Dober dan! Moi! Hi! Xin chào! My name is Hang Nguyen, 20 years old, from Vietnam, a new intern at Institute mOBILNO to go. I am  currently studying Energy and Environmental Engineering bachelor’s degree at Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Finland. I like orange color, cooking different cuisines from different cultures, experiencing new aspects of life. Some of my favorite writers include Haruki Murakami and Margaret Mitchell. Even though I study engineering, I like accounting and I am not so into doing laboratory work… During my studying in Finland, I involved in several projects, varying from environmental industries, digital media and business to refugee projects. Like one of my friends saying: ‘Every person is a book that you have to read every chapter of it!’, I am pretty sure mine is not yet finished. Let just say that destiny pulls me over Slovenia and to David’s company. One very dawn day as any other usual winter day in Finland, I found a job advertisement of an intern position from Institute mOBILNO to go. As you can guess, I applied immediately and here I am now, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I did not even do any literature research about Slovenia before […]

It has been two years ago that I did my Erasmus internship in Koper. Back then I helped David (who is, by the way, still the coolest boss I ever had), to develop passive greenhouses. Well, a lot has changed since. It was at Institute mOBILNO to go that I first encountered dry toilets, and I immediately liked this idea. After the lovely summer of 2016 which I spent in Koper it was time to decide for a research topic for my final thesis. From the first second it was clear to me that it has to be about toilets, one way or the other. I ended up researching and writing about the acceptance of alternative sanitation in Austria. My dream is that one day people will understand that “normal” toilets are not the future! However last summer I graduated from my course at the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg. Because I like David’s line of work and strongly agree with his ideas and thoughts I finally decided to once more travel to Koper for work. Oh boy, a lot has changed here. But that was only to expect, the young company grew two years older. More experienced and […]

Hello everyone!!! My name is Ioanna and I am from Cyprus. I graduated Mechanical Engineering in the University of Cyprus and during the last year of my studies I decided that I wanted to find a job abroad where I would be able to practice engineering and have the experience of living alone in a different country. The internship at Institute mOBILNO to go and KAKIS was the best opportunity for me as the position was a challenge for me. My internship started in October and until now I have a great time here in the beautiful Koper. Koper is a wonderful city, the sea, the port and the town center are wonderful, and you always have something to do. Mr.David is a very nice boss and the tasks he gives me are very interested and challenging and I enjoy working for him. Besides work I already managed to do some trips during the weekends, Italy is only half hour away! I also attended a trip to Serbia where I met other students and I had a great time. Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia is only an hour away and is a magnificent city.My conclusion so far is that I […]

Fadli – intern from Germany

My name is Fadli. I am Currently finishing my master in Agriculture Science Resources Management in University of Bonn, Germany. I have grown an interest on ecological sanitation and circular economy since I start my master thesis on similar topic. I am writing my master thesis on nutrient recovery from human waste for agriculture resources. I work with David in Institute mOBILNO to go and KAKIS ltd as a part of EIT Climate-KIC’s Pioneers into Practice (PiP). Pioneers into Practice is mobility programme which challenge sustainability professional to step outside their comfort zone and look at things differently. During my study I involved in several scientific project, however I always wanted to start my own business in sustainability. Thus, PiP connect me with David and his company. During my placement we developed the prototype of human waste composting. I provide insight from biological process while David work on engineering part. I also joined some business meeting with KAKIS prospective customer. The most exciting part is to step out from my shoes as academia and change perspective as an entrepreneur. During this placement, we also developed a business idea on recovering human waste in to fertilizer. And I am really excited to […]

