One Young World Summit | Sustainability project with Audi Environmental Foundation

Together for a Sustainable Future. At the One Young World Summit young adults create a sustainable future. The Audi Environmental Foundation supports with a sustainability scholarship program.

10/25/2019

What does sustainable environmental management look like?

For the tenth time, the One Young World Summit offers talented young people from all around the world with a vision of the future the opportunity to discuss economic, social and political issues. The aim of the forum is to develop solutions to urgent issues, thereby making a positive contribution to our changing world. 

 

Important topics that the young thinkers face on this day are highly relevant questions in the field of environmental management. What environmental problems do we have? How high is environmental pollution worldwide? And how can we socially succeed in initiating a worldwide environmental protection movement?

OYW offers a unique worldwide network of young leaders to facilitate change

Within the framework of the One Young World Summit, around 1,500 young people from over 190 countries gather to share their ideas and concepts for greater sustainability, education, environment, equality and security.

You are never to old to listen and never to young to lead

At the One Young World Summit, the young people should also be taught what it means to initiate change processes. The young leaders of tomorrow learn to define development goals and design business models that are compatible with the future.

Mentoring from corporate politics and science

In addition to the “young leaders of tomorrow”, in recent years the event has also been supported by well-known personalities from corporate politics and science, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Professor Muhammad Yunus and the rock musician Sir Bob Geldof.

With its involvement, the Audi Environmental Foundation builds a network between business, science and young thinkers,  to promote the active transfer of knowledge. The mission of the Audi Environmental Foundation, to shape a livable future by promoting sustainable technologies and innovative ideas, is vastly enriched by the interaction between talented young people and scientists. Furthermore, AUDI AG sponsors members of staff from various locations to attend the summit in London.

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One Young World 2019: young visionaries with ideas for a sustainable future

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One Young World 2019: young visionaries with ideas for a sustainable future

More than 2,000 delegates with visionary ideas, as well as famous personalities such as rock musician and activist Bob Geldof and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, created an electrifying atmosphere at the 10th One Young World Summit in London. Here at the Audi Environmental Foundation (Audi Stiftung für Umwelt), we were actively involved for the second time. This year, we offered scholarships to 15 young people to attend the Summit and supported the development of their ideas for a liveable future.

Passion breeds success – the Nunam Project


One day before the opening ceremony of the One Young World Summit, the Foundation’s scholarship recipients (‘Audi scholars’) and the delegates from AUDI AG had the opportunity to get to know one another in a first get-together. This exclusive pre-event took place in the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium in North London. The event’s primary aim was to encourage participants to network actively with one another and to present their projects, but there was also a social programme with a tour of the stadium and a talk by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

At the main event in London, our chief executive, Dr Rüdiger Recknagel, had the honour of addressing the young visionaries. In his speech, Dr Recknagel emphasised that, in addition to personal passion, positive thinking and active listening are essential in the successful implementation of projects.

One of the projects we are supporting that contributes to sustainable development is the Nunam project. This project, which is led by Prodip Chatterjee, collects old lithium-ion batteries from electronic devices such as laptops so that they can be re-used in stationary energy storage systems. First and foremost, these storage systems will provide electricity for households in poorer, rural regions in India. It’s a project that exemplifies our “greenovation” approach.

Long-term and sustainable cooperation planned with the Audi scholars

In addition to the Nunam project, we primarily support projects that contribute to nature conservation with the aid of technology. This is exactly the profile of our Audi Environmental Foundation and it is these criteria that we use to decide which applicants receive a scholarship for the One Young World Summit.

Following the One Young World Summit, individual Audi scholars will receive further funding to ensure the sustainable and positive development of their projects and further activate the network to our previous One Young World scholars.

The Audi Environmental Foundation would like to offer another 15 scholarships for the next One Young World Summit. Anyone aged between 18 and 30 who is interested in taking part can apply to us in due course. We are already looking forward to working together at One Young World 2020 – which will be held in the Bavarian capital, Munich.

Scholars

Caritta Seppä, Finnland | Project: Tespack

What aspect of your project makes you most proud of?

“By bringing access to mobile, sustainable energy in rural regions and by seeing the impact Tespack's energy solutions can make in supporting rescue workers and NGOs in providing access to education in off-grid regions, is something we feel very proud of and continue to push every day with the goal of making every individual energy independent and master's of their own energy needs.”

