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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