Tallinn University of Technology

EuroTeQ Collider @TalTech

EuroTeQ universities have established the EuroTeQ Collider* format. We are starting for the first time with a new open course, "Green Deal Collider: Sustainable Futures" (3 EAP), which is based on the principles of problem-based and project-based learning and is an essential output of EuroTeQ Collider at TalTech.

The subject is aimed primarily at master's and doctoral students and is not limited to any specific curriculum/field. In addition, adult learners via Open University are also very welcome. It is also a good opportunity for the students to continue with the project as part of the thesis and/or to diversify their own activity. 

The course is structured based on the three-phase Discover-Conceive-Validate concept, where sprints (intensive study days) take place between independent and team learning to best support teams in solving their project/challenge. The subject culminates with the Waste Challenge final event, where student teams present projects/solved challenges in the “Green Deal Collider: Sustainable Futures” subject at TalTech’s Mektory. The best teams are awarded monetary prizes and the opportunity to participate in the international competition EuroTeQaThon. The grand prize of the latter is a trip to Brussels.

*EuroTeQ Collider is a challenge-based learning activity in which students are presented with challenges (incl. by research groups/businesses) in the field of sustainability, for which they then need to find solutions as a team. In order to solve real-life problems, interdisciplinarity, which is based on the knowledge of different fields and the ability to link them to the needs of society and the industry, is essential. 

Waste Challenge 2022

Green Deal Collider: Sustainable Futures opening event

The opening event, where the goals and the concept of the course and the projects/challenges of the research groups will be presented, will take place on September 7th from 17:00 to 19:00 at Mektory


The purpose of the subject is to support students and university employees in promoting science-based entrepreneurship and to develop technically feasible and economically viable products, services and business models for implementing the European Green Deal.

All students at any faculty of TalTech can register for Collider in OIS. The subject for the EuroTeQ Collider is:


Green Deal Collider: Sustainable Futures


Ergo Pikas, Kätlin Kangur

Duration: Autumn semester 2022.

Course plan

The final event "TalTech Waste Challenge" is held on November 16th.

The three best teams from the Waste Challenge will share and collaborate in an international setting and compete against teams from EuroTeQ partner universities at EuroTeQaThon. There will be 18 teams selected all together. The final three winners of the EuroTeQaTho will win a trip to Brussels. 

The team is formed by 3-5 people. Students from multiple disciplines work in a single team; ideally students from at least three disciplines.

The main lecturers are Ergo Pikas (Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, tenured assistant professor) and Kätlin Kangur (Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Programme Director of the master’s programme Design and Technology Futures). TalTech’s various research groups are involved as mentors for projects/challenges to be solved in the subject. 

The Challenge in a Collider project comes from practice – usually a company, but it can also be a government body, research institute, or someone from the public. Challenges have the following characteristics:

  • open-ended: the Challenge does not direct immediately to one precise solution;
  • complex: the Challenge addresses a question that has several aspects and parameters working together, with the involvement of multiple stakeholders;
  • relevant: the Challenge is about an urgent problem;
  • impact: the Challenge has relevance not just for the stakeholder but impacts the wider society;
  • out-of-the-box: the Challenge requires non-standard solutions;
  • inclusive: the Challenge addresses multiple target groups within society.

  • A design, concept, or prototype shows a concrete solution to the challenge provided by the Challenge Owner.
  • It can be a piece of software code, a scale model of a device, an animation of a complex system, etc.
  • However, the product is essential to show how it works and how it solves the challenge to the best possible degree.
  • The product presentation is in English.