One of the teams from the "Prototype your Future City!" workshop wants to develop a test strip that shows the sugar content of jams and marmalades. It can be applied to the outside of the jar. A company is already showing interest in this prototype, as conscious nutrition and improved education around food is an important topic for the future. This is a great result, isn't it?
Dr. Beatrice Moreno: Yes, I am very satisfied with the workshop. But not just because of the idea for the sugar measuring strip. The other teams have also developed very interesting and scalable ideas on important city topics. The result was six great solutions for society and life in the city. How can I make this life better? I always focus on solutions for people.
The cities of the future and the people living in them will be confronted with topics like climate change, and they will experience medicine that is increasingly more effective and communication networks that are are growing ever denser. In Europe, conversations focus mostly on how to make existing infrastructure more sustainable and improve comfort and quality of life. In other cities around the world, the focus is more on creating infrastructure that didn’t previously exist or to rebuild it after natural disasters or wars. But regardless of whether we’re talking about Europe, Africa or Asia, technology can contribute so much toward making life better. And this is something we must do!
I am a doctor and computer scientist. In addition to teaching at the HTW, I am also a member of the board of Tech Unite e.V. The organization is currently running 28 projects in Africa alone – projects to facilitate communication, to improve water supply, to make better health care possible... I want to do something to improve conditions, and I see so many opportunities to use new technologies to do this!
And this is exactly what I want to convey to students. I want to motivate them to start their projects thinking about people and their needs and, based on these insights, to develop IT-supported solutions. What is also very important to me is to make it clear how much can be achieved in a team, where everyone contributes their special knowledge and strengths. You can achieve almost anything – for example, you can develop a concept for a solution in 3x3 hours and build a prototype.