A new year, many new faces in the team and of course a new car too!
After a few months of many brainstorming sessions and an elaborate design process, finally, we, The KTH Formula Student team, are ready with the design of our upcoming car eV14! And, we will be presenting the design of our car to the world, tomorrow. So come meet us and be mind blown!
Making a new car every year is not an easy job to do and at the same time is the most fun thing a student can be involved in, definitely! We learn from our alumni, we learn from our mistakes and practical learning is the most valuable outcome of being a part of such an amazing student project. So, now that we have completed our design phase, it’s time to start our manufacturing process. It’s time to get our hands dirty to build the beast of a car that it will be, The eV14! The fastest, safest, most robust, rule-compliant and the smartest formula student car ever made!
Making the “Awesome Car” is our goal! And, no compromising on the awesome part. You’ll know when you see it 🙂
So, at the event, you can meet all of our subgroups within the team, like powertrain, electronics, machine design, vehicle dynamics and more. Talk to us, ask us questions and give us ideas. We learn from each other and we grow together!
Btw, We have a big announcement to make at the event. A huge step in the history of KTH Formula Student. An embarkment that will lead to a great achievement! Know more about it at the event, let me not break the surprise now.
So wear your snow boots and walk to Brinellvägen tomorrow, see you all at the presentation.
PS: Have you read my old post about the team? click now!
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.
Eating meat jeopardizes our own future destroying our ecosystems and releasing Greenhouse Gases (GHG) to the atmosphere [LOTS OF GHG]. As simple and straightforward as that. There’s not much to debate about this, because is simply true!
As a young Mexican man living the Swedish dream, I find myself in this constant dilemma about eating meat; first of all because is soooo expensive to buy it here, second, because it destroys (REALLY) our planet, and third, because here I find myself in this beautiful paradise of environmental friendly healthy food alternatives… and veggie Swiss roomies haha (I’ll explain this in a bit).
The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) recently estimated that livestock production is responsible for 14.5 per cent of global GHG emissions.
14 freaking point 5 per cent! That 1Kg of beef you ate last week, as stated in statistics of the Green Life Travel (2013) site, represented a consumption of,
It’s really hard to see these numbers when you come from a country where a lot of people (including me) tend to consume meat almost everyday. So what is Sweden actually doing to me? Well, here are some images of how Stockholm’s healthy and environmental friendly lifestyle is impacting on my daily cooking!
For example, this boiled rice with vegetables, olives, sweet-mexican-spicy sliced onion and some avocado aside.
Coconut-oil fried vegetables mixed with potatoes and beans.
Fresh salad with vegetables, nuts and vinaigrette dressing.
At the beginning, I really thought it was going to be hard to start changing my diet habits, but taking it step by step, I’m reducing the amount of meat I eat per week. When it comes about my roomies (long story short), I live with these 2 healthy Swiss guys that also study Sustainable Technology. They have proved to me that a free-meat diet, can also be really tasty. They are way more skilled than I when it comes to cook vegetarian though. Still, I feel the social and environmental pressure from them (haha) to step up with my green diet.
Conclusion, no, I’m not demanding you to stop eating meat, but just to look at the facts, try alternatives that are healthier, reduce your consume, and spread the word! Even though you don’t feel like doing it, someone might be brave enough to try it!
Do you love November or have you successfully proved to be tougher? If your answers fall in the black or white region, then you’re good. However, if you’re like me, with an answer somewhere in the grey region. Then, read along as I share how I am learning or better still, learnt to love this interesting month.
So what makes this particular month outstanding? It’s the “preparation month”. Changing weather conditions and darker days are the two key points. When I mean “changing”, I should really say “spontaneous”. I remember a morning this week at KTH, with the sun peeking through the grey clouds and melting the ice on the roads and on parked cars; then, in the afternoon, it decided to snow a bit and then, in the evening, the rains decided it was their turn:) Quite a day, right?
In various discussions with different groups, it is very common for the weather to be laid out as a topic of discussion. This is not surprising as people are not only interested in knowing how the next person is coasting along successfully but their perception; as most students, have just moved to Sweden for the first time.
For me, I was mentally prepared for the cold and dark days Sweden has in its nature. However, mental preparation wasn’t all that was needed. My brain clearly showed me that it has a pattern it has grown accustomed to over the years and there’s a process called adaptation. I would classify myself as a “day-person”. Someone who works better when the sun rises and slowly shuts all brain-tasking activities, as the sun sets in preparation for the next day. Some people are the opposite.
The view of the general public is that we tend to sleep early or actually get tired of studying early as the brain delivers a misconception that it has been working the whole night when the clock time says 21:00 (lol). Then, waking up to meet early morning schedules is getting harder. So, it’s a “rest well but still feel like you need more rest ” atmosphere. Guess what, the period two started this month and with deadlines lined up like it’s a queueing sequence, finding ways to love November is the right move to make as its a preparation for the future ahead:) So, here goes my list:
If you have been doing this, this is not the time to quit or get lazy. In fact, this is the time to ensure you do not skip physical exercise. You can either choose working out at the gym or simply walk or run. Do what suits you but try not to skip this very important part. I stopped working out for the longest time period in my life, but I tried it recently and can confidently tell you it had an unbelievable positive effect (the missing part of my embracing jigsaw puzzle as I like to think)
ART OF LAYERING
There’s an amazing vibe that comes with wearing nice clothes (or seemingly warmer clothes) and looking like you’re not wearing so much as to just manually putting on whatever would keep you warm. Waking up and thinking of different ways to wear what you love and successfully carrying out your wish through the art of layering, can surprisingly keep you excited the whole day 🙂
GET UP AND GET GOING
I had to point this out in this manner because it is simply what it is. Get up, leave your apartment and get to work. The number of times you spend outside, the faster you get used to it and dark days or not, the adaptation process is over sooner than expected.
STICK TO THE EXCITED CROWD
Now, if you have one or two friends that fall into the category of those that LOVE the month, hang out more often with these guys! Their happiness can be quite infectious and that may be all you need to take the first steps in your love process:)
Here, are my four points that have helped out and presently, I work well without feeling the extra wave of tiredness that comes with the setting of the sun at 15:00 (yay!!)
If you have other ways that you have tried and you feel works or you just want to share your November experience, would love to hear from you through the comments section:)
Early this year was presented at the World Economic Forum (WEF) reunion in Switzerland Global 100, a Toronto-based magazine and research firm Corporate Knights annual list of the world’s most sustainable companies. From the 4,000+ companies with at least $2 Bn USD of market value, 4 Swedish companies make it through the list. Can you guess which ones? Well, here are they:
Holmen (21st place) – Pulp and paper industry, founded in 1875 and 2,000+ employees. What makes this company sustainable? Look at some key points stated at its sustainability report:
They harvest amounts to 85 per cent of the annual growth, meaning that the volume of standing timber is increasing year on year.
Almost 100 per cent of by-products and waste is put to good use.
Renewable energy. Electricity production at the hydro power stations and wind farms, together with the electricity production at the larger mills, covers half of the Group’s electricity consumption.
SEB Bank (46th place) – Financial group, founded in 1972, and 15,000+ employees. What makes this company sustainable? Look at some key points stated at its sustainability report:
Expand sustainable offering. Grow green loan portfolio, according to framework, to at least SEK 20 billion by 2020.
Between 2008 and 2015, they reduced their annual CO2 emissions by 54 per cent.
At year-end 2016, the paper use related to the letters-types that have been digitalized had resulted in an 80 per cent reduction of the corresponding physical letters.
H&M (54th place) – Clothing-retail business, founded in 1947, and 140,000+ employees. What makes this company sustainable? Look at some key points stated at its sustainability report:
Commitment to use 100% recycled or other sustainably sourced materials by 2030.
The H&M group has a commitment to use 100% renewable energy in its own operations; the share increased to 96% in 2016 from 78% in 2015.
H&M used recycled polyester equivalent of more than 180 million PET bottles in 2016.
Ericsson (72th place) – Telecommunications industry, founded in 1876, and 78,000+ employees. What makes this company sustainable? Look at some key points stated at its sustainability report:
In Goiania, Brazil, implemented a solution for connecting city buses to a mobile broadband network that is improving public transport while reducing carbon emissions.
Conflict Minerals. In 2016, 94% of the smelters identified among the supplier responses collected were conflict-free validated or active in the validation process.
In 2016 they had a 45% reduction of CO2e emissions per employee compared to a 2011 baseline.
And well, former CEO Kurt Hellström and current CEO Börje Ekholm both were alumni at KTH!!!!
What do you think? Is your company/university committed to a more sustainable future? Leave comments! 😀
Do you believe in Karma? I do! And it’s fantastic! No peeps, I’m not talking about the consequences the universe will be throwing at you for cheating on your bf/gf, I’m talking about Karma, Swedish app that helps to reduce the food being wasted. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO):
Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.
But whats the magic part with this app? By using karma, you’ll get the chance to be in contact with restaurants, bakeries, and other food stores that will offer you huge discounts at an specific time and place of the day for their surplus of food, saving significant amounts of products going to the trash (e.g. sandwiches, muffins, cakes, etc). Here is a screen capture of how the pages looks 😀
Unfortunately, Karma comes with a price; the price of having a Swedish bank account, thus you must have also a personal number (really complicated system in here, right?). Why? Cause the app is only in the Swedish app store (at least for iPhone). Feeling wild? Ask a Swedish friend to lend his/her credit card! Haha tell them is for a good cause!
Do you have any app like this in your country? Remember to follow and comment! 😀