Illustration: Stephan Sander, Charlie Møller, Signe Rydberg, and Mats Solheim

Students to test new technologies at Roskilde Festival

Tuesday 26 Jun 18
DTU students have developed solutions that will make Roskilde Festival an even better experience. This year, the projects focus on the environment, food waste, safety, and disability-friendliness.

For the ninth year running, a team of engineering students from DTU will participate in Roskilde Festival to make it a more enjoyable and sustainable experience. Green power from a portable wind turbine, mapping the Festival deposit return collection, and biodegradable roll mats of fungi roots are just some of the 23 projects the students will be working with at this year’s Festival.

Since its start in 1971, Roskilde Festival has become many times bigger and every year, the Festival launches new initiatives. But new offerings provide new challenges which DTU engineering students since 2010 have helped solve. As part of their study programme, the students participate in Roskilde Festival to learn how to tackle real-world problems in a dynamic environment.

This year, several of the projects are about creating more safety and security. This is done using, among other things, a special type of Rockwool, which can be turned into temporary terrorism protection while serving as seating for the guests. Another team has created a mini-alarm which sounds if anyone touches your private belongings, and a third team will use the Internet of Things (IoT) to continuously track some of the Festival’s technical equipment.

This year, a group of students also focus on making the Festival more fun for people with disabilities. They have developed the so-called ‘drink saver’ which ensures that the beverage stays in the glass, even though your hand is shaking or you are in a wheelchair. Another group has developed a pair of crutches that transform into a chair.

Among the projects is also a return favourite: Last year, the transportable festival lamp GLØD (glow) was a great success, and now has a new design. A large number of lamps will be sold together with mobile chargers by the DTU start-up Volt, which also arises from the collaboration with Roskilde Festival.

Collaboration between Roskilde Festival and DTU

  • In 2010, Roskilde Festival and DTU entered into a formal collaboration about using the Festival as a future laboratory and create innovative engineering solutions to some of the Festival challenges.

  • The students will earn five ECTS points in the course of the project period. The collaboration has also ensured that DTU students behind the start-ups Volt, DropBucket , Kubio (Danish website), PeeFence, and GLØD have had a platform for testing their technology before they started their businesses.

  • DTU’s own coverage can be followed on dtu.dk, Facebook, and Instagram.

DTU’s journalists are present throughout the Festival. For more information about the projects and interviews with students, contact Tore Vind Jensen, +45 3026 7710, tovi@dtu.dk


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