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The Cloud for Sustainability

Gli studenti del Ferrari-Mercurino di Gattinara

The Cloud for Sustainability

The Cloud for Sustainability

Students at the Ferrari-Mercurino School in Gattinara tackle the Roll Cloud challenge

Cloud computing is a transformative driving force, revolutionizing not only how we store and manage data, but also our approach to environmental sustainability. Technology can be used responsibly, and the cloud can become a valuable ally in the fight for a more sustainable future.

This is the reason that, as part of the third edition of the Project Roll Cloud - Working in the Cloud, promoted in collaboration with Intesa Sanpaolo, Google Cloud and TIM Enterprise, we proposed that the Istituto Superiore Ferrari-Mercurino in Gattinara, in the Province of Vercelli, undertake a challenge to answer a question: Can the cloud help achieve one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030?

Supervised by Giorgio Fontana and Simone Bordignon, and after listening to Carlo Marini, Cloud Consultant of Google Cloud, the one hundred students, divided into groups, chose one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and developed a social campaign, creating a post or a story to raise awareness on how the cloud can help achieve the identified objective. The most popular objectives were: 4 – Quality Education, 14 – Life under Water, 15 – Life on Land, 16 – Peace, Justice, and Solid Institutions.

Here is what some of the fifth-year students, coordinated by Computer Science and Technology Professor Marco Crosa, had to say about Roll Cloud:

The meeting helped us discover the extent to which the cloud is present in our lives and how important it is to understand its functions. The introduction held by Coaches Simone Bordignon and Giorgio Fontana was very exhaustive and engaging. It explained in simple words the basics of the cloud and its importance.

Then Google Cloud Consultant Carlo Marini provided us with his direct experience working in various companies in the IT sector. He explained in great detail his work experience with Google Cloud, which began in 2020 during the pandemic. 

As a conclusion to this experience, a work group was set up on Agenda 2030 objectives, which allowed us, despite the lack of time, to see first-hand how crucial the cloud can be in all our activities.  Overall, this activity was very interesting and engaging. It provided us with new ideas for our future work and will certainly allow us to see the world differently!

"Today was a very important day for the education these students," explains Elisabetta Gramatica, who coordinates the project. "Environmental awareness must increasingly become an integral part of young people's education and the role of the cloud in sustainability can certainly be a great starting point. It’s a form of technology that will not only improve their digital literacy, but also prepare them to become conscious leaders, attentive to the environmental challenges of our time."

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