The word innovation is derived from the Latin word innovare which means “to renew or change”. Innovation involves the use of novel ideas and methods to meet emerging needs or to meet old needs in new ways. It promotes growth and development and helps revitalize older methodologies. Without innovation, progress would either become very slow or even come to a standstill.
Did you know that certain types of machine and automobile parts are made from die cast moulds? While this and other similar methods are very good for making moulds, the room for error is great, and the finer aspects of the design may be marred in the process, forcing companies to make several moulds until the design is right. In order to combat this loss of time and resources, stereolithography machines were invented. These actually “grow” the mould using high-precision lasers to solidify resin into the part. Such development and employment of technology clearly demonstrates the use of innovation.
However, innovation is not something limited to the domains of engineering and science. It is employed in all fields and spheres of life. An example of such an instance is when the music industry started employing auto-tune –initially used to fix any off-key notes- to alter the pitch of singers’ voices and as a result of this, auto-tune has become a major part of mainstream music today, popularized by artists like T-Pain and Kanye West.
The innovators of today have achieved so much that sometimes it seems that we may never be able to be as creative as them. However, not many people realize that we are all creative beings with the potential to be just as innovative as the people we look up to. This is exactly what this year’s TEDx event aims to do: harness the hidden capabilities of the youth.
This year’s speakers are innovators in the truest sense. They demonstrate that anyone can bring about revolutions in their respective fields, and perhaps after hearing their stories and about their efforts, people will be inspire the innovators of tomorrow.
-famous innovators, daunting, everyone is creative