In May, the Innovation Vision of Prague 2030 conference took place, at which participants from various spheres and institutions had a discussion on where to get the capital’s innovation strategies and support for selected areas. It is necessary to have current goals, says Bohumil Kartous, director of the Prague Innovation Institute, in an interview with Roklen24, while he sees Prague in 2030 as an innovation center of Central and Eastern Europe. According to him, what are the most important pillars of the innovation vision and what role does the Prague Innovation Institute play in this vision? Among other things, the video interview said:
00:08 – What should Prague focus on in the coming years?
Prague has its regional innovation strategy, but in the long run for a relatively long time before it decided to implement it. We have taken up this and created such an internal innovation infrastructure that defines the directions that Prague should take. It is about supporting areas such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cultural and creative industries. But it is also generally support for entrepreneurship and business and support for education. And it is undoubtedly important to support international relations – so that Prague is not a cheap tourist center, but a center for value-added tourism, such as conference tourism. At the same time, they wanted to create a climate that we support the support of innovation at the level of academia, at the level of business, at the level of non-profit, at the level of community life. This is a vision that we would like to realize together with Prague.
01:53 – So what do you think Prague should look like in 2030?
In 2030, Prague should be the innovation center of Central and Eastern Europe. We need to have specific goals to measure somewhere – and this is a real goal, but a realistic goal.
03:17 – How to get the Prague Innovation Institute?
We contribute to this by trying to create relationships between the various actors within the ecosystem. This is the mentioned innovation infrastructure that we have created and which we want to further develop and support. But there are other areas in which we are active. It is the support of innovations in business and entrepreneurship, the operation of the Business and Innovation Center, where people from business, academia, education and the city meet. After all, it is the Toho! Program, where we side with the state to develop small and medium enterprises, which receives the very least support. Furthermore, it is education, where we implement our largest project ever, and urban development – we are the authors of the strategy of circular economy, which is to help meet the goals of the climate plan until 2030. early symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. And this “Health Tech” will probably mean another opportunity and potential for us in the future, because this is an area that is developing very dynamically.
05:16 – What do you promise from today’s conference?
When I look inside this hall with pleasure, we have promised ourselves since the conference, we managed to fulfill it. People from business, from the city, from the academic sphere met here. There are high school and university students who, together within the conference, participate in the innovative vision of Prague 2030. That is our goal, that is precisely the creation of that climate. I am glad that this was achieved through the conference, and we will, of course, continue to do so.