WP 5.3 – Presentation of Prototypes at Gdynia Design Days Festival 2020

During the Gdynia Design Days Festival, which had been going on online from 4th till 11th of July 2020, were introduced several innovative business solutions elaborated in the frame of the CTCC project.

The festival had a diverse program, including lectures, workshops, movies, and business summit covering the actual problems such as water crisis, overconsumption, reusing and recycling, the connection between data and emotions, and a positive dimension of death-related experiences.

Within the varied program of the Gdynia Design Days Festival, the ad hoc new prototypes for a number of South Baltic SMEs were presented as the outcomes of the CTCC project.

The prototypes created as part of the CTCC project are innovative products and services whose main task is to facilitate the work of creative industries, small and medium-sized enterprises. Here are a few of them:

”Green Goldi”, Rostock, Germany

“Green Goldi” is a start-up zero-waste store that opened in 2019, right in the middle of the CTCC project. The two owners managed to work on a prototype as well as opening their store. Their aim of participation in the prototyping process was to develop an online platform for customers who want to pre-order their products as well as get inspired to try new products. They worked together with an architect and creative booster Björn Dargus and developed a prototype. Due to COVID-19 and the impact on retailing they got the opportunity to try out the new service and gather experience.

“Initiative Plastikfreie Stadt Rostock”, Rostock, Germany

The team of “Plastikfreie Stadt Rostock” aims to support small and large businesses in Rostock as well as other Baltic regions in reducing their plastic waste in order to work more sustainably. They do so by setting up a learn & share platform, by hosting physical workshops as well as setting up an online platform. They entered the CTCC project with the goal to improve their communication strategy for new potential customers. In the course of the prototyping process they worked with illustration designer Schmiddlinthemiddle and developed an informational short video that explains their concept.

“Powercore – Driving Culture”, Szczecin, Polska

Powercore began as an idea for an energy sharing concept and the search to combine tried and true technology with more contemporary techniques. Prospective EV owners may fear long lines waiting for a fast charger. Powercore sees an opportunity for sharing energy, be it electricity, hydrogen or in other forms. Where one may see an old relic ready for the junk heap, Powercore sees a rolling piece of industrial history. That vehicle may be too precious to tamper with, and should be preserved, or it may be ready for a 21st century upgrade and conversion to environmentally friendly (and fun) propulsion. That’s a choice leaves up to the consumer.

Software for landscaping garden and housing areas

Within the framework of the CTCC project the designer Nils Remer from Wismar, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, developed in collaboration with gardening and construction companies located in Northern Germany an easy-to-use software tool for the consumer-focused design creation of garden elements and house building areas. The application combines the individual design wishes with the variability of garden and landscaping products and convinces with a user-friendly and well-arranged modular concept.


“Iwe-media”, Neustrelitz, Germany

“Iwe-media” is owned by Iris Wessolowski who joined the CTCC project with several ideas for a potential start-up. She focused on developing an online platform that would connect producers of regional organic products (e.g. farmers) with potential customers (e.g. local restaurants or individual customers). During the prototyping process she worked together with Stephan Kettner, an architect with a background in retailing. They also gathered information from potential customers, talked to farmers, and, based on the gathered information and further research, developed a prototype for a landing page for the online platform Frisch vom Acker.


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