Stories

Make every story count.

1. Tackling food waste one vegetable at a time.

The goal is to show the problem of food waste and the potential solutions. Showing how the lifecycle from the field to the consumer is important and also showing the value of using certain materials over others.

Currently around 100 million tonnes of food is wasted every year. If nothing is done, food waste could rise to over 120 million tonnes by 2020.

Wasting food is more than an ethical and economic issue, it also impacts the environment due to the limit of natural resources.

The aim is to show the solution issmich! is offering, not only with their contacts to local farms but also their methods of preserving the food in glass containers. They gather vegetables that are deemed unsuitable for retail and make delicious stews and soups.

Changemaker:

Tobias Judmaier – issmich!

 

Category:

Food waste, Environment

 

Brief:

coming soon.

Project:

issmich!

Team:

Tobias Judmaier

Link:

Issmich.at

2. Breaking the stereotypes refugees face

 

One of the biggest challenges are stereotypes of companies towards refugees. Fueled by missleading mass media communication many people believe that refugees can hardly be integrated into our society particularly into the labour market and see them as mere welfare cases.

With over 60,000 refugees in Austria* they represent a massively underused resource. Whats worse is this all stems from stereotypes and fear.

If integrated into society these refugee offer a large and talented work force.

*http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49e48e256.html

The aim is to break such stereotypes, since there are many very talented and highly motivated refugees. Currently we are focusing on two main subjects within our B2B-communication strategy: Talent and Diversity. I want to create communication tools in order help others (particularly our customers) realise that refugees have a huge potential that only needs to be discovered.

Changemaker:

Dominik Beron – Refugees Work

 

Category:

Integrate, Refugee Crisis

 

Brief:

coming soon.

Project:

Refugees Work

Team:

Dominik Beron, Jakob Wagner, Christoph Hauer

Link:

RefugeesWork.at

3. Helping children to engage with technology in an active way.

Children spend on average six and a half hours in front of screen per day. We want to help them make use of that time in a fun and educational way.

Children of today are mostly technology consumers: they spend long time playing computer games and watching series. We want the next generation of our children to grow up with an audacity to engage with technology in an active way.

The aim to communicate how important it is for children to engage with technology early in their childhood.

We want to encourage them to create technology: by building and programming their own robots and prototypes of electronics. By doing that, we want to inspire the next generation of engineers, makers and inventors

Changemakers:

Anna Iarotska – Robo Technologies

Rustem Akishbekov – Robo Technologies

Yuri Levin – Robo Technologies

 

Category:

Education

 

Brief:

coming soon.

Project:

Robo Wunderkind

Team:

Anna Iarotska, Rustem Akishbekov, Yuri Levin

Link:

startrobo.com

4. Enabling urban community and social cohesion through neighborhoods.

People living in urban areas tend to be strangers to their neighbors. Providing those with a digital platform for connectivity and more social interaction to tackle local issues is our goal.

FragNebenan is a network for urban neighborhoods. It’s the place where neighbors can meet 24/7, share knowledge and resources, organize mutual aid or chat about local issues. It’s the place where urban community and social cohesion is enabled in a 21st century digital society.

Changemakers:

Stefan Theißbacher

 

Category:

Neighborhood, Community

 

Brief:

coming soon.

Project:

FragNebenan

Team:

Stefan Theißbacher, Valentin Schmiedleitner, Kati Patterer, Mathias Müller, Angela Lau, Andreas Förster

Link:

fragnebenan.com

5. Bringing social entrepreneurs and investors together.

We support social ventures from Austria and CEE to become investment ready and raise the funds they need to scale their impact.

Social entrepreneurs come up with great ideas to address social problems. Our aim is to support those highly impactful entrepreneurs with know-how, business tools and the right network to take their operations to the next level and scale their impact.

We also work with local investor communities and show them the opportunities and potential of impact investment, linking them to internationally operating investor networks.

Changemakers:

Lena Gansterer

 

Category:

Investment

 

Brief:

coming soon.

Project:

Investment Ready Program (IRP)

Team:

Lena Gansterer, Alexis Eremia, Christine Spernbauer, Bistra Kumbaroska, Nikolaus Hutter

Link:

investment-ready.org

6. Creating social value through professional IT refurbishment.

Companies and households change their computers every few years. Old but functional hardware is going to waste, bringing along social and ecological problems for our modern societies. With the production of every new electronic device comes a heavy weight of social burden.

We would like to raise awareness for the re-use of products, especially in the electronic sector. IT refurbishment increases the products’ life span and is also an approach to provide NGOs, schools and private households with affordable electronics.

We can provide proper input on why things have to change for good and why the use of re-use devices is a key indicator for that change.

Changemakers:

Rudi Wetzl

 

Category:

Environmental, Upcycling

 

Brief:

coming soon.

Project:

Compuritas

Team:

Rudi Wetzl

Link:

compuritas.at

7. Energy in Sync with Nature

Green energy is a concept we are all very familiar with, yet it is hard to adopt due to the potential to be with out power in the moments you need it most because of a lack of wind or reduction in sun. aWATTar gives the option to use both, and saves you money in the process.

We would like to raise awareness of the potential that combining green energy with intelligent solutions has to offer. Not only on the Micro scale, the for the Customer, but also on the Macro scale, for the world.

As a world we are slowly reaching the ‘Tipping Point’, a point where CO2 emessions are so high that the Climate will change. This change may be irriversable. We want to show there are incremental methods to help change the world.

We can provide insights into how the energy world is changing, why it needs to change and why some methods employed by certain companies are outdated.

Changemakers:

Simon Schmitz

 

Category:

Environmental, Energy

 

Brief:

coming soon.

Project:

aWATTar

Team:

Simon Schmitz

Link:

awattar.com