Technological innovations are the motor of our digital societies. New concepts and ideas like "open innovation" will be necessary to provide a sustainable link between value added and the benefit for societies. The Alpbach Technology Forum is the largest platform for a research- and technology-related debate in Austria. Due to its international focus it has become an indicator for new trends, setting benchmarks for technological developments. "Junior Alpbach" and the "OE1 Children's University" show new ways of natural science-education for future generations.