Innovation can come when you least expect it. It may be a descriptive word, the color of a logo, or a familiar-looking icon in an application, that sets a connection in the mind. All you’ll need, then, is an opportunity to explore that connection, which may lead you to a place beyond what you thought was possible.
A recent article in The Globe and Mail made a connection: car-sharing services along with the burgeoning use of taxi/carpool/food/freight/transportation network provider, Uber, wouldn’t be at the height they currently are, without the availability of cheap wireless networks and mobile devices.
Google’s self-driving car uses software, sensors, and digital maps to spatially locate its position in the real world. But it would be impossible for the car to self-drive if LIDAR, sensor, and camera technologies weren’t developed to the point where they could provide accurate information to the software to process and recognize people, other vehicles, road signs, traffic lights, and more.
Innovative and popular services and solutions are often borne of a pedigree that is outside their mainstream success. Take the global positioning system (GPS) for instance. It was set up by the U.S. Department of Defense in the 1970s for military purposes. Now GPSs devices and applications are in cars, cell phones, and more. Across the Atlantic, a Swiss engineer invented Velcro by replicating the tiny hooks of burrs in nature. It wasn’t until 20 years later, however, when NASA began using Velcro, did its use become popular.
Throughout history, the power of collaboration and the opportunities that arise from it infuse new insights into solving challenges and improving business processes. But in our age of communication through impersonal modes such as emails, text messages, and social media, opportunities must be created for in-person meetings to happen.
Technology conferences and seminars create an environment for the transference of knowledge and experience from persons, companies, and departments, from industry to industry. Events connect communities and spread innovative thinking, new ideas, and ingenuity. We should all be encouraged to submit to call-for-papers, attend and be attentive to presentations, network, and ask to see demonstrations.
To serve this purpose, we’ve developed great topics and sessions for ICANuc in October. We’re bringing the demo team outside the rooms for greater networking. We’re breaking down the walls, so to speak, to encourage an infrastructure manager to collaborate with an emergency operations specialist. We’re pushing for greater adoption (and will show) of easy-to-use geospatial tools for electrical utilities to streamline field operations. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Achieving innovation can start with a simple step towards making a connection. And that connection is only a month away. Attend ICANuc and explore what’s possible.