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Build the digital city of tomorrow

Build the digital city of tomorrow

ECIU Creathon 2024
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Our challenge

Digital services is one of the key areas of rapid development in the public sector, creating many opportunities for improvement, but also posing serious challenges when it comes to inclusivity, accessibility, outreach, security and quality of service. Cities that aspire to provide an attractive and high-quality living environment to their residents, have to stay in the forefront of this development, take advantage of the opportunities and tackle the challenges. Linköping (Sweden) and Enschede (Netherlands) are these cities! The cities of Linköping and Enschede have a close and longstanding cooperation based on common projects on a variety of issues and areas of interest. Now they have joined forces to provide challenges for the ECIU Creathon 2024 on Campus Valla, Linköping University in Sweden. Be part of this, help us build the digital city of tomorrow and make the lives of the residents of Linköping and Enschede better! The ECIU Creathon is a three-day event where 24 students from Linköping University and 24 from all other ECIU universities will come together to learn, create, innovate and have fun! We are also preparing activities that will give you the opportunity to meet local entrepreneurs and start-up representatives. Check the programme and sign up! See you in Linköping in May!

Study format
Application period
27 February – 25 March 2024
Study period
13 May – 15 May 2024
Volume of learning

21 Hours

No ECTS will be awarded

Hosting university
Linköping University
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Learning outcomes

Communication and presentation

Orally and in writing communicate solutions to parties with different backgrounds and domain knowledge


Group dynamics

Reflect on group processes and group dynamics in open innovation processes where individuals from different professions collaborate in a cross disciplinary way


Problem solving

In group develop and present a sustainable and value creating solution on a challenge.


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The overarching theme of the Creathon is the Digital Services of the Future. There will be two challenges:

Challenge 1: How do the municipalities of Linköping and Enschede implement digital services to their citizens? In this rapid wave of technological change, business and companies have made great strides in offering access to digital solutions. The expectations of our residents for seamless and effective digital services is growing and hence, we need to become better at using the opportunities of digitalisation and technological development to create higher level of service for our residents and society. In this challenge, we want participants to start with what they themselves see as exciting solutions that would give them the best digital services, for example in areas such as transportation, child care, building permits, public libraries, or city maintenance. How can we make specific life events, such as having a baby, getting married, or starting a business, as easy as possible for the citizens to know what to do and how to get the support they need?

Challenge 2: How do we as a government, ensure that our digital services are accessible and valuable for young residents, under 30 years old? In the heart of the second challenge will be the particular needs of this younger age demographic. Digital solutions are particularly important to this age group and the governments of Linköping and Enschede have a lot of difficulty reaching young people, despite the fact that they are fully active in the digital world; they play games, use TikTok, BeReal, Instagram, but they tend to lose interest as soon as communication becomes more formal. How do we reach them and how will the needs and expectations of young residents change in the longer-term with new innovations in AI, virtual reality, and augmented reality? What support can governments provide to help them through major changes in their lives, such as turning 18 or getting a first job. And how can we involve young people in the future developments of our digital services?


7 May 17:30-18:30: Online introduction session

12 May: Arrival and welcome activity (Exact time and place TBA)

13 May: Day 1 of the Creathon

09:00-09:30 Welcome by Linköping and Enschede cities

09:30-10:00 Presentation of the challenges

10:00-10:30 NABC, idea generation and simple diamond

10:30-12:00 Idea Jam

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 1 minute “take pitches”

14:00-17:00 Groupwork

18:00-          InnovEat – mingle with entrepreneurs and start-up representatives

14 May: Day 2 of the Creathon

09:00-11:00 Group work

11:00-11:30 How to pitch 

11:30-12:00 Lunch and mingle

12:00-13:00 Innovation Tuesday

13:00-17:00 Groupwork

13:00-17:00 Pitch training and feedback (available in parallel with groupwork)

15 May: Day 3 of the Creathon

10:00-12:00 Final presentations

12:00-13:00 Solution fair, announcement of winner, lunch, departure

The programme of the Creathon has not yet been finalised. Information will be added in due course and slight changes may occur. All updates as well as the final version of the programme will be published here.

Hosting university

Linköping University

Linköping University

Challenge providers

City of Linköping
City of Enschede