From the Festival in 2017.

Researchers discuss the technologies of tomorrow at the People’s Political Festival

Friday 08 Jun 18


Tobias Eskildsen
Senior Policy Officer
Office for Research and Relations
+45 45 25 10 76

DTU at the People’s Political Festival

The People’s Political Festival will be held in Allinge on the Danish island of Bornholm from 14 to 17 June. Find the Technology Tent in C6.

See the programme for the People’s Political Festival.

Cybersecurity and sustainable food products are among the issues debated in the Technology Tent at Folkemødet (the People’s Political Festival) on Bornholm.

Who will combat the cyber threat against Denmark—and is there big business in sustainable food? These are some of the socially relevant issues that DTU is debating in the Technology Tent at this year’s People’s Political Festival. Here, the overall framework focuses on future use of technology and its influence on our society.

DTU, The Danish Society of Engineers (IDA), Engineer the future, Aalborg University, and the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) have once again joined forces in hosting the Technology Tent. This year they are also joined by engineers from Aarhus University.

“The development is racing ahead with new groundbreaking technologies, knowledge, and inventions. Some think that things are going too quickly, while others see new opportunities,” says Anders Bjarklev, President of DTU.

“For me, the People’s Political Festival is a venue where people meet across sectors for discussions. I’m therefore looking forward to some exciting days of debates and events where DTU invites citizens, businesses, organizations, and politicians inside our tent to see and taste the future and to discuss the role of technology—right from how we develop sustainable gourmet food to how we protect ourselves from cyber attacks.”

Technology party and debates
The Technology Tent opens on Thursday, 14 June with a real technological tour de force. The evening ends with a big technology festival, where the—by now regular—tent DJ and former transport minister Magnus Heunicke will be at the helm.

During the four days of the People’s Political Festival, the Technology Tent will host a cornucopia of debates and events on everything from self-driving cars and the lack of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) graduates to responsible algorithms, the food technology future of Denmark, and whether we can make money by caring for the climate.

You can also meet Pepper the humanoid robot, and watch it test its engineering skills as it builds its own drone—or experience a giant iceberg below the surface in virtual reality.

As usual, there will be beer from the universities’ own breweries, as well as a number of entertaining ScienceShows with all that this entails in the form of explosions, colours, and good stories.

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