We’re storming out! For the next five weeks, we’re gonna try out this super popular thing called summer vacation, that everybody is talking about. Meantime the booking of Storm will be closed and our mailboxes will send you an automated reply. But don’t sweat it, we’ll be back in August. See you then!!

Happy summer everyone!

Skicka in ett uppdrag till Stormathon

Har din organisation ett komplext problem som kräver nytänkande lösningar? Är ni redo att låta 45 studenter med olika utbildningsbakgrund jobba med just er utmaning i 12 timmar?

Stormathon är en innovationsdag på Malmö universitet. Studenter som är intresserade av samhällsförbättrande problemlösning och innovation kan ansöka om att få delta i Stormathon och sorteras därefter in i tvärvetenskapliga, dynamiska team om fem personer. Alla team jobbar med samma uppdrag under hela dagen och coachas i problemlösningsmetodik och idéutveckling av erfarna processledare. Efter 12 timmars intensivt arbete pitchar varje team sin lösning för uppdragsgivaren och en jury, med fina priser till de vinnande koncepten!

Världens första Stormathon arrangerades den 2 april 2019 med Malmö stad som uppdragsgivare. Läs mer här eller se filmen om evenemanget.

Vi söker uppdrag till nästa Stormathon under hösten 2019! Har er organisation eller ert företag en komplex utmaning som kräver innovativa lösningar? Kan lösningarna bidra till ett bättre och mer hållbart samhälle? Skicka in ert uppdrag här.

Vi tar emot uppdrag till och med den 10 september 2019 för höstens Stormathon. Vi återkopplar senast under september månad.

Stormathon arrangeras av innovationsmiljön Storm på Malmö universitet. Maila gärna oss på om du har frågor, funderingar eller vill bolla tankar inför ett eventuellt case.


Afraid your final project will be put on a shelf to collect dust? Do you wanna take advantage of the knowledge you collected and the result you’ve presented, but don’t know how?

On June 12, Storm Innovation Hub welcomes you – who finished your final project at Malmö University during Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 – to an afternoon about how you can take your final project further.

No matter which area you’ve been working in or which form your final project has taken, there are big potentials for it to grow. Maybe you want to come in contact with potential stakeholders, find your target group, build a prototype or try your ideas on new or potential users. Maybe you want to research it further through science or maybe you don’t know what you want but are interested to learn about your possibilities. We welcome all projects, commercial or non-commercial and at your service you’ll have Storm Innovation Hub, Karriärservice, Business Developers, Drivhuset and Forskarservice.


14.00 – 15.00 Information from Karriärservice, Drivhuset/Business developers and Forskarservice about which resources and support they can offer.

15.00 – 16.00 Group discussions on how you can develop your project and what you need to get started

Sign up here before June 5! Limited amount of spots.

Information på svenska här!

Movie for Change: Cowspiracy

On the theme of Sustainable Development Goal, number 13 – Climate Action Storm invites you to this springs last Movie for Change and the screening of Cowspiracy – The Sustainable Secret

Animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of deforestation, water consumption, pollution, and it is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the whole transportation industry. It’s a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Movie for Change is a free event, where we meet to watch, discuss and reflect upon the subject of positive change.

The last Thursday of every month, between 17-20, we welcome you to a movie night about sustainable development. With specially invited guests we will thereafter address and discuss problems and opportunities for sustainable development connected to the theme of the movies.

The events are co-produced with the Department of Urban Studies, the Leadership for Sustainability master’s programme and Fenix Miljöförening.

STORMATHON 2019.04.02

There is a lot of knowledge created within the walls of Malmö University. But how do we make sure that it leaves a lasting impact, and contributes to a better world?

Last week, Stormathon was arranged for the first time here at Storm. During 12 intense hours, 38 students from 27 different programs and courses, divided into 9 groups, worked together to solve a case from the City of Malmö. With the help from innovation coaches and facilitators, the students got a chance to practice their innovation and problem-solving abilities, as well as collaborating with people outside of their field. At the end of the day, they pitched their results in front of a jury and three of the teams were awarded a special prize. 

