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Welfare professions and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We are calling for innovators among the students at VIA University College to renew and rethink their future professions through United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are an essential part of the future welfare professions. Thus, sustainable thinking is necessary for acting and working professional in a socially responsible way – regardless of your profession.

Submit your idea or solution and contribute to the use of the SDGs as drivers for rethinking your future profession(s).


This challenge is exclusively for students at VIA University College.

Official diplomas and mentoring at the Student Incubator
Sustainable Development Goals

A workshop at VIA University College Campus Viborg will launch the challenge and give the participants an understanding of the subject of the challenge.

Submit your idea

Submit your final idea or solution before February 22nd at 3:00PM. Include your recorded pitch in the submission.

Review of the ideas

A panel of experts will review the submitted solutions and select the finalists. The finalists will be presented for the management at VIA Campus Viborg, who will select the winners.

Winner announcement

The winners of the challenge will be announced.

VIA University College

Challenge brief

United Nation’s Sustainable Devolpment Goals have had a significant impact on a societal level. Both national and regional the public sector has committed to legislate and develop initiatives according to the SDGs.
But it is in on a local level, that the SDGs can be translated into specific solutions and initiatives.
Thus, it is necessary that innovation through the SDGs are initiated in specific contexts or practice settings.

The welfare professions are pivotal in connecting the SDGs with these specific contexts. Here, the SDGs can frame and strengthen the interprofessional work as well as initiate boundary-spanning innovations.
The challenges identified through the SDGs will often be complex, ill-structured and not easily solved inside a single profession. New solutions need to be developed in collaboration between professions, organizations and differerent actors such as businesses and citizens.

You are invited to present your best ideas to develop specific practice settings or professions using the SDGs as guidelines. We wish to be inspired in how to use the SDGs as drivers for change, whether it is raw ideas, strategic initiatives, practicesbased activities, artifact prototypes or something else entirely.

Via student challenge

How to contribute to the challenge:

Step 1:
Form an interprofessional team of students to get different perspectives on the challenges.

Step 2:
In your teams define the context (or practice setting) you will be working in. You select a profession(s) e.g. nursing or social education and Public Administration.

Step 3:
Formulate and frame your specific challenge for working with the SDGs in welfare professions related to the context or practice setting you’ve defined above.

Step 4:
Identify the SDGs that addresses your specific challenge. Develop an idea or a potential solution to the specific challenge to rethink/renew your practice in the welfare professions

Your ideas and potential solutions may have many forms, including:

  • Ideas to develop your professions
    Strategic initiatives
  • Practicebased activities and prototypes

Address the rationale for your idea/solution and how they will be transferable to other practices.

Submission guidelines

Step 1:

To participate in this challenge you have to upload your idea/solution here on before February 22nd at 15:00. If you do not have a profile, please sign up for a profile here.

Please note that this challenge is only open for students at VIA University College.

Step 2:

Submit your idea to at the top of this page.

Your submission should include:

  1. 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 – not in the caption.
    If you update your idea while attending the workshops, please edit your original upload rather than creating a new submission.
  2. At least one visual representation of your solution in the form of an illustration or another prototype.
  3. A link to a video of a pitch for your final submission.

Your submission may include additional documents attached to to submission.


How does the Panel of Experts asses your submission?

You are assessed based on your ability to explain your idea, both in text and your visualizations, and your ability to create a compelling and sound argument for the solution and the value it could generate. Further, specifiy the SDGs your idea contribute to and reflect on how your solution could drive value to these particular SDGs.

Your idea or potential solution is assesed based on the following criteria:



  • 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?

Potential impact

  • How does your idea influence the chosen welfare professions?
  • Which of the SDGs does your idea contribute to?

Interprofessional collaboration

  • How does the idea include different professions perspectives?
  • How has interprofessional collaboration contributed to the solution

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!

Who is the Jury?

The Jury consists of a panel of experts from inside VIA as well as the management of Campus Viborg.

Challenge background

Challenge background

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.

You can read more about the goals here

Population growth, climate change and increasing resource scarcity – everyone can relate to the world's challenges. At VIA, we have chosen to focus strategically on the Sustainable Development Goals and include them in our educational programmes and strategy 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.

This challenge is created across different educational programmes to students awareness and commitment to the SDGs in and between their future professions.

Photo by Karsten Würth (@inf1783) on Unsplash


Ideas for this challenge (23)

How do parents who have work schedules outside institution working hours, have possibilities to take care of their children?

This is an idea how to get people to clean up in their city's and how to get the attention.

Making awareness about the environment in the school.
Instead of gym day, you could make it a day where you pick up trash while you walk or run.

Initial thoughts, by Maiken, Nettie, Michelle, Svitlana and Camilla.

There is not yet a final draft of the idea or solution other than there have been talked about a cheap shirt that could have a healthy function and how to make a pair of diabetic shoes that are modern, cheap and recylled from either cloth or plastic

Deny Van den Eede
Patricia Donner
Kaja Jensen
Nynne-Kristin Bech Thorndal
Nanna Skjoeth
Gitte Bavnsgaard Jensen

Group 4 - SDG goal #3
Healthcare and well-being

Group 8 (∞)
Clara Eriksen (266346)
Monica Vendelbo (258841)
Frida Juhl (259067)
Erlingur Hafdal (258844)
Marketa Cechurova (285568)
Emma Peeters (285575)

Gruppe 10
Mie Jæger (266360)
Lea Frederiksen (259409)
Gitte Holm-Jensen (265845)
Monica Outzen (258701)
Kristina Fredborg (267045)

Team: 18

See attached document.
In the document we describe our understanding of the challenge and our ideas and thoughts on how to work with the challenge.

Group - 11. We wanna work with climate change, we'll try to concretize climate change so normal people understand the consequences of their actions/decitions. 

Idea from group 19: Annelene Miltersen, Maria Vesterby, Maria Møldrup, Sarah Kolb, Ellen Bavnild, Anne Mikkelsen

Team 3.
Make a game for the kids to learn them about the UN goals zero hunger, where our focus is food waste

A garbage container that can sort garbage in different kinds of materials such as, plastic, metal which can be recycled

  • Understanding of challenge; What to we know and what do we not know.
  • Something innovative that will improve our professions in the future, out from the SDG’s goals.
  • Big gender differences between professions.
  • More environment friendly transport opportunities for firms and institutions.
  • The context (or practice setting) you will be working in – or thoughts about it, if you haven’t decided finally yet.

Brainstorm 1: Our understanding of the challenge.

Brainstorm 2: Difficulties with the challenge. 

Sustainable Kids (sus kids) is a learning app, with the purpose of educate and influence children in the age from 3-6, with the 17 goals of the UN's SDG.

Click here to submit your idea. Best of luck!