Every little effort today is a big step for tomorrow From my early childhood, I always wanted to live more sustainable. I always prefer to take a bicycle or going on foot if possible. For over a decade, I am vegetarian and I am trying to buy as much local food as possible. Of course, I prefer the vegetables from my father’s garden. That’s why I would like to produce my own organic and bio food in the future. Like most people of my age, I have no experience and no time. So, with the help of many Erasmus students and partners, I have started developing The smart greenhouse houzGREENhouse, a fully automated greenhouse with robotic hands, controlled with artificial intelligence, fed with organic fertilizers and grown with natural sunlight. I applied to a business idea competition Podjetna Primorska 2017 and I won as the best idea in category Navigator. In the last couple of months, I have been working to reduce the amount of waste I produce in my home. I am buying cleaning powders and soap with the refill option. I came to the shop with my own bottle that I refill. Every Saturday, my dear and me, […]

Podjetna primorska is a competition for business ideas in Koper, Slovenia. It is organized by a local incubator Univerzitetni inkubator primorske. The competition assembles all startups, students and people willing to compete with business ideas. There are three categories: students (Rektorjeva nagrada), groups without entrepreneur experience (Optimist) and experienced entrepreneurs (Navigator). Our institute participated last two years in the Navigator category and both years we won the first prize. In this blog, I will explain how we did it and what was crucial for us. Podjetna primorska 2016 prototyping sustainable sanitation Last year we applied the Solar biological dry toilet. It’s a concept of a dry toilet that doesn’t use any water or chemicals. It has its own urine and feces treatment system. It takes the help of the sun to process urine and to fasten the process of decomposition of feces. At the end, it can reuse all the waste as a valuable resource as fertilizer or biomass. For the first time in a business competition, we were very dedicated to win it. We asked the organizers what are the main criteria for gaining the first prize. First of all, you have to have an innovative idea or something […]

With the help of professionals, we redesigned the webpage of our Institute mOBILNO to go to fit more to our needs. We created a more dynamic and mobile friendly  webpage. We also added our new research projects. Please feel free to comment and to give us feedback.

Although I have only been working in Institute mOBILNO to go for three weeks David (the probably coolest boss in the world) allowed me to make a trip for a full week. Of course it was not only for holidays but rather for educational purposes because I attended a Summer School of Riga’s Technical University(RTU)! During this amazing week I have not only seen the capital and various smaller places, also have I experienced the real Latvia. The Summer School – A Journey Beyond The Traditional Wooden Craft and Art – consisted of lectures and workshops. First every participant built their own wooden bench (featuring traditional wooden joints), to learn about the material properties and the woodworking machines. This was happening in RTU’s workshop, during this time we also visited the city of Riga and even had a boat tour on the Daugava one beautiful evening. On Wednesday we travelled to the small town of Ligatne where we should spent the second half of our Latvia-Trip. There we visited a traditional wood craft museum, an incredible place where we worked under the open sky. On the first day there only few hours passed until everyone could feel the hard work […]

Hello! I am studying architecture at the University of Granada. This is my last year and I wanted to get experience before finalizing my final project, and I have found an excellent opportunity at Institute mOBILNO to go because I am very interested in sustainable constructions. I think it´s essential to understand the importance of building with the premises that take us to a healthier future, so here I expect to increase my knowledge about healthy materials, renewable energies, self-sufficient constructions… while I collaborate with the institute. In my future, this is one of the paths that I would like to follow. I really like nature, so here in Slovenia I would like to know the environment and travelling around the country for knowing the culture. Elena

Hi there, My name is Peter and I am a student at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences in Timber Constructions. My study’s focus is on structural mechanics, constructional details and of course the material properties of wood but also on financing, marketing and languages. I started my internship at mOBILNO to go today (August 2016), before I already worked as an intern in a small carpentry in Austria, my home country. There I gained a lot of practical experience, learned how to use different kinds of woodworking machinery and worked on various projects. Well, I guess that is enough about my education and work. Although I also like architecture and wood in my private life. During leisure time I enjoy taking walks to the forest, cycling, swimming, reading, cooking (and food in general) and gardening (although I don’t actually have a garden, but on my window sill there are tons of different plants). As you can imagine Koper is an awesome place for me to live in, because I can pursue my hobbies here! Another big passion of mine is travelling, so I will use the weekends to see a lot of the beautiful country of Slovenia!