In our Roaring Twenties reboot, innovation rules

Start of something big: Welcome to the new decade (maybe) and a new era of innovation (for sure).

A new year? For sure. A new decade? That’s debatable.

But whether you see Jan. 1 as the beginning of the end or simply a new beginning, this much is indisputable: The Twenties are upon us, and they will be roaring indeed.

The same can be said at the start of any new year or new decade or new millennium, but the days ahead are truly filled with innovation’s rich promise. As 2020 dawns, humanity possesses an unprecedented combination of scientific modeling, technical prowess and – most importantly – communications technologies, putting our race in a unique position in its tumultuous history.

That last bit, the communication, is key.

Fire in the hole: Well done, Og.

Invention and scientific discovery have always happened (Og made fire! Wheels are cool! Look, that uranium-fueled nuclear chain reaction is self-sustaining!) and our ever-evolving talent for fact-based precognition (tick, tick, tick…) is huge.

But humanity’s new-and-always-improving ability to communicate groundbreaking research and share new discoveries, often in real time and with progressively mind-spinning detail, now propels science, technology, engineering and mathematics forward exponentially – an increasingly global effort with increasingly universal benefits.

Scientific ignorance and vengeful politics cannot stop the rising tide. This is critical and exciting stuff, and in these parts, doubly so: Long Island is steeped in STEM history, stocked with state-of-the-art research facilities and populated by peoples who understand this cutting-edge world better than most.

This is a land of scientists, engineers, programmers, healthcare experts and big brains in dozens of other frontline, 21st century pursuits – including a growing undercurrent of entrepreneurial thinkers refining today’s lab work into tomorrow’s life-changing resources.

French connection: JLK in one of his favorites, eastern France’s Bourgogne region.

These are the people and the issues founder John Kominicki was thinking about when he flipped the switch on Innovate Long Island five years ago. His idea was to give the Island’s best socioeconomic hopes, and the people feeding them, a voice and a home – a hub, really, where regional visionaries could find inspiration and networking contacts and other resources that both add to Long Island’s innovation momentum and celebrate it.

Communication, he felt, was key.

John, of course, is watching now from that big newsroom in the sky. But as the calendar flips and Long Island finds its place in the fresh decade and the new economy, his invention – under the steady hand of President Marlene McDonnell – soldiers on, informing investors, rooting on researchers, energizing entrepreneurs and otherwise celebrating regional innovation in all its amazing forms.

The 2020s are here, dear readers, and we are truly living in the future. Thank you for joining us on this adventure and helping to keep John’s vision alive … now let’s go make something cool.

Happy New Year!

Gregory Zeller
Vice President, Editor
Dec. 30, 2019