After the semi-finals on the 4th of October The Accenture Innovation Awards 2018 innovation program is now in full swing. During this exciting event in Rotterdam, the jury members and the Top 5 contestants gathered to network, collaborate and have a relaxing evening. But there’s so much more to this Innovation Journey than just coffee-drinking. So why are the jury members so enthusiastic about the whole AIA program? What added value has it brought to them? We asked them what their experience as an AIA jury member has brought.
There are four trends that stood out:
Diederik Karsten, the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Liberty Global, one of the biggest international TV and broadband companies in the world says that he was inspired by getting to meet so many hardworking and intelligent people. He’s met lots of interesting people working to upgrade and innovate in Education and its many fields; working to make Education a lifelong process, improving it for children and making it more accessible to all.
Dirk Lippits, the President/Business unit director of DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living repeats as a jury member for the third year. Similarly, to what Karsten has stated above; for Lippits it’s the valuable experience in the AIA innovation field that keeps him coming back to the scene as a jury member. As he says; “it’s always good to get a vibe of what’s happening in the innovation field”.
For Debby Woesthuis, the Director of the bus division at GVB, one of the public transport operators in Amsterdam, it’s extremely important to keep up with the most recent technological developments in the transport industry. The reason she’s a dedicated jury member is because the AIA Innovation Journey is broadening her scope of thinking, making her think big, and always trying to accommodate to customers’ expectations.
As for Joost Matthijssen, Investment Manager at Nutreco (a producer of animal nutrition and fish feed), he was excited to see a broad range of topics discussed during the Innovation Journey. He too is inspired by the diversity in the jury background, allowing to share different perspectives on innovation. Most importantly, just as Karsten pointed out, it is meeting people who work on groundbreaking innovations, that has added the most value for him.
For Jaya Baloo, the Chief Information Security officer at KPN, being an AIA jury member always brings her plenty of inspiration and new ideas to use in her own company. It’s meeting a lot of pioneers; a lot of believers in their dreams, that yields ideas in how you, yourself, can better innovate. As she puts it: “if you’re close to these people, you’ll feel boosted with new energy that can be used to your own advantage”.
Jeannine Peek, the General Director of Dell The Netherlands, was amazed by the diversity of ideas that the innovators have presented. This got her thinking about how she can use the innovations in her daily life; at home and at work. Once again, this is truly how much AIA’s Innovation Journey inspires everyone taking part to think critically, embrace diversity and keep on dreaming!
2. Potential for Partnerships
Martin Diepeveen, the Education Lead at Microsoft, one of the largest Tech companies, claims that being an AIA jury member could be described from different angles. He’s learned a lot from the concepts invited to the Summer Nights. Being a jury member of a company, whose business model is adapting to the new age, means that they’re constantly on the lookout to partner with some concepts that already exist while inventing business models that cater to new needs. Just like other jury members, he loves to meet new people from different backgrounds to network with, another great reason for him to be a part of the AIA Innovation Awards.
3. New Insights
The jury membership has also had a profound impact on Anna Collignon, a Lawyer and Partner at the law firm Stibbe. She finds talking to people of different expertise insightful and inspiring, claiming that she’s amazed by being surrounded by so many bright people at one place. Being a part of AIA’s jury brings her new insights as she learns a lot from both other jury members and from the innovative concepts.
For Ivar Wiersma, Global Head of ING Labs Wholesale Banking, this is the first time that he’s a part of the AIA jury, so he’s really excited about his peers and the outcome of the AIA Innovation Journey. He’s looking forward to announcing the winning innovations soon and is curious to hear the opinions and viewpoints of his colleagues.
Carl Nagle, the Global Marketing Innovation Director at Jacobs Douwe Egberts, is also participating in the Innovation Award for the first time but is undoubtedly enjoying it to the fullest. His focus is a little different than Wiersma’s; since he has started to work in the startup community quite recently, it has opened his eyes to how large this creative scene solving global challenges really is. He claims that there is a lot to address in his theme of Nutrition; from manufacturing to the home, to sustainable production and minimizing environmental impact. What a pleasure to be in the jury!
Just like her fellow jury member Collignon, Dagmar van Ravenswaay Claasen, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Adyen, a global payments company, claims that the AIA Innovation Journey has introduced her to many interesting business cases. Because of being curious about the Tech world, she’s happy that she can learn a lot about what’s going on in the Dutch startup scene..
Mathieu Ransijn, Manager Information Risk Management in IT Operations at Shell, found talking to the peer jury insightful and inspiring, especially to align on exponential growth of Cyber Security due to Cloud, Mobile computing and IoT. In addition, the innovative concepts that were presented confirmed that they all fit in this roadmap and the need of trust in IT solutions.
Chris Pope, VP Innovation at ServiceNow, says that he’s grateful and proud of being a part of this AIA innovation program where innovation is seen in the purest perspective. When it comes to innovation, one can never get bored. Just like Wiersma, Pope cannot wait for the exciting times ahead. The AIA program has allowed him to spend time with talented professionals that see corporate problems differently and are hence tempting to partner with
Mattijs ten Brink, the Managing Director and Chairman of Transavia, is also delighted to speak of how meeting passionate people who stand for their beliefs opens your eyes to just how many ways there are to solve global challenges. Being a jury member gives him energy and makes him think of partnering up with some of the enthusiastic people he meets along the Innovation Journey. Finally, he speaks about how the inspiration he gains from being an AIA jury member is extremely important to be passed onto his own team.
Carine de Meyere, Senior Investment Advisor & Knowledge Broker at Future Planet Capital, is enjoying being a part of the jury that connects her with like-minded professionals with a passion to innovate and invest in Education for the next generations. She is happy to see that this years’ entries for Education are so inspiring. It made her hopeful that the Dutch Education system has a lot of groundbreaking innovators to breed.
So, the question is; as AIA jury members, what has their experience brought them so far? As you can see, AIA has brought inspiration to think big and in a creative way. New insights into what’s currently happening in the Tech world is also something that AIA has given to these jury members. Some of the jury members interviewed, praised AIA as a platform for potential partnerships with innovators and the chance to network with fellow jury members and others. There is a lot to look forward to when joining the Innovation Journey as a future jury member or as an innovative concept. Be there for our Big finale at the Innovation Summit on the 2nd of November!