What are your next steps/goals?

“We have just recently developed our latest innovation, Solar Media Bag, in collaboration with Plan International and with a goal of turning any room into a full classroom by combining latest tech and IoT in powering all mobile devices and tracking energy generation and usage. We are now launching new collaborations with leading NGOs and agencies and taking our Solar Media Bag to new regions in Africa in (em)powering local teachers and agency workers.”

What else do you need to accomplish your goals?

“In order to make a bigger impact and in powering more individuals and agencies in rural regions, we are looking for support from bigger corporations and governmental agencies in order to fully launch our solutions and further develop our patented technology to cover more fields and to power more people.”
 

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Adan Ramirez Sanchez, Mexiko | Project: GreenFluidics

What aspect of your project makes you most proud of?

 

“One of the aspects that make me most proud of the project is its adaptability, its impact on the reduction of climate change and its incursion in the generation of oxygen for the next space travels, being a technology that can link the Earth and Space uniquely, throught sustainable energy. In this way, this year it was selected worldwide as one of the 100 solutions that seek to help mitigate climate change by Mission Innovation, at the same time that it has aroused the interest of international space agencies to be placed in orbit soon.”

 

What are your next steps/goals?

 

“The main goal to be achieved is to make our technology available to the market in the coming months. Having the premise that it can be accessible to any part of the world, demonstrating the impact it will have on the reduction of CO2 emissions in the world. At the same time, the next step is to start providing oxygen in space in the next space shuttles that will be launched the following year.”

 

What else do you need to accomplish your goals?

 

“In order to achieve these goals, it is necessary that the key actors from both industry and government look again at the innovations that young people are developing for a better world. Also important is that they get involved in the process promote new technologies that will mark a before and one after its appearance. Improving not only the environmental or economic aspects of the world, but also the technological advancement of us as humanity is necessary.”
 

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Allen Mohammadi, Sweden | Project: PlasticFri

What aspect of your project makes you most proud of?

 

“Our vision, our extraordinary team and PlasticFri carrier bags makes me proud. PlasticFri is the greenest alternative for conventional plastic bags with the lowest environmental impact.”

 

What are your next steps/goals?

 

“For us it is important to find early supporters, sponsors and customers looking to enhance their brand image.”

 

What else do you need to accomplish your goals?

 

“Support from organizations and people to help us in our mission of saving the planet from plastic pollution. To find experienced mentors and advisers in order to learn, make good strategies and realize our vision faster.”
 

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Emily Elhacham, Israel | Project: Researching sensor/detection methods for environmental criteria

What aspect of your project makes you most proud

 

“My collaboration with leading international organizations and the integration of their advanced technologies in my environmental interdisciplinary research. Also, providing more opportunities for youth, especially girls, to participate in STEM by developing new national educational programs.”

 

What are your next steps/goals

 

“Integrating state-of-the-art technologies, including advanced Artificial Intelligence models in my research, successfully implementing the sensing platforms developed and extending my educational initiatives to other countries.”

 

What else do you need to accomplish your goals

 

“More industry-academia-government partnerships, in order to push forward my environmental research and initiatives.”

Ghislain Irakoze, Ruanda | Project: Wastezon


What aspect of your project makes you most proud

“The best aspect of our project is Technology opportunity which is helping us to redefine waste management. Using the mobile app technology backed by blockchain, we are offering efficient waste sorting, collection, and traceability to the developing world.”

 

What are your next steps/goals

 

“Our vision is leveraging the technology to create a waste-free world; we are looking forward to investing and developing high technologies such as Artificial Intelligence to increase sorting and assist recycling actors and companies in tracing and collecting the waste materials to achieve a circular economy.”

 

What else do you need to accomplish your goals

 

“Currently, we are operating in Rwanda, but we are planning to expand our services to East and West Africa shortly. As we are raising the seed round of investment, we welcome investors who want to finance our green technologies, and we highly need the Management and Strategic Consultancy that will help us to expand to other countries successfully.”

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Minerva Valier, Mexiko | Project: BIOVATEC


What aspect of your project makes you most proud of?

