Newsletter N°3 – MARCH 2017

Dear Partners of “High Level Forum”

I am very pleased to present you that third  HLF Newsletter with the purpose to share some information with all of you about the “High Level Forum – HLF” initiative and its 2017 edition:

High Level Forum 2017

As already announced , the next edition of the High Level Forum will be held at Longueuil-Montreal (Canada ) on September 24-26 2017 : thank you for booking these dates in your agenda ! 

The theme of that edition will be ” Innovation and Smart Living” , which is an exciting and strategic subject considering the digital revolution taking place in our ecosystems’ environment.

There will be three sessions : “Innovation and Smart Transport”, “Innovation and Smart Energy” , “Innovation and Smart Society”.

See attached the Event Flyer, to be widely used and dispatched at your best initiative

New flavors of the 2017 HLF edition will be :

  • individual presentations of the attending delegations during a networking dinner on Sunday
  • more panel discussions, all delegations contributing, interaction with audience
  • organization of a fourth day for one-to-one inter-ecosystems networking, after the three days Forum
  • meeting and presentation of the HLF Executive Committee
  • new delegations from Russia and Africa for the first time

See attached a preliminary program of the Forum, subject to further tuning.

HLF web site is under tuning, links with your Ecosystem web sites will be proposed soon.

See : www.hlf-giant-grenoble.org

The registration platform will be open in the HLF web site in May 2017, with all the organizational and logistics information

Speakers to High Level Forum 2017

The three Forum sessions will provide the great opportunity to listen to 9 Guest Speakers; the 20mn presentations will focus on the way the represented Ecosystems are managing Innovation in their Smart Programs ( Transport, Energy, Other ) ; according to the HLF governance, the focus of presentations will be on vision, strategy, methods, best practices, challenges,…more than on detailed results or technical achievements, always centered on Innovation .

We are kindly inviting you to already propose presentations on behalf of your Innovation Ecosystems, within a relevant session of your choice, with a preliminary title and a very short abstract.  The highest attention will be brought to your proposals, thank you so much in advance.

Four panel discussions will be organized, with 6 panelists each and exchanges with audience; that will allow the contribution of all attending delegations in an interactive way.

One  “Guest Star Speaker” will be invited by Longueuil-Montreal Ecosystem for delivering a speech on Thinking and Acting Outside the Box !

High Level Forum Executive Committee

The HLF Executive Committee has been running its first Tel Conf on January 26th, its next one will be on March 24th; it will meet face-to-face  and will report its works during the HLF 2017

See attached its mission and tasks (including the Attendance Rules endorsed by the Committee)

Warm thanks to the Committee Members for their very valuable efforts and contributions.

High Level Forum Internationalization

As announced, we are exploring new regions and countries of the world for detecting new Ecosystems which are placing Innovation as a pillar of their growth strategy and which are willing to cooperate within the international HLF Community.

Contacts for involving new countries are on-going with Austria (Vienna), Belgium(Leuven), Chili (Santiago), Ireland (Cork), Mexico (Mexico), Russia (Moscow), South-Africa (Pretoria), Tunisia (Sfax).

Contacts with new Ecosystems in countries having already participated are on-going with New York (USA), Philadelphia (USA), Vancouver (Canada),

Very likely, we will have at least 5 more delegations at the HLF2017 , bringing the number of Innovation Ecosystems represented beyond 25.

Any help and contribution for promoting HLF on the international stage will be always very welcome, thank you in advance for your contribution.

Visit to High Level Forum Ecosystems

I am intending to visit on-site most of our HLF Ecosystems along the year for better knowing their stakeholders, organisations and activities, and for preparing their participation to the next HLF 2017.

See attached an update of this visit program; I will have the pleasure to visit very soon the HLF Ecosystems of USA and Canada, warm thanks for their hospitality.


I hope that the information of this Newsletter will be of interest for you ; I remain always available to provide more information or to share points of views about the HLF, so please feel free to contact me at any time.

Thank you again so much for your interest and support to the HLF initiative

With my Warmest Regards


Flyer HLF 2017




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