During January – March 2019, the course Sustainable ICT in Practice were taught for the third time by me, Elina. This year there was low number of students taking the course, but the engagement was high. Besides the regular lectures and seminars, the students did a project work where they investigate how an (ICT/Media) organisation today works with sustainability in their core business. This year we had two student groups and two volunteer organisations, Wikimedia (which Aleyda Rocha Sepulveda and Nahida Islam interviewed) and Accedo (which Akash Menon, Kauã Melo, and Silvan Zeller interviewed).
As a result of that project work, the student group and I, were kindly invited to give a lunch presentation at Accedo today, the 4th of April. I gave a short introduction to Sustainability and ICT, and the students (Akash and Silvan) presented results from their project work. The presentations were well received and were followed by a Q&A session. There were many things that was interesting in the students’ work, and they presented recommendations to Accedo. The role of Accedo as a developer of video streaming services, which are used by some of the leading video service providers worldwide is both an opportunity (for example as a form of dematerialisation) but also a risk – since new services can lead to increased need for infrastructure (as discussed in Daniel’s recent blogpost). I am happy that Accedo invited us and showed such interest in the students’ work. Hopefully we can keep in touch and continue to learn together.
It is always a bit sad when the course has ended, I think I learn almost as much as the students during the course. Exactly how IT/media organisations can work with sustainability in their core business is still an open question – hence the students have to creatively explore this topic. From my point of view I feel gratitude for being able to teach the course, and I extend a warm thanks to the organisations volunteering to be scrutinised, the guest lecturers who have come to the course, and my brilliant students!
Also this year I have supervised a number of interesting master thesis projects on various sustainability related topics. Find a brief description of each thesis below and links to Diva for the final reports.
The (un)Sustainable Business of Business Julia Creutz, in collaboration with Cybercom
Analysis of how an IT consultancy firm apply frameworks such as the SDGs and NetPositive to integrate sustainability into their core business.
Exploring Concerns and Expectations of Future Smart Systems for Managing Domestic Water Services Lon Hansson, in collaboration with Stockholm Water and Waste People’s concerns and expectations of future smart water services explored through cultural probes and conceptual scenarios.
Facilitating communication for marginalised communities in Mexico Amanda Lindén Guinez, in collaboration with Rhizomatica Design and development of an application enabling low cost phone calls through open source mobile networks. Minor Field Studies project carried out in Mexico.
The 27th of January, Hanna Hasselqvist and Elina Eriksson were invited to speak at Valtechs lunch seminar on the topic of ICT and Sustainability. The event was fully booked with some 40 attendees. Besides some basics in ICT4S, Hanna and Elina also presented some findings from a couple of research projects.
But, the exchange did not stop there, because the 20th of February Anna Uleander, working with user experience design & sustainability, came to KTH, and gave a guest lecture in our course ”Sustainable ICT in Practice”. The presentation was well received by the students, and there were many questions and comments posed to Anna.
Hopefully this will not be the last exchange with Valtech, who have come a long way to integrate sustainability thinking in their business.
Daniel, Cristi and I (and many other KTH employees and some students) were at a lunch meeting yesterday on the topic of how KTH can contribute to global development and to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. More specifically, the plan is to launch a Global Development Hub, which as a first step will provide courses with a challenge-driven approach (read more about challenge driven education in this guide) in collaboration with a few partner universities in Sub-Saharan Africa. The idea is that there will be exchanges where students from KTH and the partner universities visit each other and work, preferably together, on projects related to global challenges in specific local contexts.
If you have experiences of working with developing countries or challenge-driven education or are interested in being involved in KTH Global Development Hub you can send a one-page description of who you are, what you do, and what you have done/want to do. Send the description to email@example.com.