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Students presented solutions to future cities challenges at 24h Makers Camp

After 24 intense and challenging - but also fun and inspiring - hours the participating students at the 24h Makers Camp presented their cases on Friday. The students had worked in groups to present solutions to authentic contemporary challenges related to Swedish and Norwegian urban design.

After 24 hours of working with future cities cases connected to five nordic cities the students, divided into eight groups, were ready to present their solutions and the innovation process that had led up to their result. Their results was then presented in front of a jury with experts from ÅF and representatives from the participating cities' municipalities.

Erik Lexberg, who studies for a Master in Product development at Chalmers University of Technology, was one of the participating students.  His team worked with a case concerning improved logistics in the city center of Norrköping.

“I was part of a great group that worked very well together. It was a little hard to keep the discussions on a reasonable level, not plunging too much into details. Sometimes we got stuck in long discussions, and needed to zoom out to the right level again. It has been really intense and great fun.”

Claudia Nohlgard studies Technical design at Luleå university. She was part of a team that worked with a case to make the city of Borlänge fossile free by 2022.

“It took a while before we found out how to deal with the challenge. We had to phone a few experts and stakeholders to get some input and gradually we found a scope that seemed just right for us all. From that point, when the solution started to take shape, it became so much fun.”

Helena Paulsson, Head of Future Cities, is overwhelmed by the engagement and the outcome of the cases.

 “I am deeply impressed by all these well measured solutions that the groups have come up with in just 24 hours. They contain different perspectives, both local and global, and can be transmitted to other cities with other prerequisites. I am also impressed by the courage that the students have shown, taking on the work right away with people they have never met.”

A continued dialogue concerning the proposed solutions will take place with each city respectively.