About Students Hack Folkemødet

Denmark’s democracy festival on Bornholm will be a living laboratory for 10 student teams testing 10 sustainable solutions with, at and for Folkemødet 2019.  

With 100.000+ politicians, industry leaders, organizations, and civil society gathered, it will serve as a perfect setting for co-creating and testing concepts for new sustainable solutions.

Student teams have worked since February on 9 solutions to 4 defined sustainability challenges as part of their courses at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and an art-driven innovation course at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art.

Meet the teams at the festival where you will be able to see and give feedback on everything from technical prototypes, to new business models, and interactive works of art.

Find us a Folkemødet

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
Friday 14 June
13:30 – 16:00: Pop-up station: Studerende Hacker Folkemødet – kom og samskab nye løsninger. Engineer the future tent (Cirkuspladsen C21)
  •  Visitors invited to give feedback and co-create their solutions
  • Meet Team #3 SHYNE, #5 Another View, #6 Green Dream Consulting, #8 United Colors

15:30 – 18:00: Pop-up: Student Hack om bæredygtighed og SDG. DI’s Truck, Allinge Harbour (Fremstillingsindustrien J8)

  • Visitors invited to give feedback and co-create their solutions
  • Meet Team #1 Kaffetræet, #2 CBSxPeter Larsen Kaffe, #3 SHYNE, #4 Circulars

Saturday 15 June

11:30 – 13:00 Pop-up station: Studerende Hacker Folkemødet – kom og samskab nye løsninger. Engineer the future tent (Cirkuspladsen C21)
  •  Visitors invited to give feedback and co-create their solutions
  • Meet Team #1 Kaffetræet, #2 CBSxPeter Larsen Kaffe, #6 Green Dream Consulting, #8 United Colors

16:30 – 17:30: Students Hack Folkemødet – Final Pitch & Panel. Verdensmålenes Telt (A40)

Teams pitch their sustainable solutions developed during Folkemødet to the panel:

  • Pelle Pedersen, Investor and member of the 2030-panel  LinkedIn
  • Lars Jannick Johansen, Founder and Managing Partner, Den Sociale Kapitalfond  LinkedIn
  • Thomas Bustrup, COO, The Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) LinkedIn
  • Karin Thuesen Pedersen, Urban Development Director, COWI LinkedIn

17:30 – 18:30: Solution exposition and feedback from visitors. Verdensmålenes Plads (A1)

  • Interact and give feedback to the teams after their pitch on stage.
  • Experience how ARKEN has taken a whole new take on the 17 SDGs with the artist Kristoffer Ørum

Four concrete challenges at Folkemødet

illustration of students hack folkemodet challenges

The solutions, which the students accelerate at Folkemødet, are based on four concrete and current sustainability challenges brought by the Danish companies, Peter Larsen Kaffe and Fisher Lighting, from the project From philanthropy to business, and Foreningen Folkemødet (2 challenges that are specifically rooted in sustainability challenges at Folkemødet). 

Each challenge is addressed by a group of business-students from CBS and a group of engineering students from DTU who is working on the same challenge already ahead of Folkemødet in connection with specific courses in their spring semester – in total 8 groups of 3 students each. In addition 1 group of students from ARKENs Art & Tech Lab, is working with an art driven innovation approach to the SDG challenges.

Development of sustainable solutions

At Folkemødet 2019, the students are brought together across fields of study to work intensively with the solutions in a sprint format facilitated by DTU Skylab, where the students will accelerate the development of sustainable solutions, addressing one or several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by:

  • Participating in tailored sessions and pop-up events
  • Participating actively in sessions the students find relevant to their solution; enter into co-creation with visitors; considering the festival as a “living lab”.
  • Deep-dive in idea development and prototype development in your own work environment
The initiative has been made possible thanks to support from Tuborg Fondet and The Confederation of Danish Industry
students explaining thier project

Follow-up and realization

image of students at meeting

Global Fokus, DI and DTU Skylab, in partnership with others, want to support a further process for the ideas that come out of the initiative – from supporting a student group who want to realize their idea as entrepreneurs to a continued collaboration with the company or organization that originally presented the challenge.

The ambition is to launch an initiative that lives both before, during and after the festival. The initiative is piloted to Folkemødet 2019, and then scaled to Folkemødet in the coming years, focusing on:

  • Young students are actively engaged in Folkemødet – preferably across education (and national borders)
  • Students are motivated through a sprint format to actively engage in sessions and involve visitors in co-creating sustainable solutions
  • The initiative can build bridges and create interfaces across events and sectors at the Festival
  • Folkemødet can support an acceleration of sustainable solutions and entrepreneurs on and for Folkemødet
  • International engagement at Folkemødet (international students and preferably global cases / partners)

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