Enterprise Asia is pleased to confer the International Innovation Awards 2022 to 39 remarkable innovations. As one of the pillars of the Innovation Revolution movement spearheaded by Enterprise Asia since 2017, the award recognition program aims to create an innovation ecosystem for enterprises which is held annually to recognise outstanding innovations across the globe. This year marks the 6th edition of the awards which took place in Bangkok, Thailand, in which the Awards were officiated by Thailand’s Deputy Commerce Minister Dr. Sansern Samalapa.
This year’s winning innovations embody the true essence of innovation in accelerating growth and efficiency and promoting inclusiveness, which aligns with the objective of the award recognition program—to provide businesses a global platform to showcase its innovations that unlock doors to a better and sustainable future and encourage organisations to continue investing in innovation.
The awards drew an exceptional mix of submissions across 19 countries, including Brazil, Cambodia, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, United Arab Emirates and United States. 39 innovations were selected and crowned winners from over 200 applications through undergoing a rigorous evaluation process by a jury of prominent judges across three categories: Product, Service & Solution and Organisation & Culture.
“We are facing a global crisis of dwindling resources,” Richard Tsang, President of Enterprise Asia, stated in his welcome address. “The expense of doing business rises with each passing day. This is where innovation comes in: the ‘extraordinary forces’ that businesses can unleash. Through innovation, we are not just protecting and extending our competitive edge but also future-proofing our businesses in a time of volatility, uncertainty and increasing complexity.”
The notable recipients of the ‘InnoCube’ under the Product Category include: Far Eastern New Century with Recycled Waste-gas Based Polyester Fiber, which is the world’s first recycled waste-gas based polyester fabric; First International Computer, Inc of Taiwan with FIC ADD (Advertisement Display For Automotive) which provides a new style solution for car signage, and; Dubai Police with Identification System: 26 Rapidly Mutating Y-STR Single Multiplex Assay which is a multiplex system DNA kit that contains special reagents for forensic genetic laboratories to differentiate related male individuals.
In the Service & Solution Category, the Export-Import Bank of Thailand was awarded to Solar Orchestra: An EXIM Thailand’s Climate Finance For Sustainable Export which supports solar rooftop investments and carbon credit for small-scale projects to a single registration and Medidata Solutions International Asia Pacific Pte Ltd of Singapore with its Sensor Cloud, a transformational approach to managing medical-grade sensors and devices and clinical trial data.
Deloitte & Touche LLP of the United States claimed the accolade under the Organisation & Culture Category with Deloitte Audit & Assurance: Innovating for Purpose campaign which implements programs and initiatives to help foster a culture of innovation in the workplace. The Road Transport Authority of the United Arab Emirates also emerged as a winner under the Organisation & Culture Category with its RTA Innovation Culture Framework, which aims to make innovation an everyday practice by experimenting with new approaches to enrich innovation culture.
Earlieer in the day prior to the awards ceremony, the International Innovation Summit 2022 was held. Themed “Building Breakthroughs with People-first Innovation”, the Summit is a transformative program featuring industry leaders from around the region and provides a platform to inspire important conversations and shape the agenda in building human-centric organisational strategies.
Over 300 innovation experts, industry leaders and policymakers across the globe gathered at the summit to share and exchange the latest insights on adopting people-first culture to reshape the world of work and drive lifetime employability and sustainable economic growth.
At the Summit’s opening, Enterprise Asia Chairman Dr. Fong Chan Onn expressed that, “A crucial element is often overshadowed as companies race to make the next revolutionary breakthrough—People. Putting people first enables companies to develop adaptive capabilities and adopt agile and innovative ways of working in order to evolve and future-proof their organisations. By supporting people to realise their full potential, we are able to reshape organisational culture and structure and optimise for multi-disciplinary teamwork.”
The Summit’s speakers included: Dr. Chinawut Chinaprayoon, Executive Vice President of the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa); Jakkris Tangkuampien, Corporate Innovation Coach, Ekipa Consultancy and former Lead Innovation Practitioner at Pruksa Holding, Roche Thailand & ExxonMobil Thailand; Joseph Hong, Managing Director of Bosch Thailand & Laos PDR; William Malek, Director of the Rendanheyi SEAsia Research Center; Sayan Roy, Managing Director of B. Braun Thailand Ltd; Surachai Chatchalermpun, Country Cyber Security & Privacy Officer of Huawei Thailand; Paul Hutton, Co-Founder of the Ekipa Consultancy; Vivekanand Sistla, Head of R&D – Beauty & Wellbeing SEA at Unilever; Pattarapark Rangsrikitphoti, Head of Data Governance at the Prudential Life Assurance; Touchaphol Threechitdhanachai, Senior Agile Coach of Allianz Technology; Dr. Rak Vorrakitpokatorn, President of the Export-Import Bank of Thailand (EXIM Thailand); Collin Jin, Deloitte Asia Pacific Audit & Assurance Innovation Leading Partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP; Tsvetelina Müller, Integrated Disease Value Lead Breast Cancer and Hematology at Roche; and Paphonwit Chaiwatanodom, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer of Agnos Health.
The International Innovation Awards and International Innovation Summit are endorsed by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), and supported by the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa), Malaysian Alliance of Corporate Directors (MACD), Malaysian Thai Chamber of Commerce (MTCC), Singapore Thai Chamber of Commerce (STCC); with PR Newswire as the official news release distribution partner; Bangkok Post, Business World Philippines, Commercial Times Taiwan, Hong Kong Economic Times, Jumpstart Media Hong Kong, Kumparan Indonesia and SME Magazine as the official media partners and Doi Kham Food Products as Door Gift Sponsor.