On Monday, June 27, the seventh edition of Innovation4Change, the Impact Innovation program organized by the Collège des Ingénieurs Italia, CERN IdeaSquare and the Politecnico di Torino, came to a close.
This year’s winner was Team Ferrovie dello Stato Italiano, with their Greensect waste processing system. Second place went to Team UNICRI, while third place was shared by Team Movyon and Team CNH Industrial.
After five months of work that saw the 10 teams explore challenges brought by multinational corporations and institutions, the participants gathered at Turin’s Valentino Castle to present their solutions to an audience of executives and representatives from partner companies.
The program is based on a multidisciplinary approach, in which MBA participants from the Collège des Ingénieurs found themselves working in teams with PhDs from top European universities, including the Polytechnic of Turin, CERN, Scuola Normale Superiore, UPC Barcelona, and EPFL Lausanne. These teams have also been joined by storytellers from Holden, the storytelling school founded by Alessandro Baricco.
In addition to Exor, the program was supported by Scuola Holden, Fondazione Agnelli, Arduino, and GreenPea. Innovation4Change is possible thanks to the companies and institutions that decide to bring their challenges. The program aims to respond, with concrete and innovative solutions, to some of the most relevant challenges affecting our planet. Each challenge has a real problem at its core and is strongly supported by a partner institution that helps the talented participants promote its impact.
What they say about I4C
- Enrico Giovannini – Minister for Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility – “Our Ministry is committed towards using innovation as an instrument for change for the entire world, together with the young talents of I4C.”
- Fabiola Gianotti – Director General of CERN – “I4C is an example of excellence for collaboration between science, industry and talent.”
- John Elkann – Board Member of CDI and President of Fondazione Agnelli and CEO of Exor – “I4C combines educational objectives with an entrepreneurial approach to sustainability, to solve problems of social interest and with a view that embraces the entire world, thanks to the collaboration with CERN: we are happy to support this initiative, which is fully in line with Exor’s ESG policy.”
- Guido Saracco – Rector of Politecnico di Torino – “I4C will be the the excellence program for the best of our PhDs to have a real experience of an European industrial challenge.”
In this year’s edition we saw very interesting topics: Grimaldi and Ferrovie dello Stato brought challenges focused on reuse and waste management. Snam and TELT, on the other hand, focused on how to preserve the environment during the construction of infrastructure. Movyon – Gruppo Autostrade per l’Italia and the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility brought challenges related to making the way we move more sustainable. CNH Industrial focused on the welfare of workers in agricultural fields, while DSM focused on the welfare of animals on livestock farms. Rai Way brought a challenge on the interaction between television and the gaming world, and finally UNICRI proposed a challenge on combating child exploitation and abuse online.
Each team developed a project to solve their challenge while having a measurable impact that married a strategy over a 20-week development timeframe, 20-month market entry strategy and 20-year vision and long-term impact.
A brief description of each project follows:
Challenge: How could connected services create value for our farmers?
Solution: FarmIn S&P uses data collected through sensors installed in the tractor, it is a dashboard in which efficiency and safety are reported. Real-time alerts are sent to the operator helping them during the operations.
Contacts: Marilù Brancato – Communications & Media Relations – firstname.lastname@example.org
Challenge: Generating Biodata to Secure the Future of farmed Animal Welfare
Solution: Sensanimal is a SaaS that targets companies providing monitoring systems to dairy cattle farms. We offer a customized, AI-based algorithm that extracts valuable information from the on-farm sensors for better management of the herd and improved animal well-being..
Contacts: Mirelle van-der-Kreeft – BP Animal Nutrition and Health – email@example.com
Challenge: How to create value from the byproducts of mowing?
Solution: Greensect is a waste transformation system that creates value from organic waste by converting it into feed for nature: insect-based protein for pet food and fertilizer.
Contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org – 3386 875 445
Challenge: How to create value from shipboard waste?
Solution: Sort-e is the waste differentiator of the future, an autonomous system powered by an artificial intelligence collaboratively built thanks to data gathered through gamification.
Contacts: Paul Kyprianou – External Relations Manager – email@example.com
Challenge:How can we extract value from existing data sources to enable sustainable infrastructures and mobility?
Solution: Holoron is a city’s digital twin model for monitoring flows and predicting the impacts of future possible mobility scenarios via data-driven simulations.
Contacts: Claudia Caputi – Spokesperson & Head of the Press Office – Tel. +390644123200 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Challenge: How to make the transportation of goods more sustainable?
Solution: Metys is a platform that puts the agrifood production chain in contact with logistics operators, in order to maximize the filling of the space inside the vehicles for the transport of goods and avoid waste in terms of journeys with empty vehicles, consumption and costs.
Contacts: Silvia Felice – Campaigns & Communication Manager – Tel: +39 055 4202519 – email@example.com
Challenge: The future of Social TV: Learning while Playing
Solution: ClickPillz is a TV-smartphone micro-learning platform that creates interactions among users through informative quiz-like challenges related to their favorite programs; using gaming it offers interactive contents of public utility and auxiliary educational tools.
Contacts: Lorenza Iapoce – Comunicazione esterna e rapporti con i media – Tel. +39 0633171928 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Challenge: Leading towards green infrastructure construction sites: reduce impacts on biodiversity, landscape and archeology
Solution: SPHERE is a software that exploits and integrates all relevant environmental and topographical data to provide an easier, faster, and more comprehensive planning of energy
Contacts: Roberta Vivenzio – Head of Media Relations; Ph. +39 342.7719117 – email@example.com
Challenge: How to use company and sector big data to support the value chain and the community?
Solution: LinkEDIL is the network that helps top construction companies, startups, and professionals to collaborate, increasing competitiveness in bidding for tenders. Leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Digital tools, Link-EDIL provides support for aggregation to certified companies.
Challenge: Develop preventative solutions to keep children safe from predators online.
Solution: Kokorò is a virtual companion and a sex-education ecosystem that connects children, parents, and schools through educational games, spaces for sharing emotions, and courses. Moreover, it also facilitates the reporting of potential child abuse.
Contacts: Marina Mazzini – Public Information & External Relation – Tel. +39 3484809463 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Torino, 27 Giugno 2022.
Collège des Ingénieurs Italia
The Collège des Ingénieurs Italia (https://www.cdi.eu/it/) is an independent institution of excellence for post-graduate management training of young graduates in scientific subjects and is part of the European network of the Collège des Ingénieurs (CDI). Founded and promoted in 2009 by Fondazione Agnelli, Fondazione Edoardo Garrone and Fondazione Pirelli, CDI Italia is based in Turin, at Fondazione Agnelli in via Giacosa 38.
Telefono: +39 335 122 1688, e-mail: email@example.com
IdeaSquare (https://ideasquare.cern/) is a specialized experimental innovation center at CERN that hosts research and development projects on sensing technologies and collaborates with high-level interdisciplinary education programs. Located near the Globe of Science and Innovation in Geneva, it offers ad hoc meeting spaces and rapid prototyping facilities as part of innovation-related projects. The purpose of IdeaSquare is to bring people together to bring new ideas, projects and prototypes to life in an ap ho ertic environment, contributing to the activities of CERN’s Technology Transfer group through innovative world-class products and solutions.
Politecnico di Torino
The Politecnico di Torino (https://www.polito.it/) was founded in 1906 and has its origins in the Scuola di Applicazione per gli Ingegneri (School of Application for Engineers) that was established in 1859. It is accredited by international rankings as one of the leading technical universities in Europe, with about 36,000 students, 15% of whom are foreigners, from over 100 countries.
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