Tallinn University of Technology

The EuroTeQ project kicks off the Waste Challenge at TalTech. Students can join it either through existing courses in some studies or through optional courses. The best teams will be given monetary rewards and the opportunity to participate in EuroTeQaThon, an international competition for which the main prize is a trip to Brussels.


The course provides a project-based learning method, in which entrepreneurs provide students with challenges in the field of sustainability, to which students need to offer solutions as a team.

The results of teamwork will be presented in May and the three best will be selected after that. Those teams will receive the monetary prizes and the opportunity to take part in the EuroTeQaThon competition at European level, where teams from other top European universities will be competing.

The challenges that students will be addressing are in the following areas:

  • Cities (e.g. construction/buildings, outdoor lighting, streets)
  • Energy (e.g. recyclable materials, transport, data management)
  • Consumption (e.g. food, plastics, fashion)

Overall, six courses of TalTech will take part in the EuroTeQ Waste Challenge, two of which are open for those interested:

  • Startup Entrepreneurship for Built Environment (EPX5020) – construction students, graduates of IT and economics are welcome to participate. You will receive 6 ECTS for the course.
  • Social Entrepreneurship (MMJ5240) – Master's students from all TalTech faculties are welcome to participate. You will receive 6 ECTS for the course.

In order to participate, the course must be declared at ÕIS no later than 31 January.

Students in the following courses can also take part in the Waste Challenge, but that would be without a free enrollment:

  • Mechatronics and Smart Systems Project (UTT0110)
  • Information Systems Development Team Project: procurement (ITB1706)
  • Course Project (UTT0055)
  • Design Studio 2: Context (EMD0053)

The TalTech Waste Challenge is part of the EuroTeQ Collider project. The theme for 2022 Collider is "Leave no Waste Behind." As a result of teamwork (of 4 to 6 members), Collider aims to develop solutions that are economically sustainable, environmentally friendly, and responsive to society's needs. In order to solve real-life problems, it is important to know interdisciplinarity, which is based on the knowledge of different fields and the ability to link them to the needs of society and the industry. Collider creates a good opportunity to develop methodologies that support the integration of co-creation, innovation and science into learning processes.