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60 young managers, scientists and storytellers present their visions for the future

28 June 2022

On Monday, June 27, the seventh edition of Innovation4Change, the Impact Innovation program organized by the Collège des Ingénieurs Italia, CERN IdeaSquare and the Politecnico di Torino, came to a close.

This year's winner was Team Ferrovie dello Stato Italiano, with their Greensect waste processing system. Second place went to Team UNICRI, while third place was shared by Team Movyon and Team CNH Industrial.

After five months of work that saw the 10 teams explore challenges brought by multinational corporations and institutions, the participants gathered at Turin's Valentino Castle to present their solutions to an audience of executives and representatives from partner companies.

The program is based on a multidisciplinary approach, in which MBA participants from the Collège des Ingénieurs found themselves working in teams with PhDs from top European universities, including the Polytechnic of Turin, CERN, Scuola Normale Superiore, UPC Barcelona, and EPFL Lausanne. These teams have also been joined by storytellers from Holden, the storytelling school founded by Alessandro Bariccò.

In addition to Exor, the program was supported by Scuola Holden, Fondazione Agnelli, Arduino, and GreenPea. Innovation4Change is possible thanks to the companies and institutions that decide to bring their challenges. The program aims to respond, with concrete and innovative solutions, to some of the most relevant challenges affecting our planet. Each challenge has a real problem at its core and is strongly supported by a partner institution that helps the talented participants promote its impact.

In this year's edition we saw very interesting topics: Grimaldi and Ferrovie dello Stato brought challenges focused on reuse and waste management. Snam and TELT, on the other hand, focused on how to preserve the environment during the construction of infrastructure. Movyon - Gruppo Autostrade per l’Italia and the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility brought challenges related to making the way we move more sustainable. CNH Industrial focused on the welfare of workers in agricultural fields, while DSM focused on the welfare of animals on livestock farms. Rai Way brought a challenge on the interaction between television and the gaming world, and finally UNICRI proposed a challenge on combating child exploitation and abuse online.

Each team developed a project to solve their challenge while having a measurable impact that married a strategy over a 20-week development timeframe, 20-month market entry strategy and 20-year vision and long-term impact.

Rector Guido Saracco said: “I4C will be the the excellence program for the best of our PhDs to have a real experience of an European industrial challenge.”