Challenges being challenged right now
One of the main benefits if cooperating with an agency like The Bridge, is that there is always a lot of projects in progress to get connected with. Get at quick view of what’s going on right now, as well as upcoming projects.
Mobile food science testbeds
Food is both a great way to prevent health issues and an opportunity to reduce climate footprint.
To speed up development of healthy food and food systems, the foodtech industry needs new ways
to get early consumer traction on their offerings. In addition, the city of Lund along with local
landlords, energy companies and public transport see this kind of testbed as a way to make their
investments more valuable before they are actually built. Many stakeholders want the same thing.
Innovation Skåne, Lunds Kommun, Serneke, Tobias Linné, Lund University, Ica Fastigheter.
All household waste into resource
Household waste is a double challenge for most cities around the world. It is both an
environmental hazard and a missed opportunity to turn something worthless into a
valuable resource. If the amount of household waste that reaches the sorting station
can be increased by 50%, this would mean a substantial and valuable improvement for
cities like Bangalore, India and Lusaka, Zambia.
Content People, Uppsala University, SWMRT – Solid waste management round table India, BBMP
Low carbon and circular value chains
In most industries there is need and potential to reduce the climate footprint. This, however, depends not only on the successful implementation of one single low carbon solution. For such efforts to be effective they must include the whole value chain. In food and packaging Tetra Pak is a key player and pioneer for sustainable packaging. Together with suppliers, researchers, customers and retail they all share the need to turn the whole food value chain into a circular one.
Tetra Pak, Lund University, Billerud Korsnäs, Packbridge, Vinnova, Axfood, Oatly
Preventive Healthtech for consumers
For most diseases, the best way to reduce treatment costs is to prevent people
from becoming patients in the first place. One solution would be to come up with
better analysis technology. But it is equally important to encourage people in risk
groups to dare to find out and actually take the test. Early and reliable diagnostics
along with creative outreach campaigns are needed to make this happen. How may
a shopping mall be used to challenge the ways we get informed about our health?
Joint Academy, Min Doktor, ProgressMe, Government of Peru
Increased access to quality healthcare
Around the globe, cities and regions face the same healthcare challenge regardless of
whether they are in the industrialised or the developing parts of the world. With growing
and ageing populations we will have less public funds to pay for increased healthcare needs.
To look forward to our own ageing futures we therefore need to come up with ways to
deliver better healthcare to more people for less money. For Peru and many other places,
a healthier population would mean additional growth and reduced healthcare costs.
Capio, Khora Virtual Reality, Joint Academy, Min Doktor, Government of Peru
Reducing air pollution in urban hotspots
New Delhi is one of the giga cities in the world with the highest air pollution.
Most of the inhabitants perceive the air quality to be caused by emissions and road dust.
Clean Air Asia is verifying this perception with collected data for 3 polluted hotspots.
Traffic interventions is one of the solution areas explored where traffic analysis and
new ways to monitor air pollution would be useful technologies.
But how fast can we notice a difference?
Clean Air Asia, Gehl Architects, Insplorion
Access to safe water for everyone
Clean drinking water is probably the most critical resource for humanity to thrive
and a main reason for geopolitical conflicts in the future. Technologies for
purification and distribution exist, but need to function in a context where all
relevant stakeholders are working together to maintain access. How may local
water utility companies involve the community and the latest water technology
to improve their security and avoid the next epidemic?
Water Aid, The Challenges Group, Lund University, VA Syd, Clean Water Wave
Viable air travel beyond Covid-19
Travel and transportation is a substantial part of our private and professional
climate footprint. The corona crisis has shown that such behavior can change rapidly.
But how will the need for transport and mobility really change in the future and
how may today’s stakeholders collaborate to prototype covid-safe and climate friendly
air travel for the future? How can we get the new story for flying, to really take off?
Egencia Expedia Group, Air France KLM, Sweco, Södra