Elsewhere, on the opening day of the FutureTech Construction Summit, which explored the question of collaboration or competition in construction start-ups, which prompted interesting debate amongst panellists John Priestland, Founder at C-Tech Club, Salma Kayali, VP – Innovation at Aldar Properties, Prakesh Senghani, CEO and co-founder at Navatech Group, Anas Zeineddine, CEO and founder at innovaMENA, and Christian Gleich, Chief Strategy Officer and Futurist at European Blockchain Association.
Priestland outlined the three essential elements for successful innovation: the technology, the engineering need, and, finally, drawing on advice from his own daughter, willingness.
“The third element is the motivation of the team to adopt and accept technology,” he said. “You need to understand what parts of an organisation are open to change and want to do it – because, as my very wise 14-year-old daughter once told me: ‘The thing is dad, you can never get anybody to do something they don’t want to do’.
“If you have an inhouse team that doesn’t want to adopt technology, they are not going to do it. So, we are always looking for the combination of the engineering need, great technology, and a team that really wants to do it. Without all three, innovation is not going to happen.”