Young Academics Track

Total of 25 students teams will be selected to join this unique and exiting innovation journey.

Challenge-based learning

The Young Academic Track focuses on challenge-based learning, where university students from partnering countries work in teams to develop their ideas and solutions to one of 6 sustainability challenges below. The sustainability challenges are brought forward by global partners and the selected student teams will be provided with a detailed challenge brief along with direct contact and mentorship from the challenge partners. 


Challenge 1
Inclusive and integrated water resource management

Green Strategic Partnership India Denmark
Combined logo of Atal innovation mission and NITI Aayog
Combined logo of Innovation Centre Denmark and the Ministry of Environment of Denmark

How can we develop to utilize water systems as multifunctional spaces that support recreational activities or promote inclusive communities while acting as effective water resource management systems – especially in rural areas?

#Water Resource Management #Multifunctional space #Community #Designing for Inclusion #India

Denmark 1

Solving Water Scarcity and Pollution: A Sustainable Solution for Sulur...

Mexico 3

Water resource as a catalyst for community integration.

India 3

Compost Toilet design integrating Microbial Fuel cells (MFC) that can...

India 1

Creating Inclusive Livelihoods: Fisheries and Ecotourism

Challenge 2

Velux logo

How might we design and build the homes for the future in a way where they have a low impact on the environment and at the same time provide inclusive, healthy indoor environments?


#Sustainable homes #Indoor Climate #Thermal Comfort #Daylight #Well-being

South Africa 2

Creating Sustainable Homes for Resilient Communities in South Africa

Ghana 1

The Green Crew - Culturally Inclusive Inter-Generational Sustainable Home

Denmark 2

atmosphere+ for everyone Engineering without engines – Using ancient methods...

Mexico 1

RevitaRoof - Transform an inadequate space into a healthy and...

Challenge 3
Conceptualizing regenerative thinking & systems at urban scale

Henning Larsen logo
Rambøll logo

How might we get people involved in making homes and neighborhood’s regenerative?


#Regenerative Urban Development #System Thinking #Leaving No One Behind

Mexico 2

Tequio - revolutionize the urban system by dismantling the barriers...

Korea 1

We are a team of graduate students focusing on urban...

Denmark 3

Urbanators - Make regeneration the default for new development and...

Kenya 1

URBAN REGENERATION A Nature-based approach to urban regeneration creating resilient...

Challenge 4
Data driven water quality

The logo of LE34
Ghana Water Company Logo

How can data and inclusion improve water quality and sanitation in the Greater Accra Region?


#Digital #Water #Inclusive Solution #Ghana

Kenya 2


Denmark 4

SafeSip - Data and inclusion to improve water quality and...

India 4

Harnessing Data for Water Quality Enhancement in Accra

Challenge 5
The Red Light, Green Light of Inclusive Smart Cities - Ensuring Inclusivity While Balancing Innovation and Tradition

The logo of K water

How might we develop smart cities that are innovative and take advantage of the newest technologies while not leaving any of its citizens behind?


#Public Living Lab #Korea #Citizen Inclusion #Smart Cities #Inclusivity #Resilience #Public-Private Partnership #Eco-system #Innovation #Tradition

Korea 4

LUMOS - effectively bridging the first and last mile of...

Korea 3


Denmark 5

A space that includes the citizens in every step of...

Colombia 2

SmartBloom - A modular architectural system inspired by the lotus...

Ghana 2

Ripple Resolution Busan Smart City strives to balance innovation with...

Challenge 6
Behavioural change for Water JUSTICE

Water research commission logo

How might we change people’s behaviour to reduce water consumption and improve water security?


#Water Security #Behaviour Change #Water demand & supply #water scarcity #Sustainable behaviour, #Households

Korea 2

Vibration-Based detection of leaks in toilets

Kenya 3

H2-ALL: Making Water Accessible To All

India 2

An app designed exclusively for high-income households to track and...


Empowering the community of Sankontshe Location to be water champions...

what about architecture?

You might be wondering: “What about architecture? I thought this was an initiative that is part of the World Congress of Architects.

The purpose of the congress is to create a platform to discuss how architecture can contribute to a sustainable future – leaving no one behind. This is a holistic challenge, and UIA is inviting “the whole built environment” to participate in the discussion, where NGCA is a key initiative in doing so by bringing together and into the congress, young academics and entrepreneurs from diverse cultures and fields.

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