Dates and topics Challenge Programme 2018-2019

Dates and Topics of the four modules:

TU Delft & Politecnico di Milano: 
Politics: dealing with conflicting frames in a multi-stakeholder context, October 4 – 7, 2018

Leadership in a technology-driven world is about having new and inspiring ideas, designs and visions. But it is also about getting these ideas implemented – and implementation is often far from easy. Why? Because we are living in a networked world where every decision a leader makes has an impact on the other actors – who might oppose these decisions. Leaders are more often than never faced with uncertainties, making their ideas vulnerable to criticism. Also, because our world is extremely dynamic, meaning that a brilliant vision today may be obsolete tomorrow.

The first module is about leadership in our dynamic, networked world, with its many uncertainties. You will be working on a real-world case concerning energy issues, presented by two practitioners. On Sunday afternoon, you will present your solution to their problems. Two professional actors will train you on how to effectively pitch your solution. Of course, the lectures by the staff should help you find a solution to the problem posed.

Location: Lecco (Italy)


RWTH Aachen 
Social Responsibility and Innovation, 15 – 18 November, 2018

In this module, students will learn about social responsibility in universities and the basics of human-centered design through a hands-on design thinking challenge. Students will work to implement design thinking skills and social responsibility mindsets while solving a design challenge at the intersection of higher education and refugee needs.

The students will get an introduction to socially responsible perspectives on research, education, and design processes during this hands-on short course. Participants will be challenged to invent a socially responsible innovation to address refugees needs as they are integrated into existing higher education environments and paradigms. The Challenge students will have the opportunity to gain first-hand information from the participating NGOs, volunteer organizations, and refugee volunteers in order to develop a human-centered and innovative prototype of their solution.


Leadership for economic and social value, 22 – 24 February 2019

The module at Chalmers will focus on organizations that create lasting value for their people, their customers, their communities, as well as for their shareholders (we call this “Higher Ambition” leadership)

We will work with managers from a large multinational corporation and use their case to develop ideas around how the corporation can raise their ambitions in multiple dimensions. We will then move into what this means in terms of organizational development. The suggested solutions will be discussed with the company representatives.


ETH Zürich

The mobility challenge, 12 – 14 April 2019

How to decarbonize the transportation system in order to protect the global climate and reduce local pollution while also making the transportation system more efficient to serve the mobility needs of a growing population?

This module addresses these challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective, focusing on the interface of science, technology and policy pertaining to mobility, particularly from the perspective of Switzerland.

Students from natural science and engineering curricula from the IDEA League partner universities will obtain new insights into how mobility challenges are or could be addressed via discussions with scientists, engineers, and practitioners, and team work.

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