We are delighted to announce that our newly appointed Alumni Ambassadors will be supporting the ICE at their Global Engineering Congress from 22th – 26th October. The Congress gives engineers, policy makers and industry experts an opportunity to come together and discuss how the sector can make an urgent impact on climate change and help progress Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Each of our Ambassadors has taken ownership of one SDG and will be reporting back with articles summarising and reflecting on the key findings of the Congress. They will also help share news of next steps and roadmap for action after the conference so follow them on our LinkedIn Group.
In addition, Foundation Trustee Anna Bruni Sabhaney will be running a session on inspiring the next generation of engineers.
To prepare for the Congress, we are launching discussion threads on SDGs 6, 7, 9, 11 and 13 (as outlined in the United Nations Development Programme) TODAY via our LinkedIn group. You have until the 15thOctober to join the conversation so read on to find out how you can participate.
This is a unique opportunity to influence engineering thought leaders from around the world on how we think innovation in tackling SDGs should happen – and we need your help in shaping the discussion
- Join our LinkedIn group to express your views on water conflicts, disassembling damaging industries and more
We need your help to bring meaningful and stimulating discussion to the congress. So we challenge you with 5 questions that we would like your thoughts and feedback on. From Thursday 20th September until Monday 15th October the following five threads are open for comment and discussion in our Linkedin group. Join the group here.
- SDG 6 Water and Sanitation How could you innovate to prevent a global water war?
- SDG 7 Affordable Clean Energy Do developed countries have any right to restrict the way that developing countries use their energy?
- SDG 9 Industry, commerce and infrastructure How do you disassemble environmentally damaging industries while protecting the economy and the people in it?
- SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities What social opportunities can you draw from empty pockets of land in rapidly urbanising cities?
- SDG 13 Climate change action Checked your climate footprint yet? what steps are you taking today to reduce it? Have a look at the climate footprint calculator for reference.
To get involved, join our LinkedIn group and post your comments, thoughts, videos and any other content you think would be useful under the relevant post. Our Ambassadors will be moderating the discussion. We’ll compile a report outlining the feedback and ideas to take with us to the congress. After the congress, we’ll report back in the group about our finding and next steps.
2. Enter our video innovation competition to win sponsorship to attend the Global Engineering Congress
We’re giving one person the opportunity to win a place at the Global Engineering Congress, worth £500, and up to £500 in funding towards travel and accommodation. The winner will also get the chance to give a five-minute presentation to explain their innovative idea. Runners up will have their videos screened as part of the congress’s Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers workshop, run by our Trustee Anna Bruni Sabhaney.
To enter, record a 3-5 minute video explaining your idea and the problem it tackles by 12th October. This should be linked to one of the SDGs and questions listed above. The video should be uploaded to youtube or vimeo, and shared as a post in our LinkedIn group followed by #happoldfoundationsdgs. You can also email a link to your video to firstname.lastname@example.org. Always film in landscape and try to film in the brightest and quietest spot you can find. And don’t forget the deadline for joining the competition is the 15th October.
If you do choose to register, do come and introduce yourself known to our Alumni Ambassadors and Trustees as we would love to connect with you in person.
We’re looking forward to hearing your ideas, and good luck!
Anna, Oyin, Mohamed, Mairi and Lucy
Happold Foundation Alumni Ambassadors