Wasteless future initiative
Take a challenge and help us create a solution that will reduce waste in Szczecin. Activate your design thinking, build a community and regain your influence. See the solutions we’re dreaming of.
Our initiative is designed to let you fully participate without leaving your home… online! But if you prefer to work and meet others live, the Home of Tomorrow is open for you. It’s up to you how you want to participate. In the meantime, take a look at our forum and join the discussion.
How does it all work?
The challenges are created on the basis of real-life problems that the residents share with us. When joining, you pick the challenge that seems most familiar to you.
The guide takes your team through the project, supports the leader and helps find the best solutions.
Teams are supported by representatives of local authorities, business and science. Thanks to useful discussions and tips, the solutions will effectively address the challenges.
The project is made up of six stages. First, we ask Szczecin’s residents about the problems related to household waste. Then, on the basis of their responses, we define the challenges. You and your team come up with a solution and its implementation plan. Finally, we present the outcomes to local residents and publish everything free of charge, following the open-source spirit.
Anyone can join!
You don’t need to be a designer or know much about ecology. All you need is the will to change something! We’re waiting for anyone, regardless of their age or experience. Participation is free of charge. See why it’s worth your while.
It’s good for you and next generations
- You are about to start changes that will beneficially influence our planet.
- You gain experience in working on a professional process of creating new ideas and solutions.
- We teach you how to solve problems using the design thinking method.
- You get full support from mentors and experts.
- You can use creative tools and common manual ones.
- You work in the comfortable and green space of the Home of Tomorrow.
- You get a certificate after completing the project.
Design process: step by step
We ask residents of Szczecin about waste-related problems
Based on their answers, we define the challenges from which design teams will start their work. At this stage, we come up with several research tasks in which we really need to get the residents’ views and support. Your opinion is very important to us. See what we’re working on right now.
Looking for solutions together
This is when the first ideas emerge and are collected. The mentor and experts will help you put your thoughts on the right track. You will learn how to awaken your creativity and produce unusual ideas that will work in practice.
Prototype development and testing
At this stage, your team’s ideas will come to life for the first time, being turned into prototypes. In order to build them, you will get a range of devices – from basic tools (such as paper and scissors) to more advanced ones. Then, your prototype will be provided to potential users for testing purposes.
Your team has a great and valuable idea that has passed the user tests? Time to think about its implementation! Experts and mentors will help you prepare a detailed and professional business plan, thanks to which your design will be complete and ready for launch.
Presentation of solutions
At the end, the ideas are presented to the residents of Szczecin.
Green future solutions
Take a challenge and help us create a solution that will reduce waste in Szczecin. It can be related to a house, residential estate or even the whole city.
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Our project is supposed to serve the planet and people. This is why all solutions will be made available free of charge, following the open-source concept, so that everyone can use and get inspired by them for the benefit of the green future. We believe that together we can start a change – not just in Szczecin but also across Poland or even Europe.
What kind of solutions will make it to the final?
How we generate and get rid of waste greatly affects our planet. We wish to minimise that impact.
An efficient solution should not require a large effort but should naturally be incorporated into people’s lives and habits.
Solutions should be implementable in many places. If your idea responds to a problem in a single block of flats, for example, it does not meet this criterion.
Ideas should respond to challenges that residents of Szczecin actually have to face.
Teams should talk about their ideas with individuals for whom they are created, taking feedback into account at further stages of works.
Solutions ready for implementation
Solutions and plans for their implementation will be presented to city authorities. Thanks to the help of mentors and experts, each design that makes it to this stage will be complete and ready for implementation. Yes, that can be your design!
Take a look at the forum
Important questions and answers
Important but definitely not all. Haven’t managed to find an answer to your question? Ask it here.
Anyone aged over 18 can participate. As regards other factors, we believe in diverse teams. This helps us take a look at problems from different points of view.
You can if you participate in three meetings at the House of Tomorrow (at the start, in the middle and at the end of the process), and your prototype is tested by Szczecin’s residents. You can get further information from the project mentor.
You are going to need at least one computer (or smartphone) with a camera and microphone, as well as Internet access, because most activities will be handled remotely.
You should use the registration form at the website (link).
Sure thing! :) You will need to catch with other teams, though. This will be made easier by materials available at the forum and from the Project Team.
No, it’s not. This project is about collaborative creation, i.e. engaging local residents in the process of designing solutions that are aimed at reducing the amount of waste generated in Szczecin.
We recommend focusing on a single challenge but if you reasonably believe that you can work on more than just one, feel free :)
Your prototype will be presented at the event that concludes the project. Details of the event will be announced soon. Your prototype may inspire the City Hall to implement your solution.
One of your team members can become the leader. If you are working on your own, another participant might take over your work or you can just abandon it :(
You can test your ideas, gain experience in working with the design thinking method, get prepared for a professional presentation of your concept, and – most of all – have a real impact on the life of Szczecin’s residents.
Seven. Our experience shows that working in larger teams is much less efficient.
Workshops are run by mentors ONLINE, while the subjects covered vary depending on the stage of the process. We focus on providing most useful knowledge and tips to use in the project. Each educational workshop offers an answer to the following questions: “Why do we do what we do?” / “What should be the outcome of this stage?”