Young social innovators

In Design Thinking, the presentation of the ideas and prototypes is a very important step. The 119 students participating in INNOVATORY Cluj-Napoca presented their work at the INNOVATORY Gala on November 24th and the ideas were very valuable.

All the presentations reflected the fact that these young people love Cluj- Napoca, they want to contribute to the development of the city, their schools and the entire community. Revived parks and buildings, cultural walks, scientific centres, communication and cooperation between generations, motivating the students through apps and programs: there are almost no fields they haven’t thought of.

Thinking together, collaboration on innovative solutions and the testing of prototypes are core elements of INNOVATORY. Every single student who took part in the project could learn from it, with the help of the facilitators – the teachers who got involved and worked with them outside classes.

The two videos below are two examples of the 8 winning projects:

TEAM: The Dreamers

How would it be to buy sandwiches or other food and drinks from the shop in the school with two tenners and a niner? No, not 29 lei, but with two grades of 10 and one of 9. The Dreamers team from Napoca Technological Highschool thought about this and decided that it would be an extra motivation for learning and getting better grades.


Some things that are normal for a lot of us, as personal hygiene is unobtainable for many. The TAT team from Avram Iancu Highschool proposed buildings in every neighborhood of Cluj that could offer showers, washing machines and toothpaste and soap dispensers for the homeless or people in need.