Monthly Archives: March 2018

Pro-sustainability actions

Photo credit: Chidimma Ude

I love this picture so much! Can you guess why? The tote bag! Talk about being a walking advertisement of the SDGs ;). The unconscious act of spreading the message of sustainable development aimed at ensuring that everyone understands that as individuals, organisations and the government we all have our roles to play is why I wear a smile in this picture:)

How did I get this bag?

From Women in Tech to Cybercom

Remember the Women in Tech Conference held in celebration of the International Women’s Day?¬† One of the companies present that day, Cybercom, decided to host a meet-up at their office to introduce everyone to their innovation zone. I wish I could give you full details from the meet-up, but due to unforeseen circumstances, I had less than thirty minutes at this event. However, it was thirty minutes well spent:)

The Meetup…

So what made my short time at the meetup worth it? There were various booths concentrating on the various projects they are involved in as a company. However, guess the booth I spent all that time at? Sustainability booth!

In summary, Cybercom an IT consulting company, seeing that drastic actions have to be taken to ensure that the seventeen goals are acheived by 2030, have stepped up to ensure that other organisations are working towards these goals by providing digital sustainability services. In other words, they support companies by giving advisory services on how they can be sustainable in all stages of their businesses from ideation to service delivery. (Interesting right?)

Let’s take a sneak peak…

Remember:

Everyone has a part to play in achieving the seventeen sustainable goals. What are you doing in your little world?

Let’s keep spreading the word about the sustainable development goals ūüôā

 

For students who might be interested in all that Cybercom is involved in, let this picture juggle your mind…

 

Laughter is the best medicine..

Have you ever made a mistake that on all fronts can be termed  stupid and then just laugh at yourself? Do you feel better after laughing? Just in case you do not laugh at yourself, I can assure you that instead of becoming angry and criticizing yourself of how well you could have done better, laugh instead and watch your mood change:)

Share the stories…

Let’s go back to my first week in Stockholm. I decided to go grocery shopping and then just asked my flatmate for options. Thanks to his direction and google maps, I got there with no problems at all (this was my first time using Stockholm’s public transportation system)

When I was done shopping, I realised I was clueless on how to get back to the apartment- with five bus stations about 2 minutes walk from each other, I had to figure out which one would “bus61” stop. I did walk to three! Finally, gave up and asked questions.¬† When I finally found the right bus station to stand at, I laughed at myself for being “very blind”. Good thing is, I learnt¬† how to read those papers posted at the bus stands in that short period ūüôā

Another one of those days, I really cannot remember where I was coming back from and then in a hurry not to miss the train, guess who got into the wrong train? Oluchi Monwe! (X_X) The worse part of this journey is I really was believing that google map was wrong and I was right!


I was not in a hurry to anywhere in particular (just heading home) so I did not stand up till the train got to the final station!¬† The truth is at some point in that long train ride,¬† I knew I was already lost but I was laughing hard at myself knowing I still have not figured how I got in the mess in the first place. When the train finally stopped at the last station, I spoke to the driver and… I was supposed to get on train 14, I did get on train 14 but I was going in the opposite direction and the right train 14 was on the other side .(X_x)

So, all these happened with the firsts, but guess what happened to me some days back? Another interesting fix. So, I was going to some new place and trusting my confidant in such unknown areas (google maps), I knew I was supposed to get on bus 4. For some unknown reason, I did not check whether the maps meant bus 4 on the left side of the street or on the right side of the street. The next sensible thing I would have done was to read the papers and know my stop or just check google and pay attention to details of the bus stations. However,  over confidence stole the show!

You know how this ends right? Wrong bus obviously! Now in this case, I should have been so pissed at myself because taking that one wrong bus made me thirty minutes late for a meeting! However, I could only do one thing- LAUGH AT MYSELF. I was happy that I figured out on time actually because I would have missed the meeting altogether. However, I ended up missing “fika”

So what is my point exactly…

Moving to a new place, expect to take some wrong turns on some streets, miss the right mode of transportation, and many others. Do not beat yourself just laugh it away and learn from the mistakes. In the meantime in your “lost but found journey”, enjoy the scenery; you never know what you might find ūüôā

 

 

Music Tech Fest Stockholm

If you are into music, science, media making, prototyping, or if you have ideas for entirely new products and business models, this is for you. Yes, you reading this right now!

What is Music Tech Fest?

Music Tech Fest, or MTF, is a giant creative laboratory featuring music hacking, research symposium, workshops, demos, performances by internationally renowned artists and industry showcases that connect artists, technologists and business in a unique and vibrant environment.

MTF is an ecosystem of more than 5,000 creative innovators and scientific researchers who regularly gather at MTF events and laboratories. Music Tech Fest events have been held in many locations around the world including the Barbican in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Microsoft NERD labs in Cambridge MA and Funkhaus in Berlin.

