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X-Labs 2024

A new cycle of the Luiss XLabs is now open to Engage students, with 12 weeks of hybrid sessions (remote and in-presence) scheduled from February to the last week of April, and a final pitching session, in the presence of partners, institutions and stakeholders.

Luiss XLabs is an original format developed within the MSc Law, Digital Innovation and Sustainability (LDIS) at Luiss University in Rome. The course is developed around the principles of enquiry-based education, supporting students to work with teachers and researchers, public institutions, companies and exposing them to the challenges and dynamics of contemporary work environments, transforming the ‘training on the job’ model into the ‘job on the training’ model.

Participants work in teams together with the mentors to create mission-oriented solutions to a set of posed challenges. Teams are made of 7-9 participants, and the activities to be done in parallel have a very high frequency: students and mentors explore future scenarios, plan transformative visions, collect data, carry out in-depth research, conduct interviews, gather feedback to co-design and refine projects/services/new business models. In dialogue with the entire Luiss and ENGAGE.EU ecosystems, they carry out the assigned tasks, completing the activities set during the sessions. At the end of the course, they pitch their solution to a selected panel of experts, which can find further development as pilots in companies or as a team project to create a startup finding further support for the implementation.

How it works?

For 2024, the challenges of XLabs will be grouped into three labs and each of them will be divided into two communicating and mutually inspiring sub-categories. The aim is to develop horizontal and systemic solutions based on a multi-actor approach and cross-sectoral innovation:

  • The Future of Cities/Regions & Mobility/Transportation
  • The Future of Energy, Telcos, Infrastructure and Industry/Manufacturing
  • The Future of Earth and Wellbeing.

The students will collaborate with mentors experts in the field of each laboratory such as Andrea Buonomini (Ratpdev Italia), Mauro Annunziato (former ENEA), Nicola Angelo Marotta (Technip), Enrico Foglia (BIP), Paola Mercogliano (CMCC Foundation) and Marijana Krstic (Labgov).

The total working hours for the students will be 30 (15 hours with each mentor, facilitated by the Luiss team – composed of a tutor, the LDIS degree programme manager, research fellows and PhD students).

The XLabs will end with the presentation of the 6 projects developed during the course by the participants. The most promising projects will have the chance to win three prizes offered by our partners and the Casa delle Tecnologie Emergenti (CTE) of Rome.

In accordance with the ENGAGE.EU Alliance, Luiss University is glad to accept applications from students at any partnering university, with a background in legal and/or business studies.

What will you build this year?


Application for the XLabs are accepted until February 16th 2024. XLabs participants will work in remote for 6 weeks.

To apply, please send an email to with object “Engage XLabs 2024 / [name of your university]” and the following attachments:

  • Curriculum vitae et studiorium
  • A short motivation letter