Students Hack Folkemødet is a facilitated innovation process powered by DTU Skylab with The Confederation of Danish Industry, Foreningen Folkemødet, Globalt Fokus and partners.
University students of diverse disciplines drive the development of new solutions by working with concrete sustainability challenges and dedicated partners through their courses and during a facilitated acceleration program coupled to the annual Democracy Festival ‘Folkemødet’ each June.
In 2019 DTU Skylab, The Confederation of Danish Industry, Globalt Fokus and Foreningen Folkemødet, piloted the initiative with support from Tuborg Foundation.
During 5 month, defined challenges are translated into concrete prototypes and tested solutions targeting one or several of the SDGs – powered by university student groups.
Industry, public sector and civil society representatives are on-boarded annually to bring forward a sustainability challenge. Each challenge is matched with two students groups of diverse relevant academic disciplines, recruited to bring their ideas and perspectives during a course/bachelor project/thesis with sparring from partners and academic supervisors. Solutions are shared online and pitched during the Kick-off Event, preparing students and partners for the program during Folkemødet.
At Folkemødet, student groups test, explore and co-create to further adapt their solutions through a combination of facilitated and tailored sprint sessions, official events and individual activities. Festival participants and partners are invited to the Finals where all solutions are pitched to a panel of agenda-setting profiles with the opportunity to be awarded acceleration support. Partners encourage and offer support to accelerate and further incubate solutions through i.e. student entrepreneurship, research, mentoring or continued collaboration with the challenge partners.
Combining course collaboration across universities with a facilitated living laboratory at Folkemødet has proven impactful and a unique way to engage the festival, bring partners together, drive new innovation solutions beyond short case-competitions, and as a learning environment for students. Students Hack Folkemødet exist to:
COVID-19 have unfortunately lead to the cancellation of Folkemødet 2020. While 10 student groups are currently busy working on the 5 sustainability challenges, we unfortunately will not be accelerating and pitching their solutions in Bornholm this June.
Partners are therefore working towards alternative ways to showcase and support the projects from June onwards, as well as planning for an exciting and ambitious program for Folkemødet 2021!
Thursday 13 June
13:00 – 14:00: Verdensmål 12 – hvad betyder dit kaffevalg.
Verdensmålene LiVE, Verdensmålenes Plads (A1)
Test of prototype at SDG12 live installation with visitors.
Meet Team #1 Kaffetræet
17:00 – 18:00: Verdensmålsminigolf. Sandvig Minigolf
Teams pitch their solutions at hole ‘SDG 12’ to politicians and leaders from NGO and industry who will play 17 holes of mini golf.
Meet Team #5 Another View & #7 The Data Hat
15:30 – 18:00: Pop-up: Student Hack om bæredygtighed og SDG.
DI’s Truck, Allinge Harbour (Fremstillingsindustrien J8)
Saturday 15 June
16:30 – 17:30: Students Hack Folkemødet – Final Pitch & Panel.
Verdensmålenes Telt (A40)
Teams pitch their sustainable solutions developed during Folkemødet to the panel:
17:30 – 18:30: Solution exposition and feedback from visitors.
Verdensmålenes Plads (A1)