Upcycling for Welfare Professionals
We are calling for innovators among the students at VIA University College to reuse, recycle and upcyle waste to new solutions for your future professions.
We invite students to address the challenge of waste overload on the basis of UNs Sustainable Development Goals. Regardless of your profession, ensuring more sustainable consumption through reducing waste is a major concern for future generations. Furthermore, waste produced locally could be upcycled or reused to benefit different professional practices. Help us create new value of the waste produced locally at campuses and their surroundings.
The challenge is exclusively for students at VIA University College.
At a workshop event at VIA University College Campus Viborg, we will launch the challenge and work with students to get an understanding of the subject of the challenge.
Submit your first drafts for ideas before 31st of October at 15.00. Challenge facilitators as well as co-innovators will be able to share their insights and give feedback on your idea.
Submit your solution before November 2nd at 15.00.
A Selection Commitee of experts will review the submitted solutions and select the best ideas.
The winners of the challenge will be announced.
What is the ‘Upcycling for Welfare Professionals’ challenge?
What is your solution for applying waste products or creating new upcycled products that will benefit your future profession?
As a knowledge and educational institution, VIA University College has a responsibility to contribute to the UN’s sustainable development goals, some of which addresses sustainable consumption and climate change. Each organization produces lots of waste each year. It is a joint effort to reduce this waste generation and adopt more sustainable practices by reducing resource use and extending the lifecycle of resources used.
As part of your education, you are going to work with and gain knowledge about the sustainable development goals – and how it affects your coming professional practice. VIA University College invites you, to help addressing these global challenges by working with waste products from your own campuses.
What are we looking for?
We would like you to create new, innovative prototypes for how a Campus could set its waste generation in good use. How could this waste be applied or upcycled to be used in a professional practice? This way the waste generated could become a valuable resource for different professions outside the campus. That includes developing new products, new materials or new approaches to upcycle and rethink the way waste is used.
All kinds of waste may be included and all ideas are welcome. A good solution might be applicable for one or more welfare professions. What matters is that the usage of waste has a potential to create value for future users. Thus, it is a requirement, that a potential solution is desireable – for the supplier as well as the potential user.
Furthermore, a good solution should address how it realistically could be implemented at a later stage of development. We are not looking for make-believes, but for actual solutions that could be adopted by your local campus. Check the evaluation criteria for further information.
To participate in this challenge you have to upload your idea/solution here on challenges.dk before November 2nd at 15:00. Please sign up for a profile here.
Please note that this challenge is only open for students at VIA University College.
Submit your idea to challenges.dk under the Upcycling for Welfare Professionals challenge.
Your submission should include a title and a short description. If you participate in the course "Interprofessional Weeks" at Campus Viborg, you should include your group number in the very beginning of the description.
Your submission should also include at least one visual representation of your solution in the form of an illustration or another image. Your Submission may include additional documents attached to to submission.
Your submission is assesed based on its...
- Is the solution original and new?
- To what extent does it set itself apart from existing solutions?
- Is your solution desirable?
- Will it really solve the challenge?
- Is your solution possible?
- Can it realistically be implemented?
- How costly will your solution be -- will the benefits be worth the investment?
- What are the most important desired outcomes and how will you measure success?
You do NOT have to answer all of these questions one by one, but please do consider them when developing your solution. That way, your solution will be appropriate, actionable, and deliver tangible results!
The challenge is based on UN's Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals are a call to action for all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. Specifically this challenge addresses the goals concerning sustainable consumption and climate change.
You can read more about the goals here
Population growth, climate change and increasing resource scarcity – everyone is challenged to relate to the world's challenges. At VIA, we have chosen to focus strategically on the Sustainable Development Goals and include them in our educations and programmes as part of a strong social commitment. This includes both forming and educating responsible citizens, who leave their own marks on the world and entering into new partnership models that encourages local development.
You can find VIA’s strategy here
Who is behind the challenge?
The challenge is developed in collaboration with the management and staff at VIA University College Campus Viborg.
VIA University College is Denmark´s largest university college with focus on applied science. We are an internationally oriented institution of higher education and help develop the future of public and private professions. VIA is one of Denmark’s six university colleges. Our programmes, courses and research focus on professional practice in areas such as healthcare, teaching, social education, technology, business and design.
VIA has eight campuses in the Central Region of Denmark and represent 18.500 students, 20.000 participants in continuing education and 2.100 faculty and staff.