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Innovation Quest for sustainable INSA Campus buildings, media center and restaurant

Innovation Quest for sustainable INSA Campus buildings, media center and restaurant

Toward carbon-neutral buildings, media center and restaurant for the campus of INSA Toulouse
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Our challenge

Welcome to the sustainable Innovation Quest for the INSA Campus! This challenge invites students to choose between 3 pathways: • Embark on a transformative journey to revolutionize energy consumption practices within the building infrastructure. Tackle the complexities of both old and new buildings to minimize energy waste and optimize efficiency. • Reinvent media centers as hubs of sustainability and environmental consciousness. Reinvent traditional library spaces into eco-friendly, sustainable havens. • Dive into the world of culinary sustainability and innovation. Revamp an existing restaurant to align with eco-friendly practices. Rethink the entire operational framework, from sourcing ingredients to waste management, energy consumption, and customer engagement. Teams will need to create a comprehensive proposal, outlining their strategies, backed by research, cost-benefit analysis, and potential challenges. Presentations should demonstrate creativity, feasibility, and a clear understanding of the environmental impact and business implications. The challenge with the three pathways culminates in presentations where teams will showcase their plans to a panel of experts, highlighting their vision for a sustainable INSA Campus of the future. Participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate their innovative thinking, problem-solving skills, and commitment to sustainability.

Study format
Application period
19 December 2023 – 11 February 2024
Study period
12 February – 27 May 2024
Hosting university
INSA Group
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Learning outcomes

minimize energy waste of both old and new buildings

At the end of the CHallenge learner are at the strarting point in their journey revolutionize energy consumption practices within the building infrastructure. YOu will be able to tackle the complexities of both old and new buildings to minimize energy waste and optimize efficiency


design thinking principles

At the end of the Challenge learner are able to understand the design thinking principles in the context of an innovation project and be able to tranfer it on upcoming projects.


test ideas with different target groups


consider the user perspective when resolving challenges


work effectively in a multidisciplinary and international team

Learner will getinsights how to work effectively in a multidisciplinary and international team and be aware about pitfalls and possbile solution in team dynamic afterwards.


challenge his/her thinking and trust your team


communicate with and for the society (challenge provider or another stakeholder)


design his/her learning outcomes in regard of the challenge


reflect on the learning process


receive feedback about your strengths, competencies, and expertise


pitch his/her solution in English


Potential progress

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Goal based on on your motivation scan

Energy and sustainability

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Critical and innovative thinking

Problem solving
Generate ideas
Innovative thinking
Creative thinking
Ability to learn

Inter-personal skills

Non-verbal communication skills
Conflict resolution
Verbal Communication skills

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The aim of this module is to get students working on the themes of Sustainable Development Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities) through an interdisciplinary approach combining Science & Technology and Human and Social Sciences, using the Challenge Based Learning format developed by ECIUn+

At the end of this module, the student will have understood and be able to explain (main concepts):

  • The main principle of SDG 11 is about making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
  • The added value of working in and leading a multidisciplinary and multicultural team.
  • Learners will influence the learning outcomes they achieve by setting their own learning objectives and forming their own challenges. In addition to learners’ individual learning outcomes, we have listed certain learning outcomes that will be common to all of those who complete the course by applying team learning methods and the design thinking process.

Two major pre-information to be taken into account:

  • Applicants should know that this challenge is 3 ECTS
  • Kick-off and first meeting are ONLINE but campus visit and meetings are ON-SITE in Toulouse, France (W 13, May 27th-31st 2024). On-site is optional but will award 2 extra ECTS (3 ECTS for online part + 2 ECTS for on-site participation)

The content of the module is divided into three parts:

  • Methodological lessons - weeks 1 to 3
  • A 10-week Challenge
  • A final presentation and personal report on the learning experience (CBL approach)

The three elements are described below:

1) Method package: Week1 (W1) – W3

  • Design thinking & Challenge Thinking
  • Pitching, innovation
  • Intercultural competences
  • Interdisciplinary approaches

2) Challenge: W2 – W11:

  • Brainstorming on ideas for challenges
  • Finding teams with common interest for a challenge and different Foursight profiles
  • Write an essay with your motivation for the challenge (250 words)
  • Apply for a challenge or define a challenge
  • Engage in the challenge as a team through Design Thinking methods
  • Define the main users of your potential answer to your challenge
  • Investigate the possible outcomes of the challenge based on the user's needs
  • Choose a proposal as an answer to your challenge
  • Define in detail your proposal for a more sustainable city

Open Week (facultative): Hosting ECIU students for discussion on-site at INSA Toulouse, industrial visit, on-site visit,  workshops on CBL and sustainable cities with experts

**3) Oral exam: W12:**Presentation of the challenge, the final proposal to solve the challenge and the different steps which have led to the proposal

**Pedagogy:**face-to-face, hybrid, distance learning for the method package, and hybrid for the challenge approach

Hosting university

INSA Group

INSA Group

Challenge providers

Restaurant service of INSA Toulouse
Building service of the campus and SUEZ (company)
Media Center of INSA Toulouse