IDEO in Dubai

Had the pleasure to host a IDEO’s team in my office.  They were on assignment from the UAE to give them a brief on the UAE startup ecosystem and to discuss various solutions to potential grand challenges. There was great exchange of ideas and brainstorming that led to a great couple hours of learning on all sides.  Was later invited to engage in a Design Thinking Workshop they were conducting as part of their assignment in the UAE, which was

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Northeastern University Visit

It was great to meet with MBA students visiting from D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University.   I had a chance to share insights into the UAE startup ecosystem and engage in some interesting discussions with the students & faculty.   I’m certainly looking forward to hearing more about some of their ventures in the near future.   The main takeaway I felt from the session was their eye opening exposure to the modus operandi of how the initiatives being undertaken

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The Beauty of Mesh Networks

Lately, I’ve been thinking about Mesh Networks and their potential to unlock innovative solutions through the decentralized network they create and represent.  There are various use applications of mesh networks that entrepreneurs and startups have made into digital products. One of the first products that received it’s fifteen minutes of fame was Firechat, which in September 2014 was used by protestors in Hong Kong’s “umbrella movement”. The app let users send messages to one another without cellular data or a wifi internet connection, relying

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Innovation & Education

I recently had a chance to do some work sessions for the UAE Telecommunications and Regulation Authority (TRA) regarding technology trends and disruptive innovation that are likely to make us re think our entire education curriculum. Some of the research presented was based off the extensive work previously done with my involvement with Honeybird while other was a summarized collection of the latest education trends I’ve been reviewing and been tracking for some time. The TRA, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and

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How Dubai can become the Self Driving Capital of the World

Following the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report and investigation after a Tesla crash last year where the vehicles autopilot system was vindicated, the benefits of self-driving autonomous vehicles are becoming more and more apparent. The report highlighted the benefits of Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) or Autopilot systems could drastically reduce rear-end crashes. Source: NHTSA Tesla Investigation  Additionally, a report by global consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, estimates that Autonomous Vehicles will free up as much as 50 minutes

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UAE Finland Delegation

I was planning to regularly write down my thoughts in more comprehensive long format writing, but lately, I’ve been swamped with what happened in November/December during and following my chance to be part of the UAE Ministry of Economy’s Delegation to Finland. Was honored to be chosen to be part of the UAE Delegation to Finland to explore innovation and investment opportunities.  Anyways, the outcome, there are some interesting developments in the works for 2017 so overall it’s been productive,

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I write a blog here, deliver presentations on the subject of 'future impact of innovation', host workshops for local talent, consult & advise startups and entrepreneurs, serve on the board of multiple startups, launch ideas into startups and sometimes gift them to other talented people to execute.

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