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Building towards the university of the future

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!

Quality Education
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Efficient Human Resources Management in the ICT area

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.

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities
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From Farm to Fork

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.

Sustainable Cities and Communities
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Green mobility @ UT

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

Quality Education, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Responsible Consumption and Production
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Help SMEs play the Innovation game

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!

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities
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Increase the (feeling of) autonomy of people with a visual impairment

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.

Reducing Inequality, Good Health and Well-being
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International Talent retention in City of Tampere

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

Quality Education, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Partnerships for the Goals
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Life Long Learning @ University of Twente

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.

Quality Education, Good Health and Well-being, No Poverty, Decent Work and Economic Growth
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Making public space usable

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.

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities
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New Technology Business Development

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.

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities
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Prevention of textile waste

How to establish habits of consumption and closet replacement and elimination. Consumption habits will be related to economic level, gender, age, territory.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production
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Redefining the interaction between human and forestry machine

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.

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Decent Work and Economic Growth
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Sustainability and food use

How can we improve the logistics and distribution circuits of recovered food for the vulnerable population to make them environmentally and economically sustainable?

Zero Hunger, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Good Health and Well-being, Responsible Consumption and Production
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Sustainable development - Valorisation of industry residues in the construction of buildings and infrastructure

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.

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Affordable and Clean Energy
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The psychological impact or disruption of innovative technologies on society

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
interaction.

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Gender Equality, Partnerships for the Goals, Decent Work and Economic Growth
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Transdisciplinary Master-Insert ‘Shaping Responsible Futures’

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.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Good Health and Well-being
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Transform the free food distribution program guaranteeing alimentary security for vulnerable groups - 2nd edition.

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.

Zero Hunger, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Reducing Inequality, Good Health and Well-being, Responsible Consumption and Production
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Value chains and business potential for biobased-CO2 in circular economy

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.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Affordable and Clean Energy