Five students from Nova School of Business & Economics (Nova SBE) were among the “Team up for Climate” finalist teams, an open innovation challenge sponsored by the Egis Foundation where students worldwide are invited to create or join a team and contribute to the subject “adapting and living together in the face of climate risks.”
Nova SBE students Federico Ascia, Alina Straub, Emma Nicora, Tomás Laranjo, and Giulia Casula are members of Impact Seekers, a multidisciplinary (representing three different Master’s – Impact Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Master’s in Business Analytics, and Management) and international team (with students from Italy, Germany, Belgium, and Portugal).
As one of the winning teams of the "Team up for Climate" challenge, they were invited to present their project on November 26, in Paris, at UNESCO's Earth University, a European event open to all that addresses issues such as biodiversity, science and new technologies, consumption, food, impact finance, and many others.
Impacted Seekers' project for forest monitoring and fire warning is an integrated system of multiple sensors strategically situated to transmit data and sound alarms via an app in real time. Theirs was one of the four projects to be awarded a prize during the "Adapting to an overheated Planet" session at UNESCO's Earth University, where they presented to more than 150 renowned leaders and experts to share their expertise and their vision of the world.
Impact Seekers developed their idea and first prototype in Professor Anne-Laure Fayard's course Design Thinking for Social Innovation at Nova SBE last Spring and were chosen as one of the winning teams of the Egis Foundation challenge about adapting to climate change. “ I am always thrilled when I see students use their design thinking skills to develop innovative solutions to complex environmental and social problems”, Fayard said.
Students are now working on a new version of the prototype to turn this project into a startup. Congratulations to our impactful students!
To learn more about this challenge, please visit this page.