m-NEXT Leading Innovation!


m-NEXT explores what’s NEXT in tech, whether it’s NEXT markets (Brazil, Africa), NEXT trends (Innovation Ecosystems going GLOBAL, Diversity in Tech) or the NEXT Showcase (connected devices, wearables and demos). The Information Age is giving way to the Innovation Age, and today more people around the world are empowered to significantly impact the global community through technology. Increased access to information and the democratization of open source technologies is paramount to their success. These and other fundamental shifts are continually changing the structure of society by strengthening our global community and enabling individuals to realize their true potential. Explore new and disruptive technology movements which will lead to the NEXT wave of global innovation.

Using a global perspective explore new and disruptive technologies such as connected devices, wearables, big data analytics and cloud in the context of retail, connected lifestyle and more. Find out what’s m-NEXT!

Countries Names 600

m-NEXT explores cutting edge trends in the industry, following are a few themes that will be covered:

  • NEXT: Replicating the Silicon Valley Ecosystem Around the World
  • NEXT: Global Empowerment and the Rise of Innovation
  • NEXT: Global IP – New Innovations within a Global Context
  • NEXT: Global Entrepreneurs Come to Silicon Valley
  • NEXT: Future Strategy – Global Innovation Landscapes & Growth Centers
  • NEXT: Coding & Knowledge Workers in Emerging Markets
  • NEXT: Global Cloud & Big Data – How and When to Scale Regionally
  • NEXT: Mobile Internet Expansion Globally

m-NEXT Agenda:


1:15 - Digital DriveStyle App – The perfect integration for iPhone into Mercedes-Benz vehicles.


1:30 – NEXT Markets: Frugal Innovation Within the African Mobile Market – A Story of Successes.

The rapid growth of Africa’s mobile market continues to present unique business opportunities across the mobile value chain. This panel presents the success cases of African companies that have embraced frugality while running successful operations across key mobile verticals. The entrepreneurs on this panel have leveraged mobile technologies to develop appropriate, localized and adaptable technologies that are fashioned for emerging markets.

2:15 – NEXT Markets: The Boom of Mobile & E-commerce in Brazil

Brazil is the seventh-largest ICT sector in the world; the fifth-largest online market and the fourth-largest mobile phones market.

Smartphones users doubled from 9% in 2011 to 18% in 2012 and the country is projected to become the fifth smartphone market in the world, ahead of India and behind only the U.S., China, UK and Japan.

Brazilians own over 227 million phones. Broadband subscriptions are up at record levels and Brazilians are increasingly accessing the internet through their phones or tablets.

The country is the number one app developer in Latin America thanks to the mobile adoption and a nationwide entrepreneurship’s boom.

What are the industry trends in this fascinating yet complex market?

How is the mobile fever fueling Brazil’s 20% annual growth in e-commerce?

How is this boom impacting the Brazilian mobile payment industry?


3:00 – NEXT Trends: Global Innovation Ecosystems: How to Unleash Innovation Across Companies, Communities, and Countries

The startup movement is exploding, including in Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and virtually everywhere else.  But ecosystems to support entrepreneurial innovation outside of Silicon Valley are generally weak.  What can we do to cultivate the success of innovation ecosystems?  What actions can entrepreneurs, goverments, corporations, universities, and communities take?  We explore the dynamics of ecosystems, and the tools to make them grow.

3:45 - NEXT Movement: Girls in Tech: The Importance of Diversity in Tech

There are many benefits to evangelizing diversity in the tech workforce. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2018, there will be a total of nearly 1.4 million computing-related jobs added in the U.S., an increase of 22% from 2008. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the number of people graduating from college with computer or information sciences degrees has been decreasing steadily since 2004. At this rate, fewer than one-third of the vacant computing jobs expected by 2018 could be filled by U.S. graduates with computing degrees. Increasingly, non-IT jobs require deep knowledge of computing as well. A computing major or minor provides a versatile skill set that crosses disciplines and is essential in today’s information economy.

  • Diversity Improves the Bottom Line: Technology companies with the highest representation of women in their senior management teams showed a higher return on equity than did those with fewer or no women in senior management. A recent study determined that racial and gender diversity were associated with increased sales revenue, more customers, and greater profits.
  • Diversity Enhances Innovation: Information technology informs all aspects of modern society. Incorporating women and people of color is vital to the future of technological innovation. When we bring a wider variety of people into IT, our innovation will be enhanced through the valuable contributions that diverse perspectives bring.
  • Diversity Promotes Equality: With technology playing an increasingly crucial role in all of our lives, having more people from different backgrounds participate in its creation break down gender and racial economic inequalities.

Source: NCWIT & Girls in Tech


4:30 - NEXT Showcase

Misfit Wearables
PillJogger, Inc.
Official GMIC Hackathon Winners

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Martin Strokam-Next

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