Our new technological environment, often described as Industry 4.0, dramatically widens the potential influence of distributed people and things in research and development. Cognitive computing, the Internet of Things, and big data are examples of drivers of technological business, and inevitably social and policy changes. A highly connected world allows end-users to participate in problem solving and, also, to address inherent challenges of privacy, the changing landscape of work, and the use of big data. Science centres, with their experience in engaging diverse audiences can design communication formats and facilitate the interaction between science, technology, and society and creates immense research potential in providing solutions, prototyping and onsite testing. The speakers will explore the ways science centres can help include their audiences in the process of design and creation. Can we co-create a world that supports scientific exploration of the questions that matter and technological to society’s critical needs? The speakers will explore perspectives on how science centres can engage citizens and facilitate collaboration with all societal sectors to achieve a shared vision and goals?