Openlab’s creative master’s students develop proposed solutions to societal and operational challenges from the city and the region. Submit your challenge for the coming semester. Openlab accepts challenges from Region Stockholm and the City of Stockholm for the interdisciplinary master’s course Challenges for the Growing City/Innovations for Societal Challenges. The challenges must be based on the concrete needs of the businesses and society and areas where you are interested in new thinking and/or want to find new solutions. Fill out the form at the bottom of the page to submit a challenge to the course!
About Openlab’s master’s course
In this multidisciplinary master’s level course, a team of qualified master’s students from different universities and disciplines dedicates 20 weeks to your challenge. Typically, four challenges are accepted per semester, with one student team per challenge. The students work with the Design Thinking method and develop prototypes and ideas based on the needs of end users, users and other important target groups in order to produce the best solutions. As a challenge giver, you get to share user insights and proposed solutions in a final report as well as student presentations and dialogue with the group. The course is held in English.
All student projects are presented at the bottom of our master’s course page, where you can take part in previous student projects.
Openlab makes a selection of incoming challenges based on the extent to which:
- The challenge relates to Openlab’s mission to respond to complex societal challenges.
- The results have the potential to be scaled up or disseminated.
- The challenge is connected to the global goals and agenda 2030.
- The challenge is anchored in the management of the organization that applies.
Tip: formulate a good challenge
- Formulate the challenge as a question that begins with the words “How can we…”
- Choose an area where you need to think anew and test solutions.
- Identify concrete needs and a clear user/target group.
- Don’t suggest a solution.
- Feel free to link to the global sustainability goals.
Participating as a challenger in the course is free of charge and open to all activities financed by Region Stockholm or the City of Stockholm, from unit level to administration or company level.
The commitment includes that you participate on at least three occasions during the course and act as continuous support for contacts and questions in relation to the project. You are expected to present the challenge to the students in connection with the start of the course (January/February, VT or September, HT) and actively participate in concept delivery after half the semester (March, VT or October, HT) and final delivery (May/June, VT or January, HT ). The course usually has many international students and communication with the student groups as well as presentations in the course are mainly in English.
To give a challenge to Openlab’s master’s course
On May 4, 2021, Openlab held a webinar on what it means to give a challenge to the master’s course. Watch the recording of the webinar below! (approx. 40 minutes) Note that the dates in the year wheel apply to the year 2021.