Silicon Alps at Clean Energy Design Thinking Challenge CEDTC2020

Last week students from all over Austria and neighboring countries participated  in Lakeside Park Klagenfurt to the Clean Energy Design Thinking Challenge – CEDCT2020 (19 to 21 February 20202). The competition represents an innovative learning format strongly based on real-life challenges of the relevant industry. Students worked under the coaching of SAP-Next Generation over 32 hours like in a hackathon and produced concept solutions for companies based on the Design Thinking methodology.

CEDCT is yearly organized by the Institute for Production, Energy and Environmental Management at the Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt in cooperation with SAP Next-Gen  and uniforce Consulting GmbH..

Two topics have been advanced from the part of Silicon Alps partners:
• From Nymea: Functionality of energy management in wallboxes
•  Silicon Alps in general: Getting added-value from cluster coopetition

DAY ONE:  The comprehension of the two topics benefited  from the presentations of Simon Seres (Nymea) and  Josef Ortner (Ortner Reinraumtechnik) and their intensive discussions with the student teams.

DAY TWO: In the observation phase of the Design Thinking Process interviews with end-users (Nymea Team) and Silicon Alps Cluster partners and management were conducted.

Silicon Alps express warmly thanks to our colleagues from LAM Research, PMS Elektro- und Automationstechnik, Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt, TU Graz, Comprei, Silent-Quo  for sharing their experiences and views with the student teams! Based on the interviews the students reformulated and fine-tuned the challenges and developed the solution concepts

DAY THREE: The developed concepts were pitched in a  lively form by means of role-playing and presentations.

After jury evaluation…we proudly congratulate the winner team “Kraftwerk” – topic advanced by Nymea!

The second place was won by the other Silicon Alps team, which came with a deep understanding and innovative perspective on the digitalization of cooperation and the special benefits for the Silicon Alps partners!

Photo credits “SAP University Alliance/Next Gen” and Silicon Alps