Innovation has become something of a buzzword these days, but it is one that represents an important concept that is constantly changing the world. Because it’s, well, innovative!
Any time a person comes up with a new idea, a new product, or a new service that advances modern technology and finds new ways of doing things, they have been a part of innovation. Whether this happens at home, on a local level, corporately or on an international level, Innovation Day celebrates such accomplishments!
Companies all over the world are constantly innovating, creating new ways for people to interact with and experience the world. Innovation Day celebrates these intrepid explorers of new ideas and what their work changes about our future.
History Of Innovation Day
The Science History Institute, working in conjunction with the Society of Chemical Industry, are regularly banded together to host Innovation Day. This particular day was created to help bring attention to those who were not just producing technology, but to those who were pushing the envelope on what could be done and what was possible.
These two organizations know that every new idea or invention, every new step forward, is based on the work done by the innovators of the past. This is true today and will continue to remain true in the future. Which makes it that much more important to honor those innovators of the past who have laid the foundation for today and for the future.
Innovation Days may be held throughout the year by companies and organizations who are seeking to find opportunities and acquire great ideas from all throughout their infrastructure. What sets these innovators apart is that they look at present knowledge and technology and then aim to see beyond their present applications.
As society changes, the use of technology changes with it, even existing technology. This means that innovators need to be able to understand not just the present context that technology exists in, but the future implications of that technology. From this broader understanding, they can develop new technology that better suits the uses that old tech has been put to. This understanding can also inspire new forms of technology that hadn’t previously been considered.
As innovators work, two vital things that are essential is for them to think outside the box and to always be looking forward. That is why Innovation Day was created, to represent and inspire these people to greater heights.
Get ready to celebrate Innovation Day!
How To Celebrate Innovation Day
While billions of creative ideas could be suggested for celebrating Innovation Day, part of the fun will be to come up with your own innovative ideas! Here are a few thoughts to get started, but certainly there are many more that can be implemented in honor of this important day:
Record Ideas About New Inventions
One fun way to enjoy this day would be by getting out a notebook and coming up with all sorts of crazy inventions that the world could use. Thinking of creating a special shower for hamsters or a coffee cup that doubles as a music speaker? Now is the time to write it down!
Not super creative on your own? Grab a group of brainstorming friends, get a whiteboard, and get those creative juices flowing. Group thinks really are one of the best tools for solving problems.
Watch a Film or Show About Innovation
Those who need inspiration by learning about someone else’s work might find that hearing stories of innovation can help motivate them. Consider having a watch of some of these movies that represent some of the creative innovators who have been active over time:
- The Aviator (2004). Featuring the biographical story of Howard Hughes, the aviation expert and Hollywood filmmaker who often went against conventional thinking. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese.
- The Pursuit of Happyness (2006). Based on the true story of Chris Gardner (played by Will Smith), an innovator who was down on his luck, this film shows the difficulty of times when things don’t go well, and the way that persistence and creativity can eventually lead to success.
- Jobs (2013). People who are fans of Apple products, or those who are not so much, can appreciate the creativity and innovation that was exhibited by Steve Jobs throughout his career and life. Sometimes he was unreasonable, but innovation is often where reason ends! Starring Ashton Kutcher and Dermot Mulroney.
- The Imitation Game (2014). Not about creating a product, but breaking a code that can save the world from destruction, the innovation represented in this film based on a true story is remarkable. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, the real life British mathematician whose team may have saved up to 14 million lives by building a code-cracking computer during World War II.
Learn About Other People’s Creative Inventions
Start researching the sorts of innovations that have come into the world this year in all the different fields. Medical technologies that find new ways to battle diseases, 3D Printers used for new applications, even different ways of producing and using energy are created every year. Celebrate Innovation Day by reading up on what has been done, and then think about what kinds of changes could be made to improve upon them.
Look at the World Differently
Perhaps this would be the ideal day to do something a little out of the ordinary. Take a different route to work (or walk/bike/take public transportation instead of driving), stand on your head for a few minutes in the office, walk down the street backward for a few paces, climb to the top of a tower to look out over the city, or visit some tunnels down below. Whatever it is, try out something that is out of the ordinary routine, get a taste for the way things are different, and look for problems in these areas that might need to be solved!