Navi Rajdou at WAVE Exhibition India

BNP Paribas Brings WAVE Exhibition in India

BNP Paribas, the French multinational bank and financial services company, is organizing a distinctive exhibition, namely, WAVE – how Collective Ingenuity is changing the world in Mumbai. Navi Radjou, the renowned innovation expert is the curator of WAVE exhibition. WAVE is hosted at the Nehru Center, Worli, from 9 – 17 January 2016. The exhibition is open to everyone free of charge on all days and the timings for visit are 10 am to 7 pm.

We got the opportunity to visit the exhibition centre one day prior to its public launch. Along with seeing some really interesting projects running successfully around the globe, we were also given a brief yet informative description about Collective Ingenuity by Mr. Navi Radjou himself.

WAVE caters total of 5 five global trends – Maker Movement, Co-creation, Sharing Economy, Circular Economy and Inclusive Economy. Collective Ingenuity is the common thread across these projects which bind all these factors together. It is characterized by a different way of thinking and the ability to do more with less. As quoted by Mr. Radjou, we should try to use what we have in plenty to achieve what we have scarce.

Joris Dierckx, CEO and Country Head of BNP Paribas in India, at the time of the inauguration of WAVE Mumbai, said,

“BNP Paribas’ brand signature – “The bank for a changing world” – reflects the fundamental role that innovation plays in all our activities. Understanding and anticipating the world of tomorrow is essential for an international group that finances the real economy. The WAVE exhibition encourages us to think differently by showing us new ways of creating value in a constrained environment.”

The programming around WAVE will have a number of stimulating sessions on topics ranging from Smart Cities to Women Entrepreneurs to Re-inventing Manufacturing in the context of the Maker Movement as well as documentary film screenings.

Navi Radjou, leading innovation and strategy consultant, the curator of WAVE said,

“The post war industrial models – big R&D budgets, corporate hierarchies – are not appropriate for the complex world in which we live today. We must use our human ingenuity to build an innovative and sustainable society.”

WAVE had its debut public exhibition in Paris in September 2014. Since then, the exhibition has been shown across various cities around the globe such as Milan, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Istanbul and Dakar.

For the 20 pioneering projects to become a reality, WAVE has indulged combined efforts of several geniuses from varying fields.It has forged creative collaborations with French artists and film makers from the Paris-based Gobelins School of the Image and with budding photographers who took part in the Circulation(s) Festival. Additionally, an interactive game specially designed by MIT’s SENSEable City Lab and a mobile app which makes use of Augmented Reality, help enliven the WAVE experience. WAVE has been designed in collaboration with L’Atelier BNP Paribas, the BNP Paribas Group’s specialised technology and innovation trends tracking unit, with offices in Paris, San Francisco and Shanghai.

Along with the showcase of ideas about Collective Ingenuity, the exhibition also contains some astonishing displays by people with varying interests associated with Maker’s Asylum. There were around 10 displays by these people who were demonstrating their art, creativity and technical soundness. These displays catered around 3D printers, laser cutting machines wooden eye glasses, surfer boards, leather creativities and quad-copters.

We must say that after enlightening ourselves with all the programmes that WAVE has undertaken across the world, it was sheer joy and satisfaction touring the WAVE – how Collective Ingenuity is changing the world exhibition in Mumbai.

Details about WAVE – how Collective Ingenuity is changing the world MUMBAI:

When is it: 9 – 17 January 2016 (10 am to 7 pm)

Where is it: Nehru Science Centre, Worli

Entry: Open to all, Free of cost

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