Food and Health, two crucial issues that touch
all of us and that will be increasingly central in the coming decades: according to the latest WHO data
and the World Food Programme, more than 400 million people who lack access to
essential health services, and about 800 million people each day fail to
consume adequate amounts of food. These are matters on which will compete 50 young
students and researchers in the second edition of Innovation for
Change, an initiative organized for the second year by the Politecnico di
Torino, SAFM (Scuola di Alta Formazione al Management) and
which officially started yesterday at IdeaSquare, the experimental structure of CERN
dedicated to projects of research and development and interdisciplinary
It is a competition between multidisciplinary teams,
which aims to find an innovative solution to some global issues, according to
an entrepreneurial startup program that uses breakthrough technologies. The
edition of 2017 will see eight teams of MBA students SAFM and doctoral students
of the Polytechnic, with a background of high technical level, which over the
next five months will work in Geneva and in Turin between training sessions and
group work. Within each team must be present transversal skills to promote a diversified
approach on both the theoretical and practical plan.
Each team will choose one of the challenges proposed
by partner companies working in the areas of Food and Health. The project
will also involve collaboration with several institutions and companies, which
have indicated to the students the challenges on which to focus their efforts
to find practical solutions: the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, UNIDO
Organization for Industrial Development), AIULC (Associazione
Italiana ULcere Cutanee), ENEL and Humanitas.
The next phase is dedicated to the creation of
the model solution and will last five months, until June.
Students will be supported by alumni SAFM who have become entrepreneurs or work
in large industrial groups, as well as by researchers at CERN and Politecnico.
In their work they can use tools and advanced technology solutions, but already
widely used and tested, up to the realization of prototypes ready for the next
phase of development for the market.
In support of the working groups will be provided with
various resources from the Politecnico and CERN, in the form of access to
research, patents and technologies, in addition to the involvement of teachers,
scientists and experts. At deadline, each team must submit the designed
solution and the technology that underlies it. Finally, a panel of top talent
(made last year by Fabiola Gianotti – Director of CERN, John Elkann – Vice
President of the Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli, Francesco Profumo – President
SAFM and Marco Gilli – Politecnico Rector) will decide the winning design.
The last year’s edition focused on issues Water and
Air, and the winning project was “Aquasmart
“, an intelligent and integrated to the
water supply system to locate in real time water losses and intervene in a
timely manner. The winning team was awarded the contribution of 50.000 Euros
donated by the Agnelli Foundation as part of the celebrations for the fiftieth
anniversary with the goal of helping the working group to set up a real
start-up, beginning to work on market.