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A photo contest to increase diversity and inclusion in higher education
Together with Kista Science City we arranged a photo contest during the spring 2018 to promote and raise awareness of the talent, curiosity and creativity in neighborhoods with great potential to contribute to Sweden's future. An initiative to increase interest in technology and science among youths from families with low educational background and thereby increase diversity in higher education. The contest were open for residents in the Järva area in Stockholm i.e the city districts Akalla, Husby, Kista, Hjulsta, Tensta och Rinkeby.

Diversity and cross-disciplinary collaborations become increasingly important in the development of knowledge and solutions that benefits society and individuals. The demand for well educated people is increasing and to strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness it is important to make use of all of Sweden’s talents. However, twice as many students with college educated parents continue to higher education compared to students with parents without a collage education. Since the educational level in several areas of Sweden is substantially lower compared to the country as a whole, there exist a great potential in these parts to strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness and make the diversity in society to be reflected in higher education.

The theme for the contest is Creativity and Curiosity and is carried out on Instagram where the entries are tagged with #MinaKvarter2018. Through the choice of theme, we want the participants to explore and portray their surrounding in a playful way. The aim is to increase the interest in technology and science among youths from families with low educational background. Meanwhile, #MinaKvarter contributes to nuance and challenge the often-negative image of the Järva area.

Winners will be presented during Järvaveckan 2018. Selected entries will be displayed on the Instagram account @MinaKvarter and on site during Järvaveckan.

Others that take part in the initiative are Stockholm University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Karolinska Institutet, The Global Village, My Dream Now, Canon, Fryshuset Husby and Vinnova.

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