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Welcome to Social Innovation Research and Education activities at The department of Computer Science of NTNU.

ICT-Enabled Social Innovation for Social Good

EiT village (TDT4850) will run as an International Village from January 2019. The aim is to collaboratively identify and propose specific innovative solutions for achieving the desired Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by United Nations, thought ICT-enabled social innovation. To achieve its goals, this village will use resources provided by the single student, group, customers, village leaders.

Opportunities in this village:

  • Collaborate  with students from other academic backgrounds. As a team, you will discuss and propose new challenges with students of different perspectives and skills.
  • Develop solutions to solve one or more specific UN´s sustainability goals

In this village students are encouraged to choose a set of tools and services to support the whole life cycle of their project.

  • Students will be able to choose one customer
  • Students will propose ideas to customers and manage the implementation of their proofs of concept.
  • Students will be able to freely involve relevant third parties in the process, such as NGOs they collaborate with.
  • Experts will be able to follow-up, evaluate and give feedback about the whole process.

Each student team may propose their solutions and invent their own project assignment as long as they stay within the given thematic area and end up delivering the required outcomes. It is preferable that students choose one customer.

This openness of the assignment is supposed to foster student creativity and a strong sense of ownership of the conceived project. Moreover, the open assignments make it easier for each team to define a project where every member is able to contribute their own expertise, regardless of which study program they come from.

The goal of the challenge within a village is to provide solutions to specific problems, there are no specific demands to develop products, although the team may do so if they wish.

We look for you who are interested in helping to tackle challenges for social good, and everyone who is interested in taking part in a social innovation process which involves a collaboration with citizens, public institutions, NGOs. The goal is to create teams of students with multidisciplinary profiles, who will be able to address societal challenges through collaborative thinking. In particular we look for students with background in:

  • Medicine
  • Health and social studies
    • Understanding, preventive medicine, health policy, mental, physical and social health
  • Social sciences
  • Psychology
    • Understanding of autism characteristics and how they are met by society
  • Teacher Education
    • Understanding, teaching and learning
  • Technology (Engineering)
  • Architecture and Art
  • ICT – Many improvements and solutions include technological and mechanical aid
  • Social economics



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Village leaders

letizia.jpgLetizia started to lead Experts in Team (EiT) Village in 2003 and has supervised more than 10 villages during the years. She believes that the EiT pedagogical approach that is based on interdisciplinary, independent and creative student work is beneficial for students’ knowledge and growth. Letizia has more than twenty years’ experience with IT projects in education, research, industry, and public sector and she tries to combine the four perspectives for the benefit of the students, who should always be the focus of all activities at university.


Orges Cico holds a MSc in Computer Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy and is currently a PhD student at NTNU. Orges research topic involves Software Engineering and Innovative Tech Startup models. His previous research is in Cloud Computing for Business Solutions and Cloud Software Reliability concerning Fault Tolerant Techniques.

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We are partners in Horizon 2020 Socratic. We have developed events and other results in the last years.

SOCRATIC provides a Knowledge-based Internet Platform offering a set of tools and Services to support the whole Social Innovation Project life cycle from problem identification and awareness and creative solution ideas to collective decision-making, design and implementation of the best ideas.

An integrated solution for the innovation process rather than separate items or services, enabling agile social innovation processes. Each activity will be supported by a specific service in the platform. SOCRATIC will also implement a Global Observatory about Sustainability challenges.

The main goal of SOCRATIC project is to provide citizens and organizations a collaborative space where they can identify innovative solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.


Initiate – INnovation through bIg daTa and socIal enTreprEneurship

The power of big data and their applications is evident through the enormous attention they have received over the past few years, with the majority of the research focusing on solving technical and business problems. However, the challenge remains on how to harness the potential of big data in order to come up with innovative solutions on various societal problems. Big data has the potential to change the way entrepreneurs, as well as the other stakeholders of a social ecosystem, take decisions, and develop new paths to create social innovation (SI) by taking informed/data-driven decisions. Nonetheless, there is limited understanding on how social ecosystems need to change to embrace the advancement that big data entails.

The purpose of INITIATE is to institutionalize INnovation through bIg daTa and socIal enTreprEneurship, and to examine how to successfully exploit big data towards achieving social good and sustainable change. INITIATE will build on the current state of the art, and go beyond it by merging and extending the findings with insights from the different stakeholders involved in the SI process (entrepreneurs, policy makers, social innovators).

The project will be based on a rigorous research process consisting of systematic literature review and empirical investigations and it will develop and test a framework of best practices. Interested stakeholders will use the framework as a roadmap to successfully exploit big data for SI. INITIATE will offer practical and theoretical implications through the development of prototype applications which will clearly showcase the impact of big data on addressing societal challenges. Through INITIATE both the researcher and the host institution will benefit by the transfer of knowledge, and the researcher will develop his skills further and acquire new ones. The host will benefit by the researchers’ developed knowledge, especially since this is consistent with the department’s goals and strategic focus areas.

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You can contact us if you have any question related to the EiT course or events.