Audi supports the ideas from young talent at One Young World

The One Young World Summit will be held in London from October 22 to 25. Audi is sponsoring eleven dedicated young employees who are volunteering their time for environmental projects. These include the idea for the “last mile” and a plan to make books out of cigarette butts.

09/23/2019 Reading Time: 6 min

One Young World Summit

1,500 talented young people from over 190 countries will meet in London

Every year for the last ten years, around 1,500 talented young people from more than 190 countries have met at the One Young World Summit. The summit’s goal is to support young visionaries between the ages of 18 and 30 and help them connect in order to develop solutions to global problems. Celebrities from the worlds of politics and science, such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or rock musician and patron Sir Bob Geldof, support the visionaries in realizing their ideas.

Audi AG and the Audi Environmental Foundation sponsor young talent

This year, AUDI AG is sending eleven young employees from their various global headquarters to the One Young World Summit as delegates. At the summit, they will have the chance to connect with kindred spirits, experts and mentors. After the summit, Audi will support its employees in implementing their ideas. Social engagement is a key value at Audi, which is why the Audi Environmental Foundation is sponsoring an additional 15 young people from around the world. The scholars had the opportunity to apply for a stipend from the foundation, which is granted together with One Young World. Afterwards, the Audi Environmental Foundation plans a long-term partnership with the scholars.

The last mile to the future — Johannes with the e-scooter project

Johannes Hemberger

Johannes Hemberger is working on the mobility of the future.

One of the eleven delegates from Audi who will be traveling to London for the One Young World Summit is Johannes Hemberger. The 28-year old shows exactly the type of self-confidence and energy every creative visionary needs. At Audi, he is working to shape the mobility of the future with the Audi e-tron Scooter. The often cited “last mile” is his particular area of focus. “With the Scooter, we want to implement a mobility concept for urban areas and commuters. It's a great chance for us to introduce people to a new kind of individual mobility for when cars cannot be used in the future.”

The German horticultural show Bundesgartenschau as a testing ground for the e-scooter

Basically, this solution helps people twice. The Audi e-tron Scooter not only keeps them mobile, but also saves CO₂ emissions over the last mile and helps to reduce the pollution in our cities. Johannes is enthusiastic: “We worked a lot and the results are starting to show. At the Bundesgartenschau in Heilbronn, a first test has already been completed, and at the end of the year our scooter-sharing concept will be tested in Berlin.” His biggest goal remains the same, though: to offer the Audi e-tron Scooter to customers by the end of 2020.

The One Young World Summit is a place to inspire other people and be inspired.

Johannes Hemberger

One Young World as a cultural exchange

For Johannes, the One Young World Summit is an important step towards a better future. “I am an open-minded and optimistic person. It's incredibly important for me to interact with other people. This creates common ideas that can be very significant. The influence of other people from all over the world, and the cultural exchange, have already positively influenced my thinking and broadened my horizon. The One Young World Summit is a place to inspire other people and be inspired.”

Emmanuel and the cigarette butt Ecofilter

Emmanuel Acosta

Emmanuel Acosta is developing a filter that can recycle cigarette butts.

Emmanuel Acosta is another one of the delegates. The 27-year old Mexican collects discarded cigarette butts and, in collaboration with ECOFILTER, helps to turn the pollution into something useful. ECOFILTER removes all toxins from the stubs and uses the recycled material to make notebooks, boxes or flowerpots. “I work in central operational management. I am very passionate about my job at Audi Mexico,” says Emmanuel, “and I have the same passion for this project.”

One cigarette butt pollutes 50 liters of water

His primary goal is to reduce the large number of cigarette butts on beaches and in the forests of his homeland — and of course at Audi Mexico in San José Chiapa. “Cigarette butts are the no. 1 waste product found on beaches and in forests throughout the world. And the toxins contained in a single stub are sufficient to contaminate 50 liters of water. I am working on reducing the consumption of cigarettes and on improving the processing after they are consumed. Those are the keys to a more sustainable world.” With the help of the One Young World Summit, he wants to raise awareness on a global scale.

