Moonshots

Where will the next moonshot come from? What are the next leaps for mankind?
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Our theme for the sixth edition of the C2 Montréal international business conference is Ecosystems. Throughout this new leg in our journey at the confluence of commerce and creativity, we will contemplate the complex networks and interconnected systems we are part of, and embark on an in-depth exploration of the trends and transformations that are having a growing impact on business and on our hyperconnected world. In particular, we will be diving into five intertwined networks of content: Talent, Marketing, EntertainmentCities and Moonshots.

Here are a few ideas and reading (and watching) suggestions to get the conversation started about Moonshots.

Where will the next moonshot come from? What are the next leaps for mankind?

After the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, President Kennedy announced that the U.S. was going to go to the Moon and back in under a decade. He had no idea how at the time, but that didn’t matter. This “moonshot” created and mobilized entire ecosystems – industries, institutions, academia, government and private individuals all wanted to be a part of it, and the colossal efforts it took to realize this seemingly unattainable idea resulted in a plethora of technology advances that we still benefit from today. Today, projects like Hyperloop, colonizing Mars, solar-powered Internet drones and mitigating climate change are opening new competitive industries. What will be the next idea to mobilize entire ecosystems? What great social and economic advances will they bring to humanity?

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At C2 Montréal 2017, we will seek to find out what kinds of big problems, radical solutions and breakthrough technologies qualify as moonshots, and how they will emerge. We’ll examine the kinds of companies that foster the type of talent that can come up with these ideas, the environments where ideas like these are dreamed up and worked on, and the leaders who help create a playground of forward looking “moonshotters.”

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Here are a few insights from previous C2 speakers on aiming far and beyond:

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These reflections will evolve in the next weeks and months. As we share them with you today, they are destined to take on a life of their own. What have we missed? How would you like this conversation to unfold? Who absolutely needs to be a part of it?

Let us know on Twitter and Facebook. We are just getting started.

 

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