The seventh edition of Innovation 4 Change kicks off: young talents try their hand at solving challenges inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through a process that involves the fusion of entrepreneurship, technology and storytelling.
Friday, February 18th marks the start of the seventh edition of Innovation 4 Change (I4C), the first and one of the most important impact innovation programs in Italy.
Born from a collaboration between Collège des Ingénieurs Italia, Politecnico di Torino and IdeaSquare, the experimental innovation department of CERN, I4C has the ambitious goal of responding, with concrete and innovative solutions, to some of the most important challenges affecting our country - and beyond.
60 talents under 30, participants in the Master in Business Administration of the Collège des Ingénieurs Italia, doctoral students selected from the best European universities and young creatives from Holden, the school of storytelling founded by Alessandro Baricco, will work over the next five months on 10 challenges launched by 10 partners, both corporate and institutional.
One of the distinguishing features of I4C is precisely the variety of its participants: today more than ever, we know how diversity of background and education is an essential element to trigger a creative process and give rise to disruptive and profoundly innovative ideas - and consequent solutions. And our country urgently needs these solutions.
Not only that, young people are invited to think as much as possible outside the box, but with an essential guideline: the proposed solutions must have a high, positive and sustainable impact. Sustainability is not just a fad for I4C, but one of the key evaluation (and validation) criteria, in its most all-encompassing meaning, economic, social and environmental.
The younger generations have a new, fresh sensitivity, which must be listened to and facilitated: I4C wants to be a testing ground where they can experiment and, why not, realize what they have imagined.
Supporting the initiative this year, along with Arduino and Fondazione Agnelli, Green Pea also joined the project as a venue partner, providing spaces for the Ideation phase of the project and the final Demo Day. Rai Way, Movyon, TELT, Grimaldi Group, CNHi, UNICRI, DSM, Snam and the Ministero delle infrastrutture e della mobilità sostenibili are instead the organizations that will sponsor the 10 challenges. These are varied and reflect some of the main challenges facing the markets to which these players belong. Here too, however, there is a common pillar: the challenges are focused on solving problems related to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG goals).
The future belongs to these young talents and I4C wants to give them the opportunity to start designing it today.
For more information about the program visit the site: https://www.innovation4change.eu/