Design the Future 2018


In November 2018, students from  Tampere University of TechnologyBIC Araba and UPV/EHU , along with CBI ER students from the University of Bologna, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, and University of Ferrara participated in the Design the Future workshop.

The presentations of the TUT, BIC and UPV/EHU can be found below, whereas more info on CBI ER can be found on their course page.

DTF 2018 final prez - Team Mörkö

DTF 2018 final prez - Team Fantasy 5-1

DTF 2018 final prez - Team TXALAPARTA

The general objective of this workshop is that MSc level interdisciplinary student teams discover:

  1. What is CERN by interacting directly with CERN researchers.
  2. What is happening at CERN by interacting directly with CERN researchers.
  3. How to think disruptively.
  4. How to build future world scenarios in which social aspects and technology interlink and propose transformative technology concepts.

Especially point three constitutes the essence of how CERN professionals face challenges in fundamental physics and will serve the students to become original thinkers and innovators. Exercises are introduced by tailored explanatory talks. Their goal is to provide the students a disruptive thinking toolbox that will be fully put in practice in the last challenge of the workshop consisting of a challenging future scenario building project.

The workshop takes place at CERN IdeaSquare facility depending on availability. Interested organizations should cover all students’ expenses (e.g. hotels, meals, etc) and necessary administrative requirements (e.g. insurances). As well, sufficient teachers and/or tutors should be physically present along the workshop duration.

The workshop is open to all students’ background (e.g. Science, Engineering, Business, Humanities, Design, etc).

For more details please contact pablo.garcia.tello@cern.ch


Team Quata – ReMY (Protection of marine life)

Overfishing is an increasing threat to ocean life. If we do not do anything about it, we will drift towards a dark future.

Our concept is based on the UN Development Goal 14 “Life below water”, which aims to protect marine life and face societal needs in this context. The UN Goals aim for a more sustainable world by 2030. In the CBI A3 Challenge Based Innovation Program, we meet those UN Sustainable Development Goals with the support of CERN technology.

ReMY is a concept to avert such a future. A Supervision, Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) is interconnected with drones and buoys all over the ocean. The system is based on CERN technologies and able to track and monitor life below water. ReMY enables us to save endangered species, boost science and research and push fishing industry towards sustainable methods., Team Quata summarises their project work.

The solution impacts society in a number of ways:


Environment. With more marine data people are more able to protect the ocean life and everything that connects to it.

Fishing Industry. Solution will make the industry to move towards sustainable ways of fishing.

Research. The data there is the more research and new findings can be done.

Politics. When government and lawmakers have real life data of oceans welfare they can make more sustained actions and e.g controlling over fishing laws becomes more easier and fairer.



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Team Oceans5 - Stacker (Release of untreated sewage)

According to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Report, 783 million people worldwide do not have access to clean and safe drinking water. Pace University's Design Factory Team, Oceans5, analyzed water related issues in the United States, specifically in the State of New York. Among the water related issues, Combined Sewage Overflow (CSO) poses a significant threat to the health of aquatic, environmental, and human life in the Hudson River region.
is how team Oceans5 summarised the theme of their project.

The team wrapped up the problem they set out to solve:

“Precipitation events can overburden sewage treatment plants causing a release of untreated sewage into the Hudson River. Such discharges are also the cause of future problems including emerging pollutants, and the increase of waterborne illnesses.”

What they came up was Stacker. It is a size of small city block three-layer water treatment system that exploits CERN technology of fiber optic sensors and natural ways to treat water. Stacker has two constructed wetlands which both have different capability of purifying water in natural ways. Fiber optic technology is used on the middle layer for monitoring cleanness and nutrition re-mixing the treated water.

The team sums up the environmental impact of their solution in these three points:


Helps in overflow problem of existing sewer systems when used as support for existing systems

Increases the quality of marine life

Reduces waterborne illnesses when the pathogenic micro-organisms are purified from treated water


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Team CB-Ond - COOLBA (E-waste and energy efficiency)

“Working on the Refrigeration and Climatization subjects would be the best way to address e-waste and energy efficiency”

Our planet resources are paying the biggest price for our growth. We must reduce the ecological footprint and change the way we produce and consume goods and resources. Studying Oporto and considering CERN technology, we understood:

Working on the Refrigeration and Climatization subjects would
be the best way to address e-waste and energy efficiency.

