On each Urban Challenge students will be challenged by a case company in identifying a solution to an urban challenge within a theoretical framework. Students will work on real-life cases through a hands-on approach and strengthening their knowledge on international organisational culture, and be introduced to sectors and fields they might not be familiar with.
Each enterprise partner demonstrates distinctive and up-to-date insights on urban sustainable development, which will foster knowledge and method sharing in the Urban Challenge consortium, and lead to innovative teaching cases and highly relevant learning objectives. The partners are private companies, such as large energy companies or smaller innovative startups looking at novel ways to optimize flows and resources in cities. Some partners are public institutions, such as government agencies that support green energy, urban development, sustainable architecture and modes of transportation. Or they are private – public partners, such as public transport and waste companies.
The role of case companies
The Ecological Sequestration Trust will be the case company for the ECUC. The organisation has developed a regional approach to ‘the city’ and will bring thorough knowledge and demonstrations on ways to improve energy, water and food security in the face of the combined challenges of changes of climate, demography and increasing resource scarcity.
As a historical district RICUC case company Kalnciema Quarter will bring insights on architecture heritage and urban development from a cultural economic perspective. Awareness on socio-cultural aspects of urban planning and the interactions between people and the design of the space will be brought by Urgent Agency, the case company on the ROCUC. Rambøll has offices in Hamburg and Copenhagen and are involved in harbour development projects in both cities, which make Rambøll a relevant case company for the HACUC. As a newly established SME Enterlot is an important asset as member of the urban challenge consortium. Enterlot works in the intersection of sociology, strategic traffic planning and computer engineering, and will be the case company together with IBM, Denmark for the HECUC.
We engage with Climate KIC as an associate partner. Climate KIC contributes to the Urban Challenge programme with a blog, wiki page and online e-learning platform that will capture and openly share and disseminate all information needed for participants, partners and faculty. The learning platform creates a track record of each learner, their contribution and completion of the challenge, course completions and interaction in the community space. Students can share their project presentations, and teachers can post course syllabuses, literature lists and case studies. The online e-learning platform will be open to the general public, including European HEIs, citizens, local politicians and enterprises.