On July 18, 2019, World Innovators Committee (WIMIC) published eight key topics for World Innovators Meet 2019 (WIM2019). Topics center the most-discussed industries and areas and are proposed by tens of entrepreneurs and investors. WIM2019 will invite the fittest innovators to answer these eight most-focused issues:
From E-commerce to New Retail: Where is the Next Amazon or Alibaba?
The U.S. and China are two pioneers in the e-commerce industry with a presence like Amazon and Alibaba, the giants in this field. Amazon and Alibaba. who were used to be pure e-commerce companies, has been actively exploring New Retail and marching into offline space to run physical stores in recent years. E-commerce innovators mushroomed in South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Where can we expect and find the next Amazon or Alibaba in the world? How will the next generation of e-commerce be distinguished from Amazon and Alibaba?
Industry Internet and B2B: Can the Spring be Everlasting?
It is a phenomenon in the world that B2B enterprises listed in 2019 are sought-after in the secondary market. Meanwhile, the B2B-related investment deal count burst in the first half of 2019. Led by giants Alibaba and Tencent, industry Internet, which is closely related to B2B, has been a trending-up topic in China. While the global economic growth is slowing down, nowadays investors chase after the steadily growing industrial Internet and B2B businesses. Innovators in the industry have long been enjoying a honeymoon time, but how much longer will the situation last?
From AI to AIoT: When Can We Expect AIoT with 5G Tech?
The forth revolution of science and technology is in the ascendant, and artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G are the critical drivers. Before the mass commercialization of 5G technology, the adoption of AI tech in practice has been accelerating. What are the rising opportunities with 5G + AI? AIoT, Artificial Intelligence of Things, is an electrifying track for startups and investors. However, how long can we expect AIoT even with a promising prospect? Plus, when should different types of innovators enter the field?
Big Health Innovation: Who Will Evolve First? Global Issue or Solution?
Humans always want to further extend longevity and to improve life quality. The harsh reality tells that thousands of diseases take away millions of lives every year; the extended longevity brings social issues like social healthcare security and pension fund's deficit in many countries; innovations in Big Health area takes longer than those in other industries. Big Health's innovation is critical social stability, but we must ask whether the new global issue comes faster or innovative solution?
Fintech Innovation: How to Clear Innovation's Side Effects?
It is prevailng in the world to innovate in fintech (financial technology) area. Mobile payment, P2P, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and other concenpts and technologies are widely adopted in financial industry. Indeed, tech has made financial services more widely accessible and convenient. We innovate in fintech for good cause while the side effects of tech development come along. In the past few years, millions of people in the world encountered schemes and frauds on types of financial platforms. This rising concern has become the most imperative issue for innovators to solve.
Behemoth's Innovation in AI Era: Can Giant Tap Dance?
Even today, the majority of top 100 enterprises ranked by market cap are in traditional industries while an increasing number of tech companies squeezed into the list. Among global top 10 companies ranked market cap, seven out of them are tech giants.
In the book The Innovator's Dilemma, it says, "...as companies become larger and more successful, it becomes even more difficult to enter emerging markets early enough..." in artificial intelligence era, behemoths are stressed by innovation. Innovate or disappear?
World Investment Trend: Bet on Replication or Innovation?
Sci-tech innovation can serve the world beyond geographical boundaries. Nonetheless, the difference in sci-tech innovation development level exists from country to country. For world venture capitalists, the difference in development implies investment opportunities.
When looking for opportunities in emerging markets, should investors encourage local innovations or replicate business models that have proven successful in more mature markets? If investors were to combine both approaches, what is the best way to make a blend?
Young Generation's Innovation: How to Surpass Predecessors?
There is no dispute that most of the young generation in the world live at a less-ideal time comparing to their predecessors, not only because of the slowing-down economic growth. Under such a climate, it is commonly accepted that the young need to take times of efforts to climb to the same height as their predecessors did.
But it is unquestionable that the newer generation will excel the elder generation as being the main force of innovation. They eye on future and belong to future. Walking the same path left by predecessors will not lead to a new destination, then here comes the question: where is the new path?
WIM2019 will invites outstanding speakers from China, the U.S., the U.K., India, Singapore, Indonesia, Nigeria, Brazil, Japan, Israel, and other countries and regions. On December 6-8, 2019, we look forward to seeing you in Beijing.
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