Accelerating tech-transfer for social impact with A3
Lucy Cilia, Contributing Editor
28 September 2017
It’s officially the start of a new year for our global program at Design Factory Melbourne (DFM), as a fresh group of enthusiastic students get ready to take on the challenging projects ahead. Along with new faces, DFM is proud to introduce a new, exciting global program, A3, which will begin this October in partnership with CERN.
Within CERN is a node of the Design Factory Global Network (DFGN) named Idea Square, and in 2015 the Idea Square staff developed The Challenge Based Learning (CBI) program network. CBI was developed to help solve CERNs tech-transfer dilemma and bring together interdisciplinary teams and CERN researches, with the goal of solving human and social needs by finding new ways to implement CERNs technologies.
The DFM team at CERN with our friends from the DFGN
The partnership aims to accelerate the socially beneficial impact of CERN’s research while providing unique learning opportunities to students in Swinburne and around the world. As of October this year A3 will be offered through the DFM Global Program in partnership with Porto Design Factory and São Paulo Design Factory from the DFGN. The students will begin this design challenge by flying to Idea Square in Geneva, where they will meet their team-mates, CERN scientists, and get a first look at some of the technology they will be working with.
Inside IdeaSquare at CERN
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