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The Swedish final of the Creative Business Cup was held in a new format in mid-March 2020 at Stenkrossen in Lund. The entrepreneurs that made the final presented interesting ideas in relation to both sustainability and digital technology. The winner was SafariSeat, a stable wheelchair manufactured from old bicycle parts that is intended for use by the underprivileged in Africa. The winner will take part in the international final in Copenhagen.
In the middle of February Future by Lund’s partner group met to discuss how to develop projects together. About thirty representatives from innovation systems, university, organizations and companies were present. Within Future by Lund seed funding is now available for partners that want to team up for applications, test beds or to develop new concepts and consortia.
Kraftringen is responsible for Lund’s electricity, heating, cooling, gas, fibre optics and since the autumn of 2019 also the sensor network established by Future by Lund’s SOM project. The commonly used technology is LoRa, which helps develop services related to IoT. The free testbed shall continue and was created to enable test projects of the sensor network at the pre-commercial stage.
When customers were able to choose when it was time to empty their garbage bins there were 40 percent fewer collections. This is the result of a project where sensors are used to transform waste disposal to make it both cheaper and better.
We have come to know Barcelona as a centre for the smart city movement with a focus on technology and digitalization. It is there that the large conferences in Smart City and ITC are held annually. Now comes new inspiration from the city through their work to weave together social innovation and creative industries with smart technology. "The trend is that you can no longer work solely with technology without having to think more about the content. It is important to create a foundation for the city and its citizens, otherwise people will oppose development", says Future by Lund’s Katarina Scott.
In November 2019 Space Hub Lund was formed and in February a large share of participants gathered to continue with “Learnings and Insights” in the space field. Several interesting initiatives were listed in the four areas of Material, Technology, Circular Models and Space Data. Some of the ideas discussed in relation to the initiatives were a circular preschool, clarifying what space data is available to set in motion more innovations, and to learn how to contact the ESA to take advantage of their material knowledge in specific areas.
With the help of connected sensors, it is possible to remotely monitor tomatoes and summer flowers to ensure they are at the right temperature, water volume and humidity. A project in Lund and Malmö is expected to produce healthier plants, generate higher yields and bring monetary savings for the municipality.
In a smart city an abundance of data can be collected – but if you cannot find good ways to present the data it becomes difficult to get an overview. Now, data collected from the smart bicycle project conducted in autumn 2018 is being used in a subproject to demonstrate how one can visualize the data set, for example in support of decision makers.
While Jan Malmgren from Veberöd was with friends his mobile phone suddenly pinged. The phone showed that his bicycle was on the move and thus had been stolen. What the thieves did not know was that the bike was equipped with a sensor that alerts when the bike is moved and also sends real-time updates about where the bike is located. The bicycle project in Veberöd is a part of Future by Lund’s SOM project.
The future - is it something you should just passively await, or can you prepare for what might come? Through scenario building actors within culture, innovation, urban development and entrepreneurship learned together how to take a helicopter perspective which gives a more nuanced view of the urban development. This method creates a vision and an ability to meet the challenges of the future in a strategic way.
Late autumn 2019 the Space Hub Lund was held with more than eighty participants. The questions to answer were, amongst others “How can space science and technology add value to a sustainable society?” and “In what way could we utilize it to innovate and develop new business on earth?” The day was an opportunity to listen to what has been done, with insights and experiences from experts and to identify new initiatives within the area.
In June 2019 the National Space Data Lab started to make space data easily accessible and lowering thresholds by providing access to processing capacity, software platforms, tools and methodology. The Space Data Lab will contribute to services, innovations and applications based on space data and enable collaboration for research and education. The Space Data Lab was presented during the Space Hub Lund in November 2019 by the project manager Viktor Lehtonen together with Tobias Edman, Swedish National Space Agency and Malin Larsson, AI Innovation of Sweden.
In august 2019 the Urban Lab in Lund had a workshop with Natalia Lombardo of the Hum organisation. The lab is about policies and how organisations can share, collaborate and learn together to make a better impact. Natalia Lombardo showed some different ways to make decisions, including many people or stakeholders.
The EU-project “Cultural and Creative spaces and cities” had a kick off in November in Lund. One of the participants was Barbara Stacher, policy officer in the European Commission. It is a good opportunity to see what can come out of “The Swedish way”, says Barbara Stacher.
Lars Samuelson, one of the world’s leading nanoscience researchers, works in a red brick building nestled among villas on Professorsgatan, Lund. He is a physicist who founded NanoLund, Lund University’s interdisciplinary research center that has laid the foundation for nanotechnology-based companies such as Sol Voltaics, QuNano, GLO, and Hexagem.
As the Barcamper team started their journey with the camper van to meet entrepreneurs, they invited researchers from Sten K Johnson Entrepreneurship Center and Halmstad University to follow suit. During the project, they collected data and insights to evaluate the work of the accelerator and soon the analyzed results will be presented. Diamanto Politis and Jonas Gabrielsson are the professors leading the research project and are almost ready with the report. They discussed their work during the final in The Creative Business Cup that was recently hosted at Mejeriet.
When the SOM project (i.e. Smart Public Environments) was initiated, one of the first sub-projects was to utilize sensors in urban farming. The sub-project manager for this was Anders Hedberg of Sensefarm. He believes that the project has given the company a greater understanding of how municipal operations work and an opportunity to test products early in a forgiving environment. Finally, the project has also led to increased business.
