The EuroTeQ Collider 2022

Introduction

To better and more actively face the challenges of today and tomorrow’s society, the EuroTeQ Engineering University organizes the first EuroTeQ Collider, spring 2022.

‘Collider’ is the chosen term to emphasize a core value that the most creative and innovative solutions often emerge from the collision of ideas from a diverse group.

EuroTeQ Collider is a challenge-based learning activity which takes place at all EuroTeQ partners in the form of project weeks.

During the EuroTeQ Collider project weeks, interdisciplinary and international teams composed of students, vocational trainees, young professionals and lifelong learners collaborate on challenges developed with the support of industry partners, start-ups, teachers and students at each institution.

The collider aims to provide an innovative learning experience to all that join building their engineering competencies of the future while transforming societal challenges into viable solutions to support a sustainable future.

To ensure that the Collider is firmly anchored in the interests and concerns of our multistakeholder platform (education, industry and society) a Call for Ideas was launched to collect feedback before designing the different Collider challenges.

All projects are tied to a central theme:

Leave no waste behind

The way we live today produces a lot of waste. Aware of this fact, many initiatives try to stop this trend and reduce the amount of waste left by mankind. But there is still a lot to do! Waste is everywhere, not only in the use of packaging, in the over-use of natural ressources,  in the unuse of surplus or in the non-management of certain types of waste (chemical, nuclear). It also results from non-optimization of certain processes (energy loss during electricity production, extraction efficiency of certain materials), in our inability to find sustainable alternatives (fossil fuels) or to consume differently (buy rather than repair). The process of wast reduction just began,  and in order to succeed in leaving no waste behind, what will your contribution be?

Call for Ideas

In autumn 2021, it was up to you! Everyone had the chance to pitch their idea in relation to the Collider’s theme. These could relate to any aspects of the future you desire as long as you consider we will then “leave no waste behind”. Input from your personal, academic or professional interests including hobbies, passion projects and industry sectors was welcome. We asked you to let your imagination be creative about any technology, tools, services, processes, organization or human behaviour. By expressing your opinion on what this desirable future should be, you directly shaped a new learning offer.

Over 170 feedbacks have reached us, which our EuroTeQ pedagogical teams broke down to three main themes:  Cities | Energy | Consumption. We will now formulate interesting, real-life challenges for you to work on in the EuroTeQ Collider.

Spring 2022 – the Collider takes place

Look out for waste challenges to be announced at each EuroTeQ partner university in early spring where you can then register for participation in the Collider.

Please see the relevant information for each university at the bottom of this page.

Each Collider will offer a selection of challenges within the central theme of Leave No Waste Behind, according to various formats for a global amount of approx. 140 hours of work distributed over 1, 3 or 8 weeks. The Collider project week is composed of a number of specific courses (i.e. Innovation & Entrepreneurship tools & frameworks) and project work, key note speakers and impulses from relevant industry partners, as well as mentoring & coaching.

Each university’s thriving eco-systems is engaged. Interdisciplinary, international teams with different learning profiles will work on the challenges together. Diversity is key so that different perspectives are contributed and a collision of ideas occurs which brings about applicable and impactful solutions.

There will be local launches of the collider theme among the EuroTeQ partner universities.

Who can participate?

  • All students at EuroTeQ Partner Universities
  • Vocational trainees in technical fields in EuroTeQ cities
  • Professionals & Lifelong Learners in the EuroTeQ eco-system
  • Staff members of all EuroTeQ partners and associated partners

What is in it for me?

  • Students receive 5-6 ECTS Credits when completing the Collider
  • Non-academic participants receive a EuroTeQ certificate
  • Everyone will get certified intercultural and entrepreneurial skills & competences for your professional profile

You will be able to rely on a course, resources specifically developed for the Collider and a mentor at all stages of the process: ideation, choice of a solution, development, preparation of the presentation pitch, and prototyping. On the last day, all teams pitch their solution in front of a jury.

Each partner within EuroTeQ has a different format for their Collider. They are designed to best fit local needs and the different semester dates. Still, you are part of a truly European experience. It is our aim to see how the different topics are tackled across the six locations and in the end come together in the EuroTeQaThon.

Join as a Student

All EuroTeQ partner universities will have a collider project week(s) in their spring 2022 semester.

The main way to join is through ECTS accredited courses where EuroTeQ waste challenges have been integrated and one has the opportunity to develop their innovation and entrepreneurial competencies in relation to the theme of waste in cities, consumption or energy.

