What is Innovation Drift?
Vilnius Innovation Forum (VIF) is the biggest high-level meeting at the Baltics aimed at bringing together entrepreneurs, business and public policy decision makers, scientists and researchers to discuss the state of innovation in Europe and beyond.
Asking what Innovation Drift is about is a lot like asking what the future is about – there is no singular answer, and there never should be! The international forum focuses on a wide variety of subjects, invites hundreds of speakers from the most diverse fields and attracts thousands of visitors interested in shaping their own future.
Will the future involve scientific innovations and cutting-edge technology? Absolutely. Will our own minds and ideas evolve alongside it? No question about it. How do we meet the future head-on and shape it just as much as it shapes us? There are many, many ways of doing so – and that’s exactly why Innovation Drift invites futurologists, inventors, scientists, entrepreneurs, artists and ordinary people meet, interact and connect.
It’s an old cliché that life is what you make it, but how better to solve the major economic, demographic and political issues than by leaving it in the hands of the brightest and bravest? If you’re interested in the future, then we’re interested in you!
The 2015 edition of Innovation Drift attracted more than 60 speakers from 30 countries around the globe. Future perspectives were introduced, discussed and analyzed by various experts from the most advanced global organizations, including CERN, WEF, ESA, WIPO, NASA and ITU. (2015)
Innovation Drift 2017
Connecting Minds. Shaping the Future.
Connecting minds is not merely sharing different ideas and concepts, it’s creating a wide-spread web of people who develop alongside each other. Science, business and the private sector should be the three pillars that, through continued dialogue, shape what our world looks like. After all, we share a common goal of a brighter future – and nothing can bring us closer to it than finding the right people.
- Space technologies,
- Technological challenges;
- Creativity and design;
- Robotics, Internet of Things (IoT);
- Cyber security;
- Health, Education;
- Smart/green cities, transport, and alternative energy.
Lithuania and Innovations
Lithuania has the most innovative economy of the Baltic states according to the Bloomberg Innovation Index. Aiming to create the ideal conditions for R&D and tech growth all across the country, Lithuania builds on an already established technical industry and infrastructure. The state has identified a number of key sectors that it intends to focus its efforts and investments on:
- INVENTING new technologies, materials and practices;
- HEALTH technologies and biotechnology;
- Information and INTERNET technologies;
- FUTURE focus – sustainable technologies.
Interesting facts and statistics about Lithuania:
- The World Bank’s Doing Business report 2017 found that Lithuania is the 21st country in the world when ranking them on easiness of starting and sustaining new business;
- Ranked as the 35th of 140 countries on The Global Competitiveness Index 2016–2017 Rankings; Ranked 16th out of 178 countries on the 2017 Index of Economic Freedom;
- Lithuania has the highest percentage of secondary school graduates in Europe – 92 percent of people ages 25 to 64 have finished middle school or higher.
- 30 percent of the population have a higher education degree (EU average is 24%). And among people ages 25 to 34, this number is 40%.
- Ranks among the top countries in Europe in the fields of registering property, starting a business and trading goods with other countries.