After a covid-induced three-year hiatus since the last edition, a team of DTU students are ready to descend on Roskilde Festival. They will bring with them about fifteen projects providing them with experience in the design and implementation of solutions to specific challenges, while actively contributing to advancing the development of the event.
This year, this includes projects to reduce energy consumption in refrigerated containers, an app to find lost items and a study examining the need for a menstrual resource centre. Discover all the projects.
For more than a decade, Roskilde Festival and DTU have worked together to strengthen engineering student curricula and develop solutions to the many engineering challenges that arise in a temporary city that is home to some 130,000 people with a density population greater than that of the capital city of the Philippines, Manila.
“The collaboration with DTU is based on our common values: giving young people a voice, giving them the opportunity to develop and giving them the courage to engage in the world. After this year’s festival, more than 900 DTU students will have received a small part of their education through our collaboration, working on engineering-related challenges that arise in a large temporary city like the Roskilde Festival,” says Christina Bilde, member of the Roskilde Festival management team and spokesperson. She adds:
“It has allowed us to create a very strong learning environment that strengthens young people and their ability to participate in society and advance the necessary sustainable development.”
Over the years, several student innovations have become staples of the festival. Some are highly visible, such as the DropBucket bins, the Volt charging service and the flexible PeeFence urinal. At the same time, a significant number of contributions have also contributed to improving the festival’s sustainability and infrastructure in areas such as waste management, energy consumption, food waste, hygiene and concert noise pollution.
Part of the curriculum
This year, the projects propose new initiatives in terms of hygiene, energy consumption, acoustics, mass movement, lighting, etc. So many projects imagined and supported by DTU students as part of their school curriculum. A supervisor is assigned to each project and students generally receive 5 ECTS credits for their work.
“At DTU, we develop technologies for people. At Roskilde Festival, this involves our students creating new technologies and solutions that make the festival an even better experience for everyone. At the same time, students have the opportunity to work on fully authentic challenges and create experimental solutions in response to them that must work under sometimes difficult conditions. Our goal is to train engineers who play a leading role in bringing about lasting change – in this regard, the Roskilde Festival helps to provide them with truly valuable experiences,” said Lars D. Christoffersen, Vice -Senior Chair and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. and student affairs.
All DTU students have the opportunity to submit project ideas or proposals on how to solve specific challenges raised by the festival. Thus, the approximately 70 students taking part this year come from a wide variety of study programs. According to Lars D. Christoffersen, this reflects DTU’s educational culture and experiential approach to learning, and is a contributing factor to students often designing new and surprising solutions.
“I am very proud that DTU has helped make the festival an even better event for over a decade. The Roskilde Festival has always been a catalyst for new ideas, aptly demonstrating what happens when young people are given the freedom to express themselves and grow together. This individual value is something we also work with at DTU, where our goal is for students to realize their potential and master technological development in order to give back to society and humanity,” says Lars D. Christoffersen.