Yesterday at the Spektrum event space in Odder we welcomed over 200 participants including students, educators, jury members and guests for the second battle event of the Aarhus 2017 Design to Improve Life Challenge.
This year, the Challenge involved 750 fifth-grade students throughout the Central Denmark Region. Their task was to design new transport solutions to address the challenge of CO2 emissions from cars. We received almost 50 amazing submissions from eight municipalities, which were then boiled down by our expert jury panel to just 20 finalists – the competitors of yesterday’s battle.
Hosted by TV personality Camilla Ottesen, the event was kicked off with an open exhibition to present the vast range of innovative solutions. These ranged from autonomous buses and plant-powered cars to new CO2 processing methods and more efficient ways to use public transport. During the exhibition each finalist group presented their designs to the jury – who were very impressed with the students’ creativity and enthusiasm.
After the exhibition, the jury then voted for the top 10 projects – using our INDEX: Award tried and tested assessment criteria. These design teams then took the stage to present three-minute pitches in a final pursuit for the top prize.
A big congratulations to:
- Aarhus 2017 Design to Improve Life Challenge Winners (Prize – DKK 30,000): “Team offentlig transport” (Team Public Transport) by Lundskolen, Horsens Municipality
- The People’s Choice Award (Prize – gift certificate for the entire class): “NMC – Ned med CO2” (NMC – Down with CO2) by Saksild Skole, Odder Municipality
- The Best Support Team Award (Prize – DKK 1,000): “El Ole” by Ellevangskolen, Aarhus Municipality
“The jury had no doubt about the winner,” said Klaus Bondam, Jury Member and Director of Cyklistforbundet. “The students’ idea of combining public transport and bicycles is very strong and has great potential.
“The solution is well thought out, handicap-friendly, sustainable and has a social element – they’re very deserving winners!”
Once again, kids have proven they can tackle real world challenges with innovative and practical solutions when given the opportunity. Congratulations to our winners and all participating teams – we can’t wait until next year!