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The University of Twente is a research university in the Twente region in the eastern Netherlands. We aim to provide students with the best possible education to prepare them for their future work. It is therefore important to us that our education is an optimal combination between our strengths as a high tech human touch university and the skills and knowledge employers require our alumni to have throughout their careers. This is what we call future-proof education. Help us with your vision!
We want to develop a climate neutral campus with innovative ideas and bold solutions and thereby, advance climate protection and reduce CO2 production. What does it look like in your city? Develop a concept that enables the TUHH to have a climate neutral campus in the future.
This challenge deals with the cooperation of local companies and local governments as well as regional administrators to improve the living and working conditions of citizens and employees.
Looking for an amazing experience, together with your fellow students and friends? This is your chance! Viable communities offers you an event, where you meet interesting companies, can think of new ways to deal with their challenges and have lots of fun! Will you be joining on the 13 & 14th of November?
Currently, since there is a large gap between the supply and demand for human resources in the ICT area, there is a need to innovate in the way in which the talent already existing in the ecosystem of ICT companies is managed. We intend to think about a digital platform that will allow us to put companies to communicate, in synergy so that they can access a pool of available human resources teams, allocating projects for a fixed period of time.
The grand topic of the challenge is distribution and delivery of local agricultural production to help small farmers and allow a healthy lifestyle for the population.
It’s time to put theory into practice and solve real-world problems for companies and municipalities or invent your own solution for a sustainable future! Sprint Innovation Festival brings together students, companies and various organizations for a full week.
This project covers two interacting disciplinary areas related to technological aspects and those dedicated to related services, in particular on existing recycling methods and the prospects for the development of future less polluting industries.
Create opportunities for small to medium enterprise (SME) in Norrköping to work with circular economy, overcoming the obstacles with not knowing how to benefit for other SME to create circular production chains.
A project at Linköping University.
Our world is only 9 percent circular, and the gap is not closing. Instead, the trend of increased resource extraction and greenhouse gas emissions is continuing.
With more than 50 years of experience taking new technologies from the lab to industry, CEA Tech is poised to drive and coordinate the French government’s innovation-led industrial regeneration policy.
Henmark Apparel AB develop functional clothing focusing on comfort, quality and longevity. Using digital sales channels, the company can cut out the expensive middleman and instead spend more money on fabrics, components and the people who sew the products. Henmark needs help to create enough new value (for business, manager, employee) to motivate customers to use their digital sales channels. It will require new digital tools, new partnerships and new distribution models. Or is there more?
Bicycles offer an environmentally sustainable and space saving means of individual transportation in cities and are especially well suited for short to medium-length routes. Today, cyclists in the city of Hamburg often find themselves in unsafe situations.
The municipality of Bourges wishes to launch a projet aiming at a rehabilitation of “Place Cujas”, a square in the center of the city, in order to better answer citizens needs with an approach of well-being and sustainable development.
The County Administrative Board (CAB) is the national government representative office in the county of Östergötland. CAB has a broad area of responsibility concerning environment, nature, competence sourcing, the business community, social development, animal protection, infrastructure, and housing. CAB is leading a collaborative project called REHAZE to address the unsustainable handling of waste and the continuous leakage of hazardous substances from landfills into the Baltic Sea.
About 70 years ago, humans created plastics, which radically transformed how we live and consume. Today, plastic waste is one of the biggest challenges we face.
The company uses mycelium, together with waste from agriculture, to grow materials that replace plastic. By using mycelium, the company can grow better materials with fantastic properties such as low weight, 100% compostable, fireproof and insulating. The company now wants help to find new applications of this material and technique.
Since 2011 Pantamera has been collaborating with ski resorts and camping sites. Today's environmentally conscious guests want it to be easy to leave the can or bottle in the right place, for example, before their departures, when they leave their cottages or apartments. Unfortunately, quite much of the deposit is stolen from the deposit igloos. We need to find a secure theft proof deposit container and it has to be made for the outdoor environment.
