Successful collaboration on knowledge products

Primary Challenge Owner: HAN University of Applied Sciences
Secondary Challenge Owner(s): none


One of the HAN’s strategic goals is to establish sustainable connections with and for our students and our environment. Within HAN, forms of ‘learning, working and researching together within this triangle’ have been used for a number of years. In this triangle is where education (students and lecturers), research (researchers) and the professional field (companies and institutions) come together to learn, work and research together with the aim of jointly developing and sharing knowledge. Working in the triangle is a breeding ground for innovation and thus offers a flexible, supportive and stimulating learning environment. There is a need to support learning, working and researching together with technology in a smart way. So far, we have not yet found a suitable solution for this. Especially producing knowledge products (e.g. articles or research) with all these parties is complex.

Problem: The challenge in establishing a successful collaboration construction in this triangle is that there is no digital environment in which all these parties can work well together to fabricate a knowledge product. This not only concerns the end product of this collaboration, but also the support of the workflow that precedes it. Supporting this workflow should make it easier for these parties to collaborate and develop knowledge products, and should strengthen the engagement between students, lecturers, researchers and the professional field.

The challenge:

Develop a solution that supports collaboration on- and sharing of knowledge products, and increases the innovation and the learning capacity of the parties involved.


  • The solution must be scalable to other learning communities
  • Transferability to other systems must be possible in order to guarantee digital sustainability.
  • The system uses open standards and takes inclusiveness into account according to the WCAG 2.1 / EN 301 549 v2.1.2 (2018-08) guidelines.
  • The solution should enable joint ownership.
  • The party that offers the solution has demonstrated experience with techniques such as low code, blockchain, learning analytics (AI), graph databases, and UX Design.


Do you have a possible solution for this challenge? Great! You can apply here. Fill in your email address to get full access to the documents and the application page. Applications will be accepted from April 4th until May 24th 2023.