Call for Ideas 2021

To identify and better understand the challenges we face in society today and tomorrow, the EuroTeQ Engineering University is organising the first EuroTeQ Collider in spring 2022.

To address the project challenges and develop viable solutions for a sustainable future, interdisciplinary and international teams composed of students, vocational trainees, young professionals and lifelong learners will collaborate during the EuroTeQ Collider phase.
Building on the functioning of a particle collider, we believe that the most creative and innovative solutions often emerge from the collision of ideas from a diverse group. In addition, diverse teams allow all team members to learn from each other and gain new, additional skills.

The Collider is a challenge-based learning activity which takes place at all EuroTeQ partners in the form of project weeks. The programme of these weeks is co-created with industry partners, start-ups, teachers and students at each institution.

To ensure that the Collider is firmly anchored in the  interests and concerns of all, our Call for Ideas will collect your feedback before designing the different Collider challenges. This way, you can be involved from the starting point! 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?

Submit your ideas now!

Now it is up to you! Everyone can propose their wish for an idea in relation to the Collider’s theme. Your ideas can relate to any aspects of the future YOU desire as long as you consider we will then “leave no waste behind”. You choose an area from your personal, academic or professional interests including hobbies, passion projects and industry sectors and let your imagination be creative about any technology, tools, services, processes, organization or human behaviour. Our EuroTeQ pedagogical teams then formulate interesting, real-life challenges for you to work on in the EuroTeQ Collider next spring.

The Call for Ideas is your opportunity to contribute to the realization of the future YOU desire. By expressing your opinion on what this desirable future should be and the ideas you pitch to us, you will directly shape a new learning offer.

Please note that you can enter an idea, without participating in the Collider project-weeks next year. Your input is appreciated at this stage – and you still have time to decide if you will join us. You can apply for participation in the different challenges as early as January 2022.

Spring 2022 - the Collider takes place

Once the challenges are announced, you can register for participation in the Collider at the EuroTeQ partner of your choice. Each Collider will offer a various selection of challenges, according to various formats for a global amount of approx. 140 hours of work distributed over 1, 3 or 8 weeks. The Collider journey is composed of a number of specific courses (for example in Innovation & Entrepreneurship), some brainstorm team sessions, and some extracurricular activities such as conferences or specific technical courses.

Interdisciplinary, international teams with different learning profiles will then work on the challenges together. It is important that there is as much diversity as possible in each team so that everyone brings a different perspective and a real collision of ideas is possible. It is our aim that the projects bring about applicable solutions and create real-impact.

To kick-off the Collider, there will be common event for participants at all partners. 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.

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

The EuroTeQaThon grand finale

Finally, the teaching committee will select the best teams per organizing partner to participate in the EuroTeQaThon, a team competition at European level. Each team can highlight the strengths of their project from an EU perspective. The winners of this final competition will get, among other things, the opportunity to explore to develop their solution after they pitched to a European audience.

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Vincent Merval

École Polytechnique

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.

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