"Innovate like a Swede" is an annual innovation contest for Vietnamese students with the purpose to encourage creativity and to find innovative solutions for a challenge faced in a local context. The focus SDG for 2018 will be goal no 11: Sustainable cities and communities - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
With the support of Ministry of Education and Training, Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the contest is organized by the Embassy of Sweden together with Swedish companies on the ground: ABB, AstraZeneca, Electrolux, Ericsson, IKEA, SKF, TetraPak and Uppsala University.
The participants will form teams of two and their contribution will be assessed based on whether the entries are innovative, creative, feasible, sustainable and commercially viable, as well as on what kind of lasting impact they will have.
The jury consists of representatives from participating Swedish companies and a Swedish University which provides an amazing opportunity for students to pitch their solutions and innovative ideas to representatives from both the private and public sector in Vietnam. The deadline for submission is 28 October 2018.
The contest’s grand prize is a trip to Sweden and a visit to witness Swedish innovations at Swedish companies’ headquarters and Uppsala university. The runner ups will be given internship opportunities at Swedish companies in Vietnam.
A century ago, Sweden was among the poorest nations in Europe. Sweden has a relatively a small population with 10 million people or 0.14 percent of the global population. Yet today, it is a world leader in innovation. A number of international indexes have been developed in a bid to measure the ability of countries to create environments that encourage innovation. According to them, Sweden is one of the most creative places on the map.