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SPIN-IN for Sustainability

SPIN-IN for Sustainability is a design sprint specifically created for companies of the lifestyle & design sector focusing on challenges revolving around the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

About SPIN-IN for Sustainability

Stakeholders of the lifestyle and design industry, just like many others, are struggling to adopt and implement innovative, sustainable practices and often require expertise and guidance or simply just need a small push to start their sustainability journey or continue their already existing sustainability plan.

Lifestyle & Design Cluster in collaboration with four knowledge institutions, Aarhus UniversityDesign School KoldingRoyal Danish Academy, and the University of Southern Denmark developed the SPIN-IN for Sustainability concept. It caters to the members of the lifestyle and design industry, who are willing to embark on a sustainability journey, with a focused challenge as a starting point, or want to further develop their sustainability agenda, with a dedicated challenge as their next step.

In the SPIN-IN for Sustainability, companies bring a well-formulated sustainability challenge and welcome a dedicated, interdisciplinary team of international students and graduates, that become part of their organisation for a fixed period to help solve the challenge and provide the company with recommendations for the future.The challenges have a grounding in the UN Sustainable Development Goals and run either for 4 days (short sprint, in person) or 4 weeks (long sprint, online).

The project has been running since 2019, having completed three successful years of sprints with 15+ Danish companies and 70+ Danish and international students, primarily focusing on sustainability and currently exploring challenges around digitalisation and circularity in parallel.

Challenges 2022

This year, you will have the chance to work with:

The company challenges will explore sustainability, digitalisation, product development and storytelling. Stay tuned for more companies to come and see how you can apply below under the “How to get involved?” button.

The Upcycl – SPIN-IN for Sustainability 2022 (partly danish)

Application is open

  • Short Sprints: 22-26 August 2022
  • Long Sprints: 14 September-12 October 2022

How to apply?

Send an application to Helene Jensen (hj@sen-sen.dk)

The application must contain:

  • Your CV and contact information
  • A short note explaining your motivation
  • Your preference for either participating in a short or a long sprint

The deadline for applying for short sprints is August 4, 2022

The deadline for applying for long sprints is extended to September 1, 2022

Main contact

Marianne Ping Huang, Associate Professor & Project Coordinator, Aarhus University

Other contacts

Kata Börönte, Project Coordinator & Research Assistant, Aarhus University


Lone F. Toftild, Manager IER Development, University of Southern Denmark


Helene Jensen, Designer, Design School Kolding and Royal Danish Academy

How to get involved?

Are you a student or graduate with a passion for sustainability and up for a great challenge?

  • Read our SPIN-IN for Sustainability Guide to learn more about the project
  • Explore previous cases
  • Reach out to us if you have any questions or need more guidance
  • To apply, send your CV and contact information + a short note explaining your motivation + your preference for either a short or long sprint to Helene Jensen (hj@sen-sen.dk). The seats are distributed on a ‘first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for applying for short sprints is August 4, 2022. The deadline for applying for long sprints is extended to September 1, 2022


Are you a company with a passion for sustainability and a challenge to be solved?

Reach out to us if you have any questions or need more guidance


Good to know

Companies are responsible for covering the students’ and graduates’ travel fees, meals and accommodations if needed. Please visit the guide for more details.

If you are eligible for ‘dagpenge’: In our experience, job centres generally look favourably on SPIN-IN for Sustainability. Please contact both your ‘A-kasse’ and your advisor at the job centre to get the final approval of your participation.

SPIN-IN for Sustainability has been conceptualised, developed and tested in collaboration with Aarhus University, Design School Kolding, Royal Danish Academy, and the University of Southern Denmark.


The Upcycl – SPIN-IN for Sustainability 2022

SPIN-IN for Sustainability 2020

SPIN-IN for Sustainability 2021 Ana Maria Moldoveanu

SPIN-IN for Sustainability – Gabriella’s Story (Danish)

SPIN-IN for Sustainability 2021 Anna Kersig

SPIN-IN for Sustainability – Team Woden


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