Technology for human beings

Technology for human beings

Launched in Italy in 2015, and still going strong, this annual thesis competition is championed by Prysmian and the Human Foundation – an organisation for social intervention.

Students of both bachelor and master degrees in engineering and physics are requested to submit thesis work within their area of application, centred on the theme ‘identifying technologies likely to have a positive social impact.’

“In line with our Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy policy, we wanted to support studies on innovative and sustainable technologies related to the fields of application in which the Group operates, thus giving an economic and training opportunity to young people who distinguish themselves in this context.”


Lorenzo Caruso

Business and Corporate Communications Director, Prysmian Group

The contest has been welcomed by many Italian universities. In 2015 alone, 26 candidates submitted their work.

2015 Technology for Human Beings competition

Six young winners were awarded their prizes at the Robert Bosch Foundation in Milan, at an event organised by Ashoka, a global organisation that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs.

This event, titled ‘Innovate to restart’ was aimed at stimulating the creation of an Italian ecosystem of social entrepreneurs, and welcomed the participation of leading European experts on social innovation.

The winners were chosen and presented with their awards by Prysmian’s Business and Corporate Communications Director, Lorenzo Caruso, and a committee of three high-profile experts: Marcelo Andrade, Prysmian Group Research and Development Director; Roberto Galimberti, Vice President of Human Foundation, and electrical engineering expert; Bruno Castellini, Human Foundation Adviser and market and corporate law expert.


Master degree category winners

1st Macrì Domenico (Chemical Engineering)
2nd Carulli Francesco (Science of Materials)
3rd Boccalero Gregorio (Materials Engineering)

Bachelor degree category winners

1st Massoni Enrico (Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering)
2nd D’Agostino Bartolomeo (Electrical Engineering)
3rd Ghidoni Vittoria (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

The winning theses were those which best answered the brief of identifying technologies likely to have a positive social impact in terms of both technical and practical aspects.

“We have been really impressed by the simple solutions proposed by the students to solve complex issues. We are exactly looking for this kind of winning approach in young talents, and we strongly believe that this approach can be the key success factor in a tough field such as Research and Development.”


Marcelo Andrade

Research and Development Director, Prysmian Group