IED Barcelona CBI 8 respuestas a la contaminación ambiental desde el diseño


14 December 2023

The teams presented these innovative solutions, developed in collaboration with scientists from CERN, at the final gala of the tenth edition of the Challenge Based Innovation programme

An initiative aimed at enhancing water treatment plants, a helmet that filters polluted air while collecting air quality data, a robot for collecting data on microplastics in the oceans, and an app to help runners reduce their exposure to environmental pollution.

These are some of the innovative solutions developed by students from IED Barcelona, Esade and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-Barcelona Tech (UPC) as part of the tenth edition of the Challenge Based Innovation (CBI) programme. An initiative launched by @IdeaSquare and the Innovation Department at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) under the European umbrella of the EU’s ATTRACT Academy. The programme aims to encourage multidisciplinary teams of students, in conjunction with the teaching and research staff of several entities, to develop new solutions for the future of humanity.

This year’s CBI focused on SDG 3.9.1: reducing the number of deaths and illnesses from air pollution; SDG 11.6: reducing the environmental impact of cities; SDG 14.1: reducing marine pollution, and SDG 14.3: reducing the acidification of oceans.

The teams, comprising students studying the Master in Design Management at IED Barcelona, business programmes at Esade, and engineering and telecommunications degrees at the UPC, worked for 15 weeks on start-up prototypes to address these challenges by using specific technologies from the Attract programme, such as IALL, SNIFFIRDRONE, PiPe4.0 and H3D-VISIOnAiR.

The collaboration was carried out as part of Fusion Point, an ideas laboratory made up of the three participating academic institutions that this year celebrates its tenth anniversary.

Learn more about the various proposals by clicking on each project.

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