On 11 January 2016, the preliminary document entitled ‘The Living Smart Campus’ was approved by the Executive Board. The Living Smart Campus (LSC) programme is a collection of projects focusing on plans for campus development whereby the campus is used as a living lab. The programme includes research projects, education projects, support projects and student initiatives.
Over the years, a number of projects have been initiated in which the campus was and is still used as a living lab. However, as the initial exploratory report on the need for a campus services department (2015) also showed, there should be more supervision and efforts to forge connections and collaborations between campus development projects. The Executive Board has appointed an LSC steering committee to start drawing up a plan. The steering committee consists of Mirjam Bult (Executive Board), Maarten van Steen (CTIT, Centre for Telematics and Information Technology) and Eline van Hove (Student Union). The steering committee was tasked with the following:
To draw up a general outline of the Living Smart Campus programme (translation of Vision 2020 into campus development objectives) and formulate an action plan to organize and realize its objectives. The steering committee would like to present its findings to the Executive Board before the summer of 2016.
TO TEST, DEMONSTRATE AND REALIZE
The Campus of the University of Twente is an innovative place where prototypes can be tested. In this way, scientists can test, demonstrate and realize their innovations on the Campus as a big in- and outdoor testing area. What UT-researchers and spin-offs can achieve becomes visible. These kind of experiments give us the ability to anticipate on future developments. That’s how we create our Smart Campus, a place where the future is palpable.
UT students and staff were challenged to come up with ideas for the Living Smart Campus. Six pilot projects were selected from 50 entries: from health assessments by ‘Healthy Heroes’ to a competition for the most energy conscious student flat.