Available Challenges

Autumn Challenge Programme 2021

Category: Challenges
Background:  The Government of Ireland’s Climate Action Plan, published in June 2019, commits to delivering a just transition, recognising the significant level of change required and that the burden must be as fairly distributed as possible. De-carbonising the economy presents significant challenges but also brings important opportunities to respond and create learning on how best to deliver a just transition. The Midlands is the first region in Ireland experiencing a concentrated transition away from carbon intensive activities. Jobs in peat will make way for jobs in renewable energy, bog rehabilitation and other new business opportunities. Central to this process is the termination of the continued use of peat for energy generation. The widespread and ongoing effect of this…

Demo challenge

Category: Challenges
Background:  The Government of Ireland’s Climate Action Plan, published in June 2019, commits to delivering a just transition, recognising the significant level of change required and that the burden must be as fairly distributed as possible. De-carbonising the economy presents significant challenges but also brings important opportunities to respond and create learning on how best to deliver a just transition. The Midlands is the first region in Ireland experiencing a concentrated transition away from carbon intensive activities. Jobs in peat will make way for jobs in renewable energy, bog rehabilitation and other new business opportunities. Central to this process is the termination of the continued use of peat for energy generation. The widespread and ongoing effect of this…

Development and supporting of informal networks for transformation of Kaunas towards the Sustainable Learning City

Category: Challenges
Background: Kaunas aims to be a role model for other learning cities in Lithuania and to contribute to the creation of an information and knowledge society in the country. It is the first city in Lithuania to join the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC). Kaunas has developed a strategy entitled ‛Kaunas Learning City’. The strategy focuses on a series of activities aimed at encouraging people to learn continuously and in all places. One of its main concerns is to improve conditions for people with disabilities, citizens with special educational needs, and refugees. Other key objectives include transforming private and public organisations into learning organisations and creating networks to foster citizen participation. Our challenge: The development of Kaunas int…
  • Teacher: Laura Jankauskaitė-Jurevičienė

Intimate cityscapes

Category: Challenges
Background  As an initiative grown out of Stavanger’s art community, Byverksted is organized by citizens, bringing together a variety of people. Responding to top-down development without real participation of the local residents, Byverksted puts artistic strategies into use to amplify bottom-up urban planning and to explore interventions in the social fabric of the city. Byverksted invites citizens to share experiences, opinions, and ideas and knowledge fears and dreams: a ‘collective production of desires’ (PlanBude Hamburg). Previously, Byverksted has arranged workshops, talks, engaged in debates, produced posters, flyers, stickers, and a series of zines and publications. Some resources can be found at byverksted.no.  Our challenge  How to create a s…

Tech and the City

Category: Challenges
Altice Labs has been shaping the future of technology since 1950, being the catalyst for innovation and transformation not only inside the Altice group but also in society. Supported by a strong and dynamic innovation ecosystem, Altice Labs' mission is to improve, through technology, people's lives and how different entities achieve their business goals. Aiming to transform technological knowledge into value for local communities, in the last years Altice Labs has been involved in the topic of sustainable cities and communities, more specifically in the evolution of mobile communications, data platforms and intelligent services that may enhance urban spaces. Our challenge  The spread of telecommunication technologies was based on digital transformation. The advent of IoT is enab…
  • Teacher: António Neves

How can we make public transport more accessible in Lithuanian regions?

Category: Challenges
Background:  People use personal vehicles rather than public transportation in Lithuania regions because of the poor public transport access. According to Eurostat, Lithuania is ranked the lowest in the EU by the proportion of passengers travelling by car and public transport (2017). Despite the recent increase of passengers in public transport (5,5 million passengers/trains/2019; 8,5 million passengers/busses/2019), we are still a long way from the EU average. Our challenge:  Trains and buses operate on a certain schedule which does not always represent the real demand and leaves vehicles half-empty even though companies are trying to meet the traveller needs. Another issue is the walking distance (sometimes up to 10-15 km) to the public transport stop. Such residents choo…
  • Teamcher: Teamcher1 Demo
  • Teamcher: Teamcher2 Demo
  • Teamcher: Administratorius Naudotojas

Mobility transport units communicate with each other

Category: Challenges
Background:  Mobility transport units are still human-operated. Changes in traffic or weather conditions may affect the passenger journey. The personnel have to evaluate the current situation, make decisions and take actions. Then communicate to passengers as it may affect their journey. Our challenge:  There is no communication between different types of transport, even when there is a problem. For instance, if there is a massive fog in the morning, a journey by car or a bus will take longer than usual. However, passengers are not advised to take other transportation, such as a train that is more resistant to weather conditions.  Transportation means could be able identify upcoming changes using historical data and decide not to travel as the passenger demand has changed. …
  • Teamcher: Teamcher1 Demo
  • Teamcher: Teamcher2 Demo

User eXperience Challenge

Category: Challenges
WHAT IS THE UX CHALLENGE?  A two day Design Sprint during which you will analyze, evaluate and re-design the User eXperience of digital products and services brought by Italian companies. Students and recent graduates will form groups and work with UX expert mentors to improve the capability of apps and software to meet users' needs and expectations. WHEN?  Thursday 18th and Friday 19th February 2021 in Trento (or online depending on Covid restrictions) HOW DOES IT WORK?  Each team of solver will be assigned one digital product/service to work on. Over the two days, teams will utilize user research and UX design techniques, also involving end users selected by HIT through Smartcrowds.net to carry out usability tests. After having understood the product’s value p…
  • Teamcher: Teamcher1 Demo
  • Teamcher: Teamcher2 Demo

Promoting active means of transportation in Hamburg

Category: Challenges
Background:  The ITS World Congress is the world’s largest and most prominent event focused on smart mobility and the digitalisation of transportation. The Congresses are the yearly celebration of smart mobility: they underline the importance of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), particularly in cities and regions where they are hosted, and provide an excellent platform that supports the education, thought-leadership, business development, and the overall steady growth of the smart mobility industrial growth. Our challenge:  Bicycles offer an environmentally sustainable and space saving means of individual transportation in cities and are especially well suited for short to medium-length routes. Today, cyclists in the city of Hamburg often find thems…
  • Teamcher: Teamcher1 Demo
  • Teamcher: Teamcher2 Demo

Making public space usable

Category: Challenges
Background:  The ITS World Congress is the world’s largest and most prominent event focused on smart mobility and the digitalisation of transportation. The Congresses are the yearly celebration of smart mobility: they underline the importance of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), particularly in cities and regions where they are hosted, and provide an excellent platform that supports the education, thought-leadership, business development, and the overall steady growth of the smart mobility industrial growth. Our challenge:  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 in …
  • Teamcher: Teamcher1 Demo
  • Teamcher: Teamcher2 Demo

Carbon-intensive regions in transition

Category: Challenges
Background:  The Government of Ireland’s Climate Action Plan, published in June 2019, commits to delivering a just transition, recognising the significant level of change required and that the burden must be as fairly distributed as possible. De-carbonising the economy presents significant challenges but also brings important opportunities to respond and create learning on how best to deliver a just transition. The Midlands is the first region in Ireland experiencing a concentrated transition away from carbon intensive activities. Jobs in peat will make way for jobs in renewable energy, bog rehabilitation and other new business opportunities. Central to this process is the termination of the continued use of peat for energy generation. The widespread and ongoing effect of this…
  • Teamcher: Teamcher1 Demo
  • Teamcher: Teamcher2 Demo