IN_PACT Asia Forum and Awards May 28, 2019 ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines

IN_PACT ASIA 2019

Convening for Collective Impact celebrates change-making and inclusive social innovations from the Asian region through collaborative action, creative thinking, and innovative solutions for achieving social and sustainable impact.

300+

Social Designers and innovators
from Asia’s innovation ecosystem

30+

Global thought leaders and experts
on innovation and social impact

10+

Interactive learning streams
to discover new strategies and exchange ideas


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Join us in designing a better world today. #CollectiveINPACT

Speakers

Meet the global thought leaders and experts from the Asian innovation ecosystem.







Program

Learn best practices and discover new strategies from our interactive learning plenaries and working sessions.
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  • AM Sessions


  • As a whole, ASEAN represents the world’s 6th largest economy - a body of countries constituting a considerable amount of economic might. However, it is estimated that 1 in 5 ASEAN citizens live below the poverty line. This confirms findings that even though Asian countries top the global sustainable innovation and competitiveness ranking, it has revealed a large gap that exists between various nations in the region, with only three Southeast Asian nations placed in the top 50 most innovative countries. As we enter a new era of 21st century unpredictability, the question of social innovation’s potential is becoming more urgent. It is not simply a matter of replicating trends from the West. Can the ASEAN collectively become an engine of social innovation? Can this region use social innovation to become a responsible stakeholder in a global order that promotes peace and inclusive prosperity?

    This keynote will discuss and review the current state of social innovation in South-East Asia, and the ways we can facilitate an active exchange of ideas and collective cross-sector impact throughout the region.

    SDGs Impacted:
    SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals

    Where
    Audi BC

  • Collaboration between startups and large corporations is key for fostering innovation in Asia. It can provide immense value for both sides - helping corporates enter and influence new markets, introduce new ways of thinking and doing into their workforce, while startups get the leverage to develop their products and operations to scale, and spearhead greater reach and impact. But working together also comes with various pitfalls.

    This session will highlight the challenges, failures, opportunities, and successes of corporate-startup partnership particularly those in the pursuit of creating social impact together. This will give an overview of various possible collaboration models, share solutions to challenges, and value generated out of such collaborations.

    SDGs Impacted:
    SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals

    Where
    Audi BC

  • Businesses, for-profit and nonprofit, are facing change like never before. Forces such as rapidly expanding marketplace (globalization), increasing competition, diversity among consumers, availability of new technological platforms, and persistence of systemic problems drive the change that can really usher an era of creative destruction - badly affecting those who fail to recognise and transform and reward those who lead in this trajectory. For the last decade or so, the norm has been to outsource innovation but we are of late witnessing a change in this landscape as more and more organisations are created bourne out of innovation, and more established brands learn to transform themselves from inside out.

    To innovate is to intentionally let go of the “way things are” and welcome “the way they could be.” It has been said that ‘breakdown’ is the first step toward innovation, an intentional release of established habits of thought, expectations, assumptions, and beliefs in order to embrace “not knowing”. Business operations on the other hand is based on control. This panel will discuss and examine by which their organisations are able to manage the change (‘breakdown’ and ‘control’) to build and operationalise that culture of creativity and innovation in their workplace.

    SDGs Impacted:
    SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
    SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

    Where
    Audi BC

  • Join us as we showcase some of the emerging social innovations generated in the South-East Asian region. Get a chance to converse with the founders their present operations and future plans, experience a wide range of creative solutions the region has to offer, or meet potential future investors and collaborators in social innovation.

    SDGs Impacted:
    SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals

    TodaMAX by Abner Manlapaz
    SDG 10: Reduced Equalities

    Kamulo by Therese Paman
    SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

    Meal Amigo by Team Meal Amigo
    SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

    Where
    Audi BC

  • PM Sessions


  • While it is true that when women are increasingly afforded opportunities to participate within the workforce, economic and social prosperity grows. It remains to be said though that across the world and in all sectors, women remain severely underrepresented and under-acknowledged in leadership positions. However, the social entrepreneurship sector has disrupted gender inequality patterns for women, proving itself capable of empowering women leaders in its own field, and paving the way for women to changing the lives and welfare of more women and communities in general. This is especially true across Asia, where women are re-examining social problems through a business lens, harnessing the power of markets to tackle poverty and social ills.

    The sharing and conversation will look into the viability of women as successful change agents and leading voices driving inclusive innovation in organisations and their own businesses.

    SDGs Impacted:
    SDG 5: Gender Equality
    SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    SDG 10: Reduced Equalities

    Where
    Audi BC

  • As we move into the fourth industrial revolution with increasing pace, the degree to which we are ‘connected’ grows deeper by the day. The ease of access and the quality by which individuals can connect with one another has meant that geography plays an increasingly smaller role in determining the level of engagement between individuals and organisations. This newfound ‘connectivity’ has allowed for the spread, strategic reach, influence, and engagement that new ideas, concepts, and initiatives never had before.

    Within this session, we will examine the potential for increased flow of ideas brought on by our hyper-connected world, and its implications for the future of social innovation work and its impact.

    SDGs Impacted:
    SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
    SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals

    Where
    Audi BC

  • As we strive to improve the world around us through social innovation, it is also key to utilise precise methods of measuring the levels of impact generated by such innovations. Without appropriate feedback, further improvements to current social innovations becomes difficult to determine, and existing issues cannot be remedied.

    Within this session, we will explore the methods of developing robust and nuanced impact measurements, allowing for improvements in assessing a project’s success.

    SDGs Impacted:
    SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
    SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals

    Where
    Annex 1

  • To innovate is essentially a paradigm shift which entails a letting go of “old ways of thinking and doing” and intentionally pivot to new ways of thinking and explore how things can be done. Efforts as such more often requires culture and paradigm shift.

    This breakout session will present strategies and learnings on how social purpose and organisational ambition can be expanded to a larger scale to influence and impact a wider range of individuals more meaningfully and leverage the ecosystem it is part of.

    SDGs Impacted:
    SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
    SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals

    Where
    Annex 2

  • The claim that the youth of today will be the leaders of tomorrow is hardly an overstatement. Currently, it is estimated that as many as 24% of current social enterprise CEOs are under the age of 35. It seems likely that this trend will continue as we progress into the 4th Industrial Revolution and creative destruction is led and survived by those who can see gaps, think and do differently. As such, it is key that we facilitate the formation of individuals who will be catalysts for disruption that will break systemic cycles and create inclusive innovations. With the skills and tools necessary to effect positive change via social innovations.

    This panel discussion will highlight formation and education models and deep dive into understanding the mindsets, platforms, and tools needed to bring forth the next generation of change makers.

    Where
    Audi BC

  • As previous speakers and plenary sessions have evidenced, ASEAN countries are in the midst of a major social innovative renaissance. With new ideas of how to improve the wellbeing of individuals and the environment being developed by NGOs, businesses and governments alike, through collaboration and cooperative efforts.

    Within this session we will discuss broadly the topics that have been considered throughout the conference, and their relevance for us into the future.

    Where
    Audi BC

Awards Program

The Awards are open for startups, accelerators/incubators, investors, businesses, academic institutions, and other like-minded entities; and they will be assessed by an independent panel of experts based on specific criteria. But more than the recognition, this Awards Night seeks to give a great opportunity to establish partnerships by bringing all key actors under one roof—even under one table!

Testimonials

  • “I think that the topics that are being discussed are so relevant right now when a lot of businesses are soul-searching; a lot of individuals are becoming more conscious and asking questions about sustainability, about ethics, about equality, and inclusion so we definitely these kinds of platforms to exchange ideas, challenge our thinking, and maybe also even come up with new things and new solutions.”
    Co-founder and President, Human Nature (Gandang Kalikasan, Inc.)
  • “They come here and they show up with great passion and initiative to really make our world a better place. And it’s interesting that when I hear about the challenges, it seems to be quite similar.”
    Fmr. Executive Director, LIN Center for Community Development
  • “Actually, I really love IN_PACT Asia Forum because I can connect with others and learn about what others are doing and what their best practices are. So I can bring that back into my country and into my organization and then see the future collaboration.”
    Founder and Executive Director, SociopreneurID
  • “I didn’t realize how big it is... I think it’s a really good event and I look forward to more events like this because I think it’s really good, not just for the Philippines, but for Southeast Asia as a whole because people are coming from all over to come here today.”
    Executive Director, ldeaSpace Foundation
  • “I think it’s great that you gathered people from different sectors and different practices together. And in doing so, it creates dialogue and it creates understanding about the important issues and also what can we do together and have collective wisdom in the process.”
    Founding President and Executive Director, Green Releaf Initiative, Inc.
  • “The challenge of talking about inclusive innovation is really about understanding how the concept can really be put into action—to operationalize the concept… Every little story that is heard here today or is shared is an inspiration for other people to be able to operationalize the concept of inclusive innovation.”
    Managing Director, On-Off Group

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