Futuristic Mobility

By | Influencer Tracks

About the Project:

In the quest to improve mobility in the capital region of Denmark and make it more sustainable, we have partnered with Region H to mobilize students and provide our suggestions on how we want the future of mobility to look like. The purpose of this project, is to bring together students from different educational backgrounds who will build a Hackathon in partnership with Region H and other vital partners with different areas of expertise. For this we will need students with different interest e.g. Business Development, Entrepreneurship Communication, Mobility, Transport, Design, Technology, IOT, Software Engineering, Energy, City Planning, Event Management you name it! This will not be just another Hackathon, the goal is to keep the innovative ideas alive! Region H wishes to continuously engage students in their work, hence it will be possible to further explore your idea through support and partnership with Region H, who are eager to test the innovate solutions that we, the students, bring forward.

Who are you:

  • You are a student with a futuristic mindset who has high ambitions for the sustainability agenda no matter the topic. You have an innovative mindset and you are intrigued by cutting edge solutions. You have an entrepreneurial mindset and great problem-solving skills. Last but not least you are a great team player who is good at compromising and creating space for interdisciplinary knowledge sharing.

Why should you join:

  • You should join this track if you want to gain knowledge on the effects of ineffective mobility, and how improving this can foster a more sustainable transportation system. You should join the track, if you want be part of leading an army of students who want to drive impact in an area that will have cruel consequences in the future if it is not reinvented to propel sustainable development.

What can you expect from being part of this track:

  • As the organizer of 2020’s most ambitious and innovative Hackathon, you will gain knowledge on how to work with largely funded projects aiming to solve serious problems related to sustainability.
  • You will be able to let your innovative mind go crazy; the sky is the limit.
  • You will work closely with experts within mobility, city planning and sustainability.
  • You will improve your leadership skills
  • You will get hands-on experience with planning, executing and evaluating large projects.
  • You will gain knowledge on how to work with different stakeholders in different projects.
  • You’ll develop great communication skills by involving political & educational institutions & engaging International stakeholders.

Research

By | Influencer Tracks

Meet Laurits! Laurits is studying a Msc. Political Science at The University of Copenhagen, he has been a part of the Research team, he co-authored the report “Youth and Sustainability”. Here Laurits tells you about the key findings from the report (Read report here ) If you want to dig deep into a topic and uncover trends in sustainability in collaboration with university research centers and other stakeholders the Research track is for you!

Who are you: 

  • We don’t care if you are a data scientist or a communication expert, what matters to us is that you are thrilled by research, data analysis work, and communicating complex themes in a tangible way, especially if it is in the field of sustainability. You enjoy to be independent in the development of your researches and in the search of answers to unanswered questions or collect data to better analyze a situation, turn facts & figures into understandable and interesting results.

Why you should join:

  • Have you always wondered how you could help in the achievement of the UN 17 SDGs? Do you also believe deep learning, data collection, management and communication is one of the biggest issues when dealing with sustainability? (Especially at the companies’ level?) If your answers were YES, you should apply immediately. We will give you the possibility to share the knowledge of the SDGs. We will give you the tools to lead projects, led by students for students for the achievement of a sustainable development.

What to expect  from the program:

  • From this position you’ll develop your project management & analytical skills by taking the lead of your own work inside the program and by analyzing scientific & market data.
  • You’ll develop your problem-solving skills and project management skill by deciding how to lead your work and what cases to examine.
  • You’ll develop your IT skills by turning your facts & figures into Power Point Presentation and Excel tables & graphs.
  • You’ll develop good team building skills by cooperating with 20+ more students.
  • You’ll develop good communication skills by involving political & educational institutions & engaging International stakeholders.
  • Last but not last, you’ll get a reference and a great professional experience to add to your CV, in addition to increasing your network.

Events

By | Influencer Tracks

Who you are :

  • We don’t care if you have professional experience with event development, what matters to us is that you are thrilled by structuring, planning and executing an event from the beginning to the end, even more if it is in the field of sustainability. You enjoy to be independent in the development of your work, but at the same time you are a good team player who loves to be part of a team and build great events.

