Social Responsibility and Innovation
How can innovation and social responsibility successfully be combined, resulting in sustainable, socially accepted products that succeed on the market?Copyright: GDI
30 students of the IDEA League universities, Chalmers University of Technology, TU Delft, ETH Zürich, Politecnico di Milano, and RWTH Aachen, participated in a competition surrounding the topic of “Social Responsibility and Innovation.” The students had to solve a task posed by the Adidas Group. To this purpose, the students were familiarized with “Design Thinking” principles. In an iterative process, the students developed a protoype, which they subsequently presented to a group of participating experts.
The IDEA League’s Challenge Program enables students to complete a program titled “Technology and Society.” The teams from the participating universities meet for a weekend to jointly work on application-oriented and real-world problems.
This year, the Challenge was hosted by the Gender and Diversity in Engineering Group headed by Professor Carmen Leicht-Scholten and the Technology and Innovation Management Group led by Professor Frank Piller.