The challenges of the Digital Sustainability Bootcamp

The Digital Twin was the focus of the fourth edition of the Bootcamp 2022 organized by Campus Bio-Medico University in collaboration with Intesa Sanpaolo and other partners is over.                                     

The challenge which is worth participating

Universities, companies, professionals, researchers and young graduates seeking for disruptive innovative applications to explore a central theme of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Digital Twin, the creation of digital replicas of objects o processes, such as an asset, a person, a place, a system or a device, which, using real-time data and algorithms, allow to study performance problems and generate possible solutions to be implemented in reality.
The Digital Twin Bootcamp 2022 of the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome explored all of this. The study program was held from 22 August to 09 September in phygital mode. Students were welcomed at one of Cambridge's most prestigious colleges Corpus Christi College, where the IT marathon was held in contact with experts and large international companies in the sector.

What would the Bootcamp educational experience be like?

The e-Bootcamp is an engaging and collaborative learning experience.                       
In just a few weeks, participants will learn and work as a team to add value through innovation. A full immersion in which teachers, researchers, participants, entrepreneurs and supporters shape a learning ecosystem, for the design and implementation of concrete solutions to a given problem.

Who is it for?

It is designed for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, researchers and young professionals with a background in engineering and programming, available for a formative and professional immersion in the world of IT innovation to imagine beyond the obvious and experiment outside the known contexts. 

The blended teaching modality

The teaching course suggests a reasoned sequence of formats, Workshop, Group activities,  Practical exercises and learning experiences.
All formats are set up on experiential learning that allows you to develop new skills and knowledge by applying them to the solution of real cases and problems. In fact, the didactic sequence includes a first phase of study and design followed by a hackathon to accelerate the concepts identified to reach the innovative solution capable of grounding the acquired skills. The contents of the individual teaching modules range from the areas of Internet of Things and Enabling Technologies and Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence addressed through real case studies provided thanks to the contribution of corporate expertise. The different geographical, cultural and study backgrounds of the participants add value to teamwork and sharing.
At the end of the course, the jury, made up of company representatives, was awarded the “e-Bootcamp 2022” Award to the best project presented.

Why participate?

The training course, although short, provides multiple tools necessary to acquire the foundations of the Internet of Things and understand the main tools and methods of Artificial Intelligence. The course also allows you to develop soft skills that are in great demand in the world of work, such as the ability to work in a team and to adopt effective communication. The contact and analysis between the different visions of the companies present relating to the use of digital technologies and sustainable development will allow participants to learn and compare the various approaches and dynamics already implemented in the world of work.                     

Intesa Sanpaolo support

Intesa Sanpaolo facilitates the participation by supporting the establishment of scholarships. For the 2022 edition, the scholarship was awarded to a student who has chosen and successfully pursues the STEM path.

An interview to the winner of the scholarship

Sara Mazzucato is only 23 years and is currently a PhD candidate at the Biorobotics Institute of the Sant'Anna School in Pisa, Bioelectronics area in the "Artificial Intelligence applied to Healthcare" research group. Her training began at the Liceo delle Scienze Applicate in Venice and then continued with the three-year degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Università di Padova and the master's degree in Bionics Engineering, an international course held in collaboration between Scuola Superiore di Perfezionamento Sant 'Anna and the Università di Pisa. She was the first and only honors student in her undergraduate program. Read her interview.

The interview

Why did you choose a STEM study path?
I chose the STEM path driven by a twofold motivation: that of deepening my interest in the sciences, particularly biomedical sciences, an environment that has always been present for me in my path of growth, and that of demonstrating the value of girls and women in such a male-dominated field.

What was the path that led you to participate in the Digital Twin Bootcamp 2022 and the experience gained during the course?
The reason that led me to participate in the Bootcamp was the desire for an international experience related to my field of study that could enhance me both professionally and personally. In fact, the Bootcamp, in addition to theoretical and practical lessons, was an opportunity to meet enlightening figures in the STEM field and beyond, for example I would like to mention the seminar on the correlation between Ethics and AI which opened up new horizons for us by addressing aspects often neglected within university courses, based more on notions.

How do you evaluate the incentives for study programs in STEM subjects and in particular the choice of Intesa Sanpaolo to support scholarships to support female students in this type of choice?
I believe this kind of support is crucial to allow students access to unique opportunities such as the Bootcamp. In fact, without the support of organizations like the Bank these would often not be possible. Even in my case, if I had not won the scholarship, I would have found the registration fee quite high to bear. In addition, Intesa Sanpaolo's decision to award the grant to female students helps to narrow the gap that is unfortunately still very much present in the STEM field. I hope it will be an inspiration for other institutions as well, in any case it is an important step to incentivize access in fields that are still too 'closed', albeit for no reason, to the female gender.

We believe in learning by doing

We think that this initiative is an opportunity with a double value: on one hand participants are able to enter a training course that enhances the mix of specialist skills; on the other hand, companies can find solutions they never thought of very quickly. 
Moreover, the Bootcamp has the ambition to satisfy the aspiration of many young people who want to go beyond current business models to propose others with a positive impact on society. Participating in the Bootcamp is an important step to complete your training experience and move towards the future.          

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