In this course you are given the opportunity to collaborate with other LiU students, from various programs and faculties, in an interdisciplinary project group. All project groups in the course work with real-life challenges from the region's trade & industry as well as the public sector. The challenges are connected to the UN's sustainable development goals, which can result in sustainable solutions not only making a difference at the regional level but also nationally and globally.
Cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration form an essential part of the course and are practised in group work and through the "pitches", which are both parts of the course's examination and part of the presentation directed to the external parties.
We emphasize the importance of thinking sustainably and responsibly throughout the innovation process. As a student, you are also given the opportunity to create networks for your future and develop your personal and professional skills. The inGenious course, which aims to promote entrepreneurial ability, is in many ways practical. Here you can turn your theoretical knowledge into practice. Your competence in the project group is important. You may be the only one in the group who has knowledge and expertise in a particular area. In that way, you will learn a lot from each other.
The course is a collaboration between LiU and Almi East Sweden AB, a subsidiary of Almi Företagspartner i Östergötland AB. LiU is responsible for the academic elements (seminars, workshops) and assessment. Almi East Sweden AB is in turn responsible for contacting companies in the region, designing challenges in consultation with the companies as well as providing the pitch training. The students have access to facilitators from Almi East Sweden AB during the whole course, which they can turn to. Our student groups own their solutions and it's not uncommon that the challenge provider offers to buy the project results. Almi East Sweden AB is an important legal party in case companies want to buy a student group's results. That's why it's inGenious!
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There will be more projects...
Developing VentMee - the future platform for bringing people together
VentMee is a digital service developed by a student at Linköping University, designed to enable efficient ticket management in a social student environment. VentMee also strives to make social interactions easier and bring people closer together. How can VentMee be developed to become the platform everyone wants but does not yet exist? Within this challenge, you get the chance to work closely with a student-driven startup and with the opportunity to influence the development process of this product. “The sky is the limit.”
How can we make companies more sustainable by using Tiklo?
Tiklo is a (technological) tool for smart operations that businesses can use to improve their operational efficiency, but it can also be used in many other ways. Redapes, the StartUp company behind Tiklo, now wants to gain knowledge of how Tiklo can be used to further the sustainable impact for companies’ internal organizational purposes, but also for external perspectives (social, economic, and ecological). Redapes is also looking to expand the areas of use and adapt to already existing operations. Do you want to help?
A tool that facilitates Reijmyre Glasworks' modernisation and digitisation
Reijmyre Glassworks, a company founded in 1810, produce high-quality crystal glassware. The products are still handmade in the same place in Rejmyre, Sweden. The company is modernising and digitising its operation to increase production efficiency while adapting to new market conditions and targeting new customers. At the same time, the company need to attract, educate and take care of the next generation of glassblowers to preserve the local traditional craft of glass manufacturing. Reijmyre Glassworks is now looking for a tool to connect its present business systems and operational routines to facilitate communication between different teams within the company.
The city centre of the future
Linköping City Samverkan AB shall strengthen Linköping city’s position against other cities, external shopping and be a united force to boost the appeal of the city centre and support commercial, social and cultural growth. As Linköping grows and conditions of the surrounding environment change, the city centre, with its density and identity, needs to continue to develop. Linköping City Samverkans’ face the challenge of creating a lively city centre based on an innovative citizen dialogue for gathering insights. How do they develop a more lively and attractive city centre where everyone feels included?
Use Staga’s machine park to find new markets and products
Staga Sweden is a company based in Linköping that works with product development and manufacturing. By using the existing machine park, Staga wants to find potential new markets and products that the company can grow within. You will get a "crash course" in Staga's existing material streams (e.g. non-woven, paper, plastic, rubber) as well as its various production techniques (e.g. extrusion, punching, sheeting). Help the company find an exciting solution to its challenge. Let the imagination flow.
