Open seminar on the Effects of Social Innovation on Icelandic Society

Social Innovation - Claim of a New Generation?

Ragna Sara Jónsdóttir will talk about the importance of the social and environmental aspects of innovation today. How has the concept of social innovation evolved in recent years and what is the situation in the countries around us? Ragna Sara has worked on sustainability, social responsibility, gender equality and environmental issues from the 2008, including counseling, teaching, implementation and management, for example for the United Nations Development Programme, the Foreign Ministry, Landsvirkjun and UN Women.

The social Benefits of Engineering
Rúnar Unnthórsson will discuss the part engineering plays in the formulation of modern society, the role of engineering in social innovation and how corporate social responsibility has evolved within engineering. Rúnar is a professor of industrial engineering at the University of Iceland and has participated in numerous social innovation projects, for example in the field of environmental protection and health sciences.

Moderator: Hrund Gunnsteinsdóttir, Chair of the Technology Development Fund in Iceland.

Is there an environmentally friendly solution that can replace the plastic bottle? How is accessibility for disabled people in restaurants in Iceland? Can young boys learn to better understand their own feelings?

Three entrepreneurs will pitch their social projects, which clearly show how diverse social innovation is in Iceland. The first social accelerator in Iceland, Startup Social, will be introduced for entrepreneurs that want to make their ideas on how to solve social challenges come to life. Deadline to apply is September 10.

The seminar takes place in Icelandic and is open to all

More information on the social accelerator on www.snjallreadi.is (in Icelandic).