Presentations of Advanced Projects

Today, (Friday!) 13th of December, the students in the DM2799 Advanced project course presented their projects. The presentations were held in the cathedral of science, the reactor hall R1, and the presentations were brilliant!

MID4S handed in many project proposal, and a whopping 10 projects got chosen by the students and where hence supervised by MID4S researchers. During the presentations, sustainability projects took all the presentations slots in one of the two sessions in parallel, and one in the other session. Below is a short summary of the different projects that I (Elina) listened to.

Not Flightminder

The project group has developed an interface for a very small user group, that is four researchers in the FLIGHT project, so that these researchers can explore data about the flying by academics in KTH.

Homo Colossus

This project has explored and user tested a augmented reality app for presenting how BIG we would be, if we had actually eaten all the energy we use in our everyday life. The user tests showed that users thought the concept was interesting and provoking, but that they also wanted to see their own size.

An average Swede, if eating the energy we use, would be 12 meters tall!

CERO Challenge

This project was based on an already existed app, developed by the company CERO, where the users can challenge each other to change their commuting habits. The project group made a total redesign

Carbon budgets for municipalities

The project group has worked with carbon budgets and made an interface that displays the cumulative and time dependent aspects of carbon budgets. The interface makes it abundantly clear that we have to cut our carbon emission fast.


Based on a already existing system, the project group did a redesign and user tests of a new prototype. The group had focused the app to work with one habit, or area at the time and guide the user through levels of engagement.

Human Powered Interaction

The student group has explored how one could make it more apparent what energy we use when we use the internet. In this project they made prototype for powering the sending of an email through use of human power, in this instance a crank. We learnt that it takes 1 minute 27 seconds to send a short audio hello!

Imagine to have to crank with one hand, in order to send a short message – it makes the energy tangible.


This project group have been working with the issue of food waste, and how to help people with behaviour change in relation to food waste through a physical device. They have focused on expiration date behaviour, through working with planning, data and cues.


Meat has enormous environmental impact but does not give us that much calories, and this project group have developed a prototype that can help others to explore these facts. They chose a medical metaphor for their design, in order to show how sick earth is, because of the meat consumption.

Earth is sick, it is an emergency, and this prototype shows the impact of meat on earth.

Make Hippo Hipp Again

The students in this project has made a redesign of an inventory system for food developed in one of MID4S’ kitchen related projects. They had used the personas from Målgruppsarenan in their design work.

In the other room there was also one MID4S related project, and Miriam gives a summary of it:

Sharing preference-based adjustments of online recipes

This group designed and developed a web-plugin (or similar solution) that recognises the ingredients on the recipe sites, and allows users to in a user-friendly and structured way suggest replacing one or more ingredients by other ingredients.

Overall, the research and designs that the students had done over a short period of time (one period of 7 weeks) was impressive, and thought provoking! Great work everyone!

Lunch presentation at Accedo

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.

Akash and Silvan presenting results from their study.

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!



Master theses presented in 2018

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.


Analyzing Function and Potential in Cuba’s El Paquete: A Postcolonial Approach
Jonathan Adam
Design explorations of internet connectivity within an ICT4D and computing within limits context.

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.

Identifying Opportunities for Digital Tools to Support Energy Advisors Working with Housing Cooperatives
David Samuelsson, in collaboration with the research project Brf Energi
Development of design concepts supporting municipal energy advisors.

Evaluations of how carbon dioxide calculations can be integrated into 3D models at an early design stage for more efficient Life Cycle Assessments on buildings
Frida Haugsbakk, in collaboration with Tyréns
Analysis of how the environmental impact of building materials can be integrated into digital tools for building modelling.

Designing the Publikvitto, a system to make government expenditure tangible
Tomás Rothfuchs Albrecht, in collaboration with RISE Interactive
Design exploration of how to support public debate around the environmental impact of flying in relation to politics and government subsidies.

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.

MID4S ♥ Valtech

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.


Global Development Lunch

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