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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Team Sutherland - Sentra (The Sensory Training System of the Future)

SENTRA is the suit of the future. It looks like a regular combi suit, but actually, it consists of a lot more. This haptic suit will make your own virtual experience a lot more realistic than other methods, such as Virtual Reality glasses, Augmented Reality glasses, etc.

Our product is designed to psychologically train the people who need to be prepared for acting properly in emergency sanitary situations, such as MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières - Doctors Without Borders), firefighters, paramedics, etc. Those organizations need to have amazing doctors and logisticians working for them, and very well-prepared. This is why SENTRA will help them train these professionals faster, with a lighter emotional charge regarding the high-stress mission, and enhance their performance on the field. What we want to train is instinct and situational response to foreign events.

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Team Margulis - Power Index (Knowledge Sharing in Academic Research)

We believe the key to enabling future innovation is to create more credible signals of a researcher’s performance. A researcher impacts science in many dimensions. It could be the knowledge they create in the form of journal articles, raw data, code, and software. It could be a discussion they create in conferences or national policy. It could even be inspiring an 8-year-old to study science.

It is impossible for someone to consume all of this knowledge. Thus, the research community relies on journals to filter the information. However, journals only recognize written articles. If we can give researchers credit for all of the aspects of their impact, then the researchers won’t be tied to only creating journal articles. We can also update our metric to include new innovations.

To make an analogy, journals are currently like a radio. Radios capture sound and transmit it to anyone that wants to listen. The listeners get valuable information but in the end, it is only sound. We want our product to be the television. We don’t only want to transmit the sound, we want to transmit a visual picture with full color that gives the audience a more complete picture of what is happening.

The core of our product are the three scores for our three pillars: Impacting Society, Advancing Science, and Promoting Openness. The scores will be presented in a report that can be accessed by website or app for tablet or phone.

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Team Geiger - Säker (Radon awareness)

How might we reduce the number of lives lost to the "silent killer" Radon?

Our proposal is a platform that combines information from a network of radon detectors and personal risk assessment to offer a personalized care and mitigation services.

There are 3 components to the Säker solution, each offering their own benefits to the user and other stakeholders.

1. Radon monitoring based on location and network of sensors.

2. Radon sensitivity analysis based on your personal
(a) demographic characteristics (gender and age),
(b) lifestyle choices (smoking, clean house etc.) and
(c) genetics (family history or DNA test).

3. Information exchange with other external stakeholders.

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Team Carson - Air & Windo (Public health and environment)

Team Carson’s challenge was to think about how can we contribute to the reduction of environmental exposures that affect people’s health? Using this launching pad, Team Carson investigated the main causes of death and disease-affected-life-years (DALYs) according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and concentrated the initial research on water safety, neo-natal care, outdoor air pollution and urban mobility.

Ultimately, efforts were focussed on solving the problems associated with spending too much time indoors, namely the higher concentrations of air pollutants and the lack of sunlight, along with its associated benefits. Team Carson then reformulated the challenge to, How can we bring the benefits of the outdoors, indoors?

To answer this question, we reimagined what is possible through AiR, Augmented Immersive Reality. A portable, mixed reality and air purification device, AiR projects the location of your choice around you, immersing you in the sights, sounds and smells of the chosen location.

Unfortunately, the technology to achieve this effect is currently beyond our capabilities in the portable design desired. But we are able to create the first step towards that future vision, through WINDO. Instead of surrounding the user in an environment, it is recreated in two dimensions by an artificial window.

WINDO allows the user to choose their view, transporting themselves to the sights and sounds of some faraway beach or forest. All while WINDO cleans the air with mechanical and organic systems, and provides a Vitamin D dose using UVB lighting

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