 

“My biggest pride - thanks to which I feel a successful entrepreneur - has been to demonstrate that in Mexico we also have the potential and ingenuity to develop great ideas with boundless motivation. Without BIOVATEC’s teamwork, none of this would have been possible. We want to leave a mark on the planet and an environmental purpose to reduce plastic pollution caused by single-use products.”

 

What are your next steps/goals?

 

“We are looking for financing and strategic alliances to boost and scale our project and be able to introduce our product into the market. At BIOVATEC, we strongly believe that degradable bioplastics are an urgent need that needs to be implemented in governments and businesses from now on. I aim to achieve a responsible consumption and production in our societies through bio-based solutions.”

 

What else do you need to accomplish your goals?

 

“It is imperative that governments and companies support this type of sustainable initiatives. As entrepreneurs, we cannot grow if there aren’t people who believe in us to shape a better future.”

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Albert Kure, Nigeria | Project: Coating+ (STEM education)

What aspect of your project makes you most proud of?

 

“I am most proud of Coating+ as a single solution to the multiple problems of post-harvest waste, hidden hunger, and climate change (methane gas reduction from decreased food waste), leveraging a waste-to-wealth strategy that involves shrimp-waste.”

 

What are your next steps/goals?

 

“Re-validate research, to finalize IP documentation and improving investment case.”

 

What else do you need to accomplish your goals?

 

“Local and international contacts for partnerships and investment opportunities.”

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Lalit Gautam, Indien | Project: Handscart/Sensegrass

What aspect of your project makes you most proud of?

 

“To create a sustainable food ecosystem to help our farmers financially and saving land by reducing the fertilizers.”

 

What are your next steps/goals

 

“Our aim to improve the lives of our farmers by helping them sustainable agriculture practice and create future food to feed the global population through sensegrass technology.”

 

What else do you need to accomplish your goals?

 

“By 2030 we want to create a completely sustainable food environment and for that, we need support from partners like Audi, Government involvement to tackle the climate change effect on agriculture and sustainable financial support.”

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Dr. Lyubov Artemenko, Ukraine | Projekt: Go To-U

What aspect of your project makes you most proud of?

 

“Go To-U is set to disrupt the Electronic Vehicle (EV) charging experience. Powered with big data analytics and EV charging stations reservation technology, we are an all-in-one assistant for drivers of electric vehicles.”

 

What are your next steps/goals?

 

“Go To-U is expanding rapidly and has plans to take its solution worldwide. Currently, it offers over 12 000 of charging spots in over 13 countries.”

 

What else do you need to accomplish your goals?

 

“Go To-U is raising capital for further expansion while building strategic partnership with OEMs and utilities.”

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Nathan Thomas, USA | Project: AllWeAre

What aspect of your project makes you most proud of?

 

“Providing access to renewable energy for 31 institutions in the past four years and therefore reaching over 30,000 Ugandans makes me proud.”

 

What are your next steps/goals?

 

“We are on pace to surpass 50 solar installations in Uganda by 2021. Our model has proven to be successful in the past four years and we are working to spread it to other countries.”

 

What else do you need to accomplish your goals?

 

“We need $150,000 to make 50 installations by 2021 a reality in Uganda. To replicate our model in other countries, we need additional platforms to reach reliable international partners.”

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Oluwafolajimi Adesanya, Nigeria | Project: Clean City Initiative

What aspect of your project makes you most proud of?

 

“Looking back at our humble beginnings, I am most proud about the impact we have been able to make particularly within underserved communities in Ibadan. Bringing word about environmental sanitation and proper waste management practices to over 12,000 people in four communities and counting is no small feat.”

 

What are your next steps/goals?

 

“While more of the same would not be a bad idea, we are looking at expanding our activities to include more communities and collect/recycle more plastic and solid waste. We are also looking towards launching the first mobile application waste management solution in Nigeria.”

 

What else do you need to accomplish your goals?

 

“Funding has always been a major issue particularly for startups from low and middle income countries. Access to some more funds will be extremely helpful to aid our vision while capacity building and expert mentorship for the managing team will also be of great value.

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Kelcie Miller-Anderson, Canada | Project: MycoRemedy

What aspect of your project makes you most proud of?

 

“What makes me most proud of MycoRemedy is the ability to inspire change and shift attitudes towards remediation and the oil and gas industry. The research has shown others what is possible with natural environmentally conscious technologies and fostered new research in the field.”

