“Smart Living Challenge” in Jakarta

As part of the Innovative Sweden Exhibition, a 3-day SLC Creative Workshop was organised on 12-15 May 2014. The event took place at Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences’ (i3L) newly built campus in Pulomas, East Jakarta. This workshop was made possible with the support of Swedish Institute, i3L, Business Sweden, and the Embassy of Sweden in Indonesia.

The Smart Living Challenge (SLC) is an international innovation competition, designed to generate business opportunities and ideas. It focuses on sustainable lifestyle in urban environments through products, services and solutions that facilitate individuals to live smarter and in a more sustainable way. The competition is divided into three categories – Eat, Live and Move – each with their own challenges. From all the ideas gathered globally, a jury will select 15 winners who will be invited to come to Sweden to develop and realize their innovative projects. Contributions can be made directly online or through active participation in creative workshops.


For each day of the workshop two speakers would come and share their area of expertise. From these two presentations participants were expected to be more aware of today’s challenge and think about how to solve a problem.

After listening to the presentation, Process Leader Ms. Maria Eriksson, partnership director for the Swedish IT Institute Hyper Island based in Singapore, divided participants into groups, in which ideas were discussed, put into writing and prepared for a 1 minute recorded pitch. The video was then uploaded to the SLC website as an entry for the global challenge.

On the first day of workshop (12/05/14), participants learned about sustainable fashion. Prof. Clemens Thörnquist from Borås University provided some inspiring insights about innovative and sustainable fashion, including different ways of manufacturing fashion garments such as through recycling. Further, Ms. Sofie Wikander of Chamber Trade Sweden, gave a presentation about sustainable fashion and the different characteristics of fashion companies in Sweden.


Words and photos: Embassy of Sweden, Jakarta.

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