I found the dialogue with Mr Carl Baptista the most interesting and interactive dialogue we had so far during this summit. He successfully managed to give us an insight of innovation and entrepreneurship, something i believe to be very difficult as the concept of creation is very hard to grasp for young people. Indeed, the process of getting to an actual, functional item from an idea, thanks to science, seems really hazardous and complicated, but Mr Baptista showed how he had gone through this process many times. What i will remember from this meeting is that science and business are two domains that must work together in order to provide the world with new technologies. He also highlighted the fact that entrepreneurship is not an exact science, and that failure is part of it.
This feature is also characteristic of scientific research, as we have been explained at A*STAR. The several researchers highlighted this during the presentation of their role in this institution, which aims at keeping Singapore an innovative country, something that is of paramount importance for its success. Developed countries should try, as Singapore does, to have a high engineers/researchers ratio, because only innovation allows states to stand out in our global and highly competitive economy.
Gabriel Taconet, France