think tank

think tank
May 03, 2022
Numana has created the first think tank for technology in Quebec. It is the innovation catalyst at the heart of Numana, whose goals are to analyze and identify emerging technologies, assess their impacts, and work with the industry to facilitate their early adoption and integration.

Created on Numana’s initiative in 2019, the think tank grew out of an innovation working group designed to boost technology’s transformational impact on the city’s strategic markets, such as health care, mobility, and retail tech.

The think tank’s vision can be summed up as follows:

  • Conduct social and economic impact studies to help the ICT ecosystem stakeholders assess emerging technologies and integrate them into their new business models
  • Help public bodies put policies and mechanisms in place to optimize socio-economic benefits
  • Work toward technology adoption in the ecosystem to stimulate our economy’s digital transformation

It acts by conducting impact studies on emerging technologies, carrying out innovative projects with identified technologies designed to mobilize the tech company ecosystem, and hosting expert workshops to support its impact studies. More activities will be added as it continues to grow.

Our think tank is a partner of the Observatoire international sur les impacts sociétaux de l’IA et du numérique (International observatory on the societal impact of AI and digital technology), which will oversee our studies conducted in 2019–2020 on how AI affects health, smart and empathic buildings, and space-based observation data.

The think tank is currently composed of 6 committees:

  • Empathetic Buildings and Neighborhoods
  • Connected health
  • Quantum
  • Conscio Alliance
  • New Space
  • Public policies

The think tank is also returning this year with its annual event which will take place on June 16, 2022, under the theme ‘Emerging technologies for the Quebec of tomorrow’.


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