In this time of crisis, social innovation is more important than ever. The challenges we are facing are unprecedented, but so are the opportunities!
In this context, the NOVA University Lisbon, through its Value Creation Office, invites the academic community to join the NOVA impACT! Challenges 2020 initiative.
This summer program aims to find 10 groundbreaking, easy to implement and impactful solutions to address challenges posed by the new normal expected to arise during and after the coronavirus pandemic, putting knowledge, creativity and innovation at the service of society.
During 3 full weeks (13-31 July), selected candidates will have access to workshops, specialized mentoring and other University resources to develop a proof of concept/prototype, in addition to a prize money to support the implementation of the selected ideas. We aim to find solutions for socially or environmentally relevant challenges, from promoting social inclusion and physical and mental wellbeing, to reducing social inequalities and promoting sustainable economic recovery. Solutions can range anywhere from apps and websites, to physical devices or a business plan, and must answer to at least one of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) from the United Nations.