Events

 


Swedish-Hungarian Smart Forum 2014 - How to develop the innovation ecosystem?

As in previous years, participants of the “Swedish-Hungarian Smart Forum” (a fusion of the Swedish-Hungarian Sustainability Program founded in 2010, and the Swedish-Hungarian Innovation Forum started in 2012) are Swedish and Hungarian governmental, academic, research, and corporate experts, who exchange their experiences about the relationship and the mutually reinforcing effects of the elements of the „knowledge triangle” (education, research, and economy), drawing up their concepts of creating an efficient innovation ecosystem and scientific cooperation.

This year the organizers of the series have chosen the unconventional “World Café” format in order to involve the audience too. The English language World Café – arranged as a coffee house but conducted in a controlled manner – is organized around two questions: 1. What does innovation mean in my working environment? 2. How can we develop the Hungarian innovation ecosystem?

At the opening ceremony of the World Café, Prof. József Pálinkás, Government Commissioner responsible for the establishment of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office and His Excellency the Swedish ambassador of Hungary, Niclas Trouvé held speech.
You can watch the video report of the World Café event here.

 

19 November, 2014

Swedish-Hungarian Smart Forum 2014 - How to develop the innovation ecosystem?

As in previous years, participants of the “Swedish-Hungarian Smart Forum” (a fusion of the Swedish-Hungarian Sustainability Program founded in 2010, and the Swedish-Hungarian Innovation Forum started in 2012) are Swedish and Hungarian governmental, academic, research, and corporate experts, who exchange their experiences about the relationship and the mutually reinforcing effects of the elements of the „knowledge triangle” (education, research, and economy), drawing up their concepts of creating an efficient innovation ecosystem and scientific cooperation.

 
 
 
 

 
 


Film Contest

Have you ever visited our parks? Not yet? Than it’s time to visit them, make a short film about one or more of them, send it to us and win a long weekend to Sweden.

What do you have to do?
Make a short film  –  with your phone or other recording device – and tell us why one of the parks or all of them have a Swedish look:
eco-playground on Margaret Island

Lánchíd park

Bicycle service point at Vérmező

Angyal István park

(You can read more about these parks on our website)

Step 1: Visit our parks and think it over:

Why are they green?
Why are they modern?
Why do they fit into the city landscape?
How did they become a likeable part of the city after their reconstruction?
How do they fit into the Swedish approach of recycling and preserving?
Sweden is the most innovative country in the world. Where do you perceive innovation in these parks?

Step 2: Make a short film about your thoughts.

Step 3: Send your film to Greensweden@business-sweden.se or upload it to YouTube in the following way:

    Sign into YouTube.
    Click the Upload button at the top of the page.
    Before you start uploading the video select Unlisted in the “Privacy Settings” drop-down menu, 
    Select the video you'd like to upload from your computer. 
    Click Done to finish the upload. 
    Send the link of your film via e-mail to Greensweden@business-sweden.se.

Step 4: Please include your name, phone number and the name of your university and faculty in the e-mail. The jury will not see your data.

Step 5: If you win, you can start packing, since the winner and his partner may spend a long weekend in Sweden and have the possibility to visit the headquarters of great international Swedish companies there. 

Terms and conditions 

By submitting the contest materials contestants automatically accept the terms and conditions of participation and consent to the fact that the organizers can use their films free of charge in the publications related to the contest.

The contest is open for students above 18.

Each contestant can participate with one film only. 

Film length: maximum 2 minutes. 

Submission deadline is the 31st of January, 2014.

Announcements of result: during our conference in February, 2015. The winner will be informed through e-mail or telephone. The date of the 1st prize trip to Sweden will be discussed with the winner. 

1st prize: a long weekend in Sweden where the winner and his partner have the possibility to visit the headquarters of great international sponsor companies there. 
The winner film will be selected by the Embassy of Sweden in Budapest and the Swedish sponsor companies, based on creativity and will be published on our website.

The contestant acknowledges that all responsibility for any possible infringements caused in relation to privacy rights or copyrights by taking or publicly showing the films submitted shall be borne by the contestant, including the financial responsibility connected with such infringements. 

Enjoy your work! We are waiting for your film!

 

 


October, 2014

Short film on Angyal István park

Short Film Contest for students.

 
 
 
 

 
 


Angyal István Park - 3 October, 2014

Angyal István Park in the 9th district of Budapest has been refurbished with the joint effort and support of Sweden and the Municipality of Budapest. By means of the modernization and landscaping initiated within the scope of the Swedish Sustainability Program, a modern social place with free internet coverage has been established at the corner of Üllői út and Ferenc körút. Thanks to the varied urban vegetation planted here, people can enjoy the proximity of nature at yet another busy location in the city. 

A Wi-Fi hotspot has been installed in the park to allow anybody with a suitable device – for example, a smartphone or tablet – to use the internet for free. Easily comprehensible information signs help those getting acquainted with the world of smartphones and the internet.

The purpose of the reconstruction of Angyal István Park was to create a biodiverse, sustainable park. 

Biodiversity is the term used to describe the variety of all living species and can be studied on many levels: we can investigate the ecosystem variation within an area or the genetic variation of given species. Maintaining a wide diversity of species is extremely important, yet today, species are going extinct at an accelerated and dangerous rate. This loss has several reasons, but mainly human activities and the increase in the human population: We turn our natural environmental amongst others into agricultural and industrial areas, cities. Environmental pollution - directly and indirectly - also contributes to the extinction of species. We have to attempt to maintain a wide diversity because the extinction of species has significant effect on the whole ecosystem where each species has a specific and vital role. There are many international conventions that focus on biodiversity issues. You can read more on biodiversity here.

To enrich the ecological and visual diversity of the city landscape, almost twenty domestic, drought-tolerant, and city-proof plants with energy-efficient maintenance have been planted.

The paper plane installation in the park is a memorial for István Angyal, the hero of the 1956 revolution, after whom the park was named. 

István Angyal, the hero of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the leader of the resistance in Tűzoltó street. He was born at Magyarbánhegyes in 1928. In 1944 due to his Jewish origins he was deported to Auschwitz concentration camp with his mother and an elder sister, who both died there. After the war, Angyal obtained a place studying Hungarian and history in the Arts Faculty of Budapest University. However, after two years, he was expelled from the university, after speaking up for the politician and Marxist philosopher György Lukács. He became a locksmith, then foreman technician and then site engineer. Angyal envisioned a hopeful new life without discriminations and injustices in his idealistic, communist, but not party-related ideas. In 1956 he immediately joined the demonstrators and soon became the commander of Tűzoltó street rebels. He made several abortive attempts to contact the new Kádár government and János Kádár personally, hoping to defend gains made in the revolution. After the uprising had been crushed, Angyal continued to agitate from the Péterfy Sándor utca Hospital, where he worded, duplicated and distributed leaflets and appeals. Although he was encouraged to do so by his colleagues, Angyal would not flee the country. Angyal was arrested in the hospital and the court sentenced him to death. The sentence was carried out in 1958.

The paper plane installation in the park quotes a few lines from his last letter to his friend, István Eörsi. 

 

 

 


3 October, 2014

Angyal István Park - 3 October, 2014

With the support of the Municipality of Budapest, Angyal István Park in the 9th district has been modernized and turned to green within the scope of the Swedish Sustainability Program, supported by the Swedish Embassy, Business Sweden, and Swedish companies operating in Hungary.