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Let’s solve a challenge…

Recently, I was talking to a friend and we agreed that one of the reasons we love KTH is the closeness to the “real world”; the opportunity of interacting with companies, the vast range of startups you can collaborate with and then, the events to feed your interests in certain innovative projects.

One of such events has to be the Hackathons. During these events, great ideas have been birthed for the host companies and most people who participate, have found it challenging enough to spike some innovative ideas in their minds.

As KTH students, we are lucky enough to have some of these hackathons hosted right in campus! One of such examples is…

SEEDING IMPACT GOES MAD IN UGANDA

In this hackathon,  one is expected to unlock the key challenges to scale access to Clean Water and Sanitation in Uganda. In other words, you are  creating a solution that will affect lives positively and also, contribute to acheiving one of the seventeen sustainable development goals!

More so, the winning team will go directly to the final qualification round to travel with MAD to Uganda this summer!

EVENT DETAILS

I love when these events hold during the weekend. This means no classes, so everyone can participate! However, I recently just found out about this and felt it would be important to share. To this end, if you do not have plans tomorrow, come take a chance on participating in a hackathon that acheives something greater!

When: 8th of April 11am – 7pm
Where: Valhallavägen 79, 5th floor, 114 28 Stockholm

You can find out more information here

 

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 🙂

 

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

 

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 – right 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’t 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€ follow-up EU funding, MIT’s 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 – and many have led to patented technologies. By participating, you’re welcomed into a global research and innovation ecosystem that carries on well after the festival.

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

ISCN 2018!

Do you know that KTH would host the 12th Annual International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) in June? Oh well, now you know:)

WHAT IS ISCN?

The International Sustainable Campus Network provides a global forum to support leading colleges, universities and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas and best practices for acheiving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and training.

The theme of ISCN 2018 is: Sustainable Development: Acting with Purpose

There was a call for abstract which was due 15th January. Here is a list of possible topics that were available then:

  • Promoting education for sustainable development
  • Promoting research for sustainable development
  • The role of academia in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Sustainable meeting solutions: Including examples of how Higher Education Institutes reduce their own impacts using mediated reality and technology for travel-free meetings
  • Gender, Diversity and Representation: Higher Education Institutes and Sustainable Development
  • The role of investment in supporting Sustainable Development
  • Campus operations, Campus Facilities and Campus development
  • Campus as Living Lab – education, research and collaboration in campus projects
  • Projects on campus (e.g., building, apps, student engagement, etc.)
  • Challenge driven education for global sustainable development
  • Incentives for integrating Sustainable Development in Higher Education Institutes- including major university excellence ranking and rating organizations.

Take a look at the programme planned  for the conference here

I am very excited that this is taking place at KTH this year as you know that I believe everyone should take conscious efforts towards a sustainable lifestyle in all that we do. Furthermore, I have exciting news for you, if you are a KTH student! You can volunteer for this event!!

You can volunteer as a technical support or a host. You can  find more details about this here

There are benefits to volunteering for this programme and they include:

  • Free conference registration with free access to the conference’s day sessions (worth 3300 SEK)
  • All coffee breaks and lunches are provided
  • A chance to meet and network with established members of an international network devouted to sustainability and student sustainability peers!
  • A certificate of participation signed by KTH Sustainability Office
  •  And a really cool KTH t-shirt!

WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS?

No previous experience is required and there’s no preference for any discipline or background (Good news right?). All you need to do is to send:

  • Curriculum Vitae (In English)
  • Short motivation on why you want to be a student volunteer.

Send this to Erica-Dawn Egan (edegan@kth.se)

Important information: The deadline to send in your application is March 2nd.

So, if you are interested in sustainability and to make an impact, what are you waiting for?

 

 

 

Ice Skating!

Photo credit: Jarturun Sukthong

Who would not want to skate with such a view to behold! I would say, absolutely no one! If you do not have gliding around this ice-skating rink at Kunsträdgarden in Stockholm on your bucket list, you might as well add it right away:)

After the first semester examinations, some of my friends and I decided it was the perfect time to go ice skating.  Moving to Sweden, Ice-skating fell on the top ten things I hoped to try out at Stockholm. The joy of getting it crossed out of the list was all the mental preparation I needed to balance myself on those skates!

Considering I have never skated before, I was prepared mentally to fall as many times as possible till I get the hang of gliding on ice with just two blades carrying my weight. However, I surprised myself as I did not fall as much as I expected. Special thanks to the experts that went along with me;)

There are other places you can ice skate at Stockholm but at Kunsträdgarden, you can rent the rates at a good price at 9:00 – 21:00 (weekdays) and 10:00-21:00 (weekends).

Marco gliding like a pro:)

You can tell I was excited (haha!)

In the video, you can hear the sound of the wind clearly. The strong winds and the cold temperatures did not deter us in any way because in Sweden, “Det finns inga dalinga väder, bra daliga kläder” which means

There is no such thing as a bad weather only bad clothing