Social ITovation

The aim of the Social ITovation event is to bridge people from different backgrounds and explore how IT can help deliver social innovations that can have a global impact. The event will feature social entrepreneurs, non-governmental organizations, companies that are working towards social innovation, academics, students, and social groups facing challenges.

Date: May 3, 2016, 17:30 – 22:00,

Location: Realfagbygget, NTNU

Registration is required. You will need the ticket from Hoopla to get food and drinks before the seminar. Parking at Gløshaugen is free after 1600. Welcome!



Keynote Speaker Yolanda Rueda: Founder of Cibervoluntarios Foundation that claims is one of the key 50 organizations that are changing the world.







While the world faces many social issues such as environmental pollution, education and well-being for all, conflicts and war, global warming, and depletion of energy resources, combined initiatives to tackle these issues are not often undertaken. Information technology has both the power to connect various social groups to resolve these issues, as well as to help drive solutions. Welcome to discuss how we all can make a difference.

NTNU organizes this seminar connected to the ÈU-project «SOCRATIC» in Horizon 2020. The main goal of the project is to provide citizens and organizations a collaborative space where they can identify innovative solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN.


17:30 – 18:30 Registration and social gathering with wraps, sandwiches and soft drinks. Entertainment by pupils at Kulturskolen in Trondheim. Performers Erik Sand Angelsen, Kristian Urdalen, Alvin Nilsen-Nygaard, Selma Fagerli, Peder Arondsen and Ayla Wågen.

18:30 – 18:45 Welcome.

  • Letizia Jaccheri, Professor, Head of Department of Computer and Information Science, NTNU

LARM-Quartet at Kulturskolen; Anna Kolby Sonstad and Ragna Rian (violin), Mirian Schrøder (viola) and Live Smidt (cello) is performing “Claude Debussy String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 Second Movement‬”

18:45 – 19:00 Chair: Jacqueline Floch, SINTEF

“Two social entrepreneurs tell their short story”

19:00 – 19: 30 Chair: Jacqueline Floch, SINTEF

“Cibervoluntarios: The Power of Connected Citizen to Improve the World”, Yolanda Rueda Fernandez; CEO Cibervolotarios Foundation

19:30 – 20:00 Chair: Monica Divitini, NTNU

“Social Challenges: Past, Present and the Dream”

  • INN Network for Refugees in Trondheim. Adria Scharmen and Jehad Yasen Al-kelani, INN
  • Bringing People back to Society. Kristine B. Fredriksen, Hel Ved, Trønderenergi
  • Citizens´involvement in urban planning. Steffen Wellinger, NTNU Live Studio
  • A Tool to Improve Behavior. Mads Simonsen, Ducky AS

20:00 – 20:30 Chair: Patrick Mikalef, NTNU

“Big Data for Social Good: Fighting dengue fever and helping cyclone refugees” Kenth Engø-Monsen, Senior Data Scientist, Telenor

20:30 – 21:00 Chair: Letizia Jaccheri, NTNU

“Ways Forward”

  • Jacqueline Flock, Senior Scientist, SINTEF
  • Experts in Team, Ilias Pappas, Post.doc., Department of Computer and Information Science, NTNU
  • Questions and debate.

21:00 – 22:00

Gathering for enhanced social innovation. Drinks and snacks.

The Keynote speakers

Yolanda Rueda Fernandez

Social entrepreneur. Founder and current President of the Cibervoluntarios Foundation, organization chosen by as one of the 50 organizations that are changing the world. Yolanda previously co-founded the Campus Party and the ICT consultancy company Futura Networks. She has also worked for and the Youth Institute of Spain. In 2011 and 2012 Yolanda was named as one of the Top 100 women leaders in Spain. She also received in 2012 a prize in the “Real Women” Awards of the Spanish magazine Mia. In 2013, the Procom Association recognized her as one of “The Influentials” for her 2.0 advocacy and leadership. Yolanda has a degree in Journalism, with masters in Management and Administration of Foundations and other non-profit entities and Marketing.

Kenth Engø-Monsen

Senior Data Scientist and leading Telenor Research’s ‘Big Data for Social Good’- initiative, and the social network analysis (SNA) collaboration with Harvard University. His specialties in telecom are data mining, analytics, search and relevance technologies, link analysis and applications, finance, mathematics, and patenting. He combines his theoretical platform with project management and planning, strategic thinking, and entrepreneurial skills in his work on social innovation.




Letizia Jaccheri, Professor and Head of Department of Computer and Information Science, NTNU

Program Committee:

  • Patrick Micalef, Post.doc., Department of Computer and Information Science, NTNU
  • Monica Divitini, Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science, NTNU
  • Jacqueline Flock, Senior Scientist, SINTEF

Secretary: Tore R. Jørgensen




The Department of Computer and Information Science (IDI) conducts research in the fields of: artifical intelligence (AI), big data, computer architecture, computer graphics, computer security, databases, human computer interaction (HCI), information systems, operating systems, software engineering, and search–to name a few.

The GEMINI Center TELL is a strategic cooperation among the Department of Information and Computer Science at NTNU, SINTEF ICT and SINTEF Teknologi og Samfunn in the area of Technology Enhanced Lifelong Learning. Our vision is to realize a better society through lifelong learning for all.. The main research goal is to understand the interplay between learning and technology as both an enabler and a transforming factor, distinguishing mechanisms that are domain specific and general.

Kulturskolen, The City of Trondheim

Trondheim City School of Music and performing Arts  gives every child in the city an equal opportunity to forward their interests independent of their economic, social or cultural background. The school was established in 1973 and has today more than 4000 pupils in music, dance, visual and performing arts. The first leader of Kulturskolen, Kåre Opdal, was a social entrepreneur that changed the way children in Norway can develop their cultural interests and skills .The present (and the second) principal of the School, Vidar Hjemås – and his staff, have since 1994 continued and further developed Opdals pioneering work.


Our vision is “technology for a better society” and an important concern is to conduct research with positive societal impact. Social inclusion and user empowerment are two core topics in the work of the group for Social Inclusion Technologies at SINTEF ICT. The group has more than ten years of experience with European and national R&D in the area of healthcare and social empowerment technologies. It cooperates with many social actors in Norway such as Trondheim Municipality, St. Olav’s hospital, the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration and Red Cross. The group has expertise in software engineering, user-centred design, computer-supported collaborative work, social computing and technology evaluation.

Start NTNU

The objective of Start NTNU is to promote innovation among students at NTNU, and to build their interests in and competence on business startup. Our slogan is: “We want to create the future of Norway”. SoPro is one of seven annual events with different approaches to forward our objectives. It is an interactive conference with focus on social entrepreneurship. SoPro has received very positive feedback from its participating students with regards to learning outcome and its existing format.