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ONE DAY: The Conference

ONE DAY is an annual conference that enables you to create ideas to help and solve societal challenges.

Concept

1. Identifying the problems

The expertise

The conference will host three tracks: Waste/Food Waste, Gender Equality and Digital Literacy. We talk to academics, civil society and the private sector to identify the problem areas of each issue.

2. FORMING THE CHALLENGES

Refining the expertise

We structure the information gained about the problem areas and turn these into specific challenges to use at the conference.

 

3. The Conference

Coming up with the solutions!

Experts will introduce the background of the issue you chose. You will work in a group of six on a challenge of this issue supported by the experts. The aim is to come up with solutions in the outputs of: social businesses, app/websites, awareness campaigns and educational frameworks!

4. Shaping the outcomes

Refinement

Our team will evaluate the outcomes and develop an action plan on the implementation of the chosen ideas.

5. IMPLEMENTATION

This is our focus. Let's get to work!

Conferences do not have to end in just inspiration and empowerment. This is what sets us apart! Our team will implement the best ideas along with regular progress reports.

BEFORE
AFTER
1. Pick your issue!

Issue tracks

Waste and FOOD WASTE

According to EU statistics, an average Austrian wastes more than 550kgs per year, which is 100kgs more than the EU average. Out of this, 20kgs are edible food. How can we contribute to turning this around? We waste 157,000 tonnes of edible food a year in Austria. We talked to academics, members of the civil society and companies in order to identify the current pain points. These are refined and turn into challenges for the conference.

Example challenge for waste: There is stigma and a factor of inconvenience in using second-hand clothing for the general public. How do we make the re-use of clothing mainstream for the general population?

Example challenge for food waste: How do you increase demand for fruits and vegetables that are not shelf-ready?

keywords: circular economy, textile waste, food waste, gleaning, closing loops and more.

Gender Equality

According to the EIGE (European Institute for Gender Equality), Austria is under the EU average when it comes to gender equality. Furthermore, Austria has the second-biggest gender pay gap in the EU, with women earning on average 23% less than men. We talked to academics, members of the civil society and companies in order to identify the bottlenecks regarding the progress in terms of gender equality in Austria. These are refined and turn into challenges for the conference. More to come, stay tuned.

Example challenge: How can we increase the transparency of gender related initiatives taken by the private sector in Austria in order to incentivise companies that are behind?

keywords: gender stereotyping, gender mainstreaming, gender in media, gender wage gap and more.

Digitalisation

96% of people aged 16-24 in the EU are regular internet users today. But research shows that even though they know how to use the internet, they often lack the ability to judge the quality and trustworthiness of internet resources. This makes them particularly vulnerable. As parents are often not better educated in this area, it is the task of the education system to improve digital literacy amongst the younger generation.  We talked to academics, members of the civil society and companies in order to identify the issues in digital literacy. These are refined and turn into challenges for the conference. More to come, stay tuned.

Example challenge: How can you decrease the effects of the echo chambers on social media?

keywords: echo chambers, information literacy, digital literacy, creation of knowledge online, future of work and more.

2. Pick what you want to work on!

Outputs

Social business

Business, not as usual. Create an idea for a social business that solves one of the challenges given. You will be provided frameworks for coming up with ideas.

APP/WEBSITE

Smart solutions for tough challenges. Create an idea for a app or a website that solves one of the challenges given. You will be provided frameworks for coming up with ideas.

Awareness campaign

Shout it from the rooftops! Create an idea for a creative awareness campaign that solves one of the challenges given. You will be provided a framework for coming up and planning this campaign.

Educational Framework

The issue of mindset. Create games or other educational frameworks that we can use to teach 10-18 year olds about this particular issue.

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Frequently asked questions

Is it free to participate?

ONE DAY is free for all participants! However, we have limited spaces available. Therefore you are required to register here: https://onedaytheconference.eventbrite.com/

Who can participate?

ONE DAY is open to participants from all backgrounds. Whether you are a student, an engineer, consultant, artist, teacher, a professional or otherwise, you are more than welcome to join us!

What happens to the ideas in the end?

The era of coming up with ideas in ideation sessions and hackathons and then going home is over! We, as Students’ Impact Initiative pride ourselves for being an implementation mechanism. Along with the facilitators, we will pick the best ideas from the conference, refine them with academics and the civil society and implement them ourselves with our partners. If you’d like to be a part of implementing these exciting projects and learn about project management, marketing, sales, finance and more, don’t hesitate to apply for our team!

Do I need to bring something?

You are only required to bring your ticket with you. Showing us your e-ticket will be enough for admission, please considering not printing out your ticket.

Is there a dress code for the conference?

No, there is no dress code.

Do I need to be knowledgeable about the issues?

You do not need to have any background information on the issue you are working on. The facilitators for each track are experienced members of the civil society and will introduce the issues and challenges before the ideation session. However, if you are interested reach out to us via Facebook to get some recommendations for reading material.

Can I participate to a certain part of the conference?

Participants are required to attend the whole agenda until the networking lounge. Please be considerate of your group members while you are registering for the conference.

Can I participate together with my team/friends?

Yes! In order to do so, please choose “Team Registration” on the registration form.

What will happen at the conference day?

You will think, learn, have fun, enjoy delicious food and refreshments, network, meet like-minded people and have a concrete contribute to making the world a better place for all of us!

In which language will the conference be held?

The main language of the event will be in English.

I have another question that is not listed here.

If you have any other questions, please write to us through our Facebook page and we will get back to you in no time.

ONE DAY will take place on the 9th March 2018 at WU Vienna.
If you would like to support us, please get in touch at partnerships@siiaustria.com.
For the most recent updates please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SIIAustria.

See you soon!