IGL2018 Programme

IGL2018 Programme (subject to change). 

View the programme for each day by clicking on the links below. 

IGL Research Meeting - Tuesday 12 June 2018
09:00 - 05:30 PM

Programme for the IGL Research Meeting will be announced in early March after the close of the call abstracts.

IGL Global Conference - Wednesday 13 June 2018
09:00 AM
Registration and refreshments
10:00 AM
10:20 AM
Opening Plenary: Skills for innovation across the workforce

Chaired by: Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, Aspen Institute (USA) (tbc)

John Van Reenen, Professor of Applied Economics, MIT Sloan School of Management (USA)

James Manyika, Chairman and Director, McKinsey Global Institute (tbc)

Debbie Sterling, Founder and CEO, GoldieBlox (tbc)

Innovation is often seen as mainly undertaken by highly-educated people with advanced technical skills. It is increasingly important to understand how the skills needed for innovation can be spread across the workforce and the population at large - both to make the most out of the knowledge economy and to reduce the inequality that would otherwise arise. In this session, we will hear different perspectives on why spreading skills for innovation is important, and how to do it.


11:30 AM
Refreshments and Networking
12:00 AM
Parallel Sessions A
Mapping ecosystems: Using big data to understand ecosystems and policy impacts

Chaired by: Juan Mateos-Garcia, Head of Innovation Mapping, Nesta (UK)

Katy Börner, Professor of Engineering and Information Science, Indiana University (USA)

César Hidalgo, Associate Professor, MIT (USA)

A session showcasing examples of how to use “big data” in innovation and growth policymaking, including mapping the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems more accurately and in real time, and measuring the “impact” of policy interventions.

Supporting ecosystems: How local policymakers can support their innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems

Chaired by: tbc

Cities have put forward a range of initiatives (from innovation districts to technology trials, to entire communities) to attract innovation and entrepreneurial activity, and support its sustainable integration.

This session will showcase some of the most novel initiatives in this space, and the impact they are having on their local ecosystems.

How can experimentation help us to develop more effective policies

Chaired by: Albert Bravo-Biosca, Director, Innovation Growth Lab, Nesta (UK)

Jing Cai, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland (USA)

Alfonso Gambardella, Professor, Bocconi University (Italy)

Ina Ganguli, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (USA) 

In this session, we will look at some of the leading trials in this policy space and find out what they can tell us about what can work to improve innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth. The session will showcase the results from full impact evaluations and rapid A/B trials, demonstrating how experimental approaches can be used not only to evaluate policy programmes, but also to design and continuously improve them.

01:10 PM
Lunch and Networking
02:30 PM
Parallel Sessions B
Novel innovation policy trends: Testbeds, sandboxes and anticipatory regulation

Chaired by: tbc

This session will showcase new tools and approaches being used by policymakers and practitioners in order to support and accelerate innovation, sharing the experiences from early adopters.

Business collaboration for innovation: How can policymakers support it?

Chaired by: tbc

Businesses innovation processes are increasingly becoming more collaborative: Industries coming together to tackle a common challenge, businesses teaming up to apply for collaborative R&D grants, large multinationals working closely with their suppliers to increase (and spread) innovation through their supply chains, big corporates engaging with startups with novel ideas, and large and small business collaborating more closely with universities to build on their knowledge and expertise. In this session we will hear the industry view on what policymakers can do to make the most of these collaboration opportunities, with examples of places where it has (or hasn’t) worked well.

What are some of the causes of the productivity slowdown in advanced countries and developing economies alike, and what can be done to address it?

Chaired by: William Maloney, Chief Economist, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions, World Bank Group (USA) (tbc)

Lauren Falcao Bergquist, Research Fellow, Becker Friedman Institute, University of Chicago (USA) (tbc)

Antoinette Schoar, Michael M. Koerner (1949) Professor of Entrepreneurship, MIT Sloan School of Management (USA) (tbc)

Evidence for developed and developing economies alike reveals a sharp decline in total factor productivity (TFP) growth in recent years. If this “productivity slump” is part of a longer-term trend, it is particularly worrying as many of the same countries are simultaneously experiencing declines in labor force growth and savings rates. How should policymakers respond and repair the “productivity machine”?

03:40 PM
Refreshments and Networking
04:10 PM
Afternoon Keynote

Karim Lakhani, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School and Director, Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (USA)

04:40 PM
Afternoon Plenary: Experimental Government

Chaired by: Jon Baron, Vice President of Evidence-Based Policy, the Arnold Foundation (USA)

Iqbal Dhaliwal, Executive Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (USA)

Juan Felipe López, Executive Director, Laboratorio de Gobierno (Chile) (tbc)

An increasing number of countries are embracing the idea of policy experimentation, testing their new programmes at small scale to learn whether they work before deciding whether to scale them up. This approach requires a change in culture and processes, and raises a number of challenges, from political to organisational. In this session we will learn how different governments around the world are overcoming these challenges, the benefits they derive from being more experimental, and the models they are using.

05:40 PM
Closing Remarks

Albert Bravo-Biosca, Director, Innovation Growth Lab, Nesta (UK)

06:00 PM
Drinks Reception
07:30 PM
Conference Dinner (optional)
IGL Policy and Practice Learning Lab - Thursday 14 June 2018
09:00 - 05:30 PM

Programme TBC. The day will include workshops and sessions on a range of topics including:

  • Policy simulation
  • Big data for policy
  • Innovation procurement
  • Randomised controlled trials: scope and application
  • Contextualizing evidence
  • Experimental mindset for policy development
  • Successful failures
  • Cities and innovation districts
  • Innovation instruments for policymakers
  • Testbeds
  • Tech transfer