• Areas: food, feeding people in need

  • Period: 2020-01-01 – 2020-12-31

Raising public awareness on electronic waste as a source of valuable materials

  • Areas: e-waste, education

  • Period: 2019-01-01 – 2020-12-31

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Progetto RiCibo

  • Areas: food, feeding people in need

  • Period: 2019-01-01 – 2020-06-30


  • Areas: e-waste, education

  • Period: 2018-05-01 – 2019-12-31

Today’s “digital natives” are tightly linked to their electronic media and very skilled at utilizing fast and wide social interconnections; they cannot image living without them but they do not know that their future availability depends on material availability, including the ability to recycle e-waste. At the same time young people and adults buy an increasing number of electronic devices and gadgets for their entertainment and wellbeing, with these devices being characterized by rapid obsolescence. Moreover, e-waste management and the raw materials integrated into the devices offer increasing opportunities for new business.

EW@S is a way to make civil society and secondary school students from 5 European countries aware of the value of e-waste, of their environmental impact and of the economic challenge of the current EU lifestyle.

During the project we met students and discussed various topics related to e-waste, among which Resources and e-Waste in Developing Countries, Ethical aspects of recycling, Elements in Electronics.

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Buon APPetito

  • Areas: food, feeding people in need

  • Period: 2019-01-01 – 2019-12-31


  • Areas: waste

  • Period: 2017-01-01 – 2019-06-30


  • Areas: food

  • Period: 2018-01-01 – 2018-12-31


  • Areas: ict4d, education

  • Period: 2015-03-01 – 2016-12-31

The project has the goal of sharing, consolidating, and improving current practices to build software products for emerging markets, taking into account different constraints, such as time-to-market, value for users, and maintainability.

The project is implemented through the exchange of experiences (of the partners and of the SMEs collaborating with the partners), training of students on the methodological aspects, and experimentation.

Zero a Scuola

  • Areas: food, education

  • Period: 2015-11-26 – 2016-06-30

The main goal of this project is reducing food waste in school canteens by measuring how much food each student leaves on the tray at every meal and by generating awareness on food waste among the students.

During the project we trained students about food waste and collected (anonymized) information about food choices, preferences, and waste habits of students.

Maputo Living Lab

  • Areas: food

  • Period: 2014-12-31 – 2015-12-31

The Maputo Living Lab (MLL) aims at applying the open innovation paradigm of Living Labs by involving the local community as a source for project ideas and as end-user group for the Living Lab’s products.

Furthermore, being located in a developing region, MLL will have the goal of fostering local development by working as a start-up incubator to promote local entrepreneurship, helping the execution of innovative projects that can contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in Mozambique.

Dal Frigorifero a chi ha bisogno

  • Areas: food

  • Period: 2014-12-31 – 2015-12-31

The goal of this project is to develop smart services for consumers to help reduce food waste.

Ora Dona

  • Areas: food, feeding people in need

  • Period: 2015-03-01 – 2015-08-31

App and Website for a contest organized by Fondazione Banco Alimentare (the Italian Food Bank), and LaFabbrica, funded by the Ministry of Agriculture to promote food collection for charity in oratories.

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ICT in Low Resource Settings: Innovating for Africa and Europe through Living Lab

  • Areas: ict4d

  • Period: 2012-11-01 – 2014-12-31

The implementation of ICT projects in developmental contexts is a growing phenomenon. It presents interesting social and technical challenges.

Understanding of lessons learnt and best practices under extreme conditions such as the ones found on the African continent can provide valuable insights for ICT deployment in developed countries.

At the same time, the experience in use cases and technical know-how of developed countries can help regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa in harnessing the full potential of ICT for social and economic development.

Random Hack of Kindness Trento

  • Areas: ict4d, education

  • Period: 2011-06-01 – 2014-12-31

The ICT4G group regularly organizes hackathons and crash courses on RoR in Trento. The group regularly hosts RHoK (Random Hack of Kindness).

During the Hackathon, students and researchers work together to invent and build solutions, which can help improve the world.

