Under the working title “Holistic Sustainability approach for Innovations”, a group of 32 students from the KIC InnoEnergy master programme in Renewable Energy (RENE) joined a two-day innovation seminar last 25-26th of July in the Living Lab LOW3.
The group formed by students from six different countries had the opportunity to learn the innovative concepts of UPC´s nearly zero energy buildings and renewable energy technologies through guided visits, presentations, explorations and analysis of the LOW3 solar house located at the ETSAV campus in Sant Cugat del Vallés.
The co-creation and innovative seminar had as main objective to allow the students to understand and apply a holistc approach to sustainability through the visit of a neighbourhood project on energy efficiency and energy poverty, focusing on lifecycle and system thinking at city level.
During the sessions, the students co-created innovative product or service concepts for a more sustainable urban life in 2050 through techniques such as concept maps, collective brainstorming and role play.
In addition, the participants had the opportunity to discuss about social innovations and a holistic approach to sustainability with experts from the renewable energy field, boosting their creative potential and feeling inspired to be the “future game changers”. Innovation and entrepreneurship skills, as well as creativity, research capacities and leaderhip were the key elements that the students could learn in these sessions.