“Based on a real challenge, the students can understand and learn from each other’s different perspectives, competencies, and experiences, which strengthens them for future situations in the working life”, says Karolina Rosenqvist, one of the coordinators and part of the Storm team.

For the first Stormathon, Storm teamed up with the City of Malmö who provided the students with a challenge of how to improve the maintenance of the outdoor environment in Malmö.

“This was an exciting collaboration for us. It was a way for us to get valuable input from young adults about how we can limit damage and sabotage and make the city more sustainable”, says Jenny Aurell, change leader of the project Digital Malmö.

“Through Stormathon and similar events, we can encourage new ways of working that inspire more people within the institution to collaborate internally and externally”, says Anna Bogeskär Brandt, project coordinator at the University Executive Office.

The Stormathon innovation day was a great success thanks to a great commitment from the students, the City of Malmö and specially invited guest lecturers. The winning team will now get the chance to continue developing their idea – with the help from the City of Malmö and MINC. while the second runners-up will be able to dig deeper into the innovation-practice by attending Skåne Innovation Day and Urban Innovation day.

Why do we do this?

Storm is here for you who work or study at Malmö University. Our goal is to challenge and guide employees and students towards innovative thinking, make people meet and highlight research and innovation to build upon. By arranging this kind of events where collaboration is in focus we aim to stimulate networking and knowledge transfer as well as pave the way for transboundary meetings.

Our hope is to be able to arrange more events like this, where students, teachers, researchers, and other employees can collaborate multidisciplinary and with external actors. At Storm, we see great potential in the concept and think that a next step could be to collaborate across faculty and departmental boundaries where students in specially selected programs with contact points in professional life could be targeted.

“One of Storm’s strengths is that we have a broad network within the university, both on the education side and the research side. It is not certain that a research group that works with a particular issue knows what other research groups do in closely related areas. Storm could help with identifying collaborative opportunities and we can be used as a resource to establish collaboration between research groups and educational programs”, says Karolina Rosenqvist.

But it’s not just about networking and collaboration. It’s also about exploring new methods and tools for innovation and problem-solving.

At Storm, we believe in learning by doing. Compressing the innovation process to 12 hours is a challenge, but it also allows the students to get a taste of the different steps and try out several tools for ideation and presentation. We wanted to spark curiosity and give the participants confidence in their own creativity”, says Julia Micanovic, one of the Stormathon coaches and part of the Storm team.

Stormathon was held on April 2nd and was a collaboration between Storm Innovation Hub at Malmö University and the City of Malmö.


Happy International Women’s Day!

There are many innovations that have liberalized and changed the world for women over the years. Getting rid of the corset. The realization that women don’t have “week nerves” and that “hysteria” is actually nonsense. The C-section and the forceps just to name a few. At Storm we are therefore acknowledging The International Women’s day by shedding some light on three innovations that have empowered women and transformed their lives over the last century.

The Birth Control Pill

The Pill! One of the most major feminist inventions in human history. Approved in 1960, it was the first reliable, woman-centric contraceptive option which allowed women who didn’t want to become pregnant a greater control of their reproduction and with that, their lives. Before, women had little control over their reproductive body and had to fully trust and rely on men and male-centric methods such as condoms. When an unexpected pregnancy occurred the only option were, either childbirth or illegal and highly dangerous abortion. Therefore, to say that the Pill didn’t just improve women’s lives, but also saved countless of them is not an exaggeration.

When talking about the Pill, it’s also important to acknowledge that no matter how great it is and has been, it came at a high cost. It emerged from a series of extremely unethical experiments performed on women of color and patients in asylums, who were not given any information about the tests being conducted on them. Something that shouldn’t be forgotten even though we today know that the result have been incredibly important. Not only for women’s control over their own reproduction, but also as an invention that set the groundwork for other revolutions. As things go once women were more able to control their childbearing, they were also able to enter the workforce and get educations with more impunity.

