Video Remarks for D3 Innovation Summit

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
March 2, 2016

Good morning, and welcome to all of you. And thanks to everyone for being here, public servants, business leaders, students, scholars, innovators of all stripes. I'm really sorry that my schedule didn't allow me to join you in person today. But I can't tell you how excited I am about what this D3 Innovation Summit has brought to the table, literally the best ideas in technology and innovation from the Defense Department, USAID, and State, ideas specifically designed to address important challenges in development, defense, and diplomacy.

We all know that innovation is the life's blood of our economy and a key driver of our prosperity. Yet innovation is also in a central pillar of our global leadership, especially in the 21st century when technology has brought the world closer together and events and crises move more and more rapidly and affect more nations, more communities, and people than ever before. Luckily for us, while technology can complicate the problems that we face, it could also inspire effective solutions.

That's what the nearly 500 innovations that participants in this summit produced over recent months sought to achieve, answers to some of the essential questions that we confront-- how to expand clean energy and make power grids more efficient, how to use data to improve governance, how to bring medical advances to rural and remote areas, how to bolster security at our embassies, and how to use 3D printing to aid recovery in the wake of disasters. In every case, you have sought to adapt to change and to forge strong connections between the promises of technology and the priorities of our foreign policy.

Albert Einstein once said that imagination encircles the world. I want to thank each of you for using your imagination to help our country stay one step ahead in a world of constant movement. And I very much look forward to seeing your innovations in action across the globe in the months and years ahead. Thank you all so much for being part of this journey. Good morning, and welcome to all of you. And thanks to everyone for being here.