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CryptoSummer –12 students design their own project in blockchain and cryptocurrencies

CryptoSummer by Bee2WasteCrypto CMU Portugal started last July. Twelve (12) outstanding masters and undergraduate students were awarded a scholarship under  “Summer with Science” – FCT’s exceptional support for “Summer Schools” to attend this intensive course in blockchain and cryptocurrencies. 

Over 12 weeks, the participants work in a co-creation process with researchers from the CMU Portugal Project Bee2WasteCrypto. Their objective is to generate new solutions for Regional Waste Management Utilities (RWMU) and the development of customized solutions capable of leverage behavioral changes. Besides master classes in blockchain and cryptocurrencies, the participants attend site visits to urban sustainability key centers with Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Tratolixo e Cascais Ambiente. As well as virtual meetings and collaboration with industry leaders including Cascais City Points, Célia Dias Ferreira from Life-PAYT, Smart Waste Portugal, Smart Waste Young Professionals, Lipor, and the CITYCAP project.

The students work in multidisciplinary teams with a mentor, a process overseen by the PIs of the two higher education institutions involved (Miguel de Castro Neto – NOVA IMS and Paulo Ferrão – Instituto Superior Técnico). The teams’ established work plan is supported by the Lusideias (a co-creation platform of COMPTA, the company that leads this project). 

Now it is time to save the date for the Public Pitch Competition: October 19th, 2020! This event marks the end of the summer school. After four days of preparation and coaching, the team will present publicly the work developed over the 12 weeks. 

The Bee2WasteCrypto is a CMU Portugal large scale. The project aims to create an innovative platform, using blockchain and cryptocurrency technology for Regional Waste Management Utilities (RWMU). Compta leads the project in partnership with NOVA Information Management School, Instituto Superior Técnico, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University, and 3drivers.