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The "Changemakers" Laboratory

09/17/2012 - 03:00 PM

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A project to support 10 new ideas of young talents under 30 which can improve the quality of life of at least 10 million people
   

 

On 14 September, 2012, Expo 2015 and Telecom Italia have launched “Changemakers for Expo Milano 2015”, a new venture conceived to identify and support the development of ten projects that are capable of enhancing the life of at least ten million people, helping to solve social and environmental issues by leveraging the latest digital technologies.

The “Changemakers” project has been conceived for young, talented people under thirty to bring together and select the most promising practicable proposals in areas of key importance to economic, social and environmental development. Aspiring “innovators” are invited to present their ideas on the hallmark issues of the 2015 Universal Exposition, in which the introduction of new digital technologies is capable of having a particularly large and effective impact. Topical subjects include personal mobility; sustainable energy consumption; access to basic education; citizen/government relations; accessibility for the differently-abled; managing tourist flows; and the sustainable production and fair distribution of food resources. Candidates may submit their projects to the http://changemakers.expo2015.org/ website.

The winning changemakers will be put into special teams and spend two months at an ad hoc laboratory in Milan where they will have access to advanced technological equipment and high-level expertise.

The selected teams will be able to develop their projects, drawing on support from senior consultants and national and international mentors and experts, and will benefit from ongoing exchange and dialogue. Local institutions and partners will also be able to contribute to the laboratory’s activities.

The most groundbreaking projects will be presented to potential investors and partners keen on backing implementation. The most impressive results will be publicly presented during the Universal Exposition and on the Expo 2015 and Telecom Italia websites.