The remaining nine delegates

Edmond Chin, Automated Driving Big Data Management, China

Edmond Chin, Automated Driving Big Data Management, China

Edmond’s project is all about artificial intelligence: “The next industrial revolution.” The goals of the project are to create awareness of the potential social impact of artificial intelligence and provide suggestions on how to pursue such technology in a responsible manner. Much consideration takes place when designing and developing any artificial intelligence algorithms, including the social impact and the effect on the integrity of the company. All of this work and these experiences will also serve as a guide for future projects.

Adam Holecska, Production Planner V6 TDI Measurement Processes, Hungary

Adam Holecska, Production Planner V6 TDI Measurement Processes, Hungary

Adam’s goal is it to reduce CO₂ emissions by going to work. He plans to organize a one- to two-month competition between plants. If 1,000 of his colleagues were to commute to work by bicycle instead of by car, up to one or two 2 metric tons of CO₂ emissions could be saved per month, and up to five metric tons of CO₂ could be saved globally.

Waldemar Jakunin, Industrial Engineering Body Shop, Belgium

Waldemar Jakunin, Industrial Engineering Body Shop, Belgium

Waldemar wants to start a “Speak Up!” initiative. His goal is to increase holistic awareness and responsibility for environmental issues. The project relates to the following SDGs: “responsible consumption and production” and “climate action.”

Veronika Kerpel, Quality Engineer, Hungary

Veronika Kerpel, Quality Engineer, Hungary

Veronika wants to use the “smart factory” in a new way to reduce the greenhouse effect, save energy, and ensure a habitat for honeybees. With her project, she would establish solar panels on the rooftops of our factory buildings, under which she would plant flowers. After they have finished blossoming, she would compost them and produce biogas.

Austen Lowe, Diversity Consultant, Belgium

Austen Lowe, Diversity Consultant, Belgium

Austen’s equation is quite simple 4000 x me = 1 we. Audi Brussels is a factory of 4000 staff, all divers in their own way – four common languages, a workforce of 30 nationalities, different genders and sexual orientations – but together they are Audi Brussels. Austen aims to engage diversity ambassadors in each department in order to create an environment where the staff members are able to bring their whole selves to the workplace, to reduce inequality and increase awareness and respect for others who belong to the Audi Brussels community.

Isabel Menendez, Specialist in Personnel Development, Mexiko

Isabel Menendez, Specialist in Personnel Development, Mexiko

Isabel wants to develop a special experience catalogue. The goals of her project are to give employees the opportunity to have experiences as a way of developing Audi competencies and at the same time have an impact on the education of the region and the younger generations through our experts in technical topics. She wants to blend the lines between Audi México and San José Chiapa through experiences in which both sides can gain technical and soft-skill knowledge.

Christoph Praun, Expert for Life-Cycle Assessment, Germany

Christoph Praun, Expert for Life-Cycle Assessment, Germany

Christoph works on the “decarbonization index (DKI).” Together with colleagues from all over the VW group, he aims to develop a KPI in order to measure the specific CO₂-footprint of the Audi brand and to reduce the DKI to roughly 0% in 2050. The methodology of the DKI has already been fully defined, it has been rolled out for the whole Audi brand, and communication throughout the company has begun.

Tong Qu, Development Engineer, HAD Mobility Service Systems, China

Tong Qu, Development Engineer, HAD Mobility Service Systems, China

Tong is working on a project called “Children’s Public Security System in Vehicles”. Audi’s technology can make a better world to children and the human society. The goal of Tong’s project is to make use of the equipment in vehicles, to recognize danger with children’s companion in public, and seek security and protection from guardian and police. “Industry, innovation, and infrastructure,” “sustainable cities and communities,” and “peace, justice, and strong institutions” are the SDGs to which this project relates.

Natalie Rybicki, Data Analyst and Coordinator of Used Car Consumer and Business Studies, Germany

Natalie Rybicki, Data Analyst and Coordinator of Used Car Consumer and Business Studies, Germany

Natalie’s goal with her project “Back to school for one hour per week!” is to provide immigrant children in need the opportunity to receive free personal tutoring and improve their performance in the classroom. She also aims for simply spending time with these children, taking interest in them personally, and showing them care.

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