Energy Efficient and Sustainable Campus Competition 2015-2016

Energy Efficient and Sustainable Campus Competition is organized for the second time in autumn 2015 in cooperation with Aalto University and Aalto University Student Union (AYY). Check out the competition, participate and win!


N.B. Competition submission extened until Feb 19, 2016!


[Suomeksi] [Entry Submission Form]

The idea competition aims to find and promote existing best practises and uncover novel ideas in the fields of energy efficiency* and carbon emission reduction. We hope to discover the simple and obvious as well as the unforeseen ways to improve the energy efficiency of our surroundings.

The goal of the competition is to promote discussion about energy efficiency and the vast amount of ways to improve it. We encourage people to observe their surroundings and think of ways to affect them. Even small, simple solutions can add up to big savings in the long run.

The special theme of the Energy Efficient and Sustainable Campus Competition 2015-2016 is smart and resource-wise solutions contributing to use of space in the campus. The average utilization of the university premises is 28%. This means that a significant part of the premises is continuously unoccupied. Aalto Campus & Real Estate seeks concrete solution proposals to improve the efficiency of space utilization and resources. Solutions are estimated on the basis of concreteness, feasibility and versatility. 5 000 € is reserved for processing the solution(s).

Competition Assignment

Our goal is to discover new, innovative and practical solutions all the way from small scale everyday improvements to more ambitious building and infrastructure updates.

The participants are expected to think of ways to have an impact on the energy usage of the academic community and the Aalto campuses. The end result should be a tangible, realistic description of the observed problem and the found solution.

Be it a personal upgrade in one's everyday habits or a bold infrastructure improvement concept, we are excited to hear about it!

In order to guide the focus of the entries, the competition is divided into five categories: Everyday improvements, Infrastructure updates, Technological advancements, Behavioural changes and Other exciting ideas.

The competition is open for all Students, Staff and Researchers at Aalto University. The entries can be personal or designed by a team.

The organisers, jury members or family members of either are not eligible to participate. The entries that were awarded last year, cannot be resubmitted this year.

Energy efficiency can be defined in multiple ways, but traditionally it is "using less energy to provide the same service". In this competition we are keeping the scope as wide as possible. We are interested in all of the ways to control energy usage, improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.


  • 5 000€ development budget (for proposal(s) in the special theme of space utilization)
  • Tespack Solar Smartpack
  • Tespack Mini Solar Chargers
  • Battery Packs for mobile device
  • Domesto energy monitors
  • Surprise product prizes

The winning entry/entries gain resources and budget to develop their concept further and produce prototypes.

The best propositions in each category are rewarded. All submitted entries will take part in a draw for additional product prizes!

Aalto University Student Union will award one entry, which is the most relevant to student life.


9th November 2015                          Announcement of the Idea Competition
16th October 2015, 13:00 GMT+2        Entry Submission Form opens
19th February 2016, 23:59 GMT+2    Deadline for Entries
18th March 2016                                   Winners published

Submitting the Entries

The entries will be submitted via a Webropol form. The entries can be returned in Finnish or in English. See Competition programme and the form for more details. The submission form will be active from 16th October 2015, 13:00 GMT+2 until 19th of February 2016, 23:59 GMT+2.

Competition Jury

The jury consists of experts in the energy field and representatives of all the organising parties.

Prof. Yrjö Neuvo
Research Director, Aalto Energy Efficiency Research Programme

Prof. Sampsa Hyysalo
Associate Professor, Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture
Senior Researcher, Aalto University School of Business

Satu Kankaala
Development Manager, Environment and Sustainability, Aalto Campus & Real Estate

Energy Specialist, Aalto Campus & Real Estate

Esa Markkanen
Real Estate Director, Aalto University Student Union AYY

Pyry Haahtela/N.N.
Member of the Board, Housing and Municipal Affairs, Aalto University Student Union AYY


The competition is organised in cooperation with Aalto University and Aalto University Student Union (AYY).


For questions and inquiries about the competition, please contact:

Eeva-Leena Rautama, Project Manager
Aalto Energy Platform & Aalto Energy Efficiency Research Program
E-mail: eeva.rautama [at] aalto [dot] fi
Mob. +358 50 343 8692


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