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Software for Sustainability - Can ones and zeros save the world?

How do we use software to create a long-term sustainable society? Can new technologies save us from threatening resource shortages, the growing greenhouse effect, or social and economic challenges?

Yes, they can! But we need to speed up our mindset transformation and use software as building blocks and enablers. Every company will become a value business, developing new innovative strategies from selling products to selling solutions that save time, costs, and the environment.

We can see a shift in focus from hardware to software solutions in more and more businesses. Many have the technology, but the required culture, insights, and mindset might not be in place or differ between industries.

At Software Development Day, we will see exciting and inspiring cases from companies and domains at the forefront of using software to become competitive and to solve sustainability challenges.

Take part in this exciting theme and let us know your take on Software for Sustainability.


Software is at the heart of a sustainable society, and many software technologies are key enablers for sustainability in many forms. This session will feature topics that are not linked to a specific application area, or that go just a bit deeper into the technical details. Example subjects include resilience, security, AI, big data, development methods, simulation, virtual/augmented reality.

A sustainable society is a connected society and a connected society is a software-
and data-driven society. In such a society, our Smart TVs provide content on-demand,
smart lawn mowers keep our lawns green and well-maintained, shipping takes
the most efficient route, education reaches everybody and smart trash cans keep our streets clean.
In such a society all kinds of telecommunication technologies are combined to provide
the right platform for the right solution – 5G, Bluetooth, ZigBee is just a few examples.
In this track, we solicit presentations in the following areas (not limited to):
- Enablers of connectivity, e.g. 5G, RFID, (cyber-) security
- Coding practices that enable longevity of solutions, e.g. using hardware over a longer period of time, reusable code
- Data-driven society, e.g. providing and consuming data to/by customers
- Capability building, e.g. data storage, processing power, GPUs

Digitalization is nowadays a commodity. The issue today is to build digital services for a world that is accessible for everyone, everywhere. How can digital services help society to become more inclusive and equal – for a more sustainable world. This track will bring you inspiring examples where economic, social, and/or ecologic sustainability have been a priority all through the development process.

Software and digital solutions have critical implications for the transportation sector. The huge transportation sector is second to none when it comes to scale and challenges moving into a more sustainable world. The digitalization of transport solutions has already disrupted several businesses with huge implications on sustainability. Sustainability and digitalization often go hand in hand in the transportation sector, what are the trends, opportunities, and technologies playing out in this transformation? Key areas Electromobility, Automation, transport optimization (AI, etc.), digitalization in general

A lack of resources in healthcare settings has serious consequences for patient care quality and the professional work environment. Our hospitals have been working with prioritization, reorganization, etc. This has been even more evident during the pandemic.  We are, however, not only in a pandemic; we are also in the era of digital transformation. We are in a time when Smart healthcare/Wellcare enabled by software solutions will allow us to improve how we work with preventive care, optimize our healthcare, and make it more accessible to all. The technology ideas and technology are there in many cases, preventing Smart, sustainable healthcare from prevailing. In this track, we will listen to experts in various fields talking about both the opportunities and the threats in tomorrow's Wellcare.

Digitalization is driving towards platform businesses like Uber, Airbnb, and SalesForce, but what is required to become successful? Research has shown that this kind of innovation environment requires that companies transform their thinking and organizations. The primary reason for failure appears to be a lack of capability to optimize openness and build trustworthy relationships for co-creation. Companies also need to have some degree of imagination and get past the thought that they are selling products and instead focus on building ecosystems and master how to orchestrate these and continuously innovate around business models. The most quoted platforms are in B2C but are developing steadily in B2B. A lot of today’s retail with omnichannel solutions are based on platforms nowadays. With the right mindset, strategy, culture, and values, platforms can boost sustainability in all three performance dimensions (People, Profit, Planet). Still, as always, it is a two-edged sword leaving much to be wished for. How do we make the ecosystems and platforms the tool for a better future?