In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. They are the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Achieving these goals requires cooperation between governments, civil society, and the private sector. Fujitsu has committed to the Global Goals and using technology for social impact, aligned with the 2030 Global Goal agenda.
This year, Fujitsu proudly supported the inaugural Global Goals Jam event in Sydney – creating innovation around the SDGs. The Global Goals Jam combines passionate designers, developers and creative people who work together over two days to design innovative solutions for local solutions to global problems.
Over the weekend of 20-22nd September, 85 teams from across the world engaged in design thinking to create short term interventions aimed to support long term goals – the challenge in Sydney was how to tackle #SDG6 Clean Water and Sanitation, and #SDG12 Responsible Consumption and Production, with a focus on empowering communities to better manage electronic waste (eWaste) – Australia’s fastest growing waste stream.
Three Fujitsu graduates participated in the event, testing their design thinking, teamwork and creative skills. Louise Mackintosh, Hiroshi Kamiya and Waylon Fung all got to grips with the problem of eWaste. Blaise Porter, Director of Responsible Business, also participated as a subject matter expert on eWaste and judged the winning teams along with representatives from our eWaste recycling partner, Sims Recycling Solutions; Sydney Water; and other subject matter experts.
“It was such a great experience to use design thinking principles to come up with a solution to deal with eWaste. I highly recommend people to join the next one!”– Waylon Fung
Hiroshi’s team, Happecycle, was one of the weekend’s two winning teams! Their idea was to utilise existing Google search capabilities for people to easily determine how they can reintroduce their eWaste back into the circular economy – nearby recycling centers, repair and buy back services. Hiroshi and his team members each won a $500 voucher with design-thinking training specialists Academy Xi.
“To see our idea as a reality would be astounding and I believe it will help make great progress towards the UN’s #SDG12 – Responsible Consumption and Production.”– Hiroshi Kamiya