My Eyes, an innovator based in Denmark and the United States; how do they add value to society? Simply put, they connect blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers through a free app. Be My Eyes provides anonymous and unlimitedly free access to sight in 180 languages, with a free and localized app, meaning that people with visual impairments would be able to lead more independent lives. That is a huge milestone to making the world a happier and more inclusive place!
Smartbridge Group, an American innovator, tries to challenge the notion that high-quality cancer care is exceptionally expensive to many. They make the world a better place through offering a healthcare experience that is not only affordable, but it also supposedly leads to “better health outcomes and happier lives”. The company gives cancer patients 24/7 access to quality-verified oncologists and hopes to cure cancer at scale.
Education and Finance – increasing the efficiency of training
3PM is making a blended learning app, where studying is divided between in-class training and mobile learning. They say that with their product, the efficiency of a given training (ROI) may increase “up to 500%” through engaging the students before, during and after the training. Hence, they make studying more efficient.
Finally, Gosherpy claims that they aim to provide millennials and young professionals a fun and user-friendly service that could help them reach their buying wants and needs. To them, introducing an increasingly sustainable way to consume is a way to make the world a better place. A higher financial discipline is now especially important, given the high debt levels in Europe and elsewhere.
Innovation with an impactful purpose
Clearly, each of the interviewed AIA contestants has something groundbreaking to pride themselves on. For instance, while security participants drive revolution in making the internet a safer place, climate contestants are all about being green and eco-friendly about the products and services they deliver. Further, circularity in economy, meaning zero environmental waste and reusing (not abusing) precious raw materials, are some of the key values that AIA contestants practice to drive modernization forward. It is of no surprise that participants of different themes prioritize different values, but what binds them together is that they are all excited to commit themselves to tackling global challenges, making the world a better place.