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Top Contributor Saad Hamid

Let's meet Saad and learn a bit more about what's inspired him during the Exploring Open Innovation Challenge

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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I am a digital evangelist and community mobilizer from Pakistan. I spend most of my day connecting people to opportunities, creating and finding e-solutions for the masses and working with startup founders to help them grow. Born and bred in Islamabad, I believe I am gifted to be a multipotentionalite — which basically means I am really good with idea synthesis, rapid learning and adaptability. 


WHICH CONTRIBUTIONS DID YOU SUBMIT DURING THIS CHALLENGE?


WHICH POST DID YOU RESONATE WITH THE MOST FROM THIS CHALLENGE?

A tale of two cities resonated with me the most because I can relate to it. Basically, the OpenIDEO experience changed my life because it gave me the opportunity to meet and know people across many boundaries (geographies, institutions, cultures, etc.), work with them, learn with them and see what motivates them.


HOW WILL YOU USE OPEN INNOVATION TO TACKLE TOUGH PROBLEMS IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

As a connector and builder of communities, I have always believed that magic happens when people talk to each other and my future efforts will basically be about figuring out how we can make use of that magic to solve tough problems. Open innovation is as much about the ideas as it is about people, and therefore I hope to understand more through my work and research what’s the best mix to make communities more open and innovative.


WHAT’S ONE THING YOU’LL LOOK FORWARD TO ON OPENIDEO?

I am really looking forward to see OpenIDEO become a truly “open” community and essentially that can only happen when people come together to design better for each other. The wish is to see OpenIDEO become a go-to platform where people can post their own challenges and communities are formed around localities and topics/interests. The future of OpenIDEO is definitely the best form of “think global, act local”.

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Totally believe in the power of connecting communities and here again, I logged in without knowing it would be Saad Hamid, the connector and community organiser I met through TED Conferences. Go Saad, your my hero.

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