Technology and global influence

20 September 2011

Collaborating with industry, government and leading thinkers from around the world, academics from the Oxford Martin School participated in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions on September 15 in Dalian, China.

Taking part in the "IdeasLab with the University of Oxford: Technology for Society," the School's interdisciplinary presentations were designed to both inform and inspire, discussing how evolving technology will be of benefit in the coming years and the new risks it presents.

The so-called “Summer Davos” is the foremost global business gathering in Asia. This year marks the fifth anniversary of this meeting which is held in close collaboration with the Government of the People’s Republic of China and with the personal support of Premier Wen Jiabao. The meeting attracted some 1,500 industry, government and thought leaders from more than 90 countries, representing a 10% increase in participation from 2010.

The World Economic Forum is an independent, international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas. This year’s three day programme explored four key elements.

  • Embracing Disruptive Innovation
  • Pursuing New Frontiers of Growth
  • Shaping New Industry Models and Policies
  • Sustaining a Creative and Entrepreneurial Culture

Engaging with decision makers and policy makers in order to share interdisciplinary academic expertise on future issues is an ongoing objective of the Oxford Martin School. The School collaborates regularly with the World Economic folum to achieve these aims. See our previous events: