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Girls' interests creates new technology

Published: 28 March 2017

Helmet with a lamp and infrared camera, virtual reality headset and an app that builds paths for horse jumping. These are some of the ideas generated in the project Innovate Passion.

– In the project Innovate Passion girls have met different technology areas on their own terms, based on their particular hobbies, says Ida Lindh, PhD Student at Luleå University of Technology. Together with Professor Sara Thorgren she has coordinated the project. 

Last week, the researchers from Luleå University of Technology presented the results from the project at the UF-show in Skellefteå.

– About 80 girls along with comapnies and our researchers have developed different solutions to the problems they encountered in their hobbies. In total, we treated 300 problems, and the girls have been working on with 15 of them, says Ida Lindh.

The initiative started in December and since then they have met with partners such as Data Ductus, Arctic Game Lab, Adopticum and Skellefteå Maker Space to brainstorm different technology solutions.

– One of them is an app that allows you to easily build paths for horse jumping, another is a virtual reality headset that can be used in nursing homes where residents can move to places from the past. They also came up with the idea of a smart helmet with light and infrared camera that can be used for night riding, says Sara Thorgren.

Process-oriented work

The work has been a process with several meetings with the companies. The girls have been the experts, and the technology companies provided input. The researchers hope that some of the ideas can be developed further into products at the market. 

– The companies have been easy to get in touch with and they have had an interest in showcasing their business. In Skellefteå there are many companies that are strong in technology and they need a rejuvenation and more girls, says Ida Lindh. 

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