Centralized facility systems, such as water and gas, became a
common aspect of our modern lives. Taking a closer look at modern household refrigeration and climatization, everyone has a fridge and its compressor at home and may even have air conditioning systems.

So, why not have a centralized system in the building for refrigeration and climatization? We envision this solution for the fridge, the air conditioning, and the radiant floor. That’s how Coolba is born.


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Team Atma - Digisave (Electronic waste)

“A proposal to culminate personal electronic assistive devices and resolve it with Community based-infrastructure”

We are team ATMA, and we’ve banded together from Design Factory Melbourne; powered by IdeaSquare at CERN and the UN 2030 sustainable goals. Our purpose is to support responsible consumption and production issues within an Australian context.

We have specifically targeted e-waste (electronic waste) as our key consumption and production foci and identified major social, environmental and health issues.

These include the import and export of current e-waste, the environments, and communities these e-wastes affect, businesses fueling planned obsolescence, as well as repercussions of materiality and content consumption, specifically from media technologies and personal electronic assistive devices.

Based on these findings we suggest a proposal to culminate personal electronic assistive devices and resolve it with Community based-infrastructure that replaces personal computing devices with access to a data and computing network. It utilizes AR as the form of dominant media consumption and aims to fuse digital and physical worlds to further support the interaction of physical world elements, all through a new lens.

This is powered by the integration of CERN technology, that can catalyze the change required to support responsible production and consumption, as well as mass behavioral and cultural change over a 3 step plan that focuses on solution implementation from 2020, 2025 and 2030; in accordance with the UN sustainability framework.


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Team Dasein - Metaphor (eliminating food wastage in hospitals)

“This will eliminate the amount of waste hospitals are placing into our landfills “

What Dasein proposes as a radical conceptual solution for the year 2030 is the elimination of food wastage in hospitals entirely. This will eliminate the amount of waste hospitals are placing into our landfills and a more effective and efficient way to feed the patients, mitigating malnourishment in hospitals.

Our Solution consists of a holistic system that caters for both those that can orally consume food, and for those that cannot.

As this solution is designed with the year 2030 in mind, obviously we assume that with the current trends in technology today, 2018, these solutions could be probable. The ultimate goal of our research and outcomes are to inspire the growth in importance of sustainable practices and living with a new and fresh perspective that could motivate change.

Thank you to everyone that was involved in the evolution of Dasein’s concept. It could not have been done without your effort, lending us your time, feedback and encouragement.

This is our solution, Metaphor.


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Team Ipiranga - Geolight (Greener Future)

“Wildfires are becoming increasingly more expensive due to the proportions they’re assuming every year”

This year, the CBI A3 program focused on the Sustainable Development Goal number 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production.

We looked for problems related to this topic in our local context, and explored them deeper during the two weeks we spent at CERN. One of the problems was deforestation. This contributes to global warming, a decrease in biodiversity, excessive loss of plants and animals, change in the Earth’s crust, and several other issues.

Previously, the causes for deforestation were the cut of trees for shipbuilding and houses’ heating. Nowadays, the main causes are wildfires, acid rain and for the construction of infrastructures.

Referring more specifically to wildfires, Portugal has the biggest eucalyptus area compared to its size, and they are not a native tree. The lack of planning and regulation of eucalyptus plantation are factors that, along with climate change, increase the risk of having wildfires, turning forests into real ticking bombs. One of the major issues that wildfires cause is the increase of CO2 emissions.

Wildfires are becoming increasingly more expensive due to the proportions they’re assuming every year, a consequence of global warming. But the problem is not only about the money – the shortage of water is not a thing so distance in the future. It is imperative that we find alternative means to fight fires so that this resource is preserved.


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Team ConFusion - Ubis (Operating Room Safety )

Our goal is to create a device that helps the scrub nurse during the counting of the surgical instruments in all the surgical phases. It would also simplify the compilation of paperwork.

