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Student team Tilburg University winner of national SDG-Challenge University 2020

Published: 10th June 2020 Last updated: 15th June 2020

On June 5 the final of the SDG-Challenge University 2020 took place in Amsterdam. Fifteen student teams representing as many universities, collaborated with leading organizations (e.g. Heineken, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ABN Amro and Renewi) to develop a solution for a pressing sustainability issue; thus tackling a challenge of the organization within the field of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) The student team of Tilburg University / JADS came out as winner of the Challenge.

In recent months the fifteen participating student teams had been linked to an organization, after which they were required to formulate a concrete problem in a high pressure environment in one day. The various student teams then worked on a solution which they had to present last Friday in 5 minutes to a jury of heavyweights from the government, industries and the VSNU.

SDG challenge

Smart comparison of waste flows

The Tilburg / JADS team focused on the question from the municipality of Den Bosch. The municipality was eager to have insight into the percentage of retailer’s goods that ends up being recycled, as they want to be fully circular by 2050. The answer lay in a smart comparison of the theoretical waste flows from supermarkets and drugstores, with the actual measured waste flows by the processors. Incorporated in a clear dashboard that shows product and waste flows in one glance.

Student team

The winning team consists of six students from Tilburg University and JADS, with different study backgrounds. Jeroen van Westen (MSc Finance): "the feedback we received from the jury was that our solution seemed very concrete and realistic and above all easily scalable to other issues and other municipalities." The municipality of Den Bosch has indicated that it will start working with the solution of the winning team.

Jeroen van Westen, Negina Kargar, Levi Portier, Else
Hagers, Dayana Chong Denegri & Yorick van Zweeden.


More information can be found at the website of the Challenge.
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