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8th Annual PD Rose Lecture

Date: 24 July 2017 18:00 - 24 July 2017 19:30
Location: TBC
Organiser: Dr Earl Prinsloo (Phone 046 603 8082)
Event Type: Alumni

"Unleash your Inner Innovator"

"Every one of us has an innovator inside, the question is whether yours needs a wake up call, or simply a tune up so your ideas have greater impact. Come and find out. To explain a bit more, I plan a highly interactive hour covering the issue of "Unleash your inner innovator," drawing parallels to how UNICEF's work enables that, including with researchers in China and South Africa at RUBIC, with young social entrepreneurs through programmes like UPSHIFT, and through scaling up platforms like RapidPro that empower governments and others to compress time and get real time insights and take action. I will also cover the important bridging of research/invention across to innovation and applied research, where efforts of researchers and academia can really make a difference to people's lives. And hopefully inspire everyone regardless of what work they do, that they can do more with their ideas, and that there is no limit to good ideas."

Tanya Accone bio

Tanya Accone’s career has focused on helping international public and private sector organizations understand how to amplify their impact through the convergence of innovation, communication and technology. 

Tanya manages the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Global Innovation Centre, which supports the scale up of proven innovations that deliver exponential change for millions of children and their communities in 194 countries. UNICEF’s innovation pipeline covers emerging future technologies, investment into startups for social good, and global adoption and adaptation.

Some of Tanya’s professional nine lives include launching internet companies throughout sub-Saharan Africa, covering technology as a journalist, and helping to take The Washington Post Company online. Tanya is a Rhodes University graduate and a Fulbright Fellow. She is the fourth-generation of her Chinese family to be born in South Africa, where she spent her childhood on the outskirts of Tshwane. She tweets at @accone 

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