The C2 Montréal business conference is a perennial burst of creativity that explodes in Montréal every spring, releasing a heady mix of new ideas, new encounters and new experiences.
This year, it was held from May 23 to 25 in the magnificent architecture of the Arsenal exhibition space. The speeches, workshops, braindates and other innovative activities addressed current problems and themes revolving around the operationalization of creativity in industry and technology.
Here are some of the key trends that dominated the discussions.
Technology + People = Success
The breakneck pace of technological change and the highly complex problems we are facing fuelled greater interest than ever in collaborative innovation. To tackle the new challenges, the focus is increasingly on the human factor, without overlooking the potential of emerging technologies.
In the coming months, we can expect to see an upsurge of hybrid collaborations in which individuals from radically different occupational fields and organizations share resources, practices and knowledge to achieve their goals.
This process transcends the workplace. Indeed, organizations will have to rethink their overall vision and modus operandi if they are to take full advantage of the added value this approach can deliver.
Connected neighbourhoods: Urban linkages in the image of the Web
Urban planning 3.0.: In the coming years, the number of hyperconnected cities equipped with linked facilities and services, smart electrical grids and integrated public transit systems will increase dramatically. But the rise of smart cities will have impacts of its own and give rise to new urban challenges.
Beyond the classical architectural challenges, this new urban project will require the creation and development of specific technologies to deal with problems related to energy costs, transportation and the cost of living in general.
New industrial environments and management strategies
The imminent arrival of robots in the workplace may initially make workers feel less secure but it is meant to create new high-value-added jobs. Robots do not replace humans but will take over physical chores, leaving humans free to concentrate on more creative tasks that require thinking processes.
On another front, people will attach more importance to having work that has worth and meaning than to salary. In this day and age, people want to be part of an organization they can relate to, one that reflects their own values.