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The challenges for the 2020 programme

Challenge 1

Circular City Enschede - Municipality of Enschede

Designing strategy towards a circular city. Like the majority of cities worldwide, Enschede is working on economic recovery plans to overcome the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The ambition is to include a new strategy towards a circular city. In the past few years, Enschede has worked successfully on two parts of circularity; the collection of waste (a.o. campaigns influencing the behaviour of citizens) and public procurement (strict criteria on sustainability). But we lack an overall strategy in which we cooperate with/facilitate companies and their networks in order to boost a necessary circular entrepreneurial spirit in Enschede. From September till December 2020, two members of city staff will conduct a study on how to design this overall strategy. They will study policy reports of regional, national and European governments and interview stakeholders in the network of government, research and business. The study has to result in advice for City Council at the beginning of 2021 how to implement this strategy. Students participating in the programme are invited to join us in our journey towards a circular city. We hope you will bring in results of additional research reports. Or gain new perspectives by interviewing creative innovative experts that aren’t in our network yet. But of course, we are open to any new suggestions from your side. Please note that all policy papers the city of Enschede is working with are written in Dutch, so make sure you – (in your team) – can tackle possible language barriers. Challenging, for sure, but if you step in we might design Enschede’s circular future together!


Challenge 2

Care hotel de zwanenhof - Lucrum

Lucrum is a platform joining forces with organisations in the field of purchasing, logistics, co-creation, innovation, sustainability and real estate financing. One of the projects Lucrum is currently working on is the construction of a Care Hotel in Zenderen (a city in the province of Overijssel, the Netherlands). However, in order to bring such a project into fruition is a challenge and the organisation looks for your help to investigate this case and find possible solutions. What are the different scenarios for care? Which patients could be using the hotel and who would be the stakeholders? What would be the requirements of the different stakeholders? These are some of the questions are invited to investigate and think through with the Lucrum aiming to find possible solutions for this project. 

Challenge 3

Good governance; community-based empowerment in "Cool Blocks" - Municipality of Enschede

In Palo Alto, Enschede’s partner city, community-based empowerment is supported through the Cool Block program. This is one way of promoting civic engagement that is aimed to lead to developing communities in terms of safety, security, environmental sustainability and resilience. Gemeente Enschede (Enschede municipality) is interested in how these types of micro-level community-based engagement could work in Enschede. What is the need for community-based empowerment in Enschede? What are other good practices such as the Palo Alto example? What are their success factors and what does this mean in the Enschede context? What are the underlying principles and how could they be applied here? You are invited to think this through with Gemeente Enschede and the target group and explore ideas, best practices and possible solutions for this context.


Challenge 4

Finding a new way; How can we improve spatial information availability for the vision impaired? - Mark scholten (individual Challenge Provider)

Mark Scholten an individual with vision impairment (also affiliated with the Dutch organisation Bartiméus, has offered a case around improving spatial information availability for people with vision impairment by means of developing an application. Examples of such practices in Spain are indicating that these types of technologies can help people with vision impairments navigate in a more safe way, therefore the case owner would like to investigate along with the students the development of a technology and its implementation in the Netherlands.

Challenge 5

 Creative city Enschede - Municipality of Enschede

Enschede municipality has the aim of becoming a creative city. This is not only about cultural aspects or innovation in entrepreneurship. It is also about creativity in dealing with problems such as vacant (municipality) real estate, and in general about questions such as combining living, working and recreation in a healthy and environmentally responsible way. How can we develop a creative city? What are the important needs and wishes in this respect? What are the best practices and challenges? What are the underlying principles and how could they be applied in the Enschede context? You are invited to think this through with the Enschede municipality and the target group and explore ideas, best practices and possible solutions for this context. 

Challenge 6

Using consumer technology for increasing wellbeing in elderly people - Impuls

Impuls (Oldenzaal) is a welfare organisation for the region where issues from society are picked up. Impuls poses the following questions: (a) how can consumer technology provide in more wellbeing, safety and self-reliant for (frailty) elderly? (b) how can they be more connected? (c) which consumer technology can provide all that and more? (d) how can an informal network be formed, where informal caretakers are getting a signal from consumer technology when someone is in need of help? Impuls invites students to think along and explore ideas and possible solutions for this problem.


Challenge 7

Developing tools for a vital and healthy community in an ageing environment - Nederland Zorgt voor elkaar

Nederland Zorgt Voor Elkaar, NLZVE (The Dutch take Care of Each Other) is the national network of citizen collectives that deal with welfare, housing and care. NLZVE shares knowledge, experiences, bottlenecks, solutions and research in the field of welfare, care and housing. In addition, the network represents the interests of the affiliated citizen collectives at a national level.  

The Netherlands and also many other countries have an ageing population. This comes with challenges both in the physical domain (for example suitable housing) as in the social environment (lack of meeting points) of elderly people. These two domains (physical and social) are often approached separately as we think solutions can be found in an integral approach. Questions we have are: How can the physical and social environment in a neighbourhood contribute regarding the challenges we are facing due to an ageing population? Are there good examples throughout Europe? And what are their success and fail factors? And can you develop tools that contribute to a vital and healthy community?