ARIA wins Innovation for Change 2018

MBAs from Collège des Ingénieurs Italia and PhDs from Politecnico di Torino

Among 8 business ideas, the Jury awarded a project of network of sensors mapping air pollution in cities.

Bottles that reduce microplastics in the oceans, detectors that prevent accidents and increase the safety of crowds at urban events, special tablets that allow the elderly to receive photos and videos that children and grandchildren post on social media: see the projects of sustainable businesses developed by 51 young people.

Turin/Geneva, 25thJune 2018: For five months, 51 young students - MBA from Collège des Ingénieurs Italia and PhD from Politecnico di Torino together with the support of CERN Ideasquare - received 8 challenges from companies and institutions inspired from the global sustainable development goals of the UN with a common objective to work on innovative and scalable solutions to these challenges based on technologies of CERN & Politecnico di Torino.

The results of these months of intense work are 8 business ideas and related prototypes, which were presented today in the setting of the Castello del Valentino to an audience composed of investors, protagonists of the European business scene and students of CDI and Politecnico of Torino.

These are the impact innovation projects presented by the teams:

  • a system that certifies the quantity of water used in the production of any good or service, not only in the agricultural world, to make consumers aware and decisive;
  • a platform to catalogue the most advanced technological solutions being developed all over the world and companies that intend to create products based on those technologies;
  • sensors that map urban air pollution in real time, identify sources of pollution and minimise their impact on people (Winning team, called ARIA);
  • a network of cameras and detectors already present in the cities to monitor the flow of people during events and concerts, allowing a rapid outflow in case of accidents;
  • a solution that eliminates the dispersion into the environment of polyethylene caps, responsible for much of the pollution by microplastics present in the seas and lakes;
  • an App that increases the inclination of female students towards technical-scientific studies through the proposal of successful female models and situations in the real world.
  • an on-demand service for recharging electric cars ("leave it where you want, get it recharged") and also helps to manage the peaks in consumption of the national energy network.


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