It was held in Las Vegas, from 8 to 11 January 2019, CES (International Consumer Electronics Show), the world’s largest Consumer Technology Fair and America’s largest annual fair.

On the occasion of CES the 2019 edition of the International Innovation Scorecard was presented, a ranking in which 61 countries were assessed according to 28 indicators (including human capital, ethnic diversity, broadband, R&D investment, entrepreneurial activity, self-driving vehicles, environment) to determine if they are working towards innovation and improving the quality of life.

These 16 countries have been chosen as “Innovation Champions”: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Israel (the last two are new entries), Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA. Italy is also among the “Innovation Champions” but stops at the 25th place. The podium is made up of Estonia, Switzerland and Finland, followed by USA, Singapore and UK.

Despite being far from the top, Italy was still given the “leader” brand in the ranking of the most innovative countries in the world, ranking public at the CES in Las Vegas, where Italy was represented by a series of Italian startups selected by the consumer association that organizes the event, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

Within the International Innovation Scorecard, Italy is in the second group of countries, called “Innovation Leaders”, just below South Korea.

According to the CTA survey, the weak points of Italy are “the lack of ethnic diversity”, the tax authorities, the lack of “unicorns“, that is the startups whose valuation has exceeded one billion dollars, and the still too low level of use of ride sharing services, which is limited to a few cities due to restrictive rules. Good vote in the sector of autonomously driven vehicles, rated “A”, while for the environment it is “A+”.

 


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