It was a windy autumn morning in Linköping when around 25 NFGL members gathered to visit the Mjärdevi Science Park in Linköping.
Mjärdevi Science Park, supported by the Linköping City, is the home for more than 350 tech companies. It’s strategically located near Linköping University, which make it the perfect place for collaboration between academia and companies.
It started in 1984 with the vision of supporting the growth of new thinking and new techniques, as well as new ways of working that will enable modern society to develop innovative solutions.
This visit really made me realize how technology is so deeply rooted in Sweden. The city of Linköping is highly involved with innovations and has a goal of being carbon-free by 2020.
Creating a Science park to support development from start-ups to established companies allows entrepreneurs and other talents to expand their ideas – and this concept was something very new for me.
No wonder then, that companies like Ericsson are developing their 5G technology here. So how might we, the international students and NFGL members, benefit from this?
Anna Broeders, the community and employer branding manager from Mjärdevi Science Park helped us to understand that.
They have a unique concept called “Creactive”. “Creactive” is a meeting place where students can visit and interact with companies. During the opening hours you can even check in for a free coffee, meet a friend, or just sit in an inspiring environment to study or work and meet new people.
The good news is they just rearranged the place last week to become even cooler! (Linköping University students, you are hearing me right, it’s the place for free fika!)
The companies in Mjärdevi Science Park also offer internships or summer jobs for students. You may even find your thesis or research ideas.
If you want to find out more about the companies and the events associating with Mjärdevi Science Park don’t forget to check https://mjardevi.se/.
They are also going to have one recruitment fair on January 25th, 2018.
Anna shared with us that they are trying to make Mjardevi more international and inspiring the companies to use English as their primary language rather than Swedish (No, I am not asking you to miss your Swedish classes!).
If you are confused by all the events and want to get involved with a specific network, they also offer that option.
Being a Business student (and not so techy unfortunately) I really liked two specific networks and am considering getting involved.
The first one is the HR- network where HR managers in Mjärdevi Science Park meet four times a year and exchange knowledge and experiences.
And the second one is – Ebbepark. Ebbepark is another project now running in Linköping to develop the city’s business ecosystem, and they offer meetings jointly with Mjärdevi Science Park.
You may wonder how these parks or ideas are really going to affect students like us who are probably only in Sweden for a year or two.
But if you look at things closely, we have already made ourselves a part of the international platform by signing up to come to Sweden.
We are in a place where we can contribute our ideas through conversation with these parks and we can try to bring about the change we want.
You are living in a Swedish city, which automatically makes you a part of the community living there.
Take this opportunity and check the science parks in your own Swedish towns. I don’t know if these are ideas unique for Sweden, but since I am here, I am excited to be a part of it.
You may find an idea by visiting these parks, which may help inspire you to change something back in your home country.
3D systems for diagnosing
For example, Fredrik Larsson, the digital strategist and communication manager of Mjärdevi Science Park, shared a smart washing machine concept where you can instruct the machine to start based on the availability of solar light.
You can programme all your electric devices through your smartphone to use solar power. I just thought, why don’t we do this in my home country of Bangladesh, where we have sun throughout the year?
It would be a great way of saving energy!
We also visited a company call Sectra, which works with medical systems by supplying modern software to diagnose and determining an appropriate treatment.
They presented us their new and very cool 3D system for diagnosing patients. They also shared an overview on how we can fit ourselves into Swedish companies.
Sectra offers summer jobs and internships as well, but mostly for software developers. Their website is https://www.sectra.com. Check them out if you are interested in working with them.
You too are into sustainability
Finally, we gathered at beautiful Linköping University for a lecture about IT and sustainability by Professor Elin Wihlborg from Linkoping University.
Of course everyone has different ideas on how you can connect yourself to sustainability and how IT could affect it.
But you are probably doing a lot of things to promote sustainability without being aware of it. For example, maybe you are buying second-hand from Swedish flea market groups on Facebook.
Congratulations, you are into sustainability! You create less waste and helping to save more nature through modern technology!
Thanks to SI for arranging this event for us. Lucky to know what’s happening in my neighborhood and being a part of it.
Sabera Zohra Abonty is studying business administration at Linköping University.