The Programme

Continuous Updates for Continuous Change

Insights and Knowledge, Designed and Delivered

The ongoing World Economic Forum Academy programme, developed with global experts across domains, illuminates economic, technological and societal transformations changing today's business models from the periphery in unexpected ways.

The Programme's multistakeholder perspectives provide the diversity of views that leaders need in order to understand how these transformations will impact their own sectors, organizations and careers.

Programme Curation Process

  1. Engage experts in conversation and debate
  2. Identify trends across sectors of society, regions and industries
  3. Cross-reference trends with new industry transformations
  4. Interview experts for in-depth and 360 perspective on transformations
  5. Aggregate knowledge to be shared with Academy participants
  6. Peer-to-peer discussion reinforced and facilitated by Forum resources

2015 Global Economic Outlook

  • Introduction
  • Emerging markets
  • Deflationary pressures
  • Quantitative easing
  • Financial sector regulation
  • Currency markets
  • Geopolitical trends

Artificial Intelligence

  • Introduction
  • Anticipatory intelligence
  • Cognitive intelligence
  • Common sense reasoning
  • Deep learning
  • Real‐time language translation
  • Machine Intelligence

Social Innovation for Business

  • Introduction
  • Social challenges for business innovation
  • A new corporate DNA
  • Fostering social intrapreneurship
  • Developing strategic partnerships
  • Harnessing technology for radical disruption
  • Thinking differently about business value

New Consumption Models

  • Introduction
  • Trust‐based economy
  • On‐demand economy
  • Co‐creation
  • Crowd‐sourcing
  • Regulating the sharing economy

Strategic Shifts in Health

  • Introduction
  • Big‐data based analytics
  • Mobile health
  • Next generation genomics
  • Consumer‐driven healthcare
  • Outcome‐based healthcare systems
  • Non‐communicable diseases

Big Data & Analytics

  • Introduction
  • Mobile data
  • Location data
  • Social data
  • Enterprise analytics
  • Digital government
  • Personal data privacy

Circular Economy

  • Circular economy imperative
  • Business model innovation
  • Design innovation
  • System and network innovation
  • Upcycling
  • Emerging policies and regulation
  • Power of consumers

Sensor Networks

  • Introduction
  • Smart dust
  • Internet of everything
  • Industrial internet
  • Ingestible sensors
  • Rfid sensors
  • Geospatial sensors

Strategic Shifts in Finance

  • Introduction
  • Global banking sector
  • Virtual currencies
  • Shadow banking
  • Alternative lending
  • Regulatory shifts and harmonization
  • Impact investing

New Models in Manufacturing

  • Global manufacturing trends
  • Industrial internet
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Robotic capabilities and factory of the future
  • Custom and collaborative manufacturing
  • Zero waste manufacturing
  • Manufacturing skills of the future
  • The future role of manufacturing in development

Cyber-security

  • Introduction
  • Anticipating cyber attacks
  • Monitoring cyber threats
  • Securing critical infrastructure
  • Securing personal data
  • Defining shared norms
  • Balancing security, transparency and privacy

Africa

  • Introduction
  • Economic outlook
  • African consumer market
  • Mobile connectivity
  • Education through technology
  • Renewable energy penetration
  • Investment Climate

Understanding Tomorrow’s Consumer

  • Introduction
  • Millennials
  • Aging society
  • Digital consumer
  • Urban consumer
  • Consumer activism
  • Reaching tomorrow's consumer

Robotics

  • Introduction
  • Bionic limbs
  • Industrial robots
  • Tactile sensing for robots
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Home robots
  • Multi‐robot teams

Strategic Shifts in Energy

  • Introduction
  • Distributed energy solutions
  • Unconventional oil and gas revolution
  • Geopolitics of natural resources
  • Decarbonizing technologies
  • Financing of large‐scale projects
  • Landscape of climate cooperation

China

  • An hour of exclusive curated content on China and its changing economic, policy and social landscape

Wearables & Interfaces

  • Introduction
  • Gesture‐based user interfaces
  • Immersive environments
  • Eye gaze as a digital mouse
  • Head‐mounted displays
  • Physiological monitoring
  • Augmented reality

Strategic Shifts in Supply Chain

  • Introduction
  • Extreme weather events and supply chain resilience
  • New tools for better risk management
  • Big data‐based analytics
  • Public‐private collaboration
  • Local manufacturing and its effect on goods transport
  • Deforestation‐free supply chains

Cities & Urbanisation

  • Introduction
  • Demographics shifts and the changing needs
  • Smart building materials
  • Economic revitilisation and managing urban decay
  • Resource and energy‐efficient cities
  • Changing land use and urban farming
  • Public‐private partnerships

Advanced Materials

  • Introduction
  • Graphene
  • Bio‐materials
  • Flexible materials
  • Programmable materials
  • Carbon‐negative plastics
  • Nano‐structured carbon composites

Strategic Shifts in Transportation

  • Introduction
  • Reshaping of personal transportation
  • Emergence of non‐traditional players
  • Changes in work, shopping and ownership habits
  • Autonomous and networked vehicles
  • Environment policy and regulations

India

  • An hour of exclusive curated content on India and its changing economic, policy and social landscape

Biomedicine

  • Introduction
  • Personal Genomics
  • Gene Therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Microbiome
  • Vaccines

Strategic Shifts in Infrastructure

  • Introduction
  • Technology‐enabled smart infrastructure
  • Building infrastructure resilience
  • Partnership models for financing
  • Risk‐mitigation strategies for investments
  • 21st century community engagement