AWS Lunch and Learn By Ken Davis Director of Marketing and Admissions Published: 2023-11-08 06:03:16 Riffa Views International School (RVIS) recently had the honor of hosting Nidal AlBasha, the esteemed Head Innovation Officer for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Mr. AlBasha led an enlightening session on the critical role of innovation in shaping both the present and future landscapes of industry and technology.With a spotlight on organizations that have successfully harnessed innovation to remain at the forefront of their fields, Mr. AlBasha contrasted these successes with the cautionary tales of those that failed to adapt and were subsequently eclipsed. He stressed the need for a proactive mindset towards innovation, especially given the rapid advancements characterizing the 4th Industrial Revolution.The talk delved into the essence of innovation, clarifying the distinction between mere invention and true innovation — the application that makes inventions accessible and useful to the public. Mr. AlBasha also unpacked the innovation process, highlighting its iterative nature, and introduced the concept of Design Thinking as a strategy for problem-solving and creativity.Beyond theoretical frameworks, he focused on the practical, discussing the skills necessary for future success in a rapidly evolving world. The session concluded with an inside look at Amazon's own innovation practices, providing real-world context and inspiration for both students and faculty at RVIS.Through this engagement with a leading industry expert, RVIS continues to bridge the gap between academic learning and real-world application, preparing its students not just to participate in the future, but to actively shape it.