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Student Sustainability Summit

Do you believe that human security and climate change are connected? Ever heard of exponential technologies? I presume the answer is yes! This presumption stems from the fact that the medium in which you read this article is a perfect example- The Internet!

This post is the concluding part of my amazing weekend in Harnosand. If you missed the first, you can find it hereūüėČ Disruptive technology is becoming a favourite topic in the sustainability space and this led to the topic,¬†¬†Exponential thinking in Sustainability. During the summit, Rebecka Carlsson enlightened us on¬† Singularity University and the different projects that people are/were working on during her time in the programme.

Exponential technologies move from deceptive to disruptive. This is evident in various sectors such as transportation, industrial growth, energy implementation, communication, the internet, processing speed of computers, amongst others. Interestingly, most of these technologies span from humans thinking about ways to improve the ways of working in their everyday lives.

Follow these sentences, do they bring to mind any new technology or brew new ideas in your mind?

  • This technology might stop climate change
  • The solar car I thought I would invent has been invented by my colleague
  • We might live long enough to live forever
  • Virtual reality can make us more emphatic
  • It is possible to make an engine work on asteroid minerals.
  • The coming 100 years will be 20,000 years of technological development

Some people have come to the conclusion that forty percent of fortune 500 companies that exist today will no longer exist. This extrapolation stems from this topic of exponential technologies and the impending revolution, most people expect to take place soon.

Giving my two cents ūüôā Photocredit: Sustainergies and Svanen

CASE SOLVING

The next session was all about goal 12. Have you heard of The Swan or Nordic Ecolabel? Have you seen this sign on some products and wondered why?

Nordic Ecolabel Logo

The Nordic Swan Ecolabel is the official sustainability ecolabel for the Nordic countries. The purpose was to give Nordic Consumers guidance and to help them choose products which had fulfilled strict environmental requirements. In Sweden, there are thousands of products carrying the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.

However, despite the awesome work the Nordic Swan is doing, the younger generation including me is oblivious to their activities. In addition, companies so as to gain market advantage make their own eco-marks. These were some of the challenges we tried to solve during the case solving session

groups presenting their various solutions. (Photo credit: Sustainergies and Svanen)

COMMUNICATIVE STRATEGIES

Photo credit: Sustainergies and Svanen

This was the final session which dealt with how we communicate the SDG goals. In this session, we learnt a lot on effective communication with respect to the dynamics in the room and how to engage your audience optimally. Also, we learnt how to prepare outstanding presentations irrespective of the topic of discussion.

Then we played the privilege game and called it a wrap not long after that:)

Privilege game

 

PERSONAL REFLECTION: I really loved the sustainability summit for students. I would encourage every student to take part at least once in the summit. It was good to listen and share ideas with people from various fields and different universities discuss sustainability and other interesting topics needed to move the world thinking in the right direction.

I also like the efforts Sweden is making with ensuring that companies are taking the necessary steps to ensure sustainability in the life cycle of products and not just, the disposal of products.

Did I mention it was my first vegetarian weekend? All meals were vegetarian options only and it was soooo goood!! So if you’re reading this and planning an event for just vegetarian options but want everyone to enjoy it, ask SIDA for advice on the best caterers!

Finally, do not forget this…

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

 

 

Healthcare in Sweden

Today’s post gives you a hint to the reason why it’s been a while since you read a new post from me. It’s a common myth that accessing healthcare in Sweden is free. The truth is, it is not free but “almost free”.

For a tuition-fee paying student at KTH, you have additional insurance through KTH. You can read more about it here.

HOW CAN I ACCESS HEALTHCARE? 

I would say the quickest way is to go to KTH Entre. From this, I was able to book an appointment with Avanova as I was guided through the process. This message goes to current students that might have forgotten the details. For prospective students, KTH would hold an orientation programme to explain how to access healthcare as a student, the terms and conditions for the above mentioned additional insurance and the procedure for claiming your insurance.

To find the health center yourself, you can call 1177 and you’ll be guided appropriately. Also,you can book an appointment online through www.1177.se. I would like to mention that long wait for an appointment is a common issue in Sweden as with all counties in which the social health care system is adopted.

NOTE: Now that you have booked your appointment, please arrive on time as your appointment can be cancelled if you arrive late. Also, if you need to cancel, ensure you do this 24 hours in advance! Lastly, do not forget to bring your card or cash to pay for the appointment.

In the beginning of the post, I mentioned that healthcare is almost free. This is because the cost for a doctor’s visit is 200SEK and if you have to visit the doctor up to five times in a year which equals 1000SEK, you get a card that makes the rest of your visit for the year free. Also, other medical services such as tests are highly subsidised.

WHAT’S THE PROCESS FOR CLAIMING THE MEDICAL INSURANCE?

The best thing is to pay all necessary medical expenses immediately as you incur them. Ensure you keep all receipts. Next, download the claim form and fill appropriately. Submit the form and receipts to KTH Entre. You will be refunded once necessary checks have been carried out to ensure you are eligible for the claim.

I would like to add that even the receipts you get from the pharmacy should have your name on it which means stating your personnummer when making payments. These are the only receipts that will be refunded.

For prospective tuition-fee paying students, you can be assured that you will be well taken care of without breaking the bank in case of any medical emergency during your studies at KTH:)

 

 

 

 

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…

 

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 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:)