Future by Lund operates in the organisational space between the municipality, business, civic society and university – but what does this actually mean? In total Future by Lund consists of more than seventy organisations and 300 people that collaborate in various ways. How this is done is best described as a working model with a blue, green and yellow zone. Join Future by Lund’s project manager Peter Kisch as he explains!
As part of the Nordic Artificial Intelligence Powwow arranged by Skånemotor, Future by Lund was proud to sponsor the program segment Big Data. Björn Lovén from the National Space Agency spoke about how AI can be used to extract essential data – now a workshop on space technology is planned, which amongst other things aims to see what data is valuable to Lund.
Self-driving cars can not only make traffic safer but can also change our way of thinking about traffic. Vehicles that can automatically communicate with each other creates new opportunities for transportation in society. Terranet, in collaboration with Future by Lund, organized an event where five experts gave many interesting perspectives on self-driving vehicles.
In early September Kraftringen began installing smart technology in twenty electricity cabinets around Mårtenstorget. The cabinets contain vital parts of the city´s infrastructure. The initiative is part of Future by Lund’s project Smart Public Environments, which aims to make improvements for residents by using smart technology. The installation means that Kraftringen can have better control of some of the city’s important functions.
This August marked a point of both culmination and rejuvenation for Future by Lund at its Kick-On event attended by approximately sixty pre-registered participants from businesses, municipal organisations, innovation systems, academia and politics. The participants gained an insight into everything that the partnership has achieved so far, then subsequently discussed together eight challenges and opened up new interesting possibilities into the next phase.
Drawing on a total of 250 years of experience in life sciences, access to advanced laboratories and good contacts with both industry and investors, the SmiLe Incubator at Medicon Village in Lund supports start-up companies in life sciences. There is no question that it is showing excellent results – as can be seen both in the amount of recognition it has received as well as in the companies' ability to attract capital.
The city of Lund has a long history of work within life sciences. Recently, Lund has been influenced by the global trend of development and innovation happening in smaller companies with unique expertise. The premises that once hosted the large and successful AstraZeneca pharmaceutical company now house more than 150 organizations within life sciences. At Medicon Village, researchers’ ideas are transformed into companies that deliver products and services.
Ideon Science Park has been helping to create job opportunities and businesses in research and innovation in Lund since 1983. During that time, Ideon has created well over 10,000 jobs and housed 1,200 companies in northeastern Lund. This fall the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is moving into Ideon to establish a global innovation center in order to more quickly match Swedish innovations with international needs, among other things.
In the village of Torna Hällestad more than a hundred local residents went in together as shareholders in a venture to bring back a local grocery store. That store is now thriving and has expanded beyond groceries to also include freshly baked bread, an award-winning brunch, a dinner restaurant, and even takeaway. In addition, with support from the EU, the store is planning to arrange tourism activities in collaboration with local businesses and people.
How are the smallest structures in dough affected when a croissant is baked? What minerals are stored within a single seed? How do medications bind to the proteins they then influence? The MAX IV Laboratory in Lund enables us to look at extremely small parts of materials such as these. The benefits of this facility go beyond academic research; companies too are now able to make groundbreaking discoveries using the beamline portfolio at the world-class synchrotron research facility in Lund’s newest district.
During the spring of 2016, Barcamper toured around Scania in southern Sweden on a mission to scout the region for brilliant business ideas which for some reason hadn’t entered the startup scene. Over 80 meetings were booked during the tour and 40 entrepreneurs receiving guidance from the Barcamper crew to realize their business dreams.
Do you know what’s 535 pages long and worth 250 million SEK? The application for the Lighthouse-project Galaxity that revolves around the plus-energy field. Together with several European cities, Lund has petitioned for the major EU-application.
Might it be that one of the solutions to make Swedish transports fossil free is already in Lund? Inventor Dan Zethraeus together with LTH have devised an idea to charge electric vehicles while driving and their solution with short electric rails attached to the roads works especially well in urban traffic.
Medicon Village becoming an international demonstration area for E.ON's new energy system - and it was in Future by Lund that the collaboration began. Here is the story of how Sonny Strömberg from E.ON and Erik Jagesten from Medicon Village discovered the companies’ common interest, which has resulted in launching a new sustainable energy solution.
Kirill Noskov left a well-paid job to develop a product that gives people more time to work out. With his ergonomic backpack "IAMRUNBOX" it is possible to jog to work with both laptop and a change of clothes. Now, the next innovation - an easy-to-wear and technology-enabled backpack that would help make the school day easier for children.
Schneider Electric is one of the world's leading energy management and automation companies, with operations in more than 100 countries. In 2017 the company chose to establish an important innovation center in Lund to develop future solutions for building automation and connectivity.
Among the large robots at Odense Robotics is a group of innovators who are aiming for the opposite - to make a robot as small as possible. The idea of a robotic glove comes from Sofie Woge, who was raised and educated in Lund. After working in innovation systems in Lund, she is now taking the steps toward developing the finished product in Denmark.
Founded in 1984 with the idea of connecting printers to networks, Axis Communications was one of the first companies located at Ideon. In 1996 Axis created the world’s first network camera and soon the small Lund company was an international success.