More information about the history of the Pill here!

Och här!

The Bicycle

One invention that was not at all intended for women but that have had a big impact on the emancipation of women is the bicycle. In the beginning of the 19th century women were even warned that riding bicycles was “immoral” and doctors even went so far as to say that it could lead to a terrifying medical condition called bicycle face — a special risk to women’s appearance and complexion.

And that was not the only resistance against women riding bicycles. Heavy skirts and hard-wearing coresets made it hard for women to move and breath, and even harder to ride a bike. Even so, and maybe because of this antagonism between the society and the cycling women, the bicycle became a symbol of “free, untrammeled womanhood”, as American women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony so eloquently put it. It gave women a newfound freedom of movement, challenged stereotypes about women’s physical strength and transformed dress codes. The later to the extent that the first women pants were designed and The Rational Dress Society was created – an association that took up the fight against unhealthy and unpractical clothes that made it hard for women to physically move. The women movements of the time, the Suffragettes, even used the bicycle when riding around, spreading the word about female voting rights.

More information about the history of the bicycle here!

And here!

Och här!

Sanitary Pads & Tampons

The breakthrough invention that improved women and girls’ hygiene and health, school attendance, livelihoods and economic opportunities. Today many of us take them for granted, but the fact that sanitary pads and tampons still isn’t a matter of course in all parts of the world make you realize, just what a breakthrough invention in actually is.

It was not more than a century ago that nurses in France created the first disposable sanitary pads, and at the end of the 19th Century, the first commercially available disposable pads came out .(Even though it took several decades before they evolved to become somewhat more practical for women to use and acquire). And, today, in spite of some efforts, sanitary pads still remain out of reach for millions of women and girls living in poverty and are taxed in several countries around the globe, including as a “luxury” item.

One of the main things to consider about both of these inventions is convenience; the bother of having to cope with ineffective methods of period management, plus the stigma attached to the whole process, was a burden on women that created stress and through poorly assembled homemade methods the possibility for disease. And unfortunately, it’s not a burden purely of the past. Periods still remain a taboo topic. Stigma and discrimination surrounding menstruation prevents women and girls in some countries from entering physical spaces, such as their home, school, work or place of worship.

Giving women access to easy, safe, disposable methods of managing their periods might not solve the whole problem of discrimination, but for a lot of girl’s and women it would mean that they could stay in school and the workforce, and protect their health.

(If only there was an invention that could wipe out discrimination against women)

More information of sanitary pads history here!

And here’s some more information about “menstrual huts”!

Stormathon: spring 2019

Looking for the November 2019 Stormathon? Click here!

Problem solver. Team player. Innovator. Analyst. We know that sounds like you – but do you?

Stormathon is the opportunity to participate in an intense, one-day innovation boot camp. Together with students from other programs, you get a case: a real problem from an external organisation or company, who will be your client for the day. You will work in tailor-made teams organized to complement each other’s strengths while being coached by experienced innovators and facilitators throughout the whole day. At the end of the day, you will pitch your solution with a chance to win the final prize.

The first Stormathon ever took place in collaboration with the City of Malmö in April 2019 and you can read more about it here!

We’re currently planning the next edition for the 2019 autumn semester. Are you representing an organisation or company and want to be the next case owner? Send us an email!

– What is Stormathon?

Stormathon is an innovation day which offers students at Malmö University the chance to develop your problem-solving ability – with a real case from an external client.

Stormathon offers you the opportunity to:

  • Practice your innovation and problem-solving abilities
  • Work with a real case
  • Expand your network
  • Identify and make use of your specific strengths
  • Collaborate with other students outside of your field or program
  • Compete against other teams for the best solution and the chance to win a price

During 12 intense hours, you will work in a team with students from different programs and with varied competencies. You get your case in the morning and at the end of the day, you will present it in front of a jury. At your disposal are:

  • Your own room for idea generation and all the material that you will need for a creative process.
  • Access to coaching and method support
  • Direct contact with representatives from your client
  • Inspirational lectures

Of course, no need to stress about food. We will have you covered! Lunch and dinner will be served, as well as coffee and snacks all day long.

Intrigued? Email us at and we will let you know when sign-up opens!

Storm and the 2030 Agenda

During the spring of 2019 Storm highlights the 2030 Agenda and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. It is an important and ambitious agenda with the means to accomplish four incredible things – end poverty, fight inequality, promote peace and justice and stop climate change.

Storm will, therefore, focus extra on the Global Goals this spring and every month highlight a different goal. By hosting and arranging events on the theme of each goal our hope is to raise awareness and inspire you at Malmö university to create ideas and solutions for a better world.

Find out more about our events here!

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Boksläpp: Evidensbaserad stadsutveckling, 9 april

Hur byggs en stad? Har vi allt tillgängligt vetande samlat när vi tar beslut som ändrar förutsättningen för livet i staden?

Etnolog Joakim Forsemalm och pedagog Magnus Johansson har under flera års tid fördjupat sig i processerna som bygger våra städer. Deras nya bok Evidensbaserad stadsutveckling beskriver hur professionell kunskap om stadsutveckling kan balanseras mot både vetenskaplig kunskap och det kunnande som finns hos de som bor och verkar i stadsdelar.

Välkommen på releasefest!

Datum: 9 april 17:00-19:00

Plats: Storm Innovation Hub, Malmö universitet (byggnaden Gäddan, Citadellsvägen 7)

Obs! Begränsat antal platser. Anmäl dig här!


17:15     Joakim Forsemalm och Magnus Johansson hälsar välkommen och inleder

17:30     Panelsamtal om behovet av att arbeta mer evidensbaserat med stadsutveckling

Paneldeltagare: Olof Andersson (VD, Trianon), Martin Grander (bostadsforskare, Malmö universitet), Victoria Percovich Gutierrez (hållbarhetsstrateg, White Arkitekter)

18:00     Mingel och därefter efterfest hos Radar Arkitektur, Kristianstadsgatan 14

Research through Design

During four days, Storm highlights Research through design with tangible examples and research talks about the impact, usefulness and distinctions in relation to other research methods. Research Through Design is a concept that describes a research approach where the design process in itself becomes a way of acquiring new knowledge. 

Friday 18/1

16:00-19:00. Vernissage for the exhibition Norm Critical and Norm Creative Design, by second-year product design students.

Monday 21/1

Lilla Storm

09:00-17:00. Exhibition Norm Critical and Norm Creative Design

Stora Storm

SENSIBLE RESEARCH – Touch it, feel it, smell it!

14.00-15.00. Mixed Reality Walks and Augmented Reality with Marika Hedemyr

15.00-16.30. Nosewise Lab – Olfactory Research through Design with Simon Niedenthal

In this pop-up scent lab, we gather to exercise our sense of smell and discuss scents. This afternoon will be devoted to wine aroma featuring the Jean Lenoir Le Nez du Vin kit, which contains 54 vials of aromatic materials that compose wine bouquet.

Tuesday 22/1

Lilla Storm

09:00-17:00. Exhibition Norm Critical and Norm Creative Design

Wednesday 23/1

Lilla Storm

09:00-17:00. Exhibition Norm Critical and Norm Creative Design

Stora Storm

08:30-10:00. Research through Breakfast – Panel discussion on practice-led and practice-based research

Breakfast from 08:30, talk starts at 09:00

Moderator: Elin Olander – Senior Lecturer in Industrial Design at Lunds University

Panel: Michelle Westerlake – Doctoral Student in interaction and game design, Lars Holmberg – Doctoral Student at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, Alicia Smedberg – Doctoral Student in Participatory Design.