Our project initially focused on:


understanding the users involved in the use of the surgical kit


understanding in which processes the surgical kits are involved

understanding the dynamics of the hospital

Our interviews were focused on to people we know that have roles in the health field, and our goal was to better understand the processes involved in the kit and in looking for the problems related to its use or points of improvement.

We started to study more in deep to dynamics of the operating room, especially regarding the control and the counting of the instruments - and we started also to study our users' needs. Among all the dynamics of the operating room, we found an interesting area of opportunity which is the way that the scrub nurse deals with the instruments. As she is the one who is responsible for all the instruments inside the operating room from setting them up before the operation starts to passing them also to the surgery.

Ubis is composed of two main parts: a wearable necklace (Ubis Necklace) and a supporting docking station (Ubis Dock)

In our system, the nurse wears a necklace the collects all the data about what is happening in the surgery room (i.e. the quantity and the kind of instruments counted) thanks to a camera and a microphone. Since the scrub nurse is the only person who is responsible for passing the instruments to the surgeon, the camera captures all the area that she is seeing.


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Team Prometheus - BubbleNet (Digital marketing and data privacy)

Thanks to the growth of the internet, the digital advertising was increased very quickly. The data of 2017 speaks clear. According to an eMarketer report, last year, the worldwide spending on digital advertising was $223.74 billion. The format is expected to see double-digit growth through at least 2020.

The source of some problems is caused by an unbalanced system. Indeed, today the advertising system is composed by the interaction of four actors: a company, an intermediary (the digital advertising network), a publisher and the consumer.

Our solution is the result of studies and researches about the useful technologies and interviews to our potential target. We did some tests and interviews in Bologna to obtain feedback about our ideas and a basic prototype. Thanks to these tests, we discovered that the most serious problem was the user’s privacy and we understood that the people want a not annoying tool to receive info.

After the interviews, we focused on the technologies used for our project. Our proposed solution is Bubblenet: a digital platform that brings customized information to users, guaranteeing their anonymity and giving them full control over their data.

We based our idea on our researches. Advertising is everywhere
on our personal devices but often people consider it annoying, intrusive and a waste of time. What research, interviews, a look at the statistics and our personal experience confirm as well. Furthermore, people are becoming more aware and worried about their privacy and what companies know about them During some tests to young people, we discovered that the most serious worry is the safety of privacy, and the data confirms this trend. They aren’t conscious of their data on the web and usually, they don’t read the terms and conditions that they accept. We use this answers to implement our project.

The system consists of three integral parts:


Machine learning

Digital platform

The technological device


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Team Wu - CORTEX (Decentralised and distributed network for academic records)

CORTEX is a decentralized and distributed network that keeps safe and verifies individual academic records. CORTEX is a private blockchain with only an academic purpose, in which the courses approved and degrees obtained by a student are recorded as transactions in the student personal profile. Using blockchain we can create a decentralized and reliable system, and by using biometrics technologies we can create a paperless system which is always available to the users.

The inspiration for our project is the true story of two brothers Mohammad and Mahmoud, Syrians refugees whom we have interviewed during our research. After a long and tough journey, they are now living in Spain. With great efforts Mohammad managed to bring his academic certificates to Spain. This allowed him to find a decent job in his field of expertise and apply for a master degree. However, Mahmoud couldn’t bring his academic certificates as he was in the middle of his studies when he had to flee Syria. Today he is not able to finish his studies and find a decent job as he lost everything and can’t prove his academic qualifications to resume his life. It may sound unbelievable, but today in the 21st-century people can lose the power to use their education, and one of the reasons is the current anachronic system of educational certificates based on paper and middle-men verification.

We envision CORTEX as a sustainable nonprofit organization. The profits generated are first reinvested on maintaining the system, while the remaining is reimbursed to the academic institutions that support the system as computing nodes. Our main objective is to onboard prestigious institutions for the first three years and demonstrates the value proposition of using CORTEX, we will then move to onboarding group of institutions and eventually envision CORTEX to be a global protocol.


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