On Friday, May 19, the student projects’ event and competition TalTech Sustainable Futures took place. During the spring semester, the participating students dealt with challenges and problems as a team and tried to find solutions to contribute to a more sustainable future. A total of 12 teams (42 students) from four different courses (Startup Entrepreneurship in Built Environment, Entrepreneurship and Business Planning, Social Entrepreneurship, techEstonia - Innovation Lab of an Entrepreneurial State) took part in the event. Many thanks to the lecturers of the courses who joined EuroTeQ Collider and motivated students to make it to the event.
Teams’ projects were evaluated by the jury of five members:
Karin Käär – Project Coordinator, Representative of TalTech's Centre of Climate Smart Future
Triin Sakermaa –Tallinn Strategic Management Office, representative of the city of Tallinn
Joosep Perandi – student representative, Chairman of the Student Council of TalTech
Ave Ungro – Development Manager of Skills System of Kutsekoda, representative of TalTech cooperation partners
Karl-Kristo Vene - FlyDog Marine, TalTech alumni representative
The winning ideas were: 4Evolution, TestWell and Culinary Course.
4Evolution – is an End2End provider of energy-efficient solutions that manages the various stages of the entire building renovation process, focusing on solutions that improve energy efficiency, and thus makes the renovation of more energy-efficient dwellings more accessible to more households. The team members are: Phil-Yannick Borkenhagen (Computer and Systems Engineering, MSc), Hamidreza Zarrinkafsh (Engineering Sciences, PhD) and Dominik Beckers (Engineering Sciences, PhD).
TestWell – they help clinical staff reduce the number of redundant/duplicate laboratory tests performed by checking previously performed tests and giving the option to continue or cancel the process if an existing test exists to avoid additional costs and ensure the well-being of patients. The team members are: Merit Marquis (Digital Health, MSc), Laura Palling (Digital Health, MSc), Johannes Theodor Kollist (Digital Health, MSc), Tiina Soots (Digital Health, MSc) and Aleksandra Isabel Pillmann (continuing education student).
Culinary Course – a team whose mission is to reduce food waste by teaching children through hands-on cooking experiences how to cook healthy and diverse meals while also utilising food that would otherwise be wasted. The team members are: Merili Konik (Business Information Technology, MSc) and Anna Prokofjeva (Business Information Technology, MSc).
The public’s favourite was team Safe Space, which provides privacy, security and warmth to displaced individuals during the turbulent phase of resettlement by using easy-to-manage upcycled indoor tents. The team members are: Dushil Parshotam (Design and Technology Futures MSc), Taavi Ploompuu (Public administration and innovation MSc) and Ronne Sära (Public administration and innovation, MSc).
The three winning teams were awarded 650 euros and will go on to represent TalTech at EuroTeQaThon, which is a competition between the partner universities of EuroTeQ taking place from 10 to 12 June at the Czech Technical University in Prague.