ABOUT THE VILLAGE
Startup-Driven Social Innovation For Social Good
Welcome to Startup-Driven Social Innovation Research and Education activities at The department of Computer Science of NTNU.
EiT village (TDT4850) will run as an international village from January 2020. The aim is to collaboratively identify and propose specific innovative solutions for achieving the desired Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the United Nations, throughout Startup-driven social innovation. Today, several Startups main goal is not to purely maximize their financial gain, but instead, to act charitably and to have a positive impact. This honorable cause has many valuable contributors in the for-profit sector: Inspirational startups operating in the fields of social innovation, social change, and social entrepreneurship. A Startup requires active collaboration among many disciplines and soft skills development to achieve success. To fulfill its goals, this village will use resources provided by the single student, group, customers, and village leaders.
OPPORTUNITIES IN THE VILLAGE
Opportunities in this village:
Collaborate with students from other academic backgrounds. As a team, you will discuss and propose new challenges with students of different perspectives and skills.
Develop solutions to solve one or more specific UN´s sustainability goals
In this village, students are encouraged to choose a set of tools and services to support the whole life cycle of their projects.
Students will be able to choose one customer
Students will propose ideas to customers and manage the implementation of their proofs of concept.
Students will be able to freely involve relevant third parties in the process, such as NGOs they collaborate with.
Experts will be able to follow-up, evaluate and give feedback about the whole process.
Each student team may propose their solutions and invent their own project assignment as long as they stay within the given thematic area and end up delivering the required outcomes. It is preferable that students choose one customer.
This openness of the assignment is supposed to foster student creativity and a strong sense of ownership of the conceived project. Moreover, the open assignments make it easier for each team to define a project where every member is able to contribute their own expertise, regardless of which study program they come from.
The goal of the challenge within a village is to provide solutions to specific problems, there are no specific demands to develop products, although the team may do so if they wish.
We look for you who are interested in helping to tackle challenges for social good, and everyone who is interested in taking part in a social innovation process which involves a collaboration with citizens, public institutions, NGOs. The goal is to create teams of students with multidisciplinary profiles, who will be able to address societal challenges through collaborative thinking. In particular, we look for students with a background in:
Technology (Software or Computer Engineering)
Health and social studies
Understanding, preventive medicine, health policy, mental, physical and social health
Understanding of autism characteristics and how they are met by society
Understanding, teaching, and learning
Architecture and Art
ICT – Many improvements and solutions include technological and mechanical aid
Orges Cico holds an MSc in Computer Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy and is currently a Ph.D. (Candidate) at NTNU. Orges research topic involves Software Engineering and Innovative Tech Startups. His previous research is in Cloud Computing for Business Solutions and Cloud Software Reliability concerning Fault-Tolerant Techniques.
For newcomers to this village, I recommend having a look at last year's activities.
Our Favourite Village Testimonial
The Village in Four Steps
Village 2020 Activities
Become part of the village!
Develop a Relevant Project
x7 Work in a Team of up to Seven Members
Provide Innovative Solutions that Tackle Real Life Challenges
Share Your Project Idea Out in the World
Present your Project to Stakeholders
Celebrate the Achieved Success with your Team and the Community
ADDRESS: IT-Bygget, Gløshaugen, Room 102
Sem Sælands vei 9, 7034 Trondheim
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