Rio, Brazil

In Brazil, the project format for 2015 will focus on one group of engaged students, professors and young professionals who will be part of a team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the UFRJ Science Park, which will develop a project related to theme MOVE. This project team (SLC Brazil Team) will work with Hyper Island between June and August 2015 (for 03 months / 12 weeks) to deliver its project to be presented at COP21 in Paris, France, in December 2015.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo cc: Christian Haugen

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo cc: Christian Haugen


Based on the theme MOVE, the SLC team will work over the course of three months, starting on June 9th with its first workshop, to create, conceptualize, plan and implement a project related to the theme MOVE in order to promote and support a sustainable mobility project at the UFRJ Science Park (as a pilot project and it will count with UFRJ Green Fund to help implement it).

By October 2015, the project will be realized and hopefully continue to scale over time. Meanwhile, the team’s process and tools will be packaged and shared for others around the world to use.

Kick-off (June 9th, in the morning, at 10:00h): All applicants + special guests would be invited for the kickoff. During the ceremony, the winner + selected candidates will be announced and introduced to Hyper Island. Bicletaria Cultural will present its project in Curitiba and propose an open discussion on smart mobility (to be confirmed with Bicicletaria Cultural). Following, a lunch will be offered by the Embassy at Couve Flor Restaurante (right next to UFRJ Science Park auditorium). At the SLC Kickoff ceremony, on June 9th at UFRJ Science Park Auditorium, an inspiring example of what happened last year, the Embassy will invite Bicicletaria Cultural project (01 out of the 15 SLC 2014 Winners) to deliver a presentation about the project and how it developed from an idea among friends to an actual and current project in the city of Curitiba.

Closure (1st week of September – Closing ceremony – Presentation and delivery of the MOVE project by the group)

The outcome will be a new smart mobility project initiated at UFRJ Science Park as a pilot project with potential for scale (UFRJ would have it as a pilot project that can be eventually spread to city of Rio de Janeiro so the society could benefit from it).

The whole process (12-week work on developing the MOVE project) will be led by Hyper Island’s facilitator Johanna Olsson and also will have support from the Swedish Institute and SISP. After the project delivered in the beginning of September 2015 (end of the 12-week period) the results of this work and insights from the process will be put on display in Paris during the COP21 summit in December 2015, in Paris, France.

Smart Living Challenge organizers in Brazil:

Embassy of Sweden in Brazil – Brasília DF

Hosting Partner in Brazil: UFRJ Parque Tecnológico – Rio de Janeiro RJ

Fundo Verde da UFRJ

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