The Global Innovation Scorecard was last produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® in 2019, where 61 countries and the European Union were rated across 14 technology and policy indicators that fuel innovation. The countries who were identified as true innovators were given global publicity as “Innovation Champions” at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, where global leaders and over 6,000 media outlets attended.
CTA uses a combination of country provided information and third-party publicly available sources of economic and societal information. The data individual countries submit is collected and verified for each of the technology categories. Based on our criteria, countries are awarded an overall score which determines their designation in the overall assessment.
In the 2020 U.S. Innovation Scorecard — the fifth year we've measured states' innovation policies — CTA evaluated all 50 states to determine which are doing the most to foster innovation. We graded states on 12 quantitative and qualitative categories including internet speed and cost, STEM education, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and support for disruptive technologies including self-driving vehicles, drones and e-scooters.
We then ranked the states in one of four ascending tiers: Modest Innovators, Innovation Adopters, Innovation Leaders and our highest level, Innovation Champions.