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Accept the challenge of MindSphere World’s Industry 4.0 Student Contest 2021!

April 2021

- December 2021


Industry 4.0

The initiative

A person’s professional growth starts at university if not earlier. Testing yourself and learning more about market trends helps you gain new skills.

MindSphere World, together with Politecnico di Milano Career Services, Laboratory 4.0 – Department of Management Engineering at Politecnico di Milano and Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, is presenting a student contest where contestants work in teams on an innovative project to develop an Industry 4.0 application using  MindSphere, a leading industrial IoT and cloud as-a-service solution.

The competition is open to all students studying at Politecnico di Milano and, apart from competing for one of the highly desirable prizes on offer, they will gain a first-hand experience of professional challenges. Their experience will bring them closer to companies at the sharp end of digital transformation when dealing with trends in innovation in the context of Industry 4.0. Contestants are expected to produce an Industry 4.0 cloud solution, which must be implemented on the Siemens MindSphere platform.

The role of the Foundation

Fondazione Politecnico di Milano is backing the initiative.

Technical details

Student teams competing against each other will present their project to a panel of specialists. The teams will be shadowed and guided by experts from the teaching faculty at Politecnico di Milano and experienced members of MindSphere World who belong to its associated companies. MindSphere World is the leading global community for IoT (Home mindsphereworld.org); it brings together multi-disciplinary institutions to share knowledge and visions and drive the pace of digital transformation within industry.

MindSphere World was launched in 2018 as an association of companies, and has members in many highly industrialised countries around the world. In Italy, the MindSphere World hub coordinates operations in southern Europe with a membership of over 30 leading companies.

All participating students will receive an attendance certificate, to include in their CVs, and prizes will be awarded to the three finalist teams! In addition, throughout the contest, students will learn more about Industry 4.0 topics and gain skills in this area, and there will be specific learning sessions, including on:

  • Industry 4.0 communication architectures
  • Data analysis
  • Development of solutions in production sectors such as diagnostic maintenance, monitoring of equipment, scheduling of production and monitoring of energy.

Industry 4.0 Student Contest: steps and phases 

Student registration: by 9 May 2021.

Contest phase 1 – qualifications:  May – July 2021

  • launch and initial training on how to use MindSphere,
  • visits to DIG’s Industry 4.0 Lab and companies involved in the contest 
  • preparation of the students’ concept solutions and selection of finalists

Contest phase 2 – final: July – October 2021

  • training on MindSphere
  • project implementation with support from Industry 4.0 Lab and companies

Final prizegiving: December 2021


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