Hamdan, right, with musician Ryan Leslie, one of the speakers at this year’s WSIE conference.
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Sam Hamdan ranks among the latter.In 2006, Hamdan launched the first edition of the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a conference that is now held annually and brings together pioneers in technology, energy and several other fields for cross-industry dialogue. The WSIE is not a conference, Hamdan said.According to Hamdan, the goal is to spread smarter innovations that simultaneously advance the economic, social and ecological prosperity of people everywhere.While some of Hamdan's goals might seem far-fetched, several ideas and initiatives shaped by and mulled during past editions of the WSIE are today materializing into projects.Several other initiatives will see the light of day in 2014, Hamdan said, starting with the establishment of the world's first Global Innovation Challenge, in partnership with the United Nations Office for Partnerships.The WSIE will be building on this earlier success to create the Bright Innovation Enterprise Network – an innovation fusion community to enable unlikely partnerships, Hamdan said.
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