Träullit, founded in 1946, manufactures wood wool panels and slabs, and now also exterior walls. Wood wool spruce is a fantastic material sprung from our nature, joined with pure cement. Träullit is a fantastic product with many excellent properties and with great development potential. The company wants to think more circularly. Today the company got lots of waste material when cutting the wood wool blocks. What can we use the waste for?
Our challenge is to give a new birth to the site of Soings-en-Sologne by turning it into an asset for its local environment, creating economic and/or environmental value.
This year will be the second edition of the Autumn Challenge Programme! After the success of last year’s programme, this year a new group of students will get the chance to partake in this online experience and work on real-life challenges that seek solutions. The Autumn Challenge consists of educational sessions (lectures), skills workshops and a virtual team collaboration to solve a challenge, centred around the SDG-11 on creating sustainable cities and communities.
Transition from unsustainable linear economy to sustainable circular economy is a top priority of our society. Future business models will be shaped according to the circularity of our resources, which will provide employment to a wide range of engineers (industrial, mechanical, design, construction, biotechnology, chemical, etc.), business administrators, managers, and policy-makers.
Worldwide cities are challenged by water excess causing widespread floods. Urban drainage infrastructures increasingly have difficulties to cope with the imminent higher rain intensities as a result of climate change. Fast growing cities, especially those in the global South where many are in low lying deltas, are under pressure to accommodate changing societies and to protect its inhabitants, especially the urban poor.
The City of Tampere aims to be carbon neutral by 2030. The city's climate actions have been compiled into the Carbon Neutral Tampere 2030 Roadmap.The roadmap includes 236 actions under six themes: urban planning, mobility, construction, energy, consumption and nature.To achieve carbon neutrality, the everyday actions of citizens have a huge impact.The way we live, move and consume affects greatly the emissions and thus the goal.Sustainable Tampere 2030 initiative is trying to tackle these issues
Sustainability is the buzzword in international education in 2021. In the aftermath of the abrupt halt in mobilities due to the pandemic the earth has benefitted from significantly reduced pollution. The hope is that these improvements are structural. The challenge is to find ideas that contribute to lessening the carbon footprint of the ECIU/UT community in mobility, regardless of the participant, the duration of the mobility or form of the mobility.
This is a flexible extracurricular challenge
The challenge provider, DIH TAA, is a regional centre of excellence in support of companies to guide them in the digital transformation with 4.0 innovation services.
Let’s help DIHT be more effective!
Byverkstedet wants to create an organization that is open and inviting to many. To be able to do that, we need to clearly communicate to the citizens that we exist and that we want to create community
through our platform.
Until now, blind and very visually impaired people can only cycle on a tandem or duo bike. As a result, they are always on the same bicycle with another person. So far, there is no solution available for blind and visually impaired people who would like to move independently and separately from another person on their own bicycle.
This challenge is about increasing the autonomy of people with a visual impairment, in such a way that they can cycle with (much) less dependency on other people.
The competition for talent is rapidly intensifying. Cities and regions are taking active steps to enhance their attractiveness to international talent and skilled professionals. However, locating and attracting the right talent is just half of the work, cities also need strategies for retaining international talent
Higher education is no longer sufficient for a life time. In an ever faster changing world, graduates need to continuously adapt, learn new skills and develop new competences. In short: lifelong learning. Your challenge is to explore how the University of Twente might address the complex constellation of issues surrounding lifelong learning in keeping with our defining profile elements.
Population and production growth have resulted in a demand for higher capacities of urban transportation systems. Today, traffic is the number one occupier of public space in Hamburg. That has led to unsatisfactory conditions regarding traffic flow and traffic jams.
Over the last two decades the amount of business and public organizations in a variety of sectors that have been generated on intellectual proprietary rights has increased dramatically, making them the fourth production factor in economies today. The way new technologies emerge in markets has also changed. Rather than conquering new markets and target groups, new technologies are nowadays co-designed and co-created involving many visible hands.
How to establish habits of consumption and closet replacement and elimination. Consumption habits will be related to economic level, gender, age, territory.
Many problems require a technical solution: a physical system that shows certain behavior. Think about eg. a Segway, a camera stabilizer, a stabilized spoon for a Parkinson patient and of course drones. To make such a systema and control it, one first needs to analyze the problem and based on that, model the expected behavior of the solution. When designing this solution one also needs to think about what signals will be generated, how the system should respond to these.
From its very first forest tractor made from recycled parts, to cutting edge harvesters and simulators today, Ponsse has always been at the forefront of the industry. By putting the user at the center, Ponsse has been able to create the best equipment so that operators can concentrate on their job.
Worldwide there is a call for action to promote sustainable development by addressing 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as defined by the United Nations. Construction, particularly of buildings and infrastructure, needs to be part of that process, as the construction industry is responsible for significant carbon emissions.
Innovative and leading technologies are constantly being researched and developed with a view to
enhancing the lives of people and society. New human-centric technologies are being advanced
across multiple disciplines and industry domains, designed to deliver innovations in areas such as
natural language processing, data analytics, and intelligent machine translation human-computer
The Transdisciplinary Master-Insert is full-time, six-month program, taking place on campus in the vibrant environment of the DesignLab at the University of Twente. In this advanced and intensive program, students from different disciplinary backgrounds work with stakeholders from government, industry and society on tackling complex challenges.
Digitalisation has the potential not only for business but also for the city governance and closure with the society; to improve the quality of public services in terms of efficiency and transparency and even extend local authorities service scheme.
The second-largest city in Lithuania, Kaunas, requires a much stronger focus on the transition towards a circular economy that brings great opportunities to cities and citizens. Modernisation, transformation and sustainability are inevitable for the economy. It is not only beneficial for the competitive market but also for the substantial economic effect.
The challenge includes a European Benchmark of such models, a local market analysis to identify and assess biobased CO2 users, the design of models of interests to be studied, and CO2 impacts assessment for such models compared to a reference model of conventional CO2 logistics.
Kolumbus is the largest mobility company in Stavanger. The last couple of years, they have extended their services from bus and ferries to electric citybikes and more. They are now planning to offer “car as a service” for businesses at Nord-Jæren - using Hyre as the deliverer of the solution and fleet of cars. The project is now being tested through a pilot at “Innovasjonsparken” in Stavanger.
The City of Aveiro organizes a variety of events with different characteristics. Outside and inside events, sports, culture, fairs and markets activities, ask for different answers. The variability of different kinds of factors leads to an uncertainty context that affects the control and management of events. There are isolated systems that collects information, which require a large effort on material and human resources, usually detached from other data sources.
We are a small and passionate AI technology venture with the ambition to improve how humans and machines interact. We utilise existing hardware and pair it with our algorithms, building an innovative solution to achieves just this.
A project at Linköping University.
Data streams are increasing tremendously. This is also valid in Care. Think of data from the regular ICT systems (financial, use of care, personal care files, analysis of care results), but also location and sensor data of employees and patients, external websites and numerous open data sources.
The Midlands must seek to pivot from reliance on fossil fuel energy production to greener renewable energy production using the existing energy infrastructure and converting to modern and future energy use.
Civil Rights Defenders is an international human rights organisation that defends people’s civil and political rights. Our guiding principle is the importance of strong local human rights actors and we partner with and support thousands human rights defenders in some of the world’s most repressive regions.
A project at Linköping University
Could you use some variation and inspiration with your friends? Create Tomorrow, the world’s largest international student think tank, based in Enschede, gives you that chance!
Create Tomorrow is an international event, full of inspiration, technology and entertainment! 27 May is full of inspiration. 28 May is all about the greatest student think tank, which you will experience via a live stream on our Create Tomorrow platform. Of course, you and your team can physically work together.
Solar energy plays a key role in the transition towards a fully sustainable energy society. One of the options is to develop fields with solar panels.
Using today's waste to prevent global waste forever: that is our mission.
Desquare is developing a cloud platform for digitally sharing information through connected displays, popularly called "digital signage". Our goal is to digitize all types of sign communication - from menus in restaurants and billboards in shops to stairwell registers in properties and LEAN statistics in industries.
A project at Linköping University.
Universities excel at teaching hard skills. Engineers, Business Majors or Anthropology students alike may feel like they have mastered all the necessary tools upon graduation and are ready to take the next step. However, getting a positive start to the work life and excelling at the workplace demands much more than just ample knowledge of the core subject of every student.
Kaunas aims to be a role model for other learning cities in Lithuania and to contribute to the creation of an information and knowledge society in the country.
As eliminating waste and the continual use of resources is one of the European Union’s goals, cities need to enable the circular economy transition.
Future Energy Hack is a case competition where students spend a weekend solving challenges under the mentorship of people from the university, industry, and the public sector. The overarching topic of the challenges should be to “reduce emissions and create new positions and “Autonomy challenges.”
Suggest new business models for Sanifonds, a very dynamic private non-profit local integrative healthcare fund, by focusing on the extending breadth and depth in the delivery of healthcare support.
What is participation? How can we focus on creating a more democratic process of participation in city development.
The landscape is an important element of the quality of life and fully participates in the sustainable development of territories, well beyond its simple perception.
The product increases the quality of food by providing the opportunity for people to grow their food materials. The product changes the future of food production and increases citizens' contribution to the food supply chain. The product improves the complex standards and the quality of life in cities.
Population and production growth have resulted in a demand for higher capacities of urban transportation systems. Today, traffic is the number one occupier of public space in Hamburg. That has led to unsatisfactory conditions in regards to traffic flow and traffic jams.
To meet the goals of reducing CO2 emissions and focusing on sustainability in the construction industry, there is an urgent need to drastically reduce carbon emissions from building construction.
Eutrophication related to industry, agriculture, sewage and natural run-off has long been a problem for the Baltic Sea resulting in algal blooms and the build-up of anaerobic dead zones. Long-line mussel farming has been identified as a mitigation tool for removal of excess nutrients in eutrophic coastal waters.
Railway station and their surroundings transform in more than ‘just’ the physical place you to a train. They are growing into multimodal, innovative hubs where mobility, meetings, work and life are facilitated.
How can we design, produce, market and maintain future proof housing buildings?
Today energy consumers in developed countries have multiple opportunities to actively participate in energy network: from buying rooftop solar and becoming prosumer, to selling flexibility services with personal EV or home storage. However, utilities struggle to engage consumers to consume energy efficiently and act in the name of a better network.
Different companies operate different types of transportation, such as trains and buses. From the passenger perspective, that means buying a different ticket.
Preventing and addressing the housing emergency, ensuring housing really serves a social function, increasing the number of affordable flats and renovating the existing housing stock, with special emphasis on insulation and energy efficiency.
Our challenge is to develop effective ‘quadruple helix’ based innovation communities for health care in semi-urban regions.
Sofidel Sweden AB is a successful company in the process industry, and it manufactures tissues, which then converts into a finished consumer product on-site or at other converters in Sweden and on the international market. Sofidel wants to reduce sharply - or exclude entirely - its use of plastic regarding its secondary packaging.
A project at Linköping University.
Rethinking mobility and public space to generate attractive and healthy urban spaces.
During festivals and events, visitors enjoy drinking beverages. Most of the time, plastic cups are used. These one-way cups are hygienic, lightweight and safe. But it also causes a huge amount of plastic waste.
Nowadays, humans and devices/sensors are producing and consuming data&content that must be analysed to extract useful information.
Rethink and transform the current food security model (free and subsidy-based), by considering the whole food value chain and actors, with the intention to provide a holistic transformation in terms of related policies and practices.
The transition towards a more circular economy brings great opportunities for Kaunas city and its citizens.
A two day Design Sprint during which you will analyze, evaluate and re-design the User eXperience of digital products and services brought by Italian companies. Students and recent graduates will form groups and work with UX expert mentors to improve the capability of apps and software to meet users' needs and expectations.