Sustainable Campus Hackathon on DTU, October 2021.

Sustainable Campus Hackathon on DTU

Climate adaptation Waste management Environment and pollution Entrepreneurship
DTU challenges students to develop innovative solutions accelerating a sustainable and circular campus.

How might DTU design a more sustainable campus, obtain more sustainable procurement of chemicals and gases, and how might DTU design a more sustainable campus? These three challenges DTU poses to students on all DTU´s programs in a one week innovation sprint for the development of sustainable solutions. The sprint aims to connect campus stakeholders with 30-60 students from different heigher education institutions across Denmark, to develop innovative solutions accelerating a sustainable and circular campus.

“SDG Student Ambassadors DK wish to engage students in the green transformation. At the same time DTU has established a new approach in their campuses called Living Lab which encourages students and young entrepreneurs to use the facilities of the campus to develop new projects and innovative ideas. We wish to tap into this concept with the sustainable campus challenge,” says Jesus Blazquez Mulas, Project Coordinator of the SDG Student Ambassadors DK.

Real-life challenges

Challenge owners based on DTU Lyngby campus, CAS, DTU Procure, DTU Civil Engineering, has brought forward sustainable, circular challenges focusing on real-life challenges within waste management, energy management and sustainable campus design. The student groups will work over a week in different facilitated sessions on the development of innovative solutions - jointly with knowledge partners; e.g. experts, researchers and PhD students, to inspire the campus and challenge owners with their inspiring solutions.  Some of the challenges will be developed in DTU Skylab.

“As an innovation lab on campus, Skylab is the perfect place to bring those students under one roof, and have develop innovative solutions.  We have been collaborating over a long time with the SDG Ambassadors on large scale international, Next Gen, events or smaller innovation sprints like Virtual Innovation Sprint. This pilot project allows us to combine DTU Skylab’s expertise of leading innovation sprints and hackathons with the drive of a student organization to foster long-term sustainable development on campus,” says Linda Weiss Project Coordinator at DTU Skylab.

The best and most feasible ideas have the potential to become further accelerated in form of Smart Campus Initiative, Living Lab or thesis ensuring the acceleration of a circular and sustainable campus.

The Purpose of the Challenge is to expose students to the Sustainable Development Goals, thereby providing a wider understanding. Also, the Challenge provides the opportunity to explore ideas to solve current problems on DTU Campuses by getting the perspective of students. SDG Student Ambassadors DK and DTU will seek to implement the best ideas at the campuses.

Sustainable Campus Hackathon is a pilot project with the aim to develop a method or framework to scale in the coming years at DTU and other universities in Denmark and EU.