Teckno2030 Student Award

Eight guiding principles for responsible healthcare technologies

Are you a master’s or bachelor’s student in a French-speaking university or higher education school? Are you fully committed to a final year project or a team project involving the development of healthcare technologies? Then we have good news for you!

In a nutshell

The Teckno2030 Student Award recognizes student work that promotes the development of responsible healthcare technologies by following one or more of the eight guiding principles. Work carried out individually, in pairs or in teams is welcome. It is an initiative coordinated by ECAM and Yuza, in partnership with technology-oriented universities and higher education institutions in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, and supported by the Dr Daniël De Coninck Fund managed by the King Baudouin Foundation.

The Teckno2030 Student Award is open to Master’s (1 and 2) and Bachelor’s (specialization) students from French-speaking higher education institutions, and welcomes dissertations, theses and group works (e.g. projects carried out by a team of students), all focusing on healthcare technologies.

By highlighting the winning projects and their authors, the Teckno2030 Student Award aims to stimulate the development of healthcare technologies that meet the needs of patients, citizens and society, in line with the eight Teckno2030 guiding principles. Winners will also be awarded a financial prize, with 1,500 euros for first place and 500 euros for the next two, for each of the eligible categories of work.

1.What are the eight Teckno2030 guiding principles?

The eight Teckno2030 guiding principles have been defined to develop responsible healthcare technologies that benefit everyone. The objectives are as follows:

  • Objective 1: Promote technologies with a human dimension at the service of citizens and society
  • Objective 2: Ensure that technologies are both reliable and inclusive
  • Objective 3: Stimulate the participation of citizens and stakeholders in decisions concerning technologies
  • Objective 4: Monitor the quality of technological solutions, so that they always respect ethical, sustainability and healthcare guidelines.


Find out more about the Teckno2030 guiding principles at this link.


2. Why should you apply for the Teckno2030 Student Award?

Because by focusing on the development of responsible healthcare technologies in your final thesis or team project, you, as students, are contributing to a changing society. This is your chance to get involved and make a difference.

3. Are you eligible for the Teckno2030 Student Award?

First check whether you are eligible to take part in the Teckno2030 Student Award:

– Are you a student enrolled at a French-speaking university or college, in a science and technology course (engineering sciences and technology, computer sciences)?

– Have you submitted and defended your work during the 2023-2024 academic year?

– Have you paid attention to any of the eight guiding principles in your work?

If you’ve answered yes to all three questions, then you’ll be eligible to compete for the first edition of the Teckno2030 Student Prize, to be awarded in November 2024.

There are two award categories (with equivalent evaluation criteria):

– Graduation work (individual/binomial) in Master 2 or Bachelor of Specialization programs

– Group work/team project (master 1, master 2, bachelor of specialization)

Even if your work is confidential, you can still take part in the Teckno2030 Student Award. The jury must be able to read and evaluate your work. We also ask you to justify the evaluation criteria on the application form. We want to be able to share this information with the public.

4. How are the winners of the Teckno2030 Student Award selected?

The selection process takes place in two stages: first a pre-selection within each participating institution, then the final selection at the Belgian French-speaking level.

Stage 1: pre-selection within each institution

With the Teckno2030 Student Award, the competition begins at university and college level. Each institution is free to organize the selection process in its own way. The jury at institutional level selects a maximum of two final works for each category covered by the institution (master’s or bachelor’s degree), which can then compete for the award. 

In autumn 2023, you will receive further information from your institution about this pre-selection procedure.

Stage 2: Final selection at the Belgian French-speaking level

An independent jury will scrutinize each institution’s selections for each of the two award categories based on the evaluation criteria. 

And then the moment will finally come… In November 2024, we’ll announce the winners of the Teckno2030 Student Award. This is your chance to stand out and shine. So don’t hesitate and try your luck. The winners in each category will also receive a financial prize of 1,500 euros for their work. Students or groups of students finishing in second and third place also receive a financial prize (to be shared in the case of group work) of 500 euros respectively.

5. What are the evaluation criteria for the Teckno2030 Student Award?

The Teckno2030 Student Award recognizes student work on the development of a healthcare technology that demonstrates the implementation of one or more of the eight Teckno2030 guiding principles. The jury takes six criteria into account when assessing the work: four criteria linked to the objectives of the above-mentioned guiding principles, one criterion linked to the creativity and innovation dimensions of the work, and one criterion linked to the students’ personal vision of the eight guiding principles.

– Criterion 1: Promote a human approach to technology and data management

– Criterion 2: Support societal roots by ensuring that technology is both reliable and inclusive

– Criterion 3: Encourage citizen and stakeholder participation in technology decisions

– Criterion 4: Controlling the quality of technologies and their impact on society

– Criteria 5 : Creativity and innovation

– Criterion 6: Personal vision of the guiding principles

It is not necessary to meet each of the first four criteria to have a chance of winning a Teckno2030 Student Award. However, it is necessary to meet the fifth and sixth criteria. For each of the six criteria, we’ve provided a list of inspirational questions to download here , which you can use to see how well you meet them. You can also use the following online checklist.

6. How do I submit my work for the Teckno2030 Student Award?

If you would like to submit your work for the Teckno2030 Student Award, you can already contact the award ambassador at your institution (see contact details below). Your ambassador will then tell you exactly how the pre-selection of works will be carried out in your institution, so that you have a chance of competing for the final selection at the French-speaking Belgian level.

Your application consists of your work and an application form describing your work in relation to the 6 evaluation criteria defined for the Teckno2030 Student Award. This form can be downloaded here.

Works selected by each institution can be submitted for the final selection until September 15, 2024 (midnight). To do so, simply send the complete application to the following 2 addresses: o.cartiaux@ecam.be and lara.vigneron@yuza.be.

Works can be submitted in either French or English.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at lara.vigneron@yuza.be.

Your establishment is not in the list? Please contact us to let us know (e-mail to Olivier Cartiaux o.cartiaux@ecam.be). We will then contact your establishment to offer them the opportunity to take part in the award.


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