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Side-event: Fostering Innovation and Connectivity for a Smooth Transformation to Industry 4.0


Tuesday, 5 November 2019 | 1.30 – 3 p.m.

  • Key messages
  • Objective
  • Guiding Questions
  • • In comparison to previous industrial revolutions, the fourth industrial revolution represents the fastest period of innovation in history. Innovation is becoming more complex, multi-disciplinary, collaborative, unplanned, unpredictable and disruptive. It is developing at an exponential rather than linear pace and the international community must therefore prepare for these overwhelming changes or face a widening of the technology gap, leading to possible threats to global peace and security.

    • Leveraging multi-stakeholder resources and fostering open innovation, entrepreneurship, startups, institutional mainstreaming and connectivity are all necessary to prevent the technology gap from widening.

  • The objective of this event is to discuss new models and approaches to mobilize collective actions for fostering collaboration, innovation, and connectivity for ensuring a smooth transformation to Industry 4.0.

    The event will seek to increase awareness on industry standards and regulations for Industry 4.0, and highlight platforms that promote an innovation ecosystem for startups, and that ensure cyber security. It will furthermore provide participants with exposure to industrial artificial intelligence as well as convergent and nature-inspired technologies.

    Three forthcoming UNIDO reports and papers will also be presented at the event, namely a report on convergent and nature-inspired technologies; an industrial safety report, and “Ensuring a smooth transformation to Industry 4.0 –the UNIDO strategic response”.

    • What are the affordable 4IR technologies that can be easily adopted in the developing countries and LDCs?
    • What are the prospects for technological leapfrogging by developing countries?
    • What are the benefits of industrial AI for developing countries and LDCs?
    • How prepared are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries and LDCs for integrating industrial AI in their production processes?
    • How can we foster innovation and ecosystem building supporting technological learning and innovation of SMEs?
    • How can nature-like and convergent technologies help realize sustainable industrial development?
    • What are the international mega science projects in the field of NBICS technologies?
    • What institutional reforms are needed to address industrial safety and security in the 4IR era?
    • What are some of the notable international best practices in industrial safety monitoring?
    • What are the methods of building firm-level safety culture?
    • What are some of the direct and indirect cybersecurity threats faced by manufacturing units that use 4IR technologies?
    • How can international collaborations help in addressing cybersecurity concerns?
    • What are the prevention and mitigation mechanisms followed by firms to tackle cybersecurity issues?
    • What are the international standards and norms for Industry 4.0 adoption and how can we ensure their better implementation?
    • What is the role of a country’s regulatory framework as an Innovation Accelerator?
    • What should be done to mainstream national and regional innovation systems to be more supportive of indigenous innovation?
    • How can TVET systems be transformed to offer the industrial skills required by 4IR technology adoption?
    • What form of partnerships with the private sector, domestically and internationally, can be formed to mobilize multi-stakeholder investment to prevent the infrastructure, education and technology gap widening?



Industry 4.0

Please find the full information of the side-event here.

All pictures from the Industry 4.0 side-event are available on UNIDO's official Flickr account.