In early June, pupils from Thorhildplan high school met with high level staff from universities and Cisco from Australia and New Zeeland in Kista Mentorspace. This #NotBoring event ended up as a Makerspace where senior engineers supported young beginners in this ICT tech event, all under the supervision of Professor Mark Smith from the Royal Institute of Technology. The purpose of the event was to give our guests from Down Under the real Urban ICT Arena experience.
Petra Dalunde, COO of Urban ICT Arena, started off with an inspirational presentation of the open testbed and co-creation arena to set the table. Then professor Mark Smith presented Kista Mentorspace and what Urban ICT Arena and Kista means to him. Mark talked about how he would like to see more involvement by local industry members in both the testbed and in Kista Mentorspace. He particularly addressed the companies that are interested in developing their business aims and also have the ambition to engage in corporate social responsibility goals, since these are incorporated into the projects conducted in the testbed.
The visit ended with a workshop where the employees from Cisco Australia and New Zeeland acted as mentors for students from high school Thorhildsplan Gymnasium who were invited to the workshop. It was a wonderful sight to see two different generations work together. By working together and sharing experiences with each other they were able to solve the problem and gain friendship.
Take a look at the slideshow to re-experience the workshop.