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Social Accountability in Mozambique

  • Areas: ict4d

  • Period: 2012-02-01 – 2012-06-01

Empowering citizens in making Governments more accountable and transparent in the services they provide has gained more attention in the last few years both in the developing and in the developed world. At the basis of any such exercise, information and data collection activities play an important role.

SAMO stands for "Social Accountability in Mozambique" and the project, conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Mozambique, the World Bank and the Maputo Living Lab had the goal of collecting data about various procurement indicators of primary schools in the Moamba district, a rural area of Mozambique.

For this purpose we developed a data collection platform and a mobile application to conduct field work and collected 677 interviews.

eGIF4M - Interoperability Framework for Mozambique

  • Areas: ict4d

  • Period: 2011-06-01 – 2011-12-31

The project, financed by UTICT (the Technical Unit for the Implementation of e-Government in Mozambique) run in 2009 and was carried out in collaboration with the University of Trento and CREATE-NET.

The goal had the goal of defining an interoperability framework for the e-Government systems of Mozambique and defining an implementation plan to carry out the transition.

The definition of the framework presented some interesting challenges due to the need of taking into account some specific requirements typical of a fast-growing, developing country, among which we mention:

  • The centralized, top-down approach typically associated to any interoperability framework had to be reconciled with the fast, decentralized, and loosely controlled development of IT solutions going on in Mozambique

  • The standardization process, typically comprising the different technical layers to guarantee proper interoperability of the IT systems, had to be “lifted” at the software management and development level, to simplify longer-term maintainability of the IT solutions integration of manual and automated processes had to be taken into account the framework had to be scalable and flexible in order to make its adoption sustainable in the longer term.


  • Areas: ict4d

  • Period: 2009-01-01 – 2011-01-01

Law-makers, designers of legal information systems and citizens are often challenged by the complexity of bodies of laws and the growing number of references needed to interpret a law. This line of activities investigates ways in which laws can be presented to citizens and law makers as to improve comprehension and fruibility.


  • Areas: food

  • Ongoing

A significant amount of food is wasted everyday by restaurants, caterers, supermarkets, etc. Nevertheless, people in need seek help from organizations collecting and distributing unused but still edible food. Such organizations mostly rely on agreements with regular donors. Access to information about food availability and occasional donors is limited and not systematic, creating logistic bottlenecks.

“BringTheFood” is a web application that allows donors to seamlessly publish offers and easily coordinate collections. Collectors can view the offers in their area on a map and reserve those that are available and schedule pickup directly with the donor.

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  • Areas: waste, education

  • Period: 2012-01-01 –

The main goal of ComeButta is helping citizens in determining the correct way to dispose of garbage. The approach reverses the “standard” information flow: rather than having citizens consult long lists of examples, ComeButta allows citizens to ask questions, which are answered by an automatic classifier trained on previous cases submitted by experts and citizens.

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The Hour of Code

  • Areas: ict4d, education

  • Period: 2015-01-01 –

The Hour of Code is (was) a global movement reaching over 100 million students in more than 180 countries. It started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.

We have been organizing the Hour of Code from 2015 in different events and venues. Here is a list of the most relevant ones:

  • Researchers’ Night 2015, Trento
  • Chiamata alle Arti e alle Scienze, 2016
  • Illuminiamo il futuro (in collaboration with Save the Children), 2016
  • Carcere di Spini (Trento’s Prison), 2015
  • Carcere di Spini (Trento’s Prison), 2016
  • Scuola Elementare Don Milani, Pergine Valsugana, 2018
  • Scuola Elementare Don Milani, Pergine Valsugana, 2019


  • Areas: food

  • Ongoing

According to MIPAAF, mountain agriculture is a sector worth 30 billion euros which involves more than 2.5 million farms (280.000 of which are Italian). Geographical location and size, however, make it difficult for such farms to be self-sustainable and many of them rely on subsidies and other public funds.

In fact, a report of ATABio (an Association of producers of bio-food in Trentino) specifies that increasing promotion and commercialization of products is one of the main areas of improvement for producers of bio-food in Trentino.

GasAPP is a fork of BringTheFood focusing to simplify operations of local buyers groups and, in the process, help improve comsumption of high-quality and bio-food.

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