The InnoTech Department is responsible for strategizing technology and innovation pathways to enhance access and diffusion of the technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution across DHI and the Group. More significantly, to address the national socio-economic challenges, the department is also undertaking applied and fundamental research and development in the field of science and technology to create ventures and start-ups, build national intellectual property and establish a platform for innovation, creativity, and jobs for the next generation.
The InnoTech Department is conceived with two divisions: the Strategic Technology Planning (STP) Division and the DHI Research and Innovation Venture Excellence Center (DRIVE) as the R&D division.
- The Strategic Technology Planning (STP) Division is the technology "think tank" of the department. The objective of the division is to support DHI and its Group in strategizing technology pathways as well as supporting and facilitating the strategic direction for the DRIVE center towards meeting its objective. The STP division will fulfill the following responsibilities: (i) technology planning, strategy and management with an overarching goal of shaping a national platform (ii) study disruptive technologies and its use cases with respect to Bhutan and regional context including research and business prospectives (iii) champion science, technology, and innovation policies that will develop and enhance the national innovation system (iv) organize technology conferences, workshops, training in order to introduce new innovative concepts and tools and stimulate innovative thinking.
The DRIVE center is the "do tank" of the department. The objective of the division is envisioned towards establishing national and international collaborative applied and fundamental research initiatives in areas of science, technology, and innovation. The DRIVE center will fulfill the following responsibilities: (i) conduct fundamental and applied research (ii) provide an avenue for economic diversification by incubating and prototyping ideas for commercialization (iii) develop the national IP repository (iv) invigorate the national R&D infrastructure and establish linkages with universities and institutions nationally and internationally (v) provide the impetus for the uptake of STEM education in Bhutan.