49 Tech Pioneers to Watch (addressing challenges like climate change, health care & digital security)

An employee conducts tests at an antenna near field, at a factory of FiberHome Technologies Group, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, July 27, 2015. Chinese industrial profits, which rose on an annual basis in April and May, dropped in June, adding to pressures on a economy that is struggling to regain momentum. REUTERS/China Daily CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX1LYER

From the World Economic Forum. Entrepreneurs that seem to be motivated more by a sense of mission than a desire for profit. Read more about their cutting edge solutions here.

The people behind 2015’s innovative technologies: brain-mapping, quantum computing,solar cells, even smarter AI, gene-therapy, electricity-generating plants, lamps that mimic natural lighthigh-end goods made from trash, and digital healthcare.

Best Universities in Europe for Computer Science/Technology (WEF)

Image: Profile of students taking their seats for the diploma ceremony at Harvard University in Cambridge REUTERS/Brian Snyder

These are the top 20, according to this World Economic Forum article based on the ranking created by British publisher Quacquarelli Symonds. Criteria is based on an institution’s reputation with academics and employers, and the number of research citations the school gets per paper.

21st Century Skills and How Can Technology Help with the Gap (2015 WEF Industry Agenda Report)

Three kinds of skills described in the report:

  1. Foundational skills  – how students apply core skills to everyday tasks
  2. Competencies – how students approach complex challenges
  3. Character qualities – how students approach their changing environments

Among other issues, the report also discusses how technology can help reduce the skills gap. Worth reading and referencing in the process of innovating curricula.

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