CTA’s Tuesday, Jan. 9 keynote panel was a small taste of the most on-message parts of CES. As part of the company’s introduction to their long-running trade show, Consumer Technology Association’s Senior VP of CES Karen Chupka announced CTA’s first International Innovation Scorecard. Following on CTA’s similar work rating states according to how much each fosters innovation, the scorecard rates countries according to technological disruption, broken down into categories including infrastructure elements like broadband accessibility and cultural elements such as demographic diversity.
Thirteen countries were ranked as overall Innovation Champions: Finland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, the United States, Singapore, the Netherlands, Canada, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark and New Zealand.
Furthermore, applicable countries (those for which enough data was available) were also ranked and categorized according to individual evaluation points, including political freedom, the education of the workforce, tax programs that favor innovative companies and startups, and specific technologies such as drones, ride-sharing, and self-driving vehicles.
The complete list of criteria and data for each individual country and category can be found at CTA’s website here.
Chupka made sure to point out that CES has been criticized for a lack of diversity among its most high-profile panelists when talking about how that same criteria was used to examine countries for the Innovation Scorecard.