According to studies, loneliness, depression and anxiety have increased in families with young children. Team Parental Box wants to develop a mental health toolkit for young families. The idea is to provide easy access to resources that help both children and their parents cope with daily issues and problems. This so-called "mental maternity box" works in two ways both as a practical tool for families and a data collection device for researchers. The main goal is to provide access to help for every family and child in the world.

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The school system needs to change with the rest of the world. Even though Finnish education is one of the world’s best school systems, there seems to be a gap between the curriculum and what interests students. Team Dlearn.Helsinki wants to develop pedagogical tools and practices for schools that struggle with educating their students in a globalizing world. Young generations need new global competencies, and this team aims to bring these competencies into practice.

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The amount of biomedical data today is so immense that it enables us to find truly personalized treatment options. However, experimentation on all the possible drug combinations for each cancer patient is not possible. Team iCombine wants to create data mining tools that find the best cure for individual cancer patients. With the help of their model, a huge amount of biomedical knowledge could be turned into individualized treatment options.

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The increasing use of transportation creates enormous threats to our planet and people living on it. We need to figure out more sustainable ways of moving. Team Reconfigure Mobility wants to create a network of experts who will solve the challenges of sustainable mobility. The aim is to facilitate cross-disciplinary research and link it with business and society.

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Statistics on the loneliness that young people experience are worrying. This team is tackling the loneliness of young urban people by spreading compassion, co-passion and self-compassion skills. They are building a co-learning module for emotional skills and helping students train their younger peers on it.

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The European Union aims to become as emission free as possible by 2050, which is why we need more renewable energy and ways of storing it. Catalysis forms the basis of the modern chemical industry. Catalysts currently in use are based on metals that the European Union has classified as critical raw materials (CRM). This team wants to develop catalytic materials, which don’t utilize any critical raw materials and thus enable the development of new energy storage technologies. 

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As we age, our cognitive abilities decline, which decreases the independence and quality of life especially for elderly people. This team wants to reduce the cognitive decline that we face as we age. It can be prevented by creating attractive 3D environments for cognitive and physical training, and studying the changes in brain activity through neuroimaging methods, team leader Ping Jiang tells us.

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