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ECIU Creathon: Viable communities of a post-Covid world

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Partnerships for the Goals; Climate Action; Affordable and Clean Energy
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Viable Communities of a post-Covid World

Viable Communities is an international event, full of inspiration, technology, and innovation! This Creathon is all about the greatest mindes think tank, which you will experience via a live stream. Of course, you and your team can physically work together. This is a creative marathon that brings together talented students and professionals, from all over Europe, with different backgrounds, experiences and fields of study.

You and around a hundred fellow participants will explore and solve societal, business-related, or technical cases. You will, in a corona-proof way, work on the multidisciplinary challenges of the future. These challenges are all related to our four themes: Towns and City Centres, Digital Inclusion, Green Logistics & Energy Transition.

Towns and City Centers

Covid-19 has had a radical impact across almost every aspect of society, and it is no different when it comes to town and city centre planning – having accelerated many changes which were already being experienced. The role of retail has changed dramatically, from lockdown to advances in technology and online shopping, to the lifecycle of retail formats. The growth in city centre living combined with more varied working hours had also highlighted the need for easy access to flexible format convenience shopping and other services within our towns and city centres. As a post-COVID future now is in sight people can go back to their ”normal lives. But what will be the ‘new normal’ in our towns and cities centers?

Digital Inclution

The pandemics have accelerated the use of digital tools for information, interaction and services. Digital arenas are regarded as cost-efficient at the same time as they may facilitate more personalised information and services. But, there are citizens that for different reasons do not use digital services. This can be due to a lack of opportunity, access, knowledge or skill to access such services. There is a risk that these citizens experience a lower degree of service and exclusion from public debate, as well as the labour market, which in turn leads to inequalities and loss of social cohesion. The rapid digitalization of our societies calls for measures to prevent the risk of digital exclusion.

Green Logistics

The transport sector represents one-third of the total carbon emissions in many European regions. Growth in terms of increased population, production and sales related to increased demand for transport services, which in turn drive transport-related climate impact. During the pandemic, consumer buying behaviours have radically changed, especially when it comes to online shopping. Today’s consumers expect cheap and fast delivery. A big part of this boils down to the last mile delivery process, the very last step of the delivery process when a parcel is moved from a transportation hub to its final destination. We need new solutions and actions for sustainable logistics.

Energy Transition

COVID-19 has caused great challenges to the energy industry. Potential new practices and social forms being facilitated by the pandemics are having impacts on energy demand and consumption. The residential electricity demand during lockdown increased as the industry demand temporarily decreased but is now rising even above previous levels. A crucial issue now facing our society is to allocate and find energy-related emerging opportunities for the post pandemics. An Energy-neutral world in one generation is a key part for us to be able to succeed with those goals. But how can we meet the growing energy demand and protect our climate? That’s the challenge we are committed to finding answers to.

Information on the event

We are thrilled to invite you all, students as well as professionals, to join in and contribute to the ECIU Creathon 13-14 November 2021 and work on real-life challenges and co-develop solutions connected to the Viable communities of a post-Covid world.

As the leading European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) we believe in a European-wide ecosystem based upon open and inclusive collaboration connecting industry, business, societal stakeholders, researchers, and learners to provide European answers to future societal challenges. We create arenas for solving multi-disciplinary challenges in entrepreneurial, innovative ways. The ECIU Creathon could best be described as a ‘creative marathon’ that brings together talented students and professionals, from all over Europe, with different backgrounds, experiences, and fields of study. 

It offers the opportunity for learners to come together in an international, collaborative, and digital environment to work on a real-life challenge and co-develop solutions, while at the same time access various lectures, workshops, master classes and other fun activities.

Preliminary program:

November 8-12:

  • Introductionary seminars on challenges by partners (TBA)
  • Insprirational thematic lectures
  • Get togehter meetings in challenge teams

November 13-14:

  • ECIU Creathon - 48 hours of creative work

Registration: The registration for the Creathon will open in mid-september

Recognition: ECIU Certificate and Credentials