Innovate for Sustainability with AI Student Challenge

Hosted by Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) College of Engineering
12 - 13 January 2024 | Shenzhen, China

SUSTech College of Engineering together with multi-award-winning global design company Petrus, have invited local and international students - including from SUSTech College of Design - to join an interactive Sustainability & Innovation challenge ahead of the 2024 GEDC Industry Forum.

What happened at the Innovate for Sustainability with AI Student Challenge?

20 students from Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen, China, from the College of Engineering and School of Design, accompanied by 2 international students from BEST (Board of European Students of Technology), worked on a real world challenge about embedding sustainability in engineering education using as well the power of Artificial Intelligence.

The students’ challenge was to design an education program that enables all students to learn what they need to address environmental sustainability.

Working in international and interdisciplinary teams with support from a range of expert speakers and coaches, the participating students harnessed the power of innovative AI tools and tackled the sustainability challenge while developing their employability skills, coming up with 4 amazing solutions that were showcased to the GEDC Industry Forum participants.


We are so grateful to the hosts, speakers, coaches, jury and students from SUSTech without whom the experience could not happen.

And a big thank you to Michael Auer at CTI whose generosity enabled the international students to join this activity.

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of participants were satisfied or very satisfied with the challenge


of participants considered the programme adequately challenging


of participants would recommend the experience to others

I learned how to build a knowledge base for AI. Also, very happy to be working with international students.
Participant from SUSTech
It was amazing! Really learned a lot! Rich activities, nice teamwork!
Participant from SUSTech
Great speakers, multicultural, learned a lot!
Participant from SUSTech

About the organisers

Petrus is a multi-award-winning international design company that specialises in connecting employers with students and the global education community, transforming the way companies, students and universities interact. Created in 2005, Petrus now comprises an international team of research, communication, education and digital experts creating and implementing projects world-wide.

We design and delivers impactful learning experiences and creative campaigns, bringing together companies, students and universities worldwide for skills development, innovation, brand communications, recruitment, and community engagement.

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