Find out local collider specifics here

Join as an Industry Collaborator

Each EuroTeQ partner university has developed different local ways in which an industry professional and lifelong learner can engage. Examples include being a challenge (or case) developer, mentor, coach, inspirational talk, knowledge expertise.

Find out how to engage with your local collider and connect to the EuroTeQ community by reaching your EuroTeQ Colliderv contact here.

Other ways to Join

We are always looking for new ways to learn and collaborate in a multistakeholder environment of education, industry and society and encourage all those that have interest in the EuroTeQ collider to reach out.

The EuroTeQaThon grand finale​

Selected teams from each EuroTeQ Collider will be selected by a local jury panel to participate in the EuroTeQaThon, a team competition at a European level. During the EuroTeQaThon, each team will develop and highlight the strengths of their project from an EU perspective. The winners of the final competition will get the opportunity to present their idea in the European Union and win a trip to Brussels.

Discover the Collider at each EuroTeQ partner and register!

The Collider at TUM is organized by Prof. Stefan Wurster, Professorship of Policy Analysis at the TUM School of Governance, in cooperation with the TUM Global & Alumni Office and multiple departments at TUM. We will ensure a strong connection to Entrepreneurship education in with the UnternehmerTUM as well as industry partners in the Munich eco-system.

It will run between March and May 2022 and is open to all TUM students across disciplines, as well as learners outside the university. Soon you will find detailed information and registration modalities on the TUM Global EuroTeQ Website.  

At TU/e, the Collider runs between April 25 and June 19. During this period, we will facilitate different types of coaching activities on Friday afternoons. Additionally, we will offer more flexible blended formats to boost student’s learning process. Within every topic domain we are looking for industry partners, TU/e staff and students to work together to scope a EuroTeQ waste challenge. 

For more information on the EuroTeQ Collider at TU/e, please visit our local TU/e EuroTeQ Website.

The Collider at DTU is organized by DTU Skylab where one can bring ideas and waste projects from DTU courses or co-curricular events and enter them into the ‘collider’ a 5-day innovation sprint. Each day contains a workshop to provide tools & frameworks to advance your ideas. Includes building your network with waste industry experts as mentors & coaches.

EuroTeQ waste challenges have been developed with different industry collaborators and integrated in various DTU open innovation courses. Additionally, it is possible to register if you have previously worked on a waste project / case that aims to leave no waste behind in cities, consumption or energy.

To find out more contact the local DTU Collider project manager, cjes@dtu.dk

At École Polytechnique, the first Collider will run from March to May 2022. During the planned 8-week project period, participants will work in teams and take part in various activities spurring creativity and innovation. Professors and experts from the professional world will offer their advice as the teams take up the Collider challenges linked to the theme ‘Leave no waste behind‘. 

The challenges have been co-defined by researchers, professors, and industry partners to allow for a unique experimental learning opportunity in a multicultural environment. Participants get the chance to apply their knowledge to concrete, real-world problems and earn 6 extra-curricular ECTS upon completion of the Collider

For further information or to get involved, please get in touch with Élise Herlicq.

 

The EuroTeQ Collider at CTU is planned as a six-day event taking place in two sessions, Thursday, 5 May  – Sunday 8 May, and Saturday 14 May – Sunday, 15 May. There are four exciting challenges for students prepared by companies  PRE Group and GasNet. Student teams will work together in a shared location at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. The communication between students, teachers, companies, and interested people will be organized through Microsoft Teams and Discord. Coordination and guidance will be given by members of the EuroTeQ Collider core team at CTU.

For more information on the EuroTeQ Collider at CTU, please visit CTU EuroTeQ Website.

The EuroTeQ project kicks off TalTech’s Waste Challenge, which students can join either in the optional subjects or in some curricula through existing subjects. It will run between February and May 2022 and is open to all TalTech master students across disciplines.

For this academic year, six TalTech subjects participate in the EuroTeQ Waste Challenge, two of which are open to more than one discipline. The waste challenges integrated into the courses and posed by entrepreneurs are interdisciplinary and suitable for all students.

For more information on the EuroTeQ Collider at TalTech, please visit TalTech EuroTeQ Website.

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EuroTeQ – a prestige project of the European Commission

The European Universities Initiative is one of the European Commission’s most prestigious funding schemes. The objective of this instrument is to establish ambitious European university alliances over the next few years that will make the European university landscape even stronger. The EU is funding EuroTeQ as part of its European Universities programme over three years with around five million euros through Erasmus+ and two million euros from Horizon 2020.

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

Co-funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Union

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