Innova Philippines 2023 & Ayala’s Spark 10 Summit: A Great Testimony Of Celebrating Innovation

November’s third week witnessed a remarkable fusion of innovation and collaboration as the Global Innovation Management Institute (GIMI) convened in Manila for an eventful series that shaped an inspiring week filled with diverse and enlightening engagements.

Kicking off the week was the lively inauguration of the Digital Philipinas Festival, a collaborative venture with Ayala, setting an innovative tone for the days ahead. Hosted by our strategic partner Ayala Corporation, the morning buzzed with dynamic discussions and keynote addresses by luminaries like Hitendra Patel, Brett Trusko, and Efosa Ojomo.

In the afternoon, attendees were treated to enlightening company presentations from BPI, Globe, and AC Energy, followed by an enriching visit to the Ayala Museum. The experience was elevated by the captivating melodies of the Symphony Orchestra String Quartet.

Tuesday marked the much-anticipated Spark event, a nexus for knowledge exchange and innovation celebration. The day unfolded with impactful keynote speeches, leading to a riveting GCIO panel discussion. This event also marked the commendation of GIMI awards at the Spark 10 Ayala Innovation Summit 2023, where we celebrated alongsideAyala Innovators. Notably, Ayala Corporation, Globe Telecommunication, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) received the Level 3 Innovation Award from GIMI, showcasing its dedication to driving innovation within the Ayala Group. Dubai Police was awarded the Level 4 – leader on Innovation Management and Level 4 on Future Foresight. The day also featured compelling presentations by ILP teams, with CTPs participating as the esteemed shark tank jury. Our CTP in the Philippines, Embiggen organized an impeccable event with the alumni where all global leaders attended. 

Wednesday was dedicated to engaging sessions on Local Government in collaboration with Digital Pilipinas, hosting pivotal GCIO and CTP meetings that fostered enriching discussions and collaborative initiatives.Through a comprehensive SWOT analysis and brainstorming conducted with CTPs, we collectively crafted innovative initiatives to propel GIMI-IAOIP to the forefront of innovation, ensuring the success of our partners and furthering our mission to democratize innovation globally.

The week culminated with an insightful visit to the Asian Institute of Management, a long-term partner of GIM Institute. 

This event was a testament to the power of collaboration, fostering enriching discussions, celebrating milestones, and forging stronger global connections. Our heartfelt appreciation to Ayala for hosting such an event and all partners and participants who contributed to making this innovation-driven week a resounding success.


In essence, this week in the Philippines celebrated achievements and laid the foundation for a collaborative future, where innovation thrives as a globalendeavor, transcending boundaries and fostering transformative change.

Dr. Hitendra Patel