Ideas for a better world
During the autumn and winter the Innovation Office has been running an ideas competition, in which students are challenged to come up with solutions to make the world more sustainable. On Friday 20 February it was time to announce the winners. Besides the honour of winning, they received a food box – organic, of course – valued at SEK 2,500.
“We received eleven proposals for solutions. They were about everything from global problems to the microenvironment at LiU. Even if some of the ideas were perhaps not fully worked out, they were all of high quality,” explains Peter Gahnström from the Innovation Office.
Svetlana Serikova got on the telephone to ring Adrian Coutts, who is currently conducting research in Ethiopia, to tell him that together, they had won the competition in the “Food and Transport” category. They are both studying Science for Sustainable Development, and will soon have finished their studies.
“I’m passionate about environmental and food issues, and Adrian is very interested in agriculture,” Ms Serikova says.
The idea came, as is usually the case, during a coffee break. Their suggestion is to make it easier for consumers to shop in a more environmentally friendly way. For example by having carbon dioxide labelling on the products on the shops’ apps so that customers can make a direct comparison of the size of the emissions they are contributing to, depending on what they buy.
For the winners in the “For a sustainable future” category, it was not the competition that led to their idea. Christian Fickler is studying Energy, Environment and Management at LiU. Two of his old friends, Adam Bäckström and Joakim Keussen, are studying elsewhere. They wanted to do something innovative together. As they are interested in sustainability issues, it was natural for them to do something around that. They visited the Innovation Office to get some feedback on their ideas.
“It was great to get a bit of critical thinking,” Mr Bäckström says.
“All three of us are very optimistic, so it was good to have some other eyes to look at the idea,” Mr Fickler says. “We were advised by Anna at the Innovation Office to use a model – NABC – to help us formulate the idea and make it more concrete and clear for others. She was the one who told us about the competition.”
They are a little reticent about the details, because they are planning to develop their idea, but they do reveal that it has to do with renting out toys.
- The Innovation Office, a part of Linköping University, works to make knowledge of use to business and society in general.
- Science for Sustainable Development master’s programme
Last updated: Wed Mar 04 13:41:37 CET 2015