For its 2018 edition, the ASA Kaleidoskop attracted near to 90 guests interested in the overarching topic of Digitalisation for a Sustainable Economy to share, discuss and network. Kickstarting with an inspirational keynote by tech savvy Geraldine de Bastion the event offered a schedule that focused on interaction and hands on approaches to issues linked to today´s technological developments and their effects on societies and the environment.
Participants enjoyed a broad range of parallel input and impulse sessions moderated and guided by SEED, Women in Tech Africa, Hacker School and others. For a third consecutive year the event also constituted the last day of the Autumn School for Sustainable Entrepreneurship, during which thirty-two (32) social entrepreneurs from Germany and across the African continent were invited to Stuttgart for a one-week programme. Whilst some of these pleased the crowd with dynamic pitches, others showcased their enterprises and products at the Kaleidoskop Marketplace. Autumn School Alumni Manuel Dingemann (Erster Sinn, Germany) and Bryan Majola (Energy Doctors, South Africa) offered an input session on Digital Tools used by Social Entrepreneurs.
Delightfully moderated by Flavie Singirankabo, a diverse and highly competent panel rounded up the day. Steve Odhiambo (founder of several digital start-ups in Kenya and Germany), Geraldine de Bastion (activist and co-founder of a digital consultancy) and André Reichel (Professor for International Management and Sustainability) discussed the possibilities and boundaries of modern technologies from a broader societal and environmental perspective.
The ASA Kaleidoskop took place on 26 October in Stuttgart’s go-to digital hub CODE_n and was organised in close partnership with the Foundation for Development Cooperation Baden-Württemberg (SEZ).