UNA.TEN – Challenge

UNA.TEN (Transform Emergency Now! 10 days for change ) was a 10-day open innovation design process inviting students to develop solutions to address challenges related to the COVID-19 post emergency. Student teams worked locally creating solutions and came together to share their process and learn from others. Programme consisted of five international gatherings and daily working sessions with the team.

Five European research universities, including the University of Helsinki, joined forces to organize UNA.TEN design process for students. 

UNA-TEN is a part of the University Alliance Europe, UNA Europa, which draws on collective strength to create a truly European inter-university environment, a university of the future.


Rethink Culture & Entartainment post Covid

How might we rethink entertainment and cultural activities during the Covid post-emergency period? 

The social distance measures resulted in the suspension of many cultural activities as long with the closure or many spaces dedicated to cultural and entertainment events such as museums, cinemas, theatres, clubs and so on. Several organizations have decided to offer online events, seldom for free,  many others are still thinking about how to transfer their activities online. The common challenges that most of the organizations have to face are how to provide an engaging social experience remotely as well as how to innovate their business model in order to make the current situation economically sustainable.

Online digital consent

How might we protect our privacy and help to fight dangers, fears, and misconceptions in a digital world?

In this moments of lockdown we are producing an unprecedented amount of data. Consuming various digital contents, using multiple platforms to remain connected and entertain ourselves (by registering and downloading them), sharing contents with family, partners and the world (and often those contents are personal, private). Thanks to the data we leave in our browsing on the net, we allow the construction of useful identities aimed to offer us other services and products. If at this moment it becomes difficult to escape this perspective because some digital tools are indispensable, it is useful, however, to be aware of what we do when we consent to the processing of our data.

Travelling post Covid

How might we ensure traveller safety while Covid 19 is not fully defeated yet?

Europe as a region hosts almost half of the World Heritage listed sites, and used to welcome visitors from all around the world. European citizens, in particular, used to travel around the European countries freely and with ease, even for just a weekend. Currently, the vast number of actors involved in the european hospitality sector are worried about the future of travel market once the Covid peak is gone: people’s perception of safety in social environments is changing, and mandatory social distancing, quarantine and closed borders, summed to the fear of travellers of getting infected, are all factors that are severely affecting the hospitality sector. However the change of paradigm may unlock new opportunities related to more sustainable ways of travelling.

Food supply chain

How to avoid food waste on the field level due to supply chain disruption?

A protracted pandemic crisis could quickly put a strain on the food supply chains, a complex web of interactions involving farmers, agricultural inputs, processing plants, shipping, retailers and more. This disruption could generate on the one hand food shortage in urban areas where the food supply chain is more complex, and on the other hand enormous food waste in those agricultural areas that are completely dependent on urban consumption and foreign labor force.

How to apply?


A ten-day cross-european design process to develop solutions to address real challenges related to the COVID-19 emergency. The challenge was open for all those motivated to tackle the challenges COVID-19 brings us. Field of study could have been be anything, we built multidisciplinary teams to work together for a common goal. 

The program language was English.

Programme consisted of five international events and daily working sessions online with the team. 

UNA.TEN involves five European universities as a part of UNA Europa collaboration project. The process lasted for ten days and put a strong emphasis on early ideation and fast prototyping in order to compress the time necessary to select and validate the solution concept by testing it with users and relevant stakeholders. The process entailed several events aimed at gathering the international network.


Kick-off + Context research
Needs identification + International benchmark
Challenge reframe and design space exploration
Ideation and prototyping + International Ideation
Ideation and prototyping
Prototype iteration + International Milestone
Concept refinement and communication
Final Presentation