Innovative social impact solutions developed by Unimore students

The Challange Based Innovation Emilia-Romagna (CBI E-R) program ended in the CERN Idea Square space on Wednesday 13 February. 6 students from the University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia – Paride Acierno, Alessia Bruera, Luca Bertolasi, Camilla Cappelletti, Paolo Campagnoli, Daniel Alberto Sebastià – participated in this program with students from the University of Bologna and the University of Ferrara.

An educational program that for the first time brought students from three distinct universities of Emilia-Romagna into contact with CERN IdeaSquare, the technology transfer space of CERN in Geneva.

The aim of the CBI-ER program is to develop highly futuristic and technologically feasible ideas capable of giving effective answers to global sustainability challenges with an approach strongly linked to the territory. 5 multidisciplinary teams of students faced the innovation challenges of local businesses – Sanofi-Genzyme, Legacoop Bologna and CPR System – in which the futuristic technologies developed in CERN were applied to problems with a social impact: the management of chronic disease therapies, the reduction of food waste, new models for the development of non-formal education, housing for the elderly, integrated logic systems for the distribution of fresh products.

Unimore students have contributed, within the Spyro and Lactopus teams, to the development of highly innovative solutions that allow them to track and prevent asthma attacks and a collaborative system for predicting milk production capable of minimizing stocks and reduce waste.

The program is part of the Unimore Contamination Lab platform ( managed by the Department of Economics Marco Biagi and coordinated by Bernardo Balboni. The call to participate in the next edition of CBI-ER will come out at the end of June 2019.