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OEBU 2260A - Tech for Good: How to use technology to meet 21st century challenges

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English, French


The course is intended for students who wish to orient their careers towards the sector of entrepreneurship or social entrepreneurship. It is also designed for students who are passionate about innovation, social innovation, frugal innovation, entrepreneurship and new technologies.

Course Description

From most famous global tech conferences (Web Summit, Vivatech…) to economic forums (Davos), “Tech for Good”, in other words, how to use technology to solve society's major issues, has now become a central topic. From Microsoft to Facebook, including startups like SigFox, tech companies are slowly trying to commit, to innovate in developing social and environmental applications of their technologies. Nevertheless, technological innovation only reaches its full potential in the hands of entrepreneurs who place impact at the very heart of their activity and who are able to identify priority social issues. Digital proficiency is a key challenge for these organisations to scale up their impact, increase the number of beneficiaries, or reinforce business models and geographical positions. The course is organized around two theoretical parts supported by concrete examples of technological use cases for purposes of general interest. Discovery of main trends on social innovation, exploration of new technologies and practices, ecosystems mapping, meeting with social entrepreneurs, who have placed technology at the heart of their model... The course aims to foster the discovery of these specific professional universes in allowing students to specify future orientations for their careers.


AGLIETTA, Mathilde (Directrice de, Accélérateur Tech for Good, Station F)

Course validation

This module is validated by 2 credits. A 15-minute individual presentation on an imposed topic (40%); A collective presentation of exploration of a fundamental trend (AI for Humanity, Blockchangers ...) or Tech for Good practices and ecosystem mapping (50%); assiduity (10%).


A 15-minute presentation prepared individually ; a collective oral report to be submitted for the ultimate session. One hour per week in addition to the course.

Required reading