World Creativity and Innovation Day

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2024 Date21 April 2024
2025 Date21 April 2025

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World Creativity and Innovation Day History

World Creativity and Innovation Day (WCID) advocates for the importance of thinking creatively and innovatively across all human activities. This day highlights the role of creativity and innovation in problem-solving, with the potential to make the world a better place and boost economic growth. It emphasizes the necessity of using novel, out-of-the-box ideas to address global challenges from climate change to social issues, and aims to foster an environment that encourages new thoughts and perspectives.

First designated by the United Nations in 2018, the day underscores creativity and innovation as crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In India, the relevance of WCID is significant given the country's ongoing development and the rising importance of innovation in its economic growth. India is making significant strides in the fields of technology, science, and entrepreneurship, with a burgeoning ecosystem of startups and innovation led enterprises. WCID thus provides an opportunity to celebrate and encourage the culture of creativity and innovation in India.

In India, World Creativity and Innovation Day is observed by various activities and initiatives aimed at encouraging creativity and innovation. Many institutions, from schools to corporations, organize workshops, seminars, and competitions designed to stimulate creativity and innovative thinking. The day also often sees the launch of new innovation-driven initiatives by government and private sector entities. World Creativity and Innovation Day is celebrated annually on April 21, serving as a reminder and catalyst for the great value of ingenuity and innovative solutions in India’s progressive stride.

Facts about World Creativity and Innovation Day

  • The theme for World Creativity & Innovation Day in 2023 was Step Out and Innovate. In 2022 the theme was Collaboration.
  • According to the United Nations, the world’s cultural and creative industry generates about $2.25 billion in revenue. It also creates more than 29 million jobs worldwide.
  • On this day, the Indian government has previously highlighted numerous schemes aimed at promoting a culture of innovation, like the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), which mandated the establishment of tinkering labs in schools to encourage scientific temper amongst students.
  • The World Intellectual Property Indicators reported that India had over 2,000 patent applications in 2018, further underlining the creativity and innovation present in the country.

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