Why you should join:

  • Have you always wondered how you could help in the achievement of the UN 17 SDGs? Do you also believe that events are the perfect tool to reunite people and accelerate the awareness and sharing of a topic? if your answers were YES, you should apply immediately. We will give you the possibility to share the knowledge of the SDGs thought your event management and organization skills. With this opportunity you will have the possibility to develop your interests for an important cause.

What to expect  from the program:

  • From this position you’ll develop your event and project coordination & management skills.
  • You’ll develop your problem-solving skills and project management skill by deciding how to lead your work and how to develop an event.
  • You’ll develop your IT skills by using Microsoft Office tools.
  • You’ll develop good team building skills by cooperating with 20+ more students.
  • You’ll develop good communication skills by involving political & educational institutions & engaging International stakeholders.
  • Last but not last, you’ll get a reference and a great professional experience to add to your CV, in addition to increasing your network.

Communication

By | Influencer Tracks

Who you  are:

We don’t care if you are a communication expert or if you already have professional experience, what matters to us is that you are thrilled by communication work and stakeholder’s engagement, especially if it is in the field of sustainability. You enjoy to be independent in the development of your work but at the same time you are a good team player who loves to be part of a team and build together great communications plans.

Why you should join:

Have you always wondered how you could help in the achievement of the UN 17 SDGs? Do you also believe that the right communication can make a difference in the achievement of the UN 17 SDGs and in the engagement of people? If your answers were YES, you should apply immediately. We will give you the possibility to share the knowledge of the SDGs. We will give you the tools to lead an incredible and unique program, led by students for students for the achievement of a sustainable development.

What to expect :

  • You can expect to research and arrange attendance to conferences, talks and other activities related to SDGs and Sustainability. From this position you’ll develop your communication skills by leading public speaking and storytelling work by involving political & educational institutions & engaging with International stakeholders.
  • You’ll develop your problem-solving skills and project management skill by deciding yourself how to lead your work.
  • You’ll develop good team building skills by cooperating with 20+ more students.
  • Last but not last, you’ll get a reference and a great professional experience to add to your CV, in addition to increasing your network.

Digitalization and Fintech in Sub-Saharan Africa

By | Opinion Piece

This opinion peace aims to shed light on few of many business opportunities that can be found in Sub-Saharan Africa. If you are a digital savvy with dreams of using your digital skills in an impact startup, Sub-Saharan Africa is your destination.

Technology is transforming the global economy, faster than ever. More than half of the world population have access to technology compared to 30 percent in 2010. This transition has created opportunities. These opportunities are to be found in a great amount of developing countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa where there is an increased demand for digital skills.

It is estimated that 230 million jobs in sub-Saharan Africa will require digital skills resulting in 650 million training opportunities. A 130-billion-dollar opportunity exist in providing digital training in Sub-Saharan Africa until 2030. The largest opportunities are to be found within business-to-business and business-to-government.

Another opportunity to be found within digitalization in Sub-Saharan Africa is within digital financial services. Digital financial services (Fintech) create financial inclusion through reduced transaction costs. Digital financial services allow people to open savings accounts, take out loans, invest in stock markets etc.  Fintech could be the steppingstone towards a digital economy in Africa, which could create a structural transformation, if exploited well.

So how does this relate to the SDGs?  Digital skills are an essential part of human capital development and paramount to future success, moreover Investment in human capital in Sub-Saharan Africa can improve competitiveness. Digitalization can create infrastructure in rural areas (SDG 9) the majority of households in rural areas in sub Saharan Africa, are not to be found on navigation systems. There is a business-to-government and business-to-business opportunity in mapping rural areas that is not being utilized to its full potential.

About the author

Shantel is part of the Advocacy team within the Sustainability Influencers. She is born and raised in Zambia, East Africa. She is a bachelor student in Intercultural Marketing and Communication at Copenhagen Business School and aspires to propel sustainable development through transcontinental collaborations for technological disruption.