The Utrecht Challenge Alliance is an alliance for open innovation that aims to find regional solutions to social issues in collaboration between businesses, public organizations, governments and educational institutions. Within challenges students, professionals and citizens work together on these issues, leading to new insights, knowledge development and concepts for innovative solutions that contribute to healthy and sustainable urban living.
We organise challenges in which students and organisations work together to solve social issues in the Utrecht regionNext challenges
The Alliance is committed to working with organizations and public-private partnerships to identify concrete innovation questions around social issues. In cooperation with educational institutions to ensure that students can play a role in answering these questions. To help ensure that sustainable solutions can emerge from this co-creation.
What is a challenge
The challenges that the UCA is committed to are short innovation processes in which interdisciplinary teams work intensively with citizens and professionals to design innovative solutions to social issues.
The programmes focus on challenge-based learning on the education side and are intended to contribute to open innovation in the Utrecht region.
Watch the aftermovie of the Sustainable Campus Challenge 2020 for a brief impression of what happens during a challenge.
The following challenges that are going to take place are listed below. Sign up before the deadline to participate in the challenge. As soon as information is available it will be updated here.
15, 27 to 30 September and 7 October 2022
Sustainable City Challenge 2022
You can still sign up until September 23
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Our website is currently still under development. Soon the information of the challenges that have been organized by us in the past will be displayed here.
Sustainable Campus Challenge 2021
Dates: 4 to 8 October 2021
In cooperation with: SSH, programme Goed op Weg (Well on the Way), Princess Maxima Centre, UMC Utrecht, RIVM, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht University, ROC Midden-Nederland and the Municipality of Utrecht.
Our website is still under development. For more information about UCA please contact Erik Mooij.
Utrecht Challenge Alliance
Living Apart Challenge 2021
Sustainable Campus Challenge 2020
Utrecht Mobility Challenge 2020
Healthy Living Challenge 2019