Prevent damage to properties due to climate change-related events
How do we prevent damage from affecting properties as the temperature rises? How can we prevent floods from harming the foundation of the buildings? Länsförsäkringar Östgöta is an insurance company owned by its customers in Östergötland. The company wants help to find solutions that prevent damage to buildings and properties due to climate change-related events, such as floods and heat damage. By taking on this challenge, you will contribute to society and give individual property owners opportunities to meet the challenges ahead.
An ethical, safe and simple way for animal breeding
We often read about illegally imported animals with diseases and defects, and about puppy factories. The owner of Vegas skafferi wants to create a safe way for animal owners to find their pets (or other animals) a partner. Today it can be difficult to know if an animal has a chip number or any other identification paper that can secure that the animal and owner belong to each other. How can you create one safe, ethical and simple breeding system/place/way for people to find and choose partners for their animals and - at the same time - make sure it has economic viability?
Which applications can be used with Ligna's sustainable energy storage?
Ligna Energy is a green tech startup company which is developing groundbreaking energy storage technology and products. This in order to meet the need for a shift toward sustainable and fossil-free energy sources. Ligna's technology is made from forest residues, carbon and organic polymers in combination with a water-based electrolyte. The company is currently focusing on their S-power product and wants help to explore applications and develop an interesting solution for its sustainable energy storage.
Smart ways of onboarding consultants
Coming as a new contractor to a relatively large workplace is a challenge. There is a lot of information to absorb and relate to, not least with a bearing on security but also to understand organization, interfaces etc. Siemens wants to find tools that make it easier for both new employees and new consultants to quickly and easily understand the business; how the company works organizationally, its departments, its security routines etc.
Designing Green Electronics for a Better Planet
Norrköping Science Park needs help to produce some demonstrators that will initially be used as part of an exhibition during the first quarter of 2023 at Arbetets Museum. The theme is green electronics with a focus on energy and climate. The challenge is multifaceted and includes various forms of design (e.g., graphical, physical, interaction and electronics), societal aspects, physical construction, electronic parts and more.
What does the future of projects look like?
Digitization is a growing area with a great demand for skills and a high tempo, with parallel projects and cross-functional teams. Many new people are being recruited to this area, and although there is often a goal of gender equality in companies, the majority of them are male-dominated. The consulting business often means working in several projects at the same time, with several parameters determining how successful a project is, both regarding workload, cost and from an environmental perspective. As part of Combitech's work, the company want to improve how to plan their projects, to ensure that what they do follows the Combitech vision for sustainability.
Enable private forest owners to increase their profitability
Södra is Sweden’s largest forest-owner association with 52,000 forest owners as its members. Södra's mission is to promote the profitability of their forest estates and to secure markets for their forest raw material. This mission also includes promoting high-yield and valuable forest production combined with nature conservation and cultural considerations and monitoring and promoting its members’ business policy interests, particularly regarding property ownership rights. This challenge will focus on the core of Södra's mission; to help the private forester owners in southern Sweden to expand their profitability.
A sustainable healthcare centre on Costa del Sol
The temporary employment agency Idoc, based in Norrköping, was founded and run by their healthcare staff. The company wants to start a healthcare business on the Costa del Sol in Spain, to meet the growing need for healthcare among tourists and senior Scandinavian citizens who live in the country for the whole or part of the year. Idoc has a strong customer focus. Idoc also focuses on environmental issues, which must be integrated into the business. What does a sustainable healthcare centre of the future look like?
Ideas and solutions for security, equality and community
Sibship has - together with several other actors - implemented various projects that improve women's living conditions and that create a more sustainable world. What the projects have in common is to raise taboo subjects in different ways and generate innovative solutions that make a big difference - for the individual as well as for society as a whole. Sibship is currently facing several exciting challenges, which all raise taboo topics and create value. What challenge would you like to take on? Help the company find solutions that promote security, equality and community for people in Sweden and worldwide. The sky is the limit.