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frog’s Tech Trends: What 2012 Predictions Came True?

Last year, frog compiled its first-ever set of technology trend predictions for the year to come. Because it’s the end of 2012 (and because we are also launching our second annual edition of frog’s Tech Trends for 2013), we thought it would be a worthwhile exercise to see how we fared, in terms of foreseeing the near future.

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PopTech Report: Looking at "Resilience" in the Context of Innovation

On a chilly October day, a stone’s throw from a postcard-perfect New England harbor and across from an adorable town square, a group that included chief executives, grad students, physicians, public-school educators, activists, scientists, and artists gathered. Some members of this diverse crowd, assembled in Camden, Maine, for the annual PopTech conference from October 17-20, were from large companies such as Nike, Google, and Procter & Gamble. Others were the twentysomething founders of start-ups that no one has ever heard of–yet. Or they were academics, investors, designers, engineers.

They came to listen to, and mingle with, the head of a public school for pregnant girls in Detroit; a Paralympic World Cup snowboarding gold medalist; an Icelandic childcare specialist; and a bank robber/hacker turned neuroscientist, among many others. While this roster is only a tiny sample of the PopTech speaker list, it offers a taste of the broad spectrum of voices and stories presented on the Opera House stage. As varied as they are, they all share the common theme of “resilience.” It is a topic that is gaining momentum not only as a coping strategy in an age of economic uncertainty and dramatic natural disasters, but also as an innovation strategy, too. And the first day of PopTech offered a number of lenses from which to understand the concept, which is also the conference’s theme.

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Adapting to Survive: The Key to Jugaad (and Other Styles of) Innovation

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Navi Radjou: What CEOs Can Learn from Rural Indian Entrepreneurs (and MacGyver and the Maker's Movement)

Even a brief conversation with Navi Radjou, a co-author of the new book Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth will take you all over the world in only a few minutes. He speaks in an energetic voice that's brimming with enthusiasm and his thoughts reflect vast knowledge. One moment, he'll be talking about how management lessons learned in rural diabetes clinics in Chennai, India, can be adapted by executives in sleek open-plan offices in Silicon Valley. A few seconds later, he'll discuss how everyday citizens in the favelas of Brazil who "hack" buildings and objects can inspire the C-suite in Fortune 500 companies.

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Defining and Discussing the Meaning of "Jugaad"

Have you ever wished, when reading a thought-provoking book, that you could invite the author to lunch and simply talk about his or her ideas and inspiration? This was the premise of a lunch discussion at frog’s New York studio on April 3, when we invited Navi Radjou, an independent innovation strategist and World Economic Forum faculty member, and Simone Ahuja, a Harvard Business Review blogger and advisor to Fortune 100 companies, to talk about their new book Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth.