Social Innovation For Social Good


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 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)

  • Medicine

  • Health and social studies

    • Understanding, preventive medicine, health policy, mental, physical and social health

  • Social sciences

  • Psychology

    • Understanding of autism characteristics and how they are met by society

  • Teacher Education

    • Understanding, teaching, and learning

  • Architecture and Art

  • ICT – Many improvements and solutions include technological and mechanical aid

  • Social economics


Village Leader

Orges Cico holds an MSc in Computer Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, 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.

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Our Favourite Village Testimonial

Based on the experience from EiT my team strived at creating effective communication and a friendly/judgment-free atmosphere. 

Velin Aleksandrov Georgiev 

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



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