Accelerating tech-transfer for social impact with CBI A3

A³ is a Design Factory Melbourne initiative, which builds on earlier Challenge Based Innovation (CBI) pilots at IdeaSquare CERN, focused around using design innovation to develop outcomes that connect technology with societal needs in a tangible way.

CBI A³ was developed by Design Factory Melbourne for the Global Design Factory Network (DFGN). We aim to empower students with the mindset and skills to be change makers, imagining and realising futures that respect humans and the ecological systems we exist in.

We have a 6.5 month program of guided curriculum for student teams at Design Factories around the globe to take a UN SDG and explored in relation to their local context (e.g. Melbourne, Victoria). In 2018-19 possible solutions for 2030 were explored, featuring CERN technology to imagine a better future in relation to a particular UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

 6 months | Design Innovation Process

1. Connections

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals and CERN technologies, and making connections

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2. Design Proposal

Developing conceptual design ideas to well defined proposed solutions

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3. Future Strategies

Exploring strategies for implementing design solutions considering future scenarios for 2020, 2025 and 2030

Our People

Program Champion

Christine Thong

Lecturer, Design
Role: DFM teaching team, CBI A3 Program Lead
Year: 2017-current

IdeaSquare CERN

Laura Wirtavuori

Association: IdeaSquare, CERN
Role: CBI Coordinator
Year: 2020-current

Aaron Down

Lecturer, Design
Role: DFM teaching team
Year: 2018-current

Catarina Batista

Coach
Role: inno.space teaching team
Year: 2018-current

Kirstin Kohler

inno.space Coordinator
Role: inno.space teaching team
Year: 2018-current

Peter Kaiser

Teaching Team
Role: inno.space teaching team
Year: 2018-current

Andreea Cotoranu

NYC DF CBI Lead
Role: NYC DF teaching team
Year: 2018-current

Richard Kline

Teaching Team
Role: NYC DF teaching team
Year: 2018-current

José Miguel Reis

Coach + CBI Lead
Role: PDF teaching team
Year: 2017-current

Anita Kocsis

DFM Director
Role: DFM Director
Year: 2017-current

CERN Coaches

Katharina Ceesay-Seitz

Research Fellow, CERN
Role: CERN Coach
Year: 2018-current

Georgios Kaklamanos

Doctoral Student at CERN, IT-ST-TAB, working to Optimize the (Tape) Storage Infrastructure
Role: CERN Coach
Year: 2018-current

Mariana Moreira

PhD student in plasma physics, CERN
Role: CERN Coach
Year: 2018-current

Alex Vamvakas

Mechanical Engineer, CERN (former)
Role: CERN Coach
Year: 2018-current

Chaowaroj (Max) Wanotayaroj

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CERN, ATLAS group at DESY
Role: CERN Coach
Year: 2018-current

Past Contributors

Santeri Palomaki

IdeaSquare, CERN
Role: CBI Coordinator
Year: 2018-2020

John Eggleston

Lecturer, Design
Role: DFM teaching team
Year: 2017-2018

Carol Faria

Designer + Coach
Role: PDF teaching team
Year: 2017-2018

Rui Coutinho

PDF Director
Role: PDF director
Year: 2017-2018

Harri Toivonen

IdeaSquare, CERN
Role: CBI Coordinator
Year: 2017-2019