The 2022 EUTOPIA Hackathon within the Open Innovation Challenge

As part of the Open Innovation Challenge, EUTOPIA is hosting the EUTOPIA Placemaking Challenge Program Hackathon. It takes place from the 23rd to the 25th of February, and the theme of the challenge is innovative procurements within coordinated goods distribution.

Every year, over 250 000 government agencies within the EU procure products and services for over 2 trillion euros per year, to meet the expectations and needs of its citizens. Be it public healthcare, roads, or pencils. As such, these agencies have an enormous effect on what types of offerings the market provides.

The EUTOPIA partners see the Hackathon as a unique opportunity to create new ways for academia to involve students and academics in procurements. The Hackathon can contribute to creating new perspectives and essentially pull the market to provide new innovative and sustainable products and services.

The Hackathon brings students from different disciplines from the six partner universities together in intensive workshops along with procurers to increase the innovative capacity of their respective procurements. The students’ assignment is to present a creative ideal scenario of what society can look like based on the insights and perspectives they create in relation to the specific procurement. After the hackathon, the procurement officers will analyze the material and use it as inspiration for upcoming procurements.

What: a 3-day hackathon utilizing design thinking principles.

When: 23rd to 25th of February.

Presentation: 25th of February 10:00 – 13:00.

How: Hybrid, with student teams working digitally together with procurement officers and stakeholders



European Higher Education Organization

European Higher Education Organization is a public organization carrying out academic, educational and information activities on higher education in Europe. The EHEO general plan stresses that: Higher education systems require adequate funding and, as an investment in economic growth, public spending in higher education should be protected. The challenges faced by higher education require more flexible governance and funding systems, which balance greater autonomy for education institutions with accountability to stakeholders. Thus, EHEO plans: improve academic and scientific interaction of universities; protect the interests of universities; interact more closely with public authorities of European countries; popularize European higher education in the world; develop academic mobility; seek funding for European universities.

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