The Strategic Innovation Accelerator and Summit series enables multi-disciplinary discussions between senior leaders on relevant topics of the year. Unlike conventional, discipline-specific conferences, where topical content is narrow and participants are generally from the same discipline, the Accelerators and Summits bring together people from many sectors. These include government, business, education, non-profit, and the arts and sciences. The goal is to create and stimulate conversation that would normally not take place elsewhere, between senior leaders on topics related to innovation and society.
The Accelerators and Summits provide three important benefits to participants:
- Education: As experts in their fields, participants learn from one another through interactive sessions and dedicated talks. These aim to educate, raise important questions, and present the latest data on trends and the current state of the Accelerator/Summit topic.
- Multi-Disciplinary Engagement: The Accelerators and Summits are sized so that even during the main session, a conversation can occur amongst all participants. Questions and answers are not only between the speakers but also the participants. Facilitators and moderators from HBS, TECH, and other centers are brought in to ensure engagement and to be a catalyst for the conversation.
- Action: The ultimate goal of the Accelerators and Summits is impact. For this to happen, action is a critical component.