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What a weekend!

If not now, when

If not you, then who?

These were the words that introduced me to the second most amazing weekend in the month of April. This is one of the many posts I have looked forward to sharing in recent times. I had a beautiful weekend in the city of Harnosand with students from different universities in Sweden; all with a singular interest – SUSTAINABILITY. So, join me on this exciting ride as I give you the details to some of the things we discussed and who knows, you might just become interested in acheiving the SDGs like me:)

I got to Harnosand on Friday (five hours train ride from Stockholm), It was a very nice trip but on a wrong day; In Stockholm, it was 20degrees, looking a whole lot like summer (first time ever since I got here!), and in Harnosand, the lake was still half-frozen! Good thing I had a nice dinner and a very comfortable bed waiting for me upon my arrival (In other words, I had no worries…lool).

 

Let’s get the ball rolling….*insert drumroll*

Before the whole world caught the “SDG bug”, there were MDGs.MDGs refer to Millenium Development Goals. What’s the super big difference between the two set of goals? For me, the major difference is that SDGs involve everyone. The MDGs literally sounded like problems of the developing countries and then one goal was set aside for the developed countries to assist the developing countries in acheiving the targets (forgive my ‘astute’ description, lol). Another interesting thing is that the MDGs can be referred to as average goals. You would agree with me that if you read the targets of the SDGs, they are pretty ambitious and heck, who would not loooove to reach for the stars:)

During the summit, before we dived into the SDGs, we talked about development cooperation and mentioned various actors involved in that.  It was a general consensus to conclude that all the actors involved in development cooperation signify the main groups needed to take action to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Take a look at our list below:

As an energy engineer, goal 7 is what my master’s degree AT KTH aims at achieving with other like-minded individuals in my field of study. However, all the goals are inter-connected and in this summit, we extensively discussed goals 1,5,12 and 17.

  • Goal 1 – No poverty
  • Goal 5 – Gender equality
  • Goal12-Responsible consumption and production
  • Goal17-partnership for the goals

GOAL 1

Anyone who lives with the possession of less than 1.9USD in a day is living under extreme poverty. Different corporations use different analysis tool to determine the average number of persons in various countries in this category. We discussed some aspects that contribute to poverty and make it difficult for people to escape poverty. They include:

  • opportunities and choice. For example, education
  • resources
  • power and voice: one can categorise gender, modern slavery, human rights in this factor

GOAL 5

To summarise our discussion in a sentence, gender equality is a matter of fact and not fight when it comes to these three aspects:

  • rights
  • responsibilities
  • resources

GOAL 12

We spoke extensively on this goal and came to the conclusion that all other goals were linked to this. Most importantly, this goal cannot be achieved except everyone in the world understands that they have a role to play and start working towards it.

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This post is becoming a very long one full of important sustainability details. I do not want you to miss out on any important details by just scrolling through(haha!)  So, watch out for the next post. You know how everyone saves the best for the last? Certainly doing that right now!

However, just not to  leave you in suspense, think about this:

Total Aid spending by the OECD countries is pegged at $135bn and the aid needed for achieving the SDGs is estimated to be $4000bn. This certainly means one thing-

**BUSINESS AS USUAL WILL GET US NOWHERE**

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Week

Are you interested in sustainability? Do you want to meet people who share the same interests? Would you like to network with companies with these same values?

Then, do not miss the rest of the green week activities from May 2nd to May 8th. Green week is a sustainability oriented event organised by students for students. Green week is aimed at encouraging discussion about corporate sustainability and to raise awareness of sustainable practices in different sectors among KTH students.

During this week, you will be able to:

  • network with various companies such as Cybercom, Stockholm Exergi, SSAB, wsp, sustainergies (to mention a few);
  • participate in case solving events. This year, there are two case solving events. One with Sustainergies and the other with Stockholm Exergi.
  • engage in various panel discussions, lunch lectures and start-up night

To sign up for any of the events, visit Green Week 2018 Facebook Page. Also, you can visit Green Week Official Website for more information.

See you there!

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.

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