 

What are your next steps/goals?

 

“My next steps are to try to take MycoRemedy global and make natural remediation possible in even the most remote or environmentally fragile environments. I want to work to bring these technologies to the communities around the world that need it the most.”

 

What else do you need to accomplish your goals?

 

“To make this happen, I need to find other changemakers around the world, who want to support the project and bring the technology to their communities to restore contaminated lands in their countries.

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Sanjna Malpani, India | Project: Bottled Light, Microgrid solutions

What aspect of your project makes you most proud of?

 

“There's no aspect of Bottled Light project (Jal Jyoti) that doesn't make me extremely proud! But if I had to single one out, I would say it was the community engagement aspect - the fact that this project got fairly privileged college students from across Mumbai to go into slum areas, listen to the community's electricity-related problems and try to collectively brainstorm solutions (mostly via the bottled light) - is a major win in itself!”

 

What are your next steps/goals?

 

“I'm currently fulfilling my life-long dream of working on providing energy access to the 800mn people that live without electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa with SparkMeter - a low-cost smart metering company that allows rural utilities/microgrids to flexibly collect payments and better manage their systems. Another passion and long-standing interest of mine has been to work on electric mobility in my own country, India. With roughly 60,000 vehicles being added to Indian roads every single day, pollution across the country is getting markedly worse. I'm excited to start tackling this problem head-on - especially given my experience working with large-scale Li-ion battery systems in California!”

 

What else do you need to accomplish your goals?

 

“I'm so excited to be associated with the Audi Environmental Foundation and to attend OYW 2019 because interacting with other like-minded and driven entrepreneurs is exactly what I need to find the inspiration to further fuel my passion and take this idea forward! I'm also looking forward to having a larger global platform to tap into down the line. Furthermore, I'm especially excited to learn more about the world of e-mobility through such an incredibly innovative and reputable company in the space - Audi AG!”

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Beatriz Araujo, Brasil | Project: Verdeluz Institute, Sea turtle conservation

What aspect of your project makes you most proud of?

 

“I'm proud to be part of a group of people who are doing their share to fight the global environmental crisis. By promoting environmental education, activism and conservation, we're telling society there's another way to live, with less impact and in connection with nature.”

 

What are your next steps/goals?

 

“My goal is for Verdeluz Institute to be financially sustainable and to have a strong governance and leadership structure, so we can continue to promote social and environmental change on a steady basis.”

 

What else do you need to accomplish your goals?

 

“We need to develop and implement market based strategies to promote people's reconnection with nature and provide the Verdeluz Institute a source of income. Also, we need to start training our team of volunteers to become leaders and support our governance structure.”

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Prodip Chatterjee, India | Project: Nunam

What aspect of your project makes you most proud of?

 

I’d say the aspect that we are working on an interesting, technically challenging and impactful topic with the attempt to reuse old Lithium-Ion battery cells and aggregate them into stationary storage systems for rural electrification.

 

What are your next steps/goals?

 

We are working towards developing and piloting our next generation energy storage prototypes which we want to deploy in rural areas in India early next year with real users who would start utilizing our storage systems for power back-up. This step will provide us, the larger ecosystem crucial and real-life insights on how these systems perform in the real world.

 

What else do you need to accomplish your goals?

 

A sound combination of technical / engineering skills and solutions, committed and supportive partners such as the Audi Foundation for the Environment who are helping us on this journey and also collaboration with other ecosystem partners such as universities, government agencies etc.

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One Young World Summit 2018: A first for the Audi Environmental Foundation

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One Young World Summit 2018: A first for the Audi Environmental Foundation

On the occasion of the One Young World Summit 2018, held at The Hague, Netherlands, the Audi Environmental Foundation enabled 15 carefully selected scholars to participate in the event for the first time. Potential candidates were encouraged to submit their applications and present their projects via the homepage of the One Young World website between April and May 2018. The scholars were then selected by an internal jury from the Audi Environmental Foundation and One Young World. The successful candidates were those whose concepts dealt with environmental issues and “green” innovations (#Greenovation). The topics covered by the applicants ranged from up-cycling, the reuse of plastic waste, water purification and water supplies to the advancement of greater environmental awareness and environmental education. Click  here to find out more about the 2018 scholars.