Hi Davide, I am afraid that I am merely an excited onlooker hoping to spark conversations! I am far from an expert in this field. But having done some reading it seems that there are large companies and small companies looking into such incredible technology .. I wonder if there is some room to merge with each other on specific projects? Taking the agile abilities of smaller start ups and using the amassed experience of large companies to help solve problems likes the one you mention? The Coca-Cola Founders platform (http://coca-colafounders.com/) whilst not specific to helping solve global issues is a great example of the might of a brand working with entrepreneurs to bring about business .. could a similar model be used in solving larger global questions ... ?
This is great! There is a personal interest in this, philanthropists/business men and women taking measured investments on individuals. But it could also be a corporate idea, investing in your company's future. Taking the traditional ideas of corporate supported places in higher education and putting a modern market place in which to find this kind of support.
One potential obstacle: It feels the more specific the course the more likely support would be given .. would this make subjects with less clear career paths at the end at a disadvantage? i.e. medical engineering vs. English literature degrees? As mentioned should this be a marketplace for secondary degrees? Doctorates and masters?