MTF was founded by Michela Magas, who was awarded the EU Woman Innovator of the Year prize in 2017 for it. Magas is founder and director of the innovation lab Stromatolite LTD in the UK, and currently the adviser on AI and innovation to the EU Commission and the G7 leaders.

Event Details

MTF: 7-9 September
HACK CAMP: 8-9 September
VENUE: KTH!!!

MTFStockholm will bring together academia and industry, artists, makers and scientists from around the world to celebrate and invent the future of music Рright here at KTH. Past events have delved into Blockchain, transhumanism, neurofeedback, hacking the human voice, super accessibility, and more.

How can I take part?

You can register for the Hack Camp (a 24-hour event, September 8-9), and you can indicate you are from KTH on the form. This is important because the organizers want to involve as many KTH students and researchers as possible. If you qualify, you get free entry to the entire festival and join a special meetup on the 7th in the evening.

The MTF Hack Camp, led by BBC presenter, inventor and composer LJ Rich, allows you to access a toolkit of exclusive technologies and collaborate with artists and makers on challenges involving AI, blockchain technology, cymatics, robotics, transhumanism, synesthesia and more.

Bear in mind, KTH students and faculty who don‚Äôt get a placement in the Hack Camp will not walk away empty-handed. By applying early, you get in the funnel for other opportunities at Music Tech Fest. The festival aims to create as many interactions and opportunities for collaboration as possible and support great ideas. Alumni of the MTF have gone on to be recognised with a series awards including: 1M‚ā¨ follow-up EU funding, MIT‚Äôs Under-35 Innovator, and 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs by Forbes.

Take the next step…

Register for #MTFStockholm

 Sign up for #MTFStockholm newsletter. Not enough details? Read more about the festival here 

Why is my participation worth it?

Ideas started at MTF tend to take on a life of their own ‚Äď and many have led to patented technologies. By participating, you‚Äôre welcomed into a global research and innovation ecosystem that carries on well after the festival.

#MTFHacks #MTFLabs #MTFResearch #MTFStage #MTFTracks #MTFMasters #MTFAmplifier

International Women’s Day (Part 2)

Finally! the sequel to my last post is here. Did I keep you in suspense for four days?? It really was not the plan but this week is the exam week for the period 3 and I finally said goodbye to exams for this period yesterday.¬† You might start asking how many exams in a semester? The Swedish educational system plan is a bit different. I would explain this fully in a different post. However, let’s get on with today’s story…

HOW DID I CHOOSE TO CELEBRATE MARCH 8TH?

This picture is a very good summary of my day;)

Majorly, I had two events on the same day and I¬†tried my¬†best to participate in both the best way possible. First stop, the women in technology conference. As I said, the Women in Tech’s mission is to inspire talented women to consider a future in the field of technology. They also want to inspire and enlighten women already in the industry, to stay within the field, by providing the network and experience of successful¬†people from the wonderful world of technology and media.

The conference started at 10 a.m and various topics were discussed either as presentations or in panel-like setting. This continued until lunch time. However, as the discussions were ongoing, various companies hand their stands outside and I spent part of the time talking with them. I really enjoyed this part of the conference and I look forward to working with some of them.

You can tell I had fun too ūüėČ

SECOND STOP: WIKI GAP

Once it was lunch time, I went for the next event, this was held at KTH library. In summary, students volunteered to write articles about prominent women in technology for Wikipedia. I really liked participating in this event and I liked that we had a good mix. Both boys, girls and people that were not students all came together. For some, it was writing an entirely new article and for others, it was to edit articles with more information.  I volunteered for the editing team.

IS THIS THE END?

So, I participated in a competition organised by one of the companies at the conference and I won!! I had to shuffle back to the conference and I ended my day there.

My gifts! Guess what I like the most in the three?

 

International Women’s Day (Part 1)

March 8th is International Women’s Day and everywhere in the world, events are organised all with the aim of celebrating the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women.

WHAT EVENTS WERE HELD IN STOCKHOLM?

There were different events held in Stockholm to commemorate this day. In this post and in its sequel, I would only focus on the ones I attended. For me, the celebration started on the¬†7th of March.¬† As a member of ” Women in Tech “, I had an invite to the conference being held on the 8th. However, thanks to the membership, I heard about an event organised by EY to give insight to what they do and plans for the coming years. Also, since the conference tickets¬†were sold out in two minutes, it was an opportunity for those who could not get the tickets for the main conference to network and mingle with other women in the tech industry.

The event was divided into two sessions: The first one was a presentation to give insight into the organisation’s framework.This session was very insightful. Imagine a room filled with women; asking tech¬†questions! (haha)

The second session, MINGLE!!! I met amazing people during this period, who have done amazing things and are still at it. The wrap was good too:) Also, I think I might have had a whole bowl of chocolates(haha!)

Remember, this was just a warm-up session! What did I do on the D-day? My next post will tell:)