South Korea and Sweden are the most innovative countries in the world – Israel Becoming ‘Tech Titan’


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South Korea and Sweden are the most innovative countries in the world, according to a league table covering everything from the concentration of tech companies to the number of science and engineering graduates.

The index on innovative countries highlights South Korea’s position as the economy whose companies filed the most patents in 2017. 

Bloomberg, which compiles the index based on data from sources including the World Bank, IMF and OECD, credits South Korea’s top ranking to Samsung. 

The electronics giant is South Korea’s most valuable company and has received more US patents than any company other than IBM since the start of the millennium. This innovation trickles down the supply chain and throughout South Korea’s economy.

Sweden in second place is fast gaining a reputation as Europe’s tech start-up capital.

The Scandinavian country is home to Europe’s largest tech companies and its capital is second only to Silicon Valley when it comes to the number of “unicorns” – billion-dollar tech companies – that it produces per capita.

Education hinders the US

The US dropped out of the top 10 in the 2018 Bloomberg Innovation Index, for the first time in the six years the gauge has been compiled. 

Bloomberg attributed its fall to 11th place from ninth last year largely to an eight-spot slump in the rating of its tertiary education, which includes an assessment of the share of new science and engineering graduates in the labour force.

The US is now ranked 43 out of 50 nations for “tertiary efficiency”. Singapore and Iran take the top two spots.

The US’ ranking marks another setback for its higher education sector’s global standing in recent months: in September it was revealed neither of the world’s top two universities were considered to be American. Those honours went to the UK’s Oxford and Cambridge universities respectively.

In addition to the US’ education slump in the innovation index, Bloomberg claims the country also lost ground when it came to value-added manufacturing. The country is now ranked in 23rd place, while Ireland and South Korea take the top two spots.

Despite these setbacks, the Bloomberg Innovation Index still ranks the US as number 1 when it comes to its density of tech companies.

The US is also second only to South Korea for patent activity.

These rankings may explain the disparity between Bloomberg’s list of innovative countries and the World Economic Forum’s own list of the 10 most innovative economies.

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Under this ranking, compiled as part of The Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018, the US is listed as the second most innovative country in the world after Switzerland.

The US’ inclusion in this league table, and South Korea’s exclusion, are the two most notable differences between the different rankings.

Other than these nations, the majority of countries included in the top 10s are the same in both lists.

Tech titan Israel

One nation to feature prominently in both innovation rankings is Israel.

Taking third spot in the Global Competitiveness Report’s innovation league table, Israel is ranked 10th best country in the world for innovation overall by Bloomberg.

However, its index also ranks Israel as number 1 for two categories of innovation: R&D intensity and concentration of researchers.

Israel’s talent for research and development is illustrated by some of the major tech innovations to come out of the country.

These include the USB flash drive, the first Intel PC processor and Google’s Suggest function, to name just three.

Despite being smaller than the US state of New Jersey with fewer people, Israel punches well above its weight on the global tech stage.

It has about 4000 startups, and raises venture capital per capita at two-and-a-half times the rate of the US and 30 times that of Europe.

When it comes to being a world leader at innovation, it may simply be the case that you get out what you put in: according to OECD figures, Israel spends more money on research and development as a proportion of its economy than any other country – 4.3% of GDP against second-placed Korea’s 4.2%. 

Switzerland is in third place spending 3.4% of its GDP on R&D, while Sweden spends 3.3%. The US spends just 2.8%.

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MIT.nano ~ Inspiring Innovation at the ‘nano-scale’ … Making Our World Better – One Atom at a Time: Video


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MIT-nanoMIT is constructing, at the heart of the campus, a new 200,000-square-foot center for nanoscience and nanotechnology. This advanced facility will be a place for tinkering with atoms, one by one—and for constructing, from these fantastically small building blocks, the innovations of the future. Watch the MIT Video then Read More …

 

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Nanotechnology is so small it’s measured in billionths of meters, and it is revolutionizing every aspect of our lives … Dictionary Series - Science: nanotechnology

The past 70 years have seen the way we live and work transformed by two tiny inventions. The electronic transistor and the microchip are what make all modern electronics possible, and since their development in the 1940s they have been getting smaller. Today, one chip can contain as many as 5 billion transistors. If cars had followed the same development pathway, we would now be able to drive them at 300,000 mph and they would cost just $6.00 (US) each.AmorChem Nanotechnology-300x200

But to keep this progress going we need to be able to create circuits on the extremely small, nanometer scale. A nanometer (nm) is one billionth of a meter and so this kind of engineering involves manipulating individual atoms. We can do this, for example, by firing a beam of electrons at a material, or by vaporizing it and depositing the resulting gaseous atoms layer by layer onto a base.

Read More: Nanotechnology is Changing EVERYTHING … Health Care, Clean Energy, Clean Water, Quantum Computing …

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Slate Nanotechnology Survey

Slate has recently published an online survey “Tell Us What You Think About Nanotechnology” (Follow the link above to take that survey).

Which … got us to thinking. “We” (Team GNT) should have our very own Survey on Nanotechnology with more focus on youOUR READERS!

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Which Country is the World’s ‘Most Innovative’? Where Does Your Country Rank (1 to 140) in the ‘Innovation Game?’


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WHICH is the world’s most innovative country? Answering this question is the aim of the annual Global Innovation Index and a related report, which were published this morning by Cornell University, INSEAD, a business school, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

The ranking of 140 countries and economies around the world, which are scored using 79 indicators, is not surprising: Switzerland, Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands and America lead the pack.

But the authors also look at their data from other angles, for instance how countries do relative to their economic development and the quality of innovation (measured by indicators such as university rankings). In both cases the results are more remarkable. The chart above shows that in innovation many countries in Africa punch above their economic weight. And the chart below indicates that, even though China is now churning out a lot of patents, it is still way behind America and other rich countries when it comes to innovation quality.

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National SBIR Conference with the 2nd annual National Innovation Summit and Showcase and 16th annual TechConnect World Conference


pixel_invisQDOTS imagesCAKXSY1K 8The National SBIR Conference and the 2nd annual National Innovation  Summit and Showcase will be held in parallel with the 16th annual TechConnect World Conference, at the Gaylord Convention Center, May 12-16, 2013. 

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In support of the White House and Congressional call for innovation commercialization initiatives, the National Innovation Summit and Showcase delivers the world’s largest showcase of industry-vetted emerging-technologies ready for commercialization.   Don’t miss as TechConnect presents the Nation’s top innovations emerging from our federal technology funding programs.  All showcasing innovations  are vetted by our industry and investment review committees, and all will participate the TechConnect Corporate Acceleration and Matchmaking Programs with our participating Corporate and Investment Partners.

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National Innovation Awards


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Announcing the TechConnect National Innovation Awards, presenting the nation’s top innovations as ranked by the TechConnect investment and corporate partners. Awardees to be announced on-site during the joint innovation conferences.

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National SBIR Conference


The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer programs are highly competitive, encouraging small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) work with potential for commercialization.

National SBIR/STTR conferences are typically the largest and most important conferences specializing in helping small businesses learn about participating in SBIR/STTR programs. At this Conference, representatives from all 11 federal agencies with SBIR programs will attend, in addition to other SBIR/STTR experts and trainers. Conference highlights include:

  • Presentations from all SBIR Agency Program Managers
  • Learn how to successfully submit competitive research proposals
  • Hear from government, industry and academic experts on successful commercialization strategies
  • Interact with SBIR Agency Program Managers, technology entrepreneurs, large company representatives, and researchers in Roundtable discussions, sessions and 1-on-1 meetings
  • Learn about cutting-edge opportunities in defense, agriculture, energy, and health/medicine
  • Optional pre conference workshops on SBIR Phase I, Phase II and licensing and commercialization

More About the Conference: http://nationalinnovationsummit.com/?goback=%2Egde_3221076_member_239262171

 

European nanoelectronics industry proposes to invest 100 B€ for innovation


Highlighting the need for Europe to substantially increase its research       and innovation efforts in nanoelectronics in order to maintain its       worldwide competitiveness, the document outlines a proposal by companies       and institutes within Europe’s nanoelectronics ecosystem to invest 100       billion € up to the year 2020 on an ambitious research and innovation       programme, planned and implemented in close cooperation with the       European Union and the Member States.

Nanoelectronics is not only strategically important to Europe in its       own right, it is also a key enabling technology to help solve all of the       societal challenges identified in the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme,” said       Enrico Villa, Chairman of CATRENE. “This important new positioning       paper, which has been put together and endorsed by all the major actors       in the European nanoelectronics ecosystem, including large industrial       companies, SMEs, research organisations and academic institutes, is       intended to open up discussions on how Europe-wide research and       innovation in nanoelectronics can be coordinated to maximise its       applicability and economic value.”

Europe’s semiconductor industry and research institutes remain at the       heart of Europe’s knowledge-based economy, contributing an estimated 30       billion € to Europe’s annual revenues. Its semiconductor companies have       dominant global positions in key application areas, such as transport       and security, as well as in equipment and materials for worldwide       semiconductor manufacturing. Nanoelectronics is not only opening up new       opportunities to exploit Europe’s strengths in equipment and materials       for worldwide digital microchip production, it also offers opportunities       to expand European semiconductor manufacturing on 150mm, 200mm and 300mm       wafers to produce the highly specialised nano-scale devices required to       interface digital chips to real-world application environments. Creating       these new devices will be critical to maintaining Europe’s world-leading       position in industry segments such as automotive, aerospace, medical,       industrial, and telecommunications.

Urgent strategy actions recommended in the positioning paper to secure       the future of Europe’s nanoelectronics ecosystem include extension of       the European Union’s dedicated budgets for Key Enabling Technologies to       reflect their common dependence on nanoelectronics; simplified       notification and enlarged eligibility for public funding in       nanoelectronics, and greater focus on European Union funding for       regional initiatives to support the proposed programme.

“Despite today’s climate of austerity, investing in technologies that       will sustain Europe throughout the 21st century and solve       important societal challenges such as energy efficiency, security and       the aging population, makes economic sense,” explained Mr Villa. “We       firmly believe that with the right investment and Europe-wide programme       coordination, the European nanoelectronics ecosystem can increase       Europe’s worldwide revenues by over 200 billion € per year and create an       additional 250,000 direct and induced jobs in Europe.”

Innovation for the future of Europe: Nanoelectronics beyond 2020’ is       available for download on the AENEAS       and CATRENE       websites.

Direct Link to Strategic Report: http://www.aeneas-office.eu/web/downloads/strategic-docs/sria_ict_components_systems_industry_april2012.pdf

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