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In 16 days, over 70 students created innovative scalable business ideas as solutions to local challenges faced by Utrecht's residents.
Join us for the FINALE and watch the pitches of the participating student teams.
Call for innovative and entrepreneurial students to combat local challenges in Utrecht with the help of open data!
ChangeU is a 16-day virtual hackathon (15 February - 3 March), where students from Utrecht will come together and work on creating innovative and sustainable business ideas. Any student registered to an Utrecht-based institution can join, as an individual or as a team and no experience with either entrepreneurship and/or data is required. The activity will take place in the context of the EU funded IRIS Smart Cities project. In organizing the virtual hackathon, project partners UtrechtInc Students, Utrecht University, Civity, and the Municipality of Utrecht join hands.
A fast growing percentage of the EU population (75%) lives in urban areas, using over 70% of the available energy resources. Increasingly, cities need to provide smart solutions to rapid changes. From energy usage to mobility, health and the job market, or the limited space we are all sharing. From Utrecht to its local neighborhoods - what start-up ideas can make the city smarter and better to live in?
Mission of ChangeU 2021
The mission for ChangeU is to match local challenges of Utrecht residents to Utrecht’s great minds in context of the EU funded IRIS Smart Cities project . With help of readily available open data, ChangeU aims to create solutions that can have lasting impact. Not just on a local scale, but can be replicated to other European cities, that's how to make a scalable start-up!
What are we looking for?
We are looking for business ideas to create impact in the aforementioned areas - using open data that stems from the Municipality of Utrecht and via the City Innovation Platform. The solution must meet the following conditions:
Read more about the judges and judging criteria here
Kick-off: Monday 15.2, 16:00 - 18:00
Let's get started! We will welcome you to ChangeU 2021 and give you all the info you need to kickstart the challenge. We invited experts to talk about which challenges inhabitants of Utrecht are facing and you will learn more about IRIS Smart Cities, a Europe-wide project to innovate cities.
- Introduction to the challenges in the neighborhood of Kanaleneiland, Susan van Wersch, District Counselor at the Municipality of Utrecht
- Introduction to the IRIS Smart Cities project, Arno Peekel, Projectmanager at the Utrecht Sustainability Institute
Introduction to the data: Tuesday 16.2, 16:00 - 17:00
No idea how you can access local open data? No worries we got you covered! Civity will introduce you to the world of open accessible data and show you where you can get it from.
Ideation crash course: Wednesday 17.2, 16:00 - 18:00
You might already have 1000 possible ideas on how to make a positive impact in Utrecht, but how to make them more concrete? For this, we are organizing an Ideation session, held by UtrechtInc Students. This crash course will help you to bridge the gap between having an idea and making the first steps into your own start-up.
Ideating with Data Workshop: Friday 19.2 16:00 - 17:30
Got an open-ended challenge, but not sure where to start? Browsing through multiple open datasets, but wondering how to create value out of it? In this hands-on session by Kwan from the Digital Society School, you will be guided to think in terms of data in order to brainstorm possible solutions for your chosen challenge.
Business model canvas workshop: Tuesday 23.2, 16:00 - 17:30
Now let’s get more concrete! You already have a great idea, but what is needed for it to function as a start-up idea? UtrechtInc will teach you everything you need to know about how to convert your idea into a business model.
Pitching workshop: Thursday 25.2, 16:00 - 18:00
In this workshop by the Pitch Academy you will learn how to pitch your ideas more clearly and confidently, to convince the jury and other people of your great idea! Being able to put together a nice pitch is a really valuable skill that will help you a lot to convince people of your ideas, also after the challenge!
THE GRAND FINALE Wednesday 3.3, 19:00-21:00