Grand Challenge 2017
Cities, communities and citizens are undergoing rapid changes. These changes, while fundamental, can be disruptive to daily life. Enormous transitions are going on, driven by an aging population, migration, and international mobility. The public infrastructure is changing because of innovative smart city technologies, such as e-mobility and energy systems. Additionally, citizen participation plays an important role in the development of the city nowadays.
In 2050, UN Habitat predicted that no less than 70% of the world population will live in urban areas. How do we make sure these developments are sustainable for humans, the planet, and the economy? And which role will smart city technology play in this?
Smart Tech, Smart Society, Smart Cities, that’s the main theme behind the Grand Challenge. The TU/e campus will be our playground: how would the Smart Campus look like? In multi-disciplinary groups, you will participate in one of the three hackathons, each focus on one of the Strategic Areas: Energy, Health and Smart Mobility. See below for more information!
ATeam Eindhoven will host the hackathon 'Smart mobility in a smart campus, communication between autonomous cars and pedestrians'.
In the smart campus, there is no protocol yet for the interaction between autonomous vehicles and pedestrians (students). The challenge is to conceptualize a system that will allow self-driving cars to communicate with pedestrians, cyclists, and other vulnerable road users regarding the cars’ intention, and consequently, allow the latter to decide if it is safe to cross a road around the cars.
Therefore, the question behind the challenge is: How can autonomous cars communicate with vulnerable road users to facilitate movement within a smart campus?
Living Lab Home will host the hackathon 'Health in a smart campus, Living Lab Home – A healthy environment'.
The mission of Living Lab Home is to set a new, higher standard for all homes regarding health, sustainability and cost that can be achieved with technologies available today. The student team aims to design and build two demonstration houses on the TU/e campus, next to the Aurora building, in the Spring of 2018. They are eagerly looking for ideas and inspiration in the context of health, so there is a chance your solution will be integrated in the first Living Lab Homes!
The student team has formulated the following challenge. How can a home support a healthy lifestyle for students? In particular, how can the mental health of students be positively influenced by your living space?
In 2050 it is to be expected that almost 70% of the world’s population lives in cities. Together with the goals of energy neutrality, many challenges have to be overcome especially in cities. Solely one solution for the energy problem does not exist, but has to be found in an integrated system of multiple aspects. In this hackathon Team Energy and Enpuls are looking specific for a smart energy solution for the TU/e campus which combines energy efficiency, flexibility, storage and production.
The challenge they have defined for you, is as follows: create an energy transition pathway towards the smart campus of the future.