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
Are you as excited as I am for the events coming up this week? You should be! Remember I mentioned in this post that upcoming details on Armada soon? Well, keep reading as Armada holds on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
WHAT IS ARMADA?
It is the largest Scandinavian career fair hosted byTekniska Högskolans Studentkår (THS) at KTH Royal Institute of Technology every year. This year, there are 171 companies in total and you can find the list of participating companies here. I love the way the list is split into categories. Hence, you have an idea of what companies fall in line with your reason for being at the fair. Also, clicking on each logo gives you a short description of the company alongside its precise location at the fair.
Downloading the app, “THS Armada” ensures you gain easy access to the above information. Also, it offers you an opportunity to find the top five companies that match your interests by taking a short quiz.
21st of November: 10:00 – 16:00
22nd of November: 10:00 – 15:00
Venue: Nymble and KTH Library
There are other events that would take place during the fair which include:
Invited companies will present their internships, trainee programs and summer jobs.After the companies have presented their pitches, there will be a mingle where you get the opportunity to learn more about the companies and build relationships for the future. Participating companies for the Internship Pitch are Arup, BillerudKorsnäs, Capgemini, Essity, Qliro Group, Seavus, SKF, Swedbank, Teracom & Viaplay.
TIME: 9:00 -10:00
VENUE: K1, Teknikringen 56, floor 3
Registration is still open
This presents an opportunity to have one-on-one talks with companies you are interested in. However, registration for this event is closed. Those who would be attending would have the opportunity of having a 20-minute dialogue with participating companies individually.
There’s this cool thing about THS Armada.It is certified as an eco-labelled event. I had a post on sustainability, in which I said that everyone has a part to play and can take steps towards acheiving the global sustainable goals by 2030 and as an attendant on THS Armada’s event, you can contribute to a more sustainable environment by the following options:
Always chose vegetarian options – THS Armada only offers 100% vegetarian food at all events.
Walk, bicycle or chose the bus/metro instead of taking the car.
Chose tap water instead of bottled water.
Avoid standby on your technical devices (phone, computer, tablet..)
Sort your waste
Turn the light off when you leave a room
Only buy what you really need and take care of what you have.
From the title, you might be wondering, “Innovation night” what is it really about? An exhibition for young entrepreneurs? Remember my post on “raining opportunities” at KTH? This is one of those opportunities.
Tekniska Högskolans Studentkår (THS) has been organising various events all leading to the biggest fair at KTH – ARMADA. (You would get more details on Armada later;)). The innovation night was one of such events. I was so glad I was able to attend this. Keep reading to know why.
Amir Sharifat – Co-founder of Shortcut Labs AB
The event started with various speeches from different company representatives. The first speaker started with INNOVATION AS A MINDSET. These are the things I learnt:
Be passionate: Nothing comes cheap. You have to put in a lot of hard work if not, you would lose focus once the slope hits.
be determined: Listen to people but sometimes, you have to go with your guts.
Do not be afraid to fail
I like the fact that these points were not just listed but Amir Sharifat shared details from his experience as the co-founder of Flic to prove how these points would help you keep your head above the water if you choose to become an entrepreneur.
The other speakers talked about their various companies (what they do and how they started) and then Niklas Arvidsson (an associate professor at KTH), pointed out the need for innovation in the area of payments.
So, after an hour thirty minutes of listening to the speeches, we divided into groups for the case study workshop. For the case study workshop, we were divided into four groups to work together with either Sogeti, Karma, MAD or KTH Innovation. I worked with KTH Innovation.
With my group at the case workshop section. Photo credit: Nayanika Bhalla
The next session after the case workshops was a panel discussion with Andrew Hennigan, Niklas Arvidsson, Emelie Ekblad, Johan Båth and Gustaf Josefsson Tadaa.
In between this session, students presented the different cases they worked on during the workshop. It was very good to see that in a short time, students came up with awesome ideas and you could easily tell the role diversity can play in brainstorming for the best ideas.
I really loved the panel session as it was an eye-opener to the world of innovation and personally, I feel its main purpose was to juggle our minds to always think outside the box.I loved the way Gustav moderated this session – asking questions that were very relevant and making the panellists address core issues.
Then, it was time to mingle. An opportunity to network with all the speakers and share your ideas! This event surpassed my expectations and I can tell you I had a great evening.
Some keynotes as I round up the post:
Find your passion and do not let money get in the way of it
Always have an open mind
When building your team, find someone smarter than you; bring someone with a different knowledge and hire for attitudes also.