Researchers and entrepreneurs under 35 recognized for developing ideas and innovative research projects: these were the key players in the spotlight for the Young Innovators’ Award TR35, established by the Italian edition of the MIT Technology Review and the Research Innovation Entrepreneurship Forum, the 6th edition of which was held in Bologna on May 9th and 10th, at the Bologna Business School.
Italy was the first country, after the United States, to make their own initiative, that today involves twelve countries throughout the world, and that this year has awarded ten young innovators from the entrepreneurial and research world.Many sectors were taken into consideration, ranging from biotechnology to hardware, from energy to mobility and even digital communication and the Web. Enel also sponsored the event, confirming their support for innovation and promising young individuals coming from Italy.
The round table entitled Strategic Technology Trends and Business Challenges opened the two days, seeing appearances, among others, from ex Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, President of the Scientific Committee of the MIT Technology Review Italy, who awarded the MIT Technology Review Under 35 Iranto two Iranian researchers that work in Italy: Amin Boroomand and Sogol Sheydaei.
The awards ceremony for the 10 Innovators Under 35 took place the following day and concluded the day of events which gave the winners the opportunity to get up on stage for a brief pitch about their own innovative project. Also recognized was Andrea Carcano, CEO of Nozomi Networks, awarded with an exclusive invite to MIT to meet important experts.
Nozomi is a company that deals with computer security, specifically SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) industrial systems. It keeps companies like nuclear power plants, safe from potentially disastrous cyber attacks. Years of research brought them to develop an architecture able to monitor, minute by minute, the behavior of different departments of the plant: Nozomi Industrial Global Critical State Guardian.
Today Nozomi is collaborating with Enel to develop operations able to make the communication of energy production plants safe: a project created together with INCENSe, the acceleration program by Enel to support and promote innovative ideas in the energy sector. Furthermore, Nozomi has also recently signed an agreement with Fortinet, one of the main companies active in the field of cyber security, for the development of new solutions dedicated to the protection of industrial networks.