DEMOCRACY FESTIVAL

Living Lab for Sustainability

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WHAT

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Each year students enroll to transform sustainability challenges into prototype solutions with industry, politicians and civil society by hacking the format of Denmark’s Democracy Festival

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HOW

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Combining course collaboration across universities with a facilitated living laboratory at Folkemødet to explore, test, co-create and pitch solutions for acceleration

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WHY

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Creating tomorrow’s impactful minds to drive climate action. Catalyzing sustainable innovation with and for partners through youth-driven academic-anchored initiatives

LIVING LAB

New ways of engaging youth

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Students Hack Folkemødet advantage on the great potential of using the set-up, activities and more than 100.000 politicians, industry leaders, organizations, and civil society gathered each year in June, during Denmark’s Democracy Festival to co-create and test concepts for new sustainable solutions.

Each year we invite new public and private partners to bring forward challenges addressing one or several of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Meet and engage with the involved students and partners at the festival in Allinge, Bornholm where you will be able to see, try and give feedback on everything from technical prototypes, to new business models targeting concrete sustainability challenges. 

A PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE

Join as partner, mentor or participant

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  • We have been really pleased with the progress and we have also been able to use the work of the two groups. We have just started two projects that work on the thoughts that the students helped to initiate.

    Lars Elmvang

    Partner, Director of Strategy, Fischer Lighting
  • It has been very valuable for us! The solution ‘Kaffetræet’ have subsequently been brought out to both Ungdommens Folkemøde and this year (2020) becomes an active part of our presence at various festivals, fairs and exhibitions.

    Rebekka Lorentzen Storgaard

    Marketing Producer, Peter Larsen Kaffe
  • Students Hack Folkemødet has now become part our sustainability strategy at the festival – to provide a platform for young people to innovative new sustainable solutions.

     

    Emil Juul-Pedersen

    Responsible for sustainability, Foreningen Folkemødet
SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES

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5 partners joined with a sustainability challenge that were taken on by a total of 10 student groups (44 students), from Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen Business School, Aarhus University and Aalborg University. With partners and course responsible, the student teams have, within their Master courses and Bachelor projects, used their diverse academic disciplines to address below 5 sustainability challenges and develop their concepts for sustainable solutions.

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CHALLENGE #1

Develop and test accessibility solutions ‘Leaving No One Behind’ for festivals like Folkemødet

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CHALLENGE #2

Develop and test solutions to encourage festival stakeholders to manage waste

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CHALLENGE #3

Develop and test solutions facilitating involvement in Denmark’s Mission 70% C02 reduction

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CHALLENGE #4

Develop and test solutions on how Tasso A/S can deliver on partners C02 reduction strategies

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CHALLENGE #5

Develop and test Solutions on data, process and event driven prevention of cancer risks. Read more

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Would you be interested to partner with a challenge next year?

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