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I presented a short talk on innovation and building breakthrough ideas at in5, Innovation Centre (part of Dubai Internet City). The event was part of UAE Innovation Week program #UAE_Innovates. My session covered a number of lessons and insights from my experience on how to think in an innovative way. You can read more about the program and watch the talks here: www.tecomgroup.ae/innovates/
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  • 1. lessons and insights on how to think innovatively on a day-to-day basis and help bring your ideas to life 7 ways to (re)think innovatively
  • 2. • Who • Content Mohammed Alsiddiq @mxmajid mmajid.com eighthub.com UAE Innovation Week 22-28 November 2015 #UAE_Innovates @UAE_innovates uaeinnovates.ae in5 Innovation Centre infive.ae @in5centre @dic_community
  • 3. • Develop a talent for spotting good ideas • Good idea = real market need + unique proposition + creates value • Have the courage to take risks and invest in good ideas • “Innovation is usually not an idea solution; it’s a recognition-solution.” • Innovation is all about change 1 Innovation ≠ “We need more ideas”
  • 4. • Design thinking is a great strategy for innovation • Obsess about your audience and their context • Research and talk to others about your idea • Test, validate and iterate 2 Design thinking is your friend
  • 5. http://createdu.org/design-thinking/
  • 6. • Stay lean, and don't let perfection get in the way of progress • Innovating and creating is typically a messy process • Take risks 3 Perfection is not your friend, breakthroughs are messy
  • 7. • Spend most of the time thinking about ‘what’ are you solving, rather than ‘how’ • “If I had 20 days to solve a problem I would take 19 to define it.” - Einstein • Innovation is not only technology innovation - 10 types of innovation! • Research will reveal insights that are crucial to find an innovative solution • Innovation is influenced by social factors more than technology 4 Focus on the ‘what’ rather than ‘how’
  • 8. “The trouble with every one of us is that we don't think enough. We don't get paid for working with our feet — we get paid for working with our heads..” Thomas J. Watson, Chairman and CEO of IBM 1914-1956
  • 9. • Be curious, challenge and test ideas and conflicting opinions • Practice ‘frame-shifting’ • Tools and techniques such as brainstorming sessions, solving the opposite problem, 5 whys and sketching and storyboarding • Change your environment and surround your self with creative people • Learning to collaborate, and give and receive feedback, may matter more than your brilliance • Be persistent and have faith that you will find a solution 5 Rethink the way you think, break down your thinking process
  • 10. • Barely anything is entirely original • Creativity and innovation is all about making connections between seamlessly unconnected things • Use what already exists, tweak it and improve on it • Remember innovation is means to an end, not an end in itself • “All ideas are made from other ideas” • Learning from other innovations? Ask the right questions 6 Rethink ‘originality’
  • 11. • We are wired to have negative bias towards creativity in uncertainty • Most people favor practically over creativity • Ideas are rarely rejected on their merits; they’re rejected because of how they make people feel. 7 Biased against creativity
  • 12. Recommended read: Ten Types of Innovation
  • 13. Thank you @mxmajid malsiddiq@eighthub.comAny questions?
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