"Yet it takes nearly two decades from the time researchers develop a new material until that material actually makes its way into manufactured products. That long lag is a major barrier in U.S. manufacturers’ efforts to remain competitive in an intense global market – and strengthening the nation’s manufacturing sector is among U.S. President Barack Obama’s top priorities."

"Okay, you can’t really "teach" entrepreneurship. It’s an experience, not so much a content-area like history. As Sir Richard Branson put it in a recent interview about implementing enterprise culture at schools, "The best way of learning about anything is doing." That said, teachers all around the world are finding ways to bring entrepreneurship into their instruction. Why? Because in a world with fewer jobs and the increasing ability to make a living off of your passion, it just makes sense. "

"Together, increasingly accessible manufacturing and innovation skills could allow the localization of tech startup culture and the creation of technology micro-economies, initially at a city level but perhaps eventually at a suburban scale. These micro-economies would be driven by local youth, based around ideas and products tailored for the local community, which would not have to satisfy the scalability requirements of Silicon Valley venture capitalists. In short, cottage industry for technology - cottage industry 2.0. "

"At the dawn of civilization, settlers on the Nile River made use of an everyday material to do something amazing "

"Poverty in rural areas may lead to low farm harvests, lack of employment opportunities, and a limited, if not an absence of, access to basic social services such as health facilities and even schools."

"Antibiotic-resistant bacteria like staphylococcus aureus could take us back to the 19th Century."

"Hataman, eldest child of Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and Congresswoman Djalia Turabin Hataman, won for his invention of biodegrable plastic made from coconut. Unlike regular plastic, his invention disintegrates after 20 days."

"Our current education system is ill-prepared to educate the next generation of creative leaders. Developing every individual’s creative potential will be one of the crucial value-creating factors for leading economies in the Imagination Age."

"The Philippines may have the fastest-growing economy in South East Asia but it also has the slowest internet in the region. Despite this, some think they have spotted an opportunity that could turn the country into Asia’s next tech tiger. "

"The wholesale substitution of intelligent technology for mass wage labour and salaried professional labour is beginning to disrupt the workings of the capitalist system. The question economists are so fearful to entertain is, what happens to market capitalism when productivity gains, brought on by intelligent technology, continue to reduce the need for human labour? We are seeing the unbundling of productivity from employment. Instead of the former facilitating the latter, it is now eliminating it. But since in capitalist markets capital and labour feed off of each other, how will society respond when so few people are gainfully employed that there are not enough buyers to purchase goods and services from sellers?"

"UNIID-SEA, supported by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), is launching the “IID CHALLENGE GRANTS PROGRAM”, a new research program that will promote IID in development research, innovation and project management."

"As everyday objects get connected, brace yourself for network effects, says one economist. "

"The Inclusive Innovation Hub is a knowledge-sharing and networking platform that promotes participatory approaches in solving issues on poverty and exclusion.  It is envisioned to grow into a rich body of case studies, syllabi, researches and other reference materials on how to make the process of innovation more inclusive. It targets to seek solutions to a wider range of social problems and needs, and it engages a wider range of actors in the process, especially those who have been traditionally left out and marginalized. The open access platform currently connects contributors from universities, research councils, and CSOs in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Vietnam, the Philippines, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States."