From over 60 applications, 20 semi-finalists were chosen to present at Border Sessions 2017. After five exciting sessions in which 20 inspiring contenders pitched their life stories, brilliant ideas, successful projects, and insightful reflections, the jury was tasked with choosing 5 for the final, which took place on Friday 20th of June. And what a task it was.. but ultimately, they managed and asked the following five finalists to appear for the final showdown for the Border Labs Award 2017:
Shubhendu Sharma (Tiny Forest)
Sebastian Frisch (Our world of noises)
Ermi van Oers (Living Light)
Daan Luijning (Cultured Meat)
Chloé Rutzerveld (Food Futures)
Incidentally, all finalists had some relationship with the natural world! Although being the last session of the conference, the whole room was packed and everyone was highly engaged and interested to take in the interesting ideas and projects being discussed. A perfect way to conclude this fascinating conference.
…. AND THE WINNER IS
Ermi van Oers, with her Living Light, did not just flatter and convince the jury with her high-tech lamp that gets it energy from electron-emitting bacteria in the root system of the plant, but after an informal talk with people in the audience, it appeared she seemed to have the popular vote as well. Runner-up Daan Luijning was excited to become second and saw this as an opportunity and endorsement for his project to create sustainable alternatives for live-stock based food. A special mention was issued by the jury for Sebastian Frisch, who took us on a journey into everyday sounds we often do not realise are there.
We want to thank all contenders for participating and inspiring us and the audience.
A creative, disruptive visionary! Contemporary dancer, Award winning, producer/director, past multi-media and event database entrepreneur. Resigned from IBM to be family carer and trained by Alzheimers Soc, then a founder of homecare/dementia agency for 10 years. Founder, CDO & Chairman Future Care, a heath & wellness, medical technology innovations company.
Using HoloLens to show real-time, cause, effect and impact on our body in a virtual and augmented reality. Using their real-time medical, wearable monitoring device and data, plus analysis and visualisation tools, Future Care will provide new insights, correlations and interpretations. These are mapped onto an avatar of our own body.
Chloé Rutzerveld is a critical food designer who explores and challenges food production and consumption. She is fascinated by nature, the human body and the strange relationship people have with food. After graduating Cum Laude from the Eindhoven University of Technology (Industrial Design, 2014) she started her own studio as Food and Concept Designer. By combining aspects of design, science and technology she thinks up new ways to make our food more efficient, healthy and sustainable.
Creative alternatives to increase health and sustainability while inspiring scientists, technicians and chefs to look beyond the existing borders.
Daan Luining is an expert in the field of cultured meat. He worked in the lab were the world’s first cultured meat hamburger was made and help the New York based non-profit, New Harvest, to accelerate their research program. Now, back in The Netherlands he is bringing cultured meat into reality.
The way we produce meat is extremely damaging to our environment. Greenhouse-gases, animal pandemics, and over-fishing are just a few examples of this. Meet the new meat. Cultured meat is a method were we use the cells of animals to create the meat we eat. The 2nd domestication is coming.
Dave Hakkens is a 28 year old designer from the Netherlands. He lives and works in a place called Helmond. Although he is trained as a industrial designer, he also loves to build machinery and videos. His goal is simple: “try to make the world better by making things”, whether it’s an inspirational video, machines to recycle plastic or a phone concept. It doesn’t really matter, as long as it might push the world in a better direction he is interested.
Together with an online community Dave starts working on global issues that at first seem impossibly large to fix. They simply try.
Eric Geboers & Matteo Baldassari
Eric has a BSc. and MSc. in Architecture from TU Delft, attended architecture courses at the University of Melbourne and the Universidad Polytècnica in Valencia, Spain, and has worked for AULa Design Group as an architect/business developer in Xiamen, China and his own company The Salt Project as a designer and business developer.
Eric is an award winning designer with expertise in sustainable material development, architecture and design.
Matteo is a graduate of University of Rome La Sapienza, renowned Graduate School of Architecture Preservation and Planning. He has studied in France, Spain and The Netherlands and holds a MSc. in Environmental Design and technology and a Bachelor of Architecture (with Honours). Matteo has worked in The Netherlands with ONL(Kas Oosterhuis) and Erick Van Egeraat on internationally relevant projects. He also collaborated with the TU Delft research group Hyperbody. Currently Matteo owns his company Hybreed, specialized in architectural design, digital manufacturing and computational design strategies.
Concr3de| Revolutionize the construction industry
The use of additive manufacturing combined with the reuse of waste material has many advantages over traditional ways of manufacturing concrete. This new manufacturing process may lead to a reduction in the amount of labour required, more precision and a reduction of CO2 emissions of 80%.
Ermi van Oers
Ermi van Oers graduated Cum Laude at Willem de Kooning Academy in 2016, where she studied product design. In the last year of her study, she focussed on the connection between human, nature and technology with her ‘Living Light’ projects.
“Living Light”, a lamp which harvests its energy through the photosynthetic process of the plant. A design which shows the first step towards a future where plants will be part of our energy system. Living Light is a collaboration between Ermi van Oers and Plant-e.
CITIES Foundation’s managing director and co-founder. Italian, she is based in Amsterdam, where she graduated from the University of Amsterdam’s Research Master’s Urban Studies. Francesca manages and coordinates CITIES’ initiatives, events, studies and projects, including the community-driven, local plastic and glass, textile and paper waste recycling scheme – WASTED. She is lead editor, curator, and co-author of “Farming the City”, “We Own the City” and “the Wasted City” publications.
Building collective intelligence
Starting by asking people about their needs and ambitions, the WASTED project is an example on how to develop a shared solution for the global plastic recycling project. Francesca presents the vision and approach of CITIES Foundation, bringing people into urban development since 2008.
Frank Hanssen is an industrial designer, who focused on sustainable projects like the first public charging station for electric vehicles in 2008 and the co-development of numerous electric vehicles. Eager to launch his own sustainable company he decided to combine another great passion, which is food with design. This resulted in Sharp Sharp food in 2013.
Sharp Sharp food
Together with his partner in life he now makes attractive-looking plant-based cakes, which offer a healthier and more sustainable option. As a disruptive company, Sharp Sharp hopes to make an impact and change people’s view on food and inspire others to make an even bigger impact on society and environment.
James Ehrlich is Founder of ReGen Villages, Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford University, Senior Fellow at Opus Novum at NASA Ames and a White House / State Department appointee to a joint task force on the nexus of food, water, energy and waste.
ReGen Villages is the “Tesla of ecovillages” redefining residential real estate development at the nexus of food, water, energy and waste at the neighborhood scale. ReGen Villages re-imagines the way humanity will live in thriving, self-reliant and resilient communities based on regenerative design thinking.
Jasper Middendorp is the co-founder of Reflow, an innovative social enterprise which creates sustainable materials for 3D printing. By building an international network for small-scale recycling and production, Reflow aims to ensure that the 3D printing revolution is a fully circular one that can transform local communities and economies everywhere.
3D printing, Sustainable local manufacturing anywhere in the world.
3D printing is one of the most transformative technology of the 21st century. As the industry is exploding there is a unique opportunity to make sure we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past. Reflow aims to create a fully sustainable industry that is both global and inclusive.
As one of the founders of Café de Ceuvel Hodde works together with different organisations in order to apply an integrated holistic approach to sustainability in the food chain. This involves both the integration of sustainable technologies in the built environment and extensive cooperation with actors in supply chains.
Closing the Urban Food Cycle: Metabolic & Café de Ceuvel are in the process of creating a visual, physical and educational showcase about the Urban Food Cycle. Concentrating and combining a number of pioneering food production and waste technologies on the grounds of cleantech playground De Ceuvel, a closed loop sustainable and cultural incubator in Amsterdam.
As a designer working at Next Nature, Lewis explores the intersection of the biosphere and the economy using a systems and human-centric approach. He aims to redesign the invisible technology of money and strives to create new systems that alter behaviour with the end goal of balancing economy and ecology.
The ECO coin is a new digital currency that positively rewards people actively contributing to a more sustainable world. It is a community led solution that we hope will soon grow to be a global cryptocurrency used by anyone, anywhere to incentivise sustainable actions.
Liviu is the co-founder of Cyborg Nest, a company to sell intelligently designed senses. In his previous role, Liviu was the COO of Videre est Credere, lived undercover and built undercover networks of people who use technology to document human rights violations in places where no one has access.
There is more around us than we can perceive with our senses, so Cyborg Nest intelligently designs new senses. In a world dominated by artificial intelligence created to make our phones, cars and homes smarter, we decided to make people smarter instead.
Looking into the future of augmented reality Sander is excited about the opportunities. The impact on society will be huge, but that means it’s time for concerns too. His projects balance between these two viewpoints. By showing the complete picture of what’s to come, we can make the right choices now.
Will software patents one day limit us in our day to day life? It seems improbable, but what if our life becomes automated by more hardware and software? Experience this speculative scenario hands-on and in your face with the “Patent Alert” Hololens app. Take a peek into the future with the Hololens. The “Patent Alert” app by Sander Veenhof uses computer vision to reveal relevant patents in your surrounding. Experience what impact AR will have on your daily life when all interaction with the world happens through an augmented reality wearable.
Sebastian Frisch is a storyteller, who’s artworks invite his audience to experience poetic aspects of our surrounding. His research fields lay in the areas of spatial listening, (bio) acoustic processes, and multi-sensorial environments. As an artist, musician and developer Sebastian interweaves natural processes with digitally crafted components to form hybrid instruments.
Our world of noises
In ‘Our world of noises’, Sebastian Frisch will let you experience his artistic explorations in (bio)acoustic processes. In his installations the audience can listen to a dialogue of young corn plants or the sonic universe of a detailed crackling slice of pine wood. His instrument ‘foleyboard’ contains a sound reactive wooden surface, on which all kind of natural objects are used to shape sonic landscapes. This lecture performance will take you on a journey of tiny sounds, which are often covered by the noises of our daily life.
Shubhendu Sharma & Daan Bleichrodt
Shubhendu Sharma creates afforestation methods that make it easy to plant maintenance-free, wild and biodiverse forests. Today, his company Afforestt promotes a standardized method for seeding dense, fast-growing, native forests in barren lands.
Daan Bleichrodt is project developer at the Institute of Environmental Education. He has been truly inspired by the positive effects of nature on the health, wellbeing and creativity of humans, and specifically children. Daan’s mission is to ensure contact between nature en children for generations to come and therefore he will plant Tiny Forests everywhere!
More than 60% of the population grows up in an urban environment, and has very little contact with nature. Daan wants to create a world where interaction between the urban population and nature is regular and a normal part of daily life. Contact with nature will increase (mental) health and wellbeing and will help to build a more creative and play-loving world. Daan will show the grand effects of a little nature of the human brain.
Simon Hoogveld van der Meer
Simon is a Biomedical Engineer and a strong advocate of open technology. He was at the start of Totem Open Health using open hardware to develop healthcare solutions. Through wearable technology (motion and ECG sensors), he changes healthcare innovation, giving people a new understanding of how data can be used.
Disposable ECG monitoring – changing the way ECG data can be used
If we can bring the price of typical €1500 ECG monitoring systems down to €15, we can start using this as a disposable, allowing for a tremendous increase in ECG sensor use. Subsequently it can generate an immense standardised dataset, solely to be used in research.
Simon van der Jagt
Simon van der Jagt is the CEO and co-founder of Nowi, a startup that is using WiFi and GSM signals as a power source for smart sensors. He strongly believes that, at the bottom-line, the commercialization of technology benefits society. With this vision he leads the team on a daily basis.
Nowi has developed WiFi powered sensors. They are able to get energy from WiFi, 4G and gsm signals all around us and use this to power small devices. This potentially enables countless innovations by reducing the need for battery replacements and impractical cables.
In 2014 Tom, together with 23 other students decided to continue the dream of Stella by designing & producing Stella Lux, world’s first energy positive family car. As a student in Innovation Management, Tom is always fascinated by the huge impact of innovations on our society. Regardless how small the contribution was, Tom firmly believes that disruptive innovations like an energy independent vehicle might affect our lives in the nearby future. Maybe even sooner than we think…
It is just ridiculous to see the specifications of current cars in terms of mass and energy management. True, for ages we did not really worry about the usage of oil. As oil is a very powerful ‘battery’, cars could be designed the way they currently are. But consider this: an average car carries 20 times your personal weight and even the biggest Boeing 747 is more efficient in terms of mass per carried passenger than just a regular car! This could change, and Tom will tell you why, how and what this new way of thinking might bring our society.