Partcipate and win - Idea Contest "Student Life Hacks 2.0"!

Idea Contest Student Life Hacks 2.0

Have you ever wondered how to improve your study experience at TU Wien through digital measures? We also want to raise this question as part of the digital transformation process that started at TU Wien three years ago. The experts in this field are clearly you as students, and we would now like to ask you for your input. With the "Student Life Hacks 2.0" contest, we have once again created the opportunity for you to give free rein to your creativity on this and other questions related to daily student life.

How does the contest work and how can I participate?

In the Student Life Hacks 2.0 we are looking for ideas and concepts that can be assigned to the following three categories:

  1. Location Independence e.g. How do you find your way around university?
  2. New World of Learning e.g. How can you help shape the new world of learning that is developing around you?
  3. One-stop-shop servicing e.g. Which processes in your studies could be simplified through digitalisation?

Students who are enrolled in a degree programme at TU Wien in winter semester 21/22 are eligible to participate (minimum age: 18). You can submit your ideas and proposals for the competition in writing, as a sketch/graphic, as a picture or as a video. Submission takes place via an online form, opens an external URL in a new window. Each submission must relate to one of the specified categories. A maximum of two ideas per category can be submitted per participant. There is no minimum requirement for the scope, but the idea presented must be comprehensible and understandable to the jury. A jury will evaluate the submitted entries according to the following criteria:

  • Originality of the idea and "thinking out of the box".
  • Added value for the students of TU Wien
  • The presentation and comprehensibility of the idea
  • Feasibility of the proposal as well as the sustainability of the idea

Submission deadline: 12.12.2021, 23:59h.

The winners will be notified in writing and invited to the award ceremony.

Participate and win!

Good ideas should of course be rewarded in two ways. There are some cool prizes for the three best ideas: a gift certificate worth €500 each, to spend on electronic gadgets and more. The winning ideas will also be used in the digital transformation process and implemented by project teams. This means that all students will benefit.

It's easy to take part: all the information can be found in the TU coLAB Info Space, opens an external URL in a new window, where you will find the online form and all the detailed information. Just enter and then you can already start the submission process.


.digital office

The .digital office coordinates the implementation process of the digitalization strategy and is responsible for facilitating and designing implementation measures and specific digitalization projects. In doing so, the .digital office supports the institutes and departments in the implementation of these projects and ensures the interconnecting of existing digital competences at TU Wien in order to avoid redundancies and to ensure cost efficiency.

Digitalization projects

[Translate to English:] Digitalzation projects at TU Wien

The .digital office coordinates, supports and connects various projects within the scope of the digitalization strategy.

Objectives of the digital transformation

TU Wien's digitalization strategy  has defined objectives in the areas of research, studying and teaching, administration and infrastructure which are to be realized. These objectives can be condensed into a number of core topics: digital skills, smart campus, data, analytics & prediction as well as platforms and networks.


[Translate to English:] collaboration

Digital tools can be used to make working together with colleagues and in teams a lot simpler. At TU Wien, various new services are currently developed to facilitate collaboration even more.

Focus Groups

[Translate to English:] Focus groups

The focus groups were formed for the topic areas research, studying and teaching, administration and students to stimulate the involvement and the networking among interested staff and students.


[Translate to English:] Information update events

.digital roadshow and .digital updates - jointly designing the digital transformation


[Translate to English:] .digital office team

You can find your contact persons at the .digital office here

Current .dblog posts

The .digital blog offers posts on interesting topics on digitalization matters in general and the digital transformation at TU Wien in particular:

YouTube and JoVE: for using videos in teaching and research

Teaching staff and researchers are increasingly taking advantage of new opportunities to supplement their content or to prepare it in a completely different way

The TU Wien Library is expanding its current range of consulting and training courses into a comprehensive blended learning course programme for academic work. We are currently looking at e-learning elements such as webinars, as well as the flipped or inverted classroom method. Online media play an important part here: they are made available to students to prepare for and follow-up on attended classes. Learning videos are particularly important. These can be used to convert background knowledge or method knowledge into suitable visuals more easily and can be used anywhere. For example, take a look at these comic videos to teach information skills, opens an external URL in a new window that I produced with my previous team in Berlin: [embedded video]

The TU Wien Library also has the expertise for creating learning videos (storyboards, video editing, etc.), so our staff will be happy to provide teaching staff with information, discuss experiences with them and give them some tips. In the context of TU Wien's digitalization strategy, we also envisage that, together with, opens an external URL in a new window solutions, the TUWEL team and others, we can be more involved in the production of videos (e.g. rooms available with appropriate equipment) and a technical service for video production right across TU Wien.

If you would like to obtain financial support for video production, please refer to the current call for tenders from the Forum for new media in education in Austria, opens an external URL in a new window. Applications for funding for digital media projects in higher education can be submitted to this organisation until 09/09/2019.

Scientific videos and video articles as a 'moving' alternative

In science, videos are increasingly being used as an illustrative supplement or even as a substitute for articles, mostly to provide better or clearer explanations of experiments. These 'science videos' or 'video articles' are subject to the peer-review process, just like any other article.

From this year, TU Wien Library has been enabling IP-based access to 4 sections of the JoVE video journals, opens an external URL in a new windowacross the TU campus in the form of a paid test: biology, engineering, biotechnology and chemistry. You may also find videos relevant to teaching here.

JoVE is not only a publication body for video articles produced by researchers; for a fee, it also produces videos together with researchers. However, in line with open access, JoVE does incur additional charges to make videos accessible.

TU Wien Academic Press could, of course, also produce, publish and make available this type of 'science video' or 'video article' in line with Gold open access. We would not introduce a separate journal for this, but would provide the videos in TU Wien's institutional repository reposiTUm, opens an external URL in a new window as individual documents with DOIs and use metadata delivery to ensure their distribution and international visibility.


Contact information .digital office


TUchat, opens an external URL in a new window: #digital, #tu_colab community or via direct message to the team members

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