Digital Learning Initiative – Student Challenges

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The following virtual challenges offer interesting project work with student teams of all EuroTech/EuroTeQ partners. Mentored by a professor in the field, student teams have a lot of creativity to approach the challenge and compete for the best solution. The completion will be awarded with a EuroTech certificate for 3 ECTS. Accompanying intercultural training sessions grant additional 2 ECTS and certify intercultural competences.

Focus Area: Additive Manufacturing

Challenge: Additive manufacturing of a lower limb prosthesis – a frugal innovation approach [register by 30 October 2020]

Photo: TUM

Starting Point
Where power failures are commonplace, spare parts scarce and monetary support is little, most high-tech medical procedures and fancy medical equipment are useless. However, there is a great need for affordable prostheses in regions of the Global South: It is estimated that 0.5 percent of the world's population need a prosthesis or orthosis that relieves or supports a body part. Less than 20 percent of those affected in developing countries have access to adequate aid. Developing solutions that are as simple as possible is often more complicated for companies than expected, even though frugal innovations in particular offer the chance to tap into new growth markets such as those of the growing middle class in the Global South. These developments will become massively more important within the next few years and will make an important contribution, especially in medical technology, to the realization of simple solutions for a better life for people in remote areas of the world.

Objective
The aim of this interdisciplinary project is to critically examine the technologies and possibilities of 3D printing (plastic & metal) in order to develop and produce a demonstrator leg prosthesis under conditions of an emerging country.

Format
Students of the EuroTech & EuroTeQ institutions form international teams and develop ideas to the topic of the challenge. Supporting information and guidance will be provided by TUM Professor Peter Mayr in form of video lectures and online tutorials. The student groups have relatively large freedom, how they approach the topic. The challenge takes place in the month of November and December 2020 (dates tbc) and each group presents its results in a virtual colloquium. The winning project is finally produced in collaboration with TUM labs and industry partners.

Intercultural Training
Intercultural competence is the key to operating confidently in academia and engineering professions. This accompanying module supports productive and trustful teamwork and raises cultural awareness in times when physical mobility and learning together on-site is suspended. Students will attend five online training modules of three hours, between 9 November and 11 December, including an asynchronous learning module for independent work in small groups.

Credits
Students can receive a EuroTech/EuroTeQ Certificate showing 3 ECTS Credits for the work in the challenge and another 2 Credits for the mandatory accompanying intercultural training.

Timeline
Wednesday 18 November, 10am-11.30am - LIVE: Kick Off (Prof. Mayr, TUM)
Wednesday 25 November, 10am-11.30am - LIVE: The Digital Prosthetics Workshop (Industrial partners)
Between 02.12-16.12: video plug-ins offered by staff from the TUM Cluster for Additive Manufacturing, including • Frugal Innovation • Materials selection • Additive Manufacturing: the technology for advanced manufacturing and design
Wednesday 13 January, 10am-11.30am - LIVE: Challenge Pitches

Further information and registration
Please register by 30 October 2020. You will find more information and the registration form through this link.
If you need additional information or have questions or concerns, please contact Claudia Humbert, claudia.humbert@tum.de.

Focus Area: Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Challenge: Entrepreneurship & Innovation: Guided by light [register by 1 November 2020]

Photo: Bart van Overbeeke

Starting Point
Many people enjoy participating in larger scale entertainment activities, such as festivals, events or football matches. At such places large crowds of people gather to have a great time in a full immersive experience. Lighting already plays a strong role at such places to create a pleasant or exciting atmosphere. In earlier experiments lighting has also shown to be able to influence people’s perception of places and even their behaviour. Nevertheless, a lot is still unknown. Can we use interactive lighting to engage people in crowds, make them aware and influence their behaviour? There are multiple occasions where it would be great if we can subtly make people aware and influence their behaviour in a crowd, e.g. keeping 1.5m distance or safely evacuating a space in an emergency.

Objective
The aim of this interdisciplinary project to design and realise an intelligent lighting solution that can be tested in a real or 3D environment. Your solution includes influencing the behaviour of the visitors at a chosen location or event. For this purpose several elements will need consideration: the system design, the sensors to monitor people and crowds, the lighting scenarios to influence the behaviour of people, the algorithms of the system, the business case and market analysis, as well as searching for a viable business model.

Format
Students of the EuroTech & EuroTeQ institutions form international teams and develop ideas to the topic of the challenge. Supporting information and guidance will be provided by the TU/e innovation Space, TU/e Intelligent Lighting Institute, Signify, and TU/e innovation Space team ‘Team IGNITE’ in the form of coaching sessions and online workshops. The student groups have relatively large freedom, how they approach the topic. The challenge takes place in the between the 9th November and 18th of December 2020; more details on the exact dates will follow soon. Each group presents its results in a virtual colloquium. The students of the winning project can continue working on this challenge within the TU/e innovation Space community.

Intercultural Training
Intercultural competence is the key to operating confidently in academia and engineering professions. This accompanying module supports productive and trustful teamwork and raises cultural awareness in times when physical mobility and learning together on-site is suspended. Students will attend five online training modules of three hours, between 9 November and 11 December, including an asynchronous learning module for independent work in small groups.

Virtual Plug-In
Online platform with a series of short web lectures on various entrepreneurship topics. It is an open platform, implying you can create an account, watch the videos for free, and learn more about entrepreneurship! When you register you get more access to the content:
www.open-interreg.de

Credits
Students can receive a EuroTech/EuroTeQ Certificate showing 3 ECTS Credits for the work in the challenge and another 2 Credits for the mandatory accompanying intercultural training.

Timeline
Wednesday 11 November LIVE 9h00-12h00: Virtual Kick-Off
Tuesday 1 December LIVE 9h00-12h00: Virtual Midterm challenge pitches
Wednesday 16 December LIVE 9h00-12h00: Virtual Final challenge pitches

Between 9 November and 18 December, several optional workshops for students to support their virtual challenge work will be offered.

Further information and registration
Please register by 1 November 2020. You will find more information and the registration form through this link.
If you need additional information or have questions or concerns, please contact Innovationspace@tue.nl.

Focus Area: Sustainable Society

Challenge: Achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050: local-scale actions [register by 25 October 2020]

Photo: MabelAmber/Pixabay

Objective
In order to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees, achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 is essential. Given the effort required, reaching this goal involves profound changes in our lifestyles. Your challenge will consist in analyzing what this means, in practice, in a given perimeter (a company, a campus, a city, a field of activity…). You’ll have to define and quantify what carbon-neutrality means at this scale, what are the viable solutions to achieve it and what is required in terms of investment or organization.

Format
Teams can include up to seven members. Inter-institution and interdisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged, with a combination of expertise in science and technology, social science, economics and/or management.

Project evaluation
The projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Definition and ambition of the objective to be achieved
  • Effectiveness and viability of the proposed solutions (the definition of key performance indicators is expected)
  • Modalities and planning of implementation.

Timeline
November 16: Webinar - process and next steps
January 15: Deadline for the pre-project submission
April 2: Deadline for final project submission
May: Defense in front of a jury
June: internal communication of the Challenge results
September: announcement of the winners, award ceremony

Further information and registration
Please register by 25 October 2020. You will find more information and the registration form through this link.
If you need additional information or have questions or concerns, please contact challenge_e4c@ip-paris.fr.