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ECIU Creathon: Viable communities of a post-Covid world

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

Welcome to an international event, full of inspiration, technology, and innovation! This Creathon, arranged by ECIU University, is all about the greatest minds think tank, which you can experience on-site at your own university (depending on local Covid restrictions) as well as digital. 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 work on the multidisciplinary challenges of the future. These challenges are all related to our four themes: Towns and City Centers, 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 center 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 center living combined with more varied working hours had also highlighted the need for easy access to flexible of convenience shopping and other services within our towns and city centers. 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 Inclusion

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 personalized 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 the 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 behaviors 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 pandemic 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.

Program (CET):

November 12th:

13.00 – 14.30 Insprirational seminare on Challange-Based Learning (CBL)

17.00 – 17.30 Opening and Welcome to our students

17.30 – 19.00 Inaguration – Presentation of Partners, Program and Tools

19.00 – 19.30 Time for groups to settle

End of day 1 

November 13th:

09.00 – 09.30 Opening and Welcome

09.30 – 10.00 Inroduction to the Challange-based Innovation Process

10.00 – 10.30 Groups settle, (Localy & Digital)

10.30 – 12.00 Brainstorming

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch and inspirational lecture

13.00 – 14.00 Student Innovation (NABC, Value proposition)

14.00 – 18.30 Work with Solution [15.30 – 16.30 access to experts and innovation advisors, by booking]

End of day 2

November 14th:

09.00 – 09.30 Digital Breakfast and insprirational lecture

09.30 – 12.00 Work with solution and Prepare first pitch [10.00 – 11.00 access to experts and innovation advisors, by booking]

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.00 Work with Solution - Prepare wrap up and final pitch

14.00 – 16.00 Presenting the results

16.00 – 16.30 Break (the jury deliberates)

16.30 – 17.00 Announce the winners and price cermony 

End of day 3 


Registration: The registration is open until November 3th, 2021

In your registration form please specify which two areas, thematic, you are most interested in, alongside with a brief motivation why. If accepted, you will further have the option to choose a specific challenge within the areas, e.g.: The Empathic Hospital, Last mile transports, Hybrid city centers, Climate resilient city centers, Eco-system services, Agile culture life, Digital inclusion for all citizens … 

The final offer of all nano-challenges will be presented on Friday the 12th.

Recognition: ECIU Certificate and Credentials

Any questions?
Please contact Jacob Larsson, jacob.larsson@linkopingsciencepark.se