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Vote: 30 Most Important Innovations

This is your chance to vote for the 30 most important innovations over the past 30 years. The judging committee on the surface looks fairly homogenous – I don’t see obvious evidence of community leaders, global representation, disciplinary diversity or practitioners – so this is the chance to balance that with your vote. Remember it is s short time frame. For ideas see our previous post on the winner of public health milestones here.

“Knowledge@Wharton and Nightly Business Report, a news program on U.S. public television, are collaborating on a project to identify the 30 most important innovations of the past 30 years. These innovations will be featured in Knowledge@Wharton as well as in a half-hour special show to mark the 30th anniversary of the PBS program. Knowledge@Wharton and NBR invite you, our readers and viewers, to recommend what you believe to be the top 30 innovations of the past 30 years. Please submit your suggestions at the link below. The deadline for receiving your recommendations is September 15, 2008.”

The judges will make their selections based on the following criteria:

  • Did it improve quality of life, having a direct and/or material effect on quality of life?
  • Did it address a compelling need? solve a compelling problem?
  • Was it a fresh breakthrough with a “wow” factor?
  • Did it change the way business is conducted?
  • Did it increase the efficiency of how resources are used?
  • Did it spark an ongoing stream of new innovations on top of the original innovation?
  • Did it lead to the creation of a vast, new industry?


Written by Aman